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  • WE ARE…

    ... THE PERKES. We still consider ourselves newlyweds [we've been married for almost 5 years]. Our firstborn, Jace, is now 2 years old, and became a big brother when Sofia Rain joined our family in November 2012. We are from the East Coast [Luisa is from MA and Nate is from NH]. We are Bronco's Fans [We've lived in the Boise area for almost 5 years]. We are travelers. We are athletes and we are dancers. We are enthusiastic about food. We are spontaneous. We are addicted to the sun. We are in love.

    Most importantly... we are HAPPY. We are the Perkes.

Books I’ve Read…

Reading Right Now: It’s Not About the Bike- Lance Armstrong & Man’s Search for Meaning- Viktor Frankl

See my GoodReads link on the sidebar to see my ratings and reviews!!
*Signifies That It Belongs To a Series

2011 – Goal = 100 Books

The Goose Girl- Shannon Hale
Mutant Message Down Under- Marlo Morgan
Anna Karenina- Leo Tolstoy
The #1 Ladies Detective Agency- Alexander McCall Smith
Corduroy Mansions- Alexander McCall Smith
The Voyage of the Dawn Treader- C.S. Lewis
Confident Baby Care- Jo Frost
To The Rescue: Biography of Thomas S. Monson- Heidi Swinton
The Girlfriends’ Guide to Surviving the First Year of Motherhood- Vicki Iovine
In Harm’s Way- David Stanton
So THAT’s What They’re For- Janet Tamaro
1776- David McCullough
The Long Walk- Slavimir Rawicz

2010 – 81 Books
The Entire Harry Potter Series [2nd Time] – J.K. Rowling
Abish- K.C. Grant
Left to Tell- Immaculee Ilibagiza
The Baby Whisperer- Tracy Hogg
The Great Divorce- C.S. Lewis [2nd Time]
Parenting with Love & Logic- Foster CLine
On Becoming Babywise- Gary Ezzo
Still Alice- Lisa Genova
The Horse Boy- Rupert Issacson
Pregnancy Day by Day- Hope Ricciotti
The Good Earth- Pearl S. Buck
A Series of Unfortunate Events- Lemony Snicket
*The Bad Beginning
The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy- Douglas Adams
The Ember Series- Jeanne DuPrau
*The City of Ember
*The People of Sparks
The Bartimaeus Trilogy- Jonathan Stroud
*The Amulet of Samarkand
The Hunger Games Series- Suzanne Collins
*The Hunger Games [2nd Time]
*Catching Fire [2nd Time]
A Child is Born- Lennart Nilsson
The Midwife- Jennifer Worth
I am a Mother- Jane Clayson Johnson
Fire in the Bones: William Tyndale- Martyr, Father of the Restoration- S. Michael Wilcox
Secret Garden- Frances Hodgson Burgett
Life of Pi- Yann Martel
The Promised Land Series- David G. Woolley
*Pillar of Fire [2nd Time]
*Power of Deliverance
*Place of Refuge
*Day of Remembrance
Us: The Art of Relationships- Lisa Oz
The Midwife’s Apprentice- Karen Cushman
Thirteenth Tale- Diane Setterfield
What to Expect When You’re Expecting- Heidi Murkoff
Mere Christianity- C.S. Lewis
Christ and the New Covenant- Jeffery R. Holland
Wise, Blue Autumn- Donald S. Smurthwait
Mortal Instruments Series – Cassandra Clare
*City of Bones
*City of Ashes
*City of Glass
The Short Second Life of Bree Tanner- Stephenie Meyer
Fine, Old High Priests- Donald S. Smurthwaite
Princess Academy- Shannon Hale
Mysterious Benedict Society Series- Trenton Lee Stewart
*Mysterious Benedict Society
*Mysterious Benedict Society & The Perilous Journey
*Mysterious Benedict Society & The Prisoner’s Dilemma
Inkheart- Cornelia Funke
The Incomparable Christ- Vaughn J. Featherstone
Fablehaven Series- Brandon Mull
*Rise of the Evening Star
*Grip of the Shadow Plague
*Secrets of the Dragon Sanctuary
*Keys to the Demon Prison
The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society- Mary Anne Shaffer & Annie Barrows
Cotton Malone Series- Steve Berry
*The Templar Legacy
The Thorn Birds- Colleen McCullough
Pope Joan- Donna Woolfolk Cross
The Undaunted – Gerald N. Lund
Cry, The Beloved Country- Alan Paton
The Alchemist – Paolo Coehlo
Written on the Wind – Judith Pella
The Great and Terrible – Chris Stewart
*The Brothers
*Where Angels Fall
*The Second Sun
*Fury and Light
*From the End of Heaven
*Clear as the Moon
The Shack – William P. Young
Three Little Words – Ashley Rhodes-Courter
My Sisters Keeper- Jodi Picault
The Help – Kathryn Stockett
The Inheritance Cycle – Christopher Paolini

