I did this a little bit backwards – introducing my new book list for 2018, before compiling my last post of 2017. I honestly didn’t finish that many books this past month and I was just to excited to plan for the next year! Here’s a brief look at December and a quick highlight of my favorite books of 2017.
A Touch of the Infinite: Studies in Music Appreciation with Charlotte Mason – I’m honestly sort of pre-reading this to see if I want to buy it. It’s on loan from a friend and so far I’m thinking it would be a super helpful addition to my growing library.
A Wind in the Door – my daughter and I started this last night. It’s the second in the quartet of L’Engle’s time books. I’m quickly becoming a huge fan of her writing and I’m excited to read this one and hopefully work through the whole set this year.
Liturgy of the Ordinary: Sacred Practices in Everyday Life – This was a Christmas gift and one that had been on my list for a while. I’m attempting to read it super slowly and really sit with each chapter and journal through it. It’s so good though that I want to just keep reading.
Seaman: The Dog Who Explored the West with Lewis & Clark – this is one I’m reading along with my daughter this term
The Princess & the Goblin – another book I’m reading along with my daughter for school this term. It’s been on my to-read list for years, so I’m excited to finally be working through it.
The Mill and the Floss – this is a carry over from last year’s list and it’s a doozy so hopefully I can mange to get through it on top of all the other reading I need to do.
Pride & Prejudice – this is February’s book club book so I need to get started on it. It will be a re-read for me, but it’s been a million years since I read it
Ready, Player One – this one had been on my to-read list forever and since the movie is coming out, my son is interested in reading and seeing it. I liked it and enjoyed all the 80s references. I’m not a huge gamer, nor have I ever, so I wasn’t totally into all the video game stuff. It was a little bit scary to read after reading The Shallows and what the internet is doing to us for sure. I was frustrated by all the sexual parts they threw in there, because it really almost felt like the author was just trying to be edgy – even with the language too. I’m mostly fine with language in a book if it fits with the character and I just didn’t feel like it fit with the main character all that much. Overall it was pretty good.
The Moth Presents All These Wonders: True Stories about Facing the Unknown – I’m not one to read short stories, but I do appreciate The Moth Podcast so this was interesting. I’m not sure there are any of the stories that were life changing or I’ll remember. But it was a good before bed read.
An Echo of Murder by Anne Perry – I’m a longtime fan of Anne Perry and the last book of hers I read I really didn’t like. This one was much improved. Still not as good as she was years ago, but I guess when you’ve written like a million mystery books at some point you become pretty predictable.
Favorites of 2017
For Non-Fiction: I really loved The Shallows: What the Internet Is Doing to Our Brains just for all the things it prompted me to consider in my life as I use the internet and as I live with a family of people who love it too. I also really enjoyed The Seamstress by Sarah Bernstein. It was a hard story to read, as it is a World War II story of concentration camps, but it was a portion of that history that was new to me.
For Fiction: I really enjoyed Vincent and Theo: The Van Gogh Brothers for all the things I learned about Van Gogh and just how crazy he was. I also enjoyed
The Ocean at the End of the Lane as my first forray into Neil Gaiman. I’m excited to try and read more of his work this year if I can. I also really loved Swallows and Amazons – it reminded me a lot of all the running around my neighborhood I did as a child and really wished my kids had the same memories, but the world has just changed so much.