I just added my latest few reads to my 2010 list, and I realized that I'm coming up on fifty books read so far this year, and it's not even halfway through the year! Maybe I'll get to a hundred this year. That'd be cool.
Here's the list so far, alphabetically by author, save the first entry*:
-The Holy Bible
The Nicomachean Ethics – Aristotle
Love in a Time of Homeschooling: A Mother and Daughter’s Uncommon Year – Brodie, Laura
Winterfair Gifts – Bujold, Lois McMaster
Manalive - Chesterton, G. K.
Boundaries with Kid: When to say YES, When to Say NO, to Help Your Children Gain Control of Their Lives – Cloud, Dr. Henry and Townsend, Dr. John
Beholder’s Eye: Web Shifters #1 – Czerneda, Julie E.
Changing Vision (Webshifters #2) – Czerneda, Julie E.
Living by Fiction – Dillard, Annie
Knight’s Castle – Eager, Edward
How to Learn Any Language: Quickly, Easily, Inexpensively, Enjoyably, and On Your Own –Farber, Barry
The Kitchen Madonna – Godden, Rumer
Princess Academy – Hale, Shannon
Marrying the Captain – Kelly, Carla
Marrying the Royal Marine – Kelly, Carla
-A Devilish Dilemma – Lansdowne, Judith
Learning How to Pray for Our Children
Fledgling – Lee, Sharon and Miller, Steve
Out of the Silent Planet – Lewis, C. S.
The Problem of Pain – Lewis, C. S.
The World’s Last Night and Other Essays – Lewis, C. S.
The British Museum is Falling Down – Lodge, David
For the Children’s Sake: Foundations of Education for Home and School – Macaulay, Susan Schaeffer
Open Heart – Open Home – Mains, Karen Burton
Reduced Shakespeare: The Attention-Impaired Reader's Guide to the World's Best Playwright – Martin, Reed and Tichenor, Austin
Brain Rules: 12 Principles for Surviving and Thriving at Work, Home and School – Medina, John
The Shape of Mercy – Meissner, Susan
The Host – Meyer, Stephanie
Our Village – Mitford, Mary Russell
Nanny by Chance – Neels, Betty
Bachelorette #1 – O’Connell, Jennifer
-El Dorado: Further Adventures of the Scarlet Pimpernel – Orczy, Baroness
The No-Cry Potty Training Solution – Pantley, Elizabeth
Keeping House: the Litany of Everyday Life – Peterson, Margaret Kim
-One and the Same: My Life as an Identical Twin and What I’ve Learned About Everyone’s Struggle to Be Singular – Pogrebin, Abigail
Reading Like a Writer: A Guide for People Who Love Books and For Those Who Want to Write Like Them – Prose, Francine
Rapture Ready! Adventure in the Parallel World of Christian Pop Culture – Radosh, Daniel
Chapter After Chapter: Discover the Dedication and Focus You Need to Write the Book of Your Dreams – Sellers, Heather
-7 Steps to Raising a Bilingual Child – Steiner, Naomi, M.D., with Hayes, Susan L.
-The Fellowship of the Ring – Tolkien, J. R. R.
The Return of the King – Tolkien, J. R. R.
The Two Towers – Tolkien, J. R. R.
Stardoc – Viehl, S. L.
“What Shall I Say?” A Guide to Letter Writing for Ladies
Family Worship – Whitney, Donald S.
Carry On, Jeeves – Wodehouse, P. G.
A Vindication of the Rights of Woman – Wollstonecraft, Mary
Definitely some hits and misses, but the good ones this year have been so very good (how could I have let so much time go by without rereading Lewis' The Problem of Pain? It's amazing! Lovely, even). Biggest hits so far were the classics: Lewis, Tolkien, Aristotle, Wodehouse, Orczy, Eager, Chesterton, and Wollstonecraft. But some of the ones that were new to me** were also very good, including Sellers, Pogrebin, Hale, Lee &Miller, Godden, and Faber. Good year for reading. Such richness! I'm not worthy of it.
I'm overwhelmed with the fact that I get to read so many good words.
Does the easy access to literature ever overawe anyone else? It seems like such a blessing to me.
Peace of Christ to you,
*Note: I list books by the year I finish them, not the year I start them (because who knows if you're going to finish each book you start? I certainly don't always finish 'em), so some of these books, including the Bible, were started last year. Also, I count unabridged audiobooks I've listened to on this list.
**Books that were new to me, that is, not necessarily authors.