I started this blog when I realized that next year I would be IN.MY.MID.40’s. No denying you are middle-age when you are in your mid-40’s. For the record, 43 is EARLY 40’s and therefore NOT middle-age.
Like many people I started with a list – a list of 43 goals I hoped to reach or tasks I wanted to complete before my next birthday (July 5th). I have blogged about the goals a number of times, but in general find them to be too boring for even me (and I usually find myself VERY interesting.) Still, if you want to read a little about them go here, and here, and here.
If I had to give a general update I would say I am ignoring all goals that have to do with health and fitness and loving relationships. I am achieving the goals that have to do with blogging. I have succeeded as some of the house-wife goals, (couponing, organizing, recycling grocery bags).
The goal that I spend the most time on and that is probably the most interesting is my desire to read 43 books. I am more than half-way done (26 books completed) but I am running low on time. On February 9, I published a list of the first 15 books I read. You can find it here. Since that time I have read the following:
Open an autobiography by Andre Agassi I always had a crush on him. And enjoyed this book. It actually goes hand-in-hand with Tiger Mother.
Say You’re One of Them by Wem Akpan Blogged about this incredibly intense book of short-stories based in Africa here and here
I Feel Bad About My Neck by Nora Ephron Humor
What Now this is actually a blog you can find HERE. When I found this blog (thanks, Claudia) I wanted to go back to the first post and read it in order. It has been a long time since I have done that with a blog. I was conflicted because I knew that would cut into my “goal reading” time. So I decided to give myself one book credit. This woman is a great writer on a very interesting journey. I would recommend her to anyone. Unfortunately she JUST got diagnosed with cancer. Crazy sad, crazy scary. And no matter what, crazy good writing.
Coffee Will Make You Black by April Sinclair Blogged about this here.
Three Cups of Tea by Greg Mortenson and David Oliver Relin Inspirational and yet currently under scrutiny for accuracy.
How to Raise Your Spirited Child by Mary Sheedy Kurchinka Blogged about this parenting book here.
Early Bird, a memoir of premature retirement by Rodney Rothman Humor
A Long Walk To Water (Salva Dut) by Linda Sue Park Salva Dut is one of the “leaders” of the Lost Boys. Now he runs a not-for-profit water charity. Technically written for juvenile readers (age 9 and older), it caught my eye displayed on the end-cap of a shelf at our library. After reading “Say You Are One of Them,” I thought, awesome, a book about Africa that won’t be so intense I can’t function. And it was an amazing book. You should read it. So should the teens and pre-teens you know.
Maggie’s American Dream by James P. Comer, M.D. Part of my “self-study” in African American literature. First published in 1988, it should be easy to find a nice used copy. Prepare to want to send your black children to a “traditionally” black University.
Battle Hymn of the Tiger Mother by Amy Chua How come I only heard this book was about a terrible Mom and not that it was also really funny? An interesting companion book to Andre’ Agassi’s Open. This would be fun to discuss in a book club.
Mamalita – an adoption memoir by Jessica O’Dwyer Finished this today. Not a smart book to read when in the throes of an adoption traumaversary. But, WOW, has this been discussed by lots of people in the triad and I am just late to the party?? Coffeemom discusses it here. She is SO smart. I would love to discuss this more… like how this mother seems willing to step across pretty clear ethical lines if that will get her child home. And how I felt more compassion for her than revulsion and judgment – although I THOUGHT I should be feeling more judgment. Please, if you have read this book – let’s discuss it. If not, could you read it? Soon? And THEN we could discuss it.
Anybody still reading this post? If so, you are probably a bibliophile in which case I would love to have suggestions. I need to read 16 more books by July 5th. I like many types of literature, but right now I am favoring memoirs, biographies, autobiographies, anything to do with adoption, Africa, Ethiopia, parenting and humor… but don’t limit yourself.
Oh, and if at all possible, I need fast reads (that will also make me feel smart and fascinating at a cocktail party – should I ever be invited to one.)