Monday, January 17, 2011

A new book for the new year?

I love reading.
I read blogs
I read magazines
I read the news paper
But my first love is books
Over the Christmas vacation, I found out that when I was in second grade, my reading test scores put me in the "Not A Native English Language Speaker" category. Seriously, that's a category, and I was in it. No joke. My mother, a long time teacher, told me of her panic at the results. How could I, the daughter of two educated parents (one of which a teacher herself) score so low in her reading tests? The funniest part to me is that I don't even remember any of it. I don't remember struggling with reading and spelling. I don't remember being in the EXTREMELY low reading groups. I don't remember any of it. All I know is that I now LOVE to read and LOVE to write. Funny, isn't it?
Anyway, I've got a LONG list of books I'd like to read this year. It's much easier to read for "pleasure" when you're not in school :) But even being done with college (for now), I find that I get overwhelmed with my desire to knock out these "Must Reads" in a timely manner. So, instead of listing the books I so badly want to read, I'll let you all know of the ones I'm currently reading.
I'm about half way through with Captivating. I've read the first few chapters of this book more times than I care to admit... but I've never ACTUALLY finished it. That's the goal this time around.
I've also just started reading Secret Message of Jesus. This one, I'm really excited about. I plan on sharing my favorite parts of this book in later posts.
And my "just for fun" read, you ask? None other than a Nicholas Sparks fave- The Choice.

What are you currently reading? Or what are some of the books on your "2011 Must Read" list? I'm dying to know what everybody else can't wait to read this year!

Here are just a few of my hopeful reads this year:


amy said...

You must read Irresistible Revolution next. Please. It will ruin your life. And I just finished A thousand mils in a million years..and man, I can't stop thinking about it... Not sure if you're a Francis Chan fan, but I'm reading Crazy Love right now, and it's rocking my world.... I've got Captivating on my next to read list...which is weird that I haven't ever actually read it..but I think this is the season in my life that I'm ready to read it... anyway, good luck with your new reading prospects :)

ashtyn90 said...

Oh my goodness, Emily!!! I remember seeing your bookcase when you lived with Chelsea and was SOOO jealous! I would love some recommendations/to be able to borrow some?! :)
I'm in the middle of "Jesus Culture" right now. Pretty great.

Becky Moseley said...

Don't forget to add Jodi Picoult's "House Rules" to your list of books to read this year! I just finished it today and loved every moment. I'm thinking of re-reading "Captivating" next...

Emily Branca said...

Amy, I've been wanting to add Crazy Love to my list... just added it :) Don Miller is up next, then I'll hit Irresistible Revolution. You def have to be in the right season to read Captivating. Let me know how it goes! I'll keep you posted with my readings :)

stuckinmypedals said...

The Help by Kathryn Stockett. So good.

Kiera said...

just finished the Hunger Games series...took me all of 4 days to read all 3 books...need to find another book bad...

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