Tammy’s 2011 Reading List




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1 Tabita @ Simply Enough January 5, 2011

You’ve probably read some of these, but here are a few of my favorites: “Radical Simplicity,” “Simple Prosperity,” “Animal, Vegetable, Miracle, ” “Ishmael,” “Social Business,” “Three Cups of Tea,” “Stones Into Schools,” “The Poisonwood Bible,” “The End of Overeating,” “The No Asshole Rule,” “Rework,” “Made To Stick…” Hmmm, I could go on forever. :)

2 Becky January 5, 2011

AWESOME! I can’t wait for your reviews. You’ll be adding to my goodreads list :)

3 Becky January 5, 2011

oh & I could really use a house with only 100 things in it right now as I’m getting ready to pack up & move AGAIN!

4 Jess January 5, 2011

If you want some classic fiction, I have two faves from 2010:
‘The curious incident of the dog in the night-time’ By Mark Haddon and ‘The Whale Rider’ by Wiki Ihamera.

5 Jess January 5, 2011

Also, I am right into Philosophy of Science at the moment. How we think about environment, drawing conclusions, how others think, where ideas come from etc. I am liking ‘Theory and Reality’ by P. Godfrey-Smith and ‘What is this thing called science?’ by Chalmers.

6 Del January 5, 2011

I’d recommend Shannon Hayes ‘Radical Homemakers’ . And Thoreau’s Civil Disobedience. Thanks for asking. Btw, Shannon blogs at yesmagazine.

7 Ian January 5, 2011

If you read this on a Kindle, then you could review your highlights and notes at http://kindle.amazon.com which has a Daily Review that shows you flashcards of your highlights, or the popular highlights that others have added.

Note that the Kindle could eventually replace all you phyiscal paper books, but do you count it as one item, or do you count all the books that you have in the amazon archive?

8 Amy Bowers January 6, 2011

i just read _nothing to envy: ordinary lives in north korea_ by barbarb demick. wow! this book was an amazing look at life in north korea as told through the stories of 6 defectors. this book was an engrossing story that is read quickly, but not easily forgotten. highly recommended.

9 Laura January 6, 2011

“Same Kind of Different as Me” by Ron Hall and Denver Moore. It is an inspiring must read! I appreciate your suggestions and look forward to what you find.

Laura’s Last Post: Random Thursday: The Body Shop

10 rePete January 6, 2011

Assuming you maintain minimalism, how do you get rid of the books you accumulate?

My favorite books I read in 2010 were Ishmael, Disciplined Minds, and Early Retirement Extreme.

11 Tammy January 6, 2011

@rePete – After I’m done reading books I give them to the library, friends, or sell them to Powell’s. :) Thanks for the book recommendation!

12 megan January 6, 2011

I don’t know if you are looking for specific genres or books in general.

But two i’ve really enjoyed recently by Charles de Lint

“The Memory of Grace”
“Someplace to be Flying”

both have interesting messages about compassion and time.

De Lint has so many other good books that through the art of his story telling just make the most mundane theme seem magical. I always say that if i get stuck on an island and i can only take 3 books at least one of them will be Someplace to be Flying. :)

13 Sarah January 6, 2011

Tammy! the book that rocked my socks this month was “The Five Love Languages: Singles Edition.” by Gary Chapman. of course, you’re not single, but this one covers using the languages on everybody from partners to co-workers and family. seriously, i think everybody should read this book (either the regular or this edition).
love and hugs!!!

14 Heather January 6, 2011

How about “Never Let Me Go” by Kazuo Ishiguro.. It was a quick read with subtle hints of a big topic.

15 Lisa Fine - lisasfoods January 6, 2011

Glad to see you’re sticking with the reading, but pared your list down. I read exactly 52 books last year (got inspiration from your site), and I’m sticking with the same goal this year. My reading tends to be more quick, and I enjoy rushing from one book to another, especially when they’re well-written and keep me enthralled.

Goodreads.com is a great way to track books; they also allow you to write in your book-reading goal for the year. (And just yesterday I added The 100 Thing Challenge to my list.)

