2016 Reading List

2016readinglist

Books Read This Year:

{Non-fiction}

  • The Liberal Arts Tradition (Clark/Jain)  5* (excellent resource on the WHY & WHAT of Classical Education)
  • How to Read a Book: The Classic Guide to Intelligent Reading (Adler) 3* (loads of good info but so…wordy)
  • The Whole Brain Child (Siegel/Bryson) 3* (some good info but lots of psychobabble)
  • Deconstructing Penguins (Goldstone) 4* (good ideas on literature discussion with kids)
  • The Quotidian Mysteries: Laundry, Liturgy, and “Women’s Work” (Norris) 3*

{Fiction}

  • The Big Rock Candy Mountain (Stegner) 5*
  • The Girl on the Train (Hawkins) 3*
  • Euphoria (King) 3*
  • The Devil in the White City (Larson) 3.5*
  • The Bell Jar (Plath) 3*
  • The Long & Faraway Gone (Berney) 4*
  • Wonder (Palacio) 4*
  • The Cuckoo’s Calling (Galbraith) 4*
  • Harry Potter, Books 1-6 (Rowling) 4* (audio…5* for Jim Dale’s performance)
  • The Ballad of the Whiskey Robber (Rubinstein) 5*
  • The Nightingale (Hannah) 5*
  • My Antonia (Cather) 3*
  • Rebecca (DuMaurier) 4*
  • Miss Pettigrew Lives for a Day (Watson) 3*
  • The Coincidence of Coconut Cake (Reichert) 1* (couldn’t finish)
  • The Lake House (Morton) 3.5* (could’ve been 4-4.5* with a different ending)
  • Eight Hundred Grapes (Dave) 2*
  • A Tree Grows in Brooklyn (Smith) 5*
  • The One-in-a Million Boy (Wood) 4.5*
  • Where’d You Go, Bernadette? (Semple) 3.5*
  • A Man Called Ove (Backman) 4*
  • Crossing to Safety (Stegner) currently reading
  • The House of Mirth (Wharton) currently listening via LibriVox

{Read-Alouds}

  • Man of the Family (Moody) 5*
  • The Green Ember (Smith) 3*
  • Farewell to Manzanar (Houston) 4*
  • The Prairie Thief (Wiley) 4.5*
  • The Little Prince (St. Exupery) currently reading
  • A Long Way from Chicago (Peck) currently reading
  • 13 Clocks (Thurber) currently reading

 

Books Yet to Read This Year:

{Non-fiction}

  • Bonhoeffer: Pastor, Martyr, Prophet, Spy (Metaxas) in progress…over 2 years…some day I will overcome this one
  • Leisure: The Basis of Culture (Pieper)
  • Orthodoxy (Chesterton)

{Fiction}

I’m always reading at least 1 novel & keep a running want to read this year list, but I seem to mainly go off of what comes up through Overdrive at my library or is a Kindle deal…or is recommended by Anne Bogel ;), so it’s a very fluid & changing list.  I keep my master lifetime to-read list on Goodreads.
  • The Complete Stories (O’Connor) in progress…this will move slowly over years
  • Angle of Repose (Stegner)
  • Mere Christianity (Lewis)
  • Leaving Berlin (Kanon)
  • The Best of Father Brown (Chesterton)
  • No One Knows (Ellison)
  • Broken Harbor (French)
  • Peace Like a River (Enger)
  • Jayber Crow (Berry)
  • Clouds of Witness (Sayers)
  • How Green Was My Valley (Llewellyn)
  • Everyone Brave is Forgiven (Cleave)
  • A Fatal Grace (Penny)
  • The Picture of Dorian Gray (Wilde)
  • Brideshead Revisited (Waugh)
  • I Capture the Castle (Smith)
  • A Gentleman in Moscow (Towles)
  • The Course of Love (de Botton)
  • Lonesome Dove (McMurtry)
  • Cry, the Beloved Country (Paton) with my high-schooler
  • The Abolition of Man (Lewis) with my high-schooler
  • Animal Farm (Orwell) with my high-schooler
  • The Hiding Place (Ten Boom) with my high-schooler

{Read-Alouds}

  • Half Magic (Eager)
  • Betsy-Tacy (Lovelace)
  • 100 Cupboards (Wilson)
  • Julius Caesar (Shakespeare)
  • The Search for Delicious (Babbitt)

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