I thought it would be fun to share with you the books I’m planning to read this month! Unfortunately, the month is already partially over, so I guess I should probably name this post “January and February’s Book List”, but anyway. . . .
So far this year, I’ve finished reading two books (one shorter, one longer) and while that can often be the extent of my month’s reading, I’m expecting I’ll get another two or maybe even three in by the end of the month if I keep up my current pace. I’m delighted! I’m loving the extra time I’ve had to read lately!
My goals for the year are similar to last year’s, although I’ve tried to dream a little bigger this year. Last year at this time, I was worn out—physically and emotionally—and my reading suffered because of that, I believe. Still, the Lord was gracious, and I’m so thankful for the progress I saw last year!
This year’s reading goals:
- Read and review 50 books
- Read 20 physical books (I default to Kindle books FAR too easily!)
- Read 10 nonfiction books (this is a hard one for me, but I think audiobooks may be the way to go)
- Read 3 classical books
I think that the last one has me the most excited. There are so many excellent old books out there that I’d love to read, and it’s hard to know which one to pick first! Currently, my mental list includes Parnassus on Wheels (Anne Bogel recommended it, and it sounds fun), Gulliver’s Travels, and Persuasion (I’ve listened to the audiobook before, but want to read it again—it’s one of my favorite Austen titles!). I’d also love to read more Dickens, George MacDonald, and have always dreamed of reading more by Tolstoy. We’ll see. I’m only going to focus on getting in three books for now, and we’ll see how that goes!
My January Book List:
Focusing on my second goal, I gathered together the books I’d love to read in this next month plus. In no particular order. . . .
Fire in the Sky by Shirley Corlett: Mom read this to us years ago, and I found it to be a fascinating historical fiction retelling of a tragedy that struck the North Island in 1886, when a volcano erupted.
The Horse and His Boy by C.S. Lewis: I started reading this series over a year ago, but didn’t get past the first two books. I’m hoping to finish this year.
Lifting up the Downcast by Patrick