books to read

I love reading but haven't made much time for it since I became a mom. It's not for lack of time either, if I have time to watch TV then I have time to read a book, it may take me longer but I can do it. Reading relaxes me but with my 'mommy brain' I forget which books I want to read and end up not reading anything at all. I recently finished 'The Silver Linings Playbook' and thought it was fantastic (I saw the movie after I finished and it was good, but the book is always better). Anyway, I thought if I posted a list on the ol' blog it would help me remember what I have read and what I still need to read.

  1. A Farewell to Arms by Ernest Hemingway. I've never read anything by Hemingway and doesn't that seem like a crime? This seems like a good one to start with. 
  2. The Bell Jar by Sylvia Plath. I'm fascinated by mental illness (hey, that's why I studied psychology in college) yet I've never read this classic.
  3. Life of Pi by Yann Martel. My dad loves this book but for some reason I never picked it up. And seeing the previews for the movie (which I have yet to see) got me really interested.
  4. How to Be an American Housewife by Margaret Dilloway. It's a story about a Japanese war bride and her daughter. Gotta love complicated mother-daughter relationships...and I have always found the Japanese culture to be so interesting.
  5. Gone Girl by Gillian Flynn. This book has been recommended by various people and has been on my wish list for some time. I think I should read it soon.
  6. Room by Emma Donoghue. A story about a young boy and his mother who never leave the same small room, he has lived his entire life there. Eerie.
  7. One Thousand White Women by Jim Fergus. A novel about the 'Brides for Indians' program with all the drama that came with it.
  8. Give Them Grace by Elyse Fitzpatrick. I am a big admirer of Elyse Fitzpatrick's ever since I was in seminary and this book seems so necessary in the parenting world. We need to show and teach our children grace.
  9. Loving the Little Years by Rachel Jankovic. Being a mom to young children is HARD, people. It requires so much patience and can often feel like you've lost your life to an endless pile of dirty diapers and temper tantrums. This book is much needed in my life right now. :-)

I'll stop my list at nine because that seems like plenty. Who thinks I can finish this list by the end of the year? Any books that you are reading and loving right now?