2009 – 41 Books

The Book Thief – Markus Zusak
The Christmas Sweater – Glen Beck
The Artemis Fowl Series – Eoin Colfer
*Artemis Fowl
*The Arctic Incident
*The Eternity Code
The Street Lawyer – John Grisham

Same Kind of Different As Me – Ron Hall & Denver Moore

Rebecca – Daphne de Maurier

The Giver – Lois Lowry
Percy Jackson & The Olympians – Rick Riordan
*The Lightning Thief
*The Sea of Monsters
*The Titan’s Curse
*The Battle of the Labyrinth
*The Last Olympian
The Great Divorce- C.S. Lewis
Jurassic Park – Michael Crichton

The Adventures of Sherlock Holmes – Sir Arthur Conan Doyle
The Count of Monte Cristo – Alexandre Dumas
The Phantom of the Opera – Gaston Leroux
Frankenstein – Mary Shelley
The Hunchback of Notre Dame – Victor Hugo
Picture of Dorian Gray – Oscar Wilde
The Lost Symbol – Dan Brown
The Uglies Trilogy – Scott Westerfield
Through Gates of Splendor- Elisabeth Elliot
The Proper Care & Feeding of Husbands – Dr. Laura Schlessinger
The Actor & the Housewife – Shannon Hale
These Is My Words – Nancy Turner
The Choice – Nicholas Sparks
Lemon Tart – Josi S. Kilpack
Three Cups of Tea – Greg Mortenson
Miracle of Forgiveness – Spencer W. Kimball
Eve & the Choice Made in Eden – Beverly Campbell
Rock Solid Relationships – Wendy L. Watson
Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants – Ann Brashares
*The First Summer
*The Second Summer
*Girls in Pants
*Forever in Blue
A Parting Gift – Ben Erickson

2008 – 21 Books

The Host – Stephenie Meyer

The Chronicles of Narnia – C.S. Lewis
*The Magician’s Nephew
*The Lion, The Witch and The Wardrobe
*The Horse and His Boy
*Prince Caspian
*The Voyage of the Dawn Treader
*The Silver Chair
*The Last Battle
The Tales of Beedle the Bard – J.K. Rowling
The Twilight Series – Stephenie Meyer
*New Moon
*Breaking Dawn
The Princess Bride – William Goldman
For One More Day – Mitch Albom

No One Can Take Your Place – Sheri Dew
If Life Were Easy, It Wouldn’t Be Hard – Sheri Dew

God Wants a Powerful People – Sheri Dew

The Screwtape Letters – C.S. Lewis

The Five Languages of Love – Gary Chapman
Strangling Your Husband Is Not An Option – Merrilee Brown Boyack

2007 or Before

Harry Potter and… – J.K. Rowling
*the Sorcerer’s Stone
*the Chamber of Secrets
*the Prisoner of Azkaban
*the Goblet of Fire
*the Order of the Phoenix
*the Half Blood Prince
*the Deathly Hallows
The Da Vinci Code – Dan Brown
Angels and Demons – Dan Brown
Digital Fortress – Dan Brown
Deception Point – Dan Brown
The Work and the Glory – Gerald N. Lund
*Pillar of Light
*Like a Fire is Burning
*Truth Will Prevail
*A Season of Joy
*The Gold to Refine
*Praise to the Man
*No Unhallowed Hand
*So Great a Cause
*All is Well
The Hobbit – J.R.R. Tolkien
The Lord of the Rings– J.R.R. Tolkien
*The Fellowship of the Ring
*The Two Towers
*The Return of the King
The Scarlet Letter – Nathaniel Hawthorne
The Other Side of Heaven – John H. Groberg
Little House on the Prairie – Laura Ingalls Wilder
*Little House in the Big Woods
*Farmer Boy
*Little House on the Prairie
*On the Banks of Plum Creek
*By the Shores of Silver Lake
*The Long Winter
*Little Town on the Prairie
*These Happy Golden Years
*On the Way Home
*The First Four Years
Time Quartet – Madeleine L’Engle
*A Wrinkle in Time
*A Wind in the Door
*Many Waters
*A Swiftly Tilting Planet
Diary of Anne Frank – Anne Frank
Little Women – Louisa May Alcott
Little Men – Louisa May Alcott
Anne of Green Gables – LM Montgomery
The Tales of Peter Rabbit – Beatrix Potter
Hatchet – Gary Paulsen
Felicity, An American Girl, 1-6 – Valerie Tripp
Kirsten, An American Girl vol. 1-6 – Janet Shaw
Molly, An American Girl vol. 1-6 Valerie Tripp
Samantha, An American Girl vol. 1-6 – Susan Adler
The Indian in the Cupboard – Lynne Reid Banks
The Return of the Indian – Lynne Reid Banks
Sideways Stories from the Westside School – Louis Sachar
Fudge – Judy Blume
Superfudge – Judy Blume
Tuesdays with Morrie – Mitch Albom
The Five People
You Meet in Heaven – Mitch Albom
Les Miserables – Victor Hugo
Wednesday Letters – Jason F. Wright
Beowulf- Anonymous
Hamlet – William Shakespeare
Julius Cesar – William Shakespeare
Macbeth – William Shakespeare
Romeo & Juliet – William Shakespeare
The Outsiders – S.E. Hinton
The Trumpet of the Swan – E.B. White
Where the Red Fern Grows – Wilson Rawls
Our Search for Happiness – M. Russell Ballard
Jesus the Christ – James E. Talmage
The Kingdom & the Crown – Gerald N. Lund
*Fishers of Men
*Come Unto Me
*Behold the Man
Children of the Promise – Dean Hughes
*Rumors of War
*Since You Went Away
*Far From Home
*When We Meet Again
*As Long As I Have You
Hearts of the Children – Dean Hughes
*The Writing On The Wall
*Troubled Waters
*How Many Roads
*Take Me Home
*So Much Of Life Ahead
Stone Tables – Orson Scott Card
Sarah – Orson Scott Card
Rebekah -Orson Scott Card
Rachel & Leah- Orson Scott Card
Isaiah for Idiots – John Bytheway
Leven Thumps & The Gateway to Foo – Obert Skye
Mary & Joseph – Robert Marcum
Faith of Our Fathers – Nancy Campbell Allen
*A House Divided
*To Make Men Free

