Book Lists: January/February

Although I’ve sorely lacked in writing in this space what I’ve been reading; I have been reading these last few months. I’ve actually found myself with too many books with bookmarks and an ever growing list. Here’s where I’m at currently and where I’m hoping to head in the month ahead.

CURRENTLY READING:

None Like Him by Jen Wilken – I’m trying to read through this one slowly. To really narrate through on my own each section, spend some time with the scripture references and process each attribute. I do love her writing and teaching style. It’s a great read so far.

Good and Angry by Turansky – This is a re-read for me, but it’s totally different reading this book as a parent of a tween and teenager versus little bitties when I first read it. I’m reading through it pretty slowly when I have a few stolen moments in the mornings while the house is quiet. It is a great parenting book.

The Tech-Wise Family by Crouch – This is another one that I’m reading through slowly. I’m almost done with it and would highly recommend it. I’ve read a few books about technology and parenting over the last few years and honestly I think this one is by far my favorite. It’s an easy read, but yet he asks such great questions to ponder.

The Swiss Family Robinson – by Wyss – The chick and I are still reading this in the evenings before bed when we have a chance. We have one chapter left! I’ve really loved this book more than I ever thought I would. It’s charming and thought provoking and although it’s long, we’ve really enjoyed it.

Hadrian’s Wall by Goldsworthy – The chick and I have been studying early history and the Romans off and on this year and we are reading a children’s book called The White Isle which is about Hadrian’s Wall in England. I snagged this book at the library which is actually a history of this wall and so far it’s actually pretty interesting.

For School I’m reading along with the chick: The Children’s Homer, Defeating Darwinism, It Couldn’t Just Happen, Our Island Story, Augustus Caesar’s World, The Forgotten Daughter and The White Isle.

RECENTLY FINISHED

The Great Alone by Hannah – Goodness this book. I could not put it down and when I got within about 100 pages to the end I spent pretty much the whole day stealing time to read it. I honestly did not like the main characters at all, but I loved the setting in Alaska and all the details. There is something about escaping and surviving on your own that I just totally love (but could never do) and the idea of living somewhere so wild is just exciting to me. It would be fabulous vacation read if you have one coming up.

A Year in Provence by Mayle – I loved this. I’m beginning to figure out that I love memoirs that involve traveling and living somewhere else; maybe because my husband and I would totally do it, yet probably never will. The author was hilarious and it was overall just such a lovely little book.

The Lighthouse Keeper’s Daughter by Gaynor – This one I grabbed at the library one day because I thought it sounded really interesting. Another book along the lines of living somewhere and having to figure out how to survive against the elements; in this case on a crazy island in northern England and also in New England in the US. It was an easy read and I did love the setting and the characters in this one.

Dark Tide RIsing by Perry – I’ve been reading Anne Perry’s books since I was like 19 so anytime one comes out, I always gobble it up. After all these years I can see the pattern and where she’s going, but I still love them.

Blind Justice by Alexander – This book was awesome. I read it for my book club and so far I’d say this would be my favorite fiction book of 2019 so far. It’s a mystery (which I love) and I’m eager to find some more of his series in the coming months. It’s all based around the same Blind Judge and other main characters and it’s set in a time period in England that I’ve read much about over the years.

The Christmas Mystery by Gaarder – This was a read aloud the chick and I read during Advent and a little beyond. It was good, a little strange but it is a translated book so I think you have to remember that it’s written from a totally different culture and perspective.

The Tuscan Child by Bowen – This was another quick read and I enjoyed it. Can’t say I remember a whole lot about it though!

This is the Story of a Happy Marriage by Patchett – I love Ann Patchett and any time I get to read about an author’s “real life” and even glimpses into their writing process I love it even more. This is a series of essays and each one don’t necessarily relate to one another, but overall it’s a fantastic book.

What’s Next?

I’m getting ready to start The Ocean at the End of the Lane. This is a re-read for me, but there was something about it that made me want to read it again. It’s a pretty small book and I’m hopefully that this time around I will get more out of it. I like Gaiman a lot and I think there are a lot of things I can glean from his writing as I try to flush out a story that’s been floating around my head for years. I’m hopeful that as some of my responsibilities change this year, my writing life can come back. I have a stackful of books that I’ve sort of started that I’d love to get moving into. But I feel like I need to finish some of the ones I’m currently reading first.

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Reading: My 2017 Book List

I’ve never been one to make a formal book list. I have my lists of “want to reads” in Goodreads and on Amazon, but I’ve never decided ahead of time what I hope to read. One major goal I have for this coming new year is to work on my own learning and personal advancement with goals. I feel like I just keep moving from one thing to the next and never really working ahead. I miss the years of college so much because everything was already laid out for you. I think this is why sometimes I miss working out in the actual workplace versus at home and for myself. I spend so much time planning the reading and learning for my daughter that I felt it was high time I started doing the same for myself. I’m also hoping to be better at writing reviews of what I’ve read too.

2017 Master Book List


FICTION

Most of these came from the podcast What Should I Read Next which is a total blast to listen to and honestly has become my go-to when it comes to finding good books.

The Nightengale by K. Hannah
The Kitchen House by K. Grissom
The Mill on the Floss by G. Eliot
One in a Million Boy by M. Wood
Curious Charms of Arthur Pepper by P. Patrick
Atonement by I. McEwan
The Optimist’s Daughter by E. Welty
Olive Kitteridge by E. Strout
Breathing Lessons by A. Tyler
Shiloh by H. Sorensen
The Little White Horse by E. Goudge
Emma by J. Austen**


NON FICTION

Hillbilly Elegy by JD Vance
First Women: The Grace and Power of America’s Modern First Ladies by KA Brower
The Seamstress by ST Bernstein
The Ghost Map: The Story of London’s Most Terrifying Epidemic–and How It Changed Science, Cities, and the Modern World by S. Johnson
The Hiding Place by Corrie Ten Boom
The Fellowship: The Literary Lives of the Inklings: J.R.R. Tolkien, C. S. Lewis, Owen Barfield, Charles Williams by Zaleski


PERSONAL GROWTH

The Fringe Hours by
On the Shoulders of Hobbits
The Year of Yes by S. Rhimes
Upstream by M. Oliver
Present Over Perfect by S. Niequist
You Learn by Living by E. Roosevelt
Pleasures of Reading in an Age of Distraction by A. Jacobs
Wired to Create by
Curated Closet by
Everybody Writes by
The Core by L. Bortins
On Being a Writer by A. Kroeker


SPIRITUAL GROWTH

Humble Roots by H. Anderson
Love Walked Among Us by P. Miller
Love Henry, Letters on the Spiritual Life by H. Nouwen
Walking on Water by M. L’Engle
Good and Angry by D. Powlison
Finding God in the Ruins by M. Bays
A Grief Observed by CS Lewis
Prone to Wander by B. Duguild
Echoes of Eden by J. Barrs


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