Thursday, January 8, 2015

PHFR + Books I Hope to Read in 2015

I loved the cover of this book. I think it is so beautiful!

Books I hope to read in 2015:
(2)The Husband’s Secret by Liane Moriarty
(3)Middlemarch by George Eliot (epic epic)

(4)The Secret Life of Bees by Sue Monk Kidd
(5)Lewis Carroll: A Biography by Morton N. Cohen
(6) The Complete Stories by Flannery O’Connor

(7)re-read Catherine of Siena by Sigrid Undset
(8)The Kalahari Typing School for Men by Alexander McCall Smith (number 4 in the Ladies No. 1 Detective Agency series)
(9)Team of Rivals by Doris Kearn Goodwin

(11)Through the Year with Pope Francis by Pope Francis with Kevin Cotter
(12)Beautiful Ruins by Jess Walter
(13)A Pattern Language by Christopher Alexander (from the LMLD Library project)

(14)The Poisonwood Bible by Barbara Kingsolver
(15)re-read Orthodoxy by G.K. Chesterton
(16)Eleanor and Park by Rainbow Rowell
(17)Local Flavors by Deborah Madison

(18)These Beautiful Bones by Emily Stimpson
(19)The Blue Flower by Penelope Fitzgerald
(20)Strange Gods by Elizabeth Scalia
(21)Bringing it to the Table by Wendell Berry

(22)The Full Cupboard of Life  by Alexander McCall Smith (number 5 in the Ladies No. 1 Detective Agency series)
(23)A Catholic Mother’s Companion to Pregnancy by Sarah Reinhard and Lisa Hendey
(24)A Moveable Feast by Ernest Hemingway

(25)The Art of the Commonplace by Wendell Berry
(26) Jacob's Room by Virginia Woolf
(27)Simplicity Parenting by Kim John Payne

(28)Pope Awesome by Cari Donaldson
(29)Seams to Me by Anna Maria Horner

(31) My Antonia (can you believe I have never read it?) by Willa Cather
(32)The Diary of a Country Priest by Georges Bernanos
(34)reread One Writer's Beginning by Eudora Welty

(35)Savor by Shauna Niequist

(39) Lila by Marilynne Robinson
(40)The Lowland by Jhumpa Lahiri
(41)After the Armistice Ball by Catriona McPherson
(42)The Hundred Secret Senses by Amy Tan
(43) As Morning Breaks by Lisa Hendey

For "the Kids"
the Brambly Hedge books
The Wonderful Wizard of Oz by L. Frank Baum
Swallows and Amazons by Arthur Ransome
Alice in Wonderland by Lewis Carroll (woot.)
For kids, I also really like this list of chapter books.


The funny or odd thing about this is, I feel like I have to give a disclaimer about this list, by saying that I'm not worrying about amassing a great number of books. Or, a 'don't worry, I don't want to take myself too seriously.' Including the number of books is more about me and a personal challenge I have made for myself. The funny thing is, I honestly don't care at all about how well-read I am. I'm simply setting a goal for  myself like a runner might set a goal for mileage. I do it so that I have a goal that pushes me, and I do it for myself, because I like to read, and because it helps clarify things in my head. I like it because it's part of a conversation in the blogosphere, and I like it because these posts help me think more clearly about reading books, and my goals in that regard.

As for the numbers... I don't want to delete the numbers, because they made the list more organized and better for quick reference. Last year, my goal was 30 books, and I exceeded it by about 10. My goal is to build on that this year. So this year I am setting my sights at around 40... knowing that some will undoubtedly/probably be added along the way.  So, we'll see where that takes me (that's also depending on how many Epics I choose to pick up between now and 2016...!) :).

These are all books I've been wanting to read and/or already own or have on my shelf and my to-read pile. I'm pretty excited about all of these picks!
Now if I can just figure out how to connect these books to the MMD 2015 Reading Challenge, I'll be golden.:-)
What about you? What are you planning on reading?


Please pray for us. We got a kitten for our kids as a Christmas present, and she disappeared on Tuesday. We have been looking everywhere, and we have our neighborhood looking. It does not seem good with this cold snap we're currently experiencing. It has been heartbreaking.

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