Although I am painfully aware that I have not blogged in ages, I am not going to waste any time making excuses and telling you all the (varied and excellent) reasons why I’ve been so busy the past few months. Let’s skip right to the good stuff and talk books!
At the close of 2016, I did not have any reading goals in mind – I had just had our first baby and didn’t know when I’d have time to read again! It turns out, quite a lot! It’s simply not true that a new mother never showers, or sleeps, or reads, or has a moment to herself from the time the baby is born for the next ten years. I read most of the books on my 2017 reading list during the first few months of her life. She’d sleep on my chest for hours each day, so I borrowed massive stacks of books from friends and family and read away. I learned a lot! I delved pretty heavily into nonfiction at the beginning of this year as you can see from the list, and I feel like I read more new books than I have in many years!
Here is what I read in 2017:
Honey for the Child’s Heart by Gladys Hunt
For the Children’s Sake by Susan Schaeffer Macaulay
Little House in the Big Woods by Laura Ingalls Wilder
No Greater Joy Volume 1 by Michael Pearl
Organized Simplicity by Tsh Oxenreider
A Flame Shall Spring from the Embers by Heidi Pekarek
Sacred Marriage by Gary Thomas
The Nourishing Traditions Book of Baby and Child Care by Sally Fallon Morell
The Mama Natural Week by Week Guide to Pregnancy and Childbirth by Genevieve Howland
Kindred Hearts by Debra Evans
The Nesting Place by Myquilyn Smith
The Question of God by Armand M. Nicholi
Divine Design by Michael Pearl
Justification and the book of James by Michael Pearl
The Protestant Confessional by Michael Pearl
The Life Changing Magic of Tidying Up by Marie Kondo
Macbeth by Shakespeare
Harry Potter and The Sorcerer’s Stone by J.K. Rowling
Harry Potter and The Chamber of Secrets by J.K. Rowling
The Everlasting Man by G.K. Chesterton
Carry On, Jeeves by P.G. Wodehouse
I feel like I’m forgetting some books…maybe that’s just wishful thinking though. 😀
My reading goals for 2018 are a little more structured than “I’ll read whatever I want whenever I get the chance” ;). They are brief and simple and leave LOTS of room for flexibility (who knows what a new year will bring!) but will give me at least a few goals to strive for:
- Re-read at least one of Jane Austen’s books.
- Finish the books I am currently in the middle of reading. Namely, The Outlaws of Time by N.D. Wilson, Victoria The Queen by Julia Baird, The Prisoner of Azkaban by J.K. Rowling, That Hideous Strength by C.S. Lewis.
- Finish books that I started and didn’t finish much earlier in the year. Namely, Bonhoeffer by Eric Metaxas, I Saw the Angel in the Marble by Chris and Ellyn Davis and One Thousand Gifts by Ann Voskamp.
4. Read at least one more book in the Harry Potter series (which I am leisurely and luxuriously re-reading for the fourth time).
5. Read at least three unread books from my own shelf, including potentially John Adams by David McCullough, The Pilgrim’s Progress by John Bunyan and Crime and Punishment by Fyodor Dostoevsky.
6. As a bonus, if I somehow manage to complete the above goals, I’d like to try to read at least three completely new books that I’ve never read and don’t own. Potentially The Hidden Helpmeet by Debi Pearl, Norse Mythology by Neil Gaiman, and The Shining by Stephen King.
To be honest, I’ve been doing far more knitting than reading lately! And while I knit, I’ve been absolutely ADORING the Point North podcast lectures by Alistair Stephens: Dear Mr. Potter (on the Harry Potter books) and In Want of a Wife (his lectures on Pride and Prejudice). This year I hope to delve into his lectures on The Lord of the Rings! If you are a podcast listener and have never listened to a Story Wonk podcast I urge you to do so immediately! I have learned more about story structure, character development, pacing, plot, etc. than I learned in my entire college experience studying English.
Also while I knit I’ve enjoyed many different TV shows this year! Normally I watch far more movies than shows, but this year it’s been just the opposite. I finished Downton Abbey, Victoria, Pride and Prejudice 1995 mini series, To Walk Invisible, Sherlock 4, Bleak House, The Great British Baking Show and Stranger Things 2 to name a few. Baby Driver, Guardians of the Galaxy 2 and Lake House were some of my top favorite new finds in the movie department this year.
What were your favorites on your 2017 reading list? What are your 2018 reading goals?