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)
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:
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?