16 Kay January 6, 2011

A Stroke of Insight

Still Alice

17 ruth January 6, 2011

sounds like a great book! i kept track of all the books i read last year (and am doing the same for this year) and listed them all on my blog here: http://littleolivebranch.blogspot.com/p/good-reads.html. Standouts were: Watch the Great World Spin, The Last Resort, Little Bee, and Born Round. Happy reading!

18 Ariana January 6, 2011

‘Fugitive Pieces’ and ‘The Winter Vault’ by Anne Michaels are masterpieces of literature. One of the best writers of fiction alive. Other books well worth a read: ‘Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close,’ ‘The History of Love’ and ‘Baking Cakes in Kigali.’

19 Jo@simplybeingmum January 6, 2011

The Magic of Thinking Big – David J Schwartz

20 Tammy January 6, 2011

WOW!!! Peeps you all rock. Seriously. Thanks for all the recommendations. Now I have to decide what to read! :)

21 Jo@simplybeingmum January 7, 2011

Pick mine! 😉

22 Jo@simplybeingmum January 7, 2011

I’ll send you mine

23 Patty January 6, 2011

I highly recommend “Snow Day” by Billy Coffey. It’s a short, thought provoking book with some good messages. Another book both my husband and I read and recommend is “The Cross Gardener” by Jason F. Wright. It’s another book that really makes one think.

24 Kristy Powell January 6, 2011

This book has been first in my list of books to read for a little bit now. Can’t wait to finish the ones I’m on now and move on to this joy!!! Also, I look forward to the books you post about. I love a good book review.

25 Sarah January 7, 2011

Some interesting fiction that I read in 2010 and would highly recommend: The Elegance of the Hedgehog by Muriel Barbery, and Tinkers, by Paul Harding. Also, it escaped me in high school and college english classes, but I finally read All Quiet on the Western Front by Erich Maria Remarque. Timely and timeless all in one.

26 Den Mother January 8, 2011

Switch & Brew to Bikes. Both books are really interesting! We will look forward to seeing what you’re reading next!

27 Jeano January 10, 2011

I started a 2 books/month in 2010 – ended up reading 32 (totally surprised myself and doable).

Here are some of my favorites:
1. Coop
2. Animals Make Us Human
3. Open
4. Out Stealing Horses
5. Whip Smart
6. Happiness Project
7. Orange is the New Black
8. John Muir – The Story of My Boyhood and Youth
9. The Best Women’s Travel Writing 2010
10. Going Green: True tales from gleaners, scavengers, and dumpster divers
11. The Bucolic Plague: How two Manhattanites became gentlemen farmers
12. The death of Josseline : immigration stories from the Arizona-Mexico borderlands
13. Portrait of an Addict as a Young Man
14. Some Girls
15. Let’s Take the Long Way Home
16. Rosanne Cash Composed
17. Through a Dog’s Eyes
18. The Quickening
19. The Gift of Birds – True Encounters with Avian Spirits
20. My Nest isn’t Empty; it Just has More Closet Space
21. No Ordinary Joes
22. Too Close to the Falls

28 Patty January 11, 2011

Thanks for the nice list, Jeano. I’m an animal lover so I was glad to see some titles related to them, specifically dogs. One of my favorites in the dog category is “The Art of Racing in the Rain,” by Garth Stein. I’d love to hear more suggestions from others about dogs, and cats too. I have one of each.

29 Megan January 12, 2011

May i recommend –

“Inside of a Dog” by Alexandra Horowitz –
Psychology professor and dog person Horowitz was studying the ethology (the science of animal behavior) of white rhinos and bonobos at the San Diego Zoo when she realized that her research techniques could just as easily apply to dogs at the local dog park; there, she began to see “snapshots of the minds of the dogs” in their play. Over eight years of study, she’s found that, though humans bond with their dogs closely, they’re clueless when it comes to understanding what dogs perceive-leading her to the not-inconsequential notion that dogs know us better than we know them. Horowitz begins by inviting readers into a dog’s umwelt-his worldview-by imagining themselves living 18 inches or so above the ground, with incredible olfactory senses comparable to the human capacity for detailed sight in three dimensions (though dogs’ sight, in combination with their sense of smell, may result in a more complex perception of “color” than humans can imagine). Social and communications skills are also explored, as well as the practicalities of dog owning (Horowitz disagrees with the “pack” approach to dog training). Dog lovers will find this book largely fascinating, despite Horowitz’s meandering style and somnolent tone.

