Recommended Parenting Books:

The Vaccine Book by Dr. Robert Sears

The Happiest Baby on the Block by Dr. Harvey Karp

Brain Rules for Baby: How to Raise a Smart and Happy Child from Zero to Five by John Medina

Operating Instructions: A Journal of My Son’s First Year by Anne Lamott

Recently Read (* = Loved it) (P = Portland writer):

1. The Distance Between Us by Reyna Grande (Great, thought-provoking memoir about immigrating to the US from Mexico)


Stopped updating for awhile…..

18. The Fault in Our Stars by John Green

17. The End of Eve by Ariel Gore (former Portlander — an amazing memoir about a crazy dying mother.)

16. Counterclockwise: My Year of Hypnosis, Hormones, Dark Chocolate, and Other Adventures in the World of Anti-Aging by Lauren Kessler (Eugene writer — inspired me to work on strength training)

15. River House by Sarahlee Lawrence (Oregon writer! Well-written memoir about a young, world-traveling river guide who returns home to Central Oregon to build a log cabin and spend time with her father. )

14. My Year of Meats by Ruth Ozeki (a novel, but still, made me think twice about eating meat if I don’t know its source)

13. Sister Aimee by Daniel Epstein (biography of Aimee Semple McPherson)

12. To Heaven and Back by Mary C. Neal, MD

11.  *A Year of Biblical Womanhood by Rachel Held Evans (Loved it! Intelligent, hilarious, poignant, life-changing).

10. Undaunted by Christine Caine

9. The Jane Austen Book Club by Karen Joy Fowler

8. *We Are All Completely Beside Ourselves by Karen Joy Fowler (Winner of this year’s PEN/Faulkner award. Another must-read).

7. *Looking for Alaska by John Green (Destined to be a modern classic — a must-read YA novel. So hilarious, tragic and profound.)

6. Battlefield of the Mind by Joyce Meyers

5. One Thousand Gifts by Ann Voskamp

4. The Lost Art of Mixing by Erica Bauermeister

3. The School of Essential Ingredients by Erica Bauermeister

2. Marbles: Mania, Depression, Michelangelo, & Me a graphic memoir by Ellen Forney

1. The Secret of Castle Cant by K.P. Bath (P)

2014 ___________________________

23. The Last Battle by C.S. Lewis

22. Evolving in Monkeytown by Rachel Held Evans

21. The Lathe of Heaven by Ursula Le Guin (P)

20. Orange is the New Black by Piper Kerman

19. All Over Creation by Ruth Ozeki * (gorgeously written novel about GMOs and reconciliation, with a nod to Eugene hippies thrown in)

18. A Three Dog Life by Abigail Thomas

17. I Want to be Left Behind: Finding Rapture Here on Earth by Brenda Peterson

16. The Charisma Myth by Olivia Fox Cabane

15. Where’d You Go Bernadette? by Maria Semple

14. The Studbook by Monica Drake (P)

13. Storyline by Donald Miller (P)

12. Love Does by Bob Goff

11. The Invisible Girls by Sarah Thebarge (P)

10. * Live Through This: A Mother’s Memoir of Runaway Daughters and Reclaimed Love by Debra Gwartney (an Oregon writer)

9. Some Assembly Required by Anne Lamott

8. The Happiness Project by Gretchen Rubin (Full of inspiring tips on how to become happier — recommended!)

7.  The American Way of Eating by Tracie McMillan

6. Motherhood Made a Man Out of Me by Karen Karbo (P)

5. *Tiny Beautiful Things: Advice on Love and Life from Dear Sugar by Cheryl Strayed (P)

4. Quiet: The Power of Introverts in a World that Can’t Stop Talking by Susan Cain

3. Proof of Heaven by Eben Alexander

2. Neighbors and Wise Men by Tony Kriz (P)

1.  *Daring Greatly: How the Courage to be Vulnerable Transforms the Way We Live, Love, Parent and Lead by Brené Brown

_______________________________________ 2013 (I know I read more books in 2012 than I listed below, but I wasn’t keeping track until around May).

19. The Two Towers

18. The Purpose-Driven Life by Rick Warren

17. The Fellowship of the Ring

16. The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks by Rebecca Skloot

15. Out of Oz by Gregory Maguire

14. The Hobbit by JRR Tolkien

13. Dora: A Headcase by Lidia Yuknavitch (P)

12. Makai by Catherine Tyau

11. Half Broke Horses by Jeanette Walls

10. *Pigs in Heaven by Barbara Kingsolver (Barbara Kingsolver is so great — please read her if you haven’t).

9. *The Bean Trees by Barbara Kingsolver

8. Fried Green Tomatoes by Fannie Flagg

7. The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society by Mary Ann Shaffer and Annie Barrows

6. A Life of Bright Ideas by Sandra Kring

5. The Catcher in the Rye by J.D. Salinger

4. *To Kill a Mockingbird by Harper Lee

3. The Pilot’s Wife by Anita Shreve

2. Becoming Odyssa: Epic Adventures on the Appalachian Trail  by Jennifer Pharr Davis

1. *Wild: From Lost to Found on the Pacific Crest Trail by Cheryl Strayed (P)


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