2012 book club


I am kinda obsessive about books, so I thought it would be fun to make a list of all the ones I read (& reread) this year, if for no other reason than to make you think WOW SHE'S AWESOME because who doesn't like feeling like you are impressing someone? A couple things of note:

1) I am a parent and do not have a lot of free time to read books.
2) I have a difficult time falling asleep and unfortunately have a lot of free time to read books.
3) For the sake of honesty, there are like 4 or 5 of these that I have only read about halfway through.
3) On an unrelated note, apparently almost all non-fiction books have colons in the titles. It's like, just pick the title and be done. You don't need an entire description on the front cover, dude.

Fiction

Dare Me, Megan Abbott
Weetzie Bat, Francesca Lia Block
City of Ashes, Cassandra Clare
City of Bones, Cassandra Clare
City of Fallen Angels, Cassandra Clare
City of Glass, Cassandra Clare
Catching Fire, Suzanne Collins
The Hunger Games, Suzanne Collins
Mockingjay, Suzanne Collins
Crossed, Ally Condie
Matched, Ally Condie
Micro, Michael Crichton
Prey, Michael Crichton
Timeline, Michael Crichton
The Lion's Game, Nelson DeMille
Night Fall, Nelson DeMille
Plum Island, Nelson DeMille
Wild Fire, Nelson DeMille
Room, Emma Donoghue
American Psycho, Bret Easton Ellis
The Rules of Attraction, Bret Easton Ellis
Dead World, Sebastiene Elston
Pillars of the Earth, Ken Follett
World Without End, Ken Follett
Triburbia, Karl Taro Greenfeld
Girl in the Arena, Lisa Haines
Shutter Island, Dennis Lehane
Life of Pi, Yann Martel
Prison Nation, Jenni Merritt
L8r, g8r, Lauren Myracle
ttfn, Lauren Myracle
ttyl, Lauren Myracle
Divergent, Veronica Roth
Insurgent, Veronica Roth
Swamplandia!, Karen Russell
The Help, Kathryn Stockett
Savages, Don Winslow
Winter's Bone, Daniel Woodrell

Non-fiction

Getting Ghost: Two young lives and the struggle for the soul of an American city, Luke Bergmann
The Vow: The true events that inspired the movie, Kim & Krickitt Carpenter
Boundaries With Kids, Henry Cloud
When Children Love to Learn, Elaine Cooper
Real Marriage: the truth about sex, friendship, & life together, Mark Driscoll
The Ultimate Book of Homeschooling Ideas, Linda Dobson
The Beginner's Guide to Homeschooling, Patrick Farenga
Love and logic magic for early childhood: practical parenting from birth to six years, Jim Fay
Waldorf Education: A family guide, Pamela Johnson Fenner
Marbles: Mania, Depression, Michelangelo, and Me, Ellen Forney
Black Like Me, John Howard Griffin
Teaching Montessori in the Home: the pre-school yearss, Elizabeth G. Hainstock
God, if you're not up there, I'm ******: tales of stand-up, Saturday Night Live, and other mind-altering mayhem, Darrell Hammond
The Aquariums of Pyongyang: Ten years in the North Korean gulag, Chol-hwan Kang
The Psychopath Test: A journey through the madness industry, Jon Ronson
January First: A child's descent into madness and her father's struggle to save her, Michael Scofield
Early-start Potty Training, Linda Sonna
MetaMaus: A look inside a modern classic, Maus, Art Spiegelman
Montessori Insights for Parents of Young Children, Aline D. Wolf
A Guide to Potty Training, Caroline Young

Poetry (Is this non-fiction? Or maybe fiction? I figured it needed its own category)

Poems, Emily Dickinson
Collected Poems, Dylan Thomas
Under Milk Wood, Dylan Thomas

Any suggestions for books to read in 2013?

party on, the end


Here are the very last photos from Violet's birthday! It was seriously not easy to narrow down from a couple thousand pix. She's just too photogenic.


She was so excited to blow out the candle herself.


And it was pretty funny to see how she chose to eat her cupcake.








It was exciting to dig into a little pile of new toys and books.



Of course we had a to attempt a few family photos. Not pictured: the photo of Violet and Mike and I, because it was just not happening. We can only expect so much from our little girl on the go.


Besides, she had stuff to do.


Books to read...


Zooey to play with...


And a new little baby to feed. Her little attentive expression just gets me.


We're so thankful for two years with this precious little girl! <3

v. s.

























This movie is everything to me...lovely and dark and teenagery emotional and sad. I seriously love any film Sofia Coppola creates.

party on, part 3


Presents!



I love how dainty and sweet she looks. Those little legs!




Nice! Now we can return the one we keep renewing from the library. Seriously, we've had it forever.






Fun handmade card made by my dad! He's like a handmade card pro. Our family's enjoyed many birthday cards over the years and it's fun that Violet gets to enjoy them too!


Speaking of handmade, Grandma sewed Violet a cute little chef outfit! Does she look adorbz or what?





Everyone couldn't get enough of her little cooking show.


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