Absolutely fascinating book – two chapters in i looked at my pit mix and said “Whoa… i get why you do that THING that you do.” He became a new creature all over again and it made me appreciate his presence in my life all the more.

30 Patty January 12, 2011

Thanks so much for the recommendation, Megan! I saw that book in our local book store but I didn’t have time to look at it that day. After reading the summary/review you included, I have to read it! I must tell you that what really convinced me to read the book was your comment about your dog being a pit mix. Our dog is also a pit mix! We think the other part is lab. She’s so lovable and loving to my husband and me, but it sounds like this book could offer us some valuable insights into some of her “quirky” behaviors. We actually took her to a woman who lives in our community for an evaluation. She is nationally known in dog circles as an expert on dog behaviors. Her name is Brenda Aloff, and one of the books she has written is “Canine Body Language–Interpreting the Native Language of the Domestic Dog.” You might want to check that one out. We learned so much from her, especially specific to the pit terrier breed. (Do you know of any way we could share email addresses? I’d like to let you know what I learn when I read “Inside of a Dog.” It would also be fun to share dog experiences and stories about our own dogs.)

31 Dara February 3, 2011

One book I’d strongly recommend is Ken Robinson’s The Element: How Finding Your Passion Changes Everything.

It is inspirational – even if you have found your passion. His ideas about education and creativity are fabulous. If you haven’t already seen them, he has 2 must watch TED Talks.

32 Pascale March 17, 2011

Great website Tammy, thanks for sharing your insights. This is a question that doesn’t pertain to books, but to websites. I’m looking for a website that I previously had in my list of favorites, but unfortunately lost. Maybe some of you can help me out. The website was called My Simple Home, but was renamed My White Home. The woman who writes is from Canada and she goes by Mrs. G. She always posted lots of pictures from her condo. I think she was on blogspot or something similar. Does anybody know who I’m talking about?
Thanks a bunch,

33 Sophia March 21, 2011

I’ve enjoyed everything that I’ve read by Ann Patchett, Mary Roach and Michale Perry. Another commenter metioned Coop, which is by Perry. Mary Roach is a science write who takes a topic (space, sex, cadavers) and addresses it from a gazillion different ways, all with great wit. Ann Patchett just writes lovely, lovely books.

34 Magylyn March 22, 2011

Thanks for the list. I am always looking for new books to read. I love to get recommendations!!!

35 Chelsea April 11, 2011

I’ve gotten lots of great book tips from you thanks! I also love young adult fiction. If you like book clubs you should think about joining the “Adult Young Adult Book Club of Portland.” It’s a lot of fun and we read 1-2 books a month then get together to discuss them. Here’s the facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/home.php?sk=group_142378029143391

36 Katy @ The Non-Consumer Advocate April 30, 2011

Glad to hear the loan of my book made your list. Now . . . to get it back to me. 😉


37 Tammy April 30, 2011

@Katy – :) I brought it for you last week at knitting, but you weren’t there. I’ll have it with me next week too. Hope to see you there!

38 Alicia September 15, 2011

I have recently finished Radical Simplicity, by Dan Price. His writing style is simple and down-to-earth. I

My favorites: Animal, Vegetable, Miracle; Radical Homemakers; and Ishmael.

39 Lisa October 16, 2011

Another recommendation:
To Have or to Be, Erich Fromm.
All the best

40 tanya November 9, 2011

if you love the year of magical thinking, i recommend A Three Dog Life…absolutely love her writing style!

41 Quinton Blue December 16, 2011

“The Sun Tea Chronicles,” a novel about a young man who drops out of the work world to live the simple life. I spent years writing it.