ough the Perilous Flight
Tennis Shoes Series – Chris Heimerdinger
*Tennis Shoes Among the Nephites
*Gadiantons & The Silver Sword
*The Feathered Serpent – Part 1
*The Feathered Serpent – Part 2
*The Sacred Quest
*The Lost Scrolls
*The Golden Crown
*The Warriors of Cumorah
*The Tower of Thunder
*Kingdoms and Conquerors
The Savior Heals Without a Scar – Sheri Dew
Moby Dick- Herman Melville
The Joy Luck Club – Amy Tan
Brave New World – Aldous Huxley
Great Expectations – Charles Dickens
Watership Down- Richard Adams
A Tree Grows in Brooklyn – Betty Smith
Nancy Drew Files – Edward Stratemeyer
Crucible- Arthur Miller
The Child Called It – Dave Pelzer
Redwall Abbey – Brian Jacques
*Mariel of Redwall
*Martin the Warrior
*The Bellmaker
*The Outcast of Redwall
*Pearls of Lutra
*The Long Patrol
Red Badge of Courage – Stephen Crane
Millennial Glory- Wendie L. Edwards
*Hidden Light
The Clan of the Cave Bear – Jean M. Auel 

Books I Read A LONG Time Ago That I Want to Read Again:

To Kill a Mockingbird – Harper Lee
Of Mice and Men – John Steinbeck
Lord of the Flies – William Golding
Catcher in the Rye – JD Salinger
The Call of the Wild – Jack London
Animal Farm – George Orwell
1984 – George Orwell
The Scarlet Pimpernel – Baroness Emmuska Orczy

Priority To-Read List:

Jane Eyre – Charlotte Bronte
The Pilgrimage – Paolo Coehlo
By the River Piedra I Sat Down & Wept – Paolo Coehlo
Follow the River – James Alexander Thom
True Story of Hanzel & Gretel – Louise Murphy
The Memory Keepers Daughter – Kim Edwards
War & Peace – Leo Tolstoy
The Once & Future King – E.B. White
The Importance of Being Earnest – Oscar Wilde
The Jungle Books – Rudyard Kipling
Wuthering Heights – Emily Bronte
Anything by Bill Cosby
Go Forward With Faith: Biography of Gordon B. Hinckley – Sheri Dew
Have a Little Faith – Mitch Albom

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K. Elizabeth - I saw that you read the Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants series. These are my favorite books ever!! When I finished the 3rd there was no fourth and I was seriously devastated. I just love them! So glad you are enjoying your books. Reading is one of my all time favorites. Try "The Pact" by Jodi Picoult and "The Glass Castle" by um….. Jeannette Wells. 2 of my favs.

Bree - HOLY COW!!!!!!!!!!!!! Luisa, that list is AAA-mazing!! You are so awesome! I think I'll consult you'll list next time I'm feeling like a good read…too bad that feeling doesn't come more often! haha! Maybe I'll catch the bug again! ;) Thanks for sharing!

Shannon - And I'm proud of the amount of Shakespeare you have read. Never knew you liked him that much.

Shannon - Love Wuthering Heights, add Anna Karenina, Huckleberry Finn and Tom Sawyer are ok. If you read those you have to read Becky right after. It's not by Twain but it's really good. Shannon Hale is awesome. She wrote Austenland. That was a fun read. Good luck with all of these. You have quite the daunting task.

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