My 2013 Reading List

I love reading, always have. I grew up surrounded by books and gobbled them up. I don’t always make reading goals for each year, as I frequently just pick up things along and along, as I realize what interests me and what I need to learn about. I read quite widely, across many genres, and I feel this is a good thing. I'm posting my book list (rather, the beginning of it, as I'll likely add many more later), because I love to read other people lists!

First, the massive hunk of books I need to finish. I have a habit of starting books of different sorts and then picking up different ones depending on my mood. They are like a bunch of different friends who have different things to tell me about. But I've decided to finish all the ones in progress before I start with anything new. I doubt after I finish them all that I'll be able to regularly just read one book at a time. That sounds insane! But I'll try to at least keep it to only three or four at a time.

2012 Book List: (crossing out as I complete)

To Finish:

Crime and Punishment by Fyodor Dostoyevsky

Organized Simplicity by Tsh Oxenreider

The Pilgrim’s Progress by John Bunyon

Bringing up Girls by James Dobson

The Odyssey by Homer

The Republic by Plato


A Circle of Quiet by Madeleine L’Engle

The Core by Leigh A. Bortins


An Everlasting Meal by Tamar Adler

The China Study by T. Colin Campbell

The Joy of Less: A Minimalist’s Living Guide by Francine Jay

God is in the Manger: Reflections on Advent and Christmas by Deitrich Bonhoeffer

To Be a Runner by Martin Dugard

Toxic Charity by Robert D. Lupton

When Helping Hurts by Steve Corbett and Brian Fikkert

Atlas Shrugged by Ayn Rand

(Homer and Plato are almost done, I've read them most of the way through for the bookclub I'm involved with via Life In Grace. I love that I've finally found an online bookclub reading the classics together.)

To Read (A list that will be added to):

Running For My Life by Lopez Lomong

The Core by Leigh A. Borlins

An Everlasting Meal by Tamar Adler

Bringing up Boys by James Dobson

The Talent Code by Daniel Coyle

Recovering the Lost Tools of Learning by Douglas Wilson

Fidelity by Wendell Berry

Bonhoeffer: Pastor, Martyr, Prophet, Spy by Metaxas

He Gave Us a Valley by Helen Roseveare

Living Sacrifice by Helen Roseveare

Digging Ditches by Helen Roseveare

Honey for a Child’s Heart by Gladys Hunt

How to Get Your Child to Practice by Cynthia Richards

Helping Parents Practice by Edward Sprunger

To Learn with Love by William and Constance Starr

A Covert Affair by Jennet Conant


And for my Classical Bookclub:

Virgil’s Aenied

Ovid’s Metamorphoses

City of God by Augustine


Divine Comedy by Dante

Julius Ceasar by Shakespeare

I'm going to post my booklist in the sidebar and cross them off as I finish. I used to do a good job keeping a “Commonplace Book” like the one Jefferson kept, where I write a brief note on each book I read, ranging from a sentence to pages. I'll keep that up this year, in an actual written book, but will occasionally post comments or quotes from my reading.

Up soon: Health Goals for 2013.

Anyone care to link to their book list below?


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  • Guest Posting today at Living Well Spending Less August 20, 2013, 9:26 AM

    […] learning, and think I could read a book about almost any subject and learn from it. Here's my 2013 book list. I know–I really need to read things one at a time instead of ten books at once! Anyway, […]

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