I completed my Goodreads challenge of reading 45 books this year right under the wire and it inspired me to think about what I read this past year and to make some goals for next year. Quite honestly, I don’t feel like I had a great year in books. I read a lot of forgettable summer fiction, which has its place, but I don’t think I balanced it with enough memorable classics; nevertheless, I did read a few good ones.
- Story of a Soul by St. Therese of Lisieux
- I Believe in Love by Fr. Jean C.J. d’Elbée
- Laurus by Eugene Vodolazkin
- The Lawless Roads by Graham Greene
- The Fellowship: The Literary Lives of the Inklings by Philip Zaleski
Best Summer Read: The Madwoman Upstairs by Catherine Lowell
Book I Am Most Guilty About Not Enjoying: All the Light We Cannot See by Anthony Doerr
I also totally lost reading steam around September and was doing a lot of crocheting and binge watching TV during nap times instead of reading. I want to get back into the habit and while I’m a believer in reading at Whim per Alan Jacobs, I’d like to make sure I pair it with reading aspirationally next year. With that, some goals:
Be more consistent with spiritual reading. I have an incredibly kind newborn who sleeps well at night, so I’ve been able to get up before the kids fairly often in the past month and drinking my coffee and reading a chapter of I Believe in Love has been so nice. I want to keep this up, even if the getting up early doesn’t continue.
Read (or re-read) classic coming-of-age-for-girls books. Now that we have a daughter, I want to refresh my memory of great books from my childhood and others I have not read but want Therese to read in the future. I’m hoping to read the rest of the Anne of Green Gables series as an easy middle-of-the-night Kindle read. I just finished Anne of Avonlea and found it delightful. I want to re-read Little Women and maybe the Little House series, which was one of my absolute favorites around first grade, but I haven’t revisited them since.
Renew the hefty winter read tradition. There’s nothing like cold weather and a big ol’ book. In 2014 and 2015, I decided January was “giant book” month. I read Kristin Lavransdatter and Middlemarch and I’d like to bring back the tradition. I haven’t nailed one down quite yet, but Demons by Dostoevsky has been sitting on my shelf unread for quite a while. I also want to read The Master of Hestviken by Sigrid Undset, so that is a contender.
Listen to more audiobooks. Adding an audiobook routine while crocheting would make me feel like I’m accomplishing two things at once, though I have no idea when I’m going to get both of my hands back. #newbornlife Justified or not, I would also feel less guilty about speeding through mediocre binge reads if it were on audio. Thankfully, our local library is incredible and has a well-stocked Overdrive selection of audiobooks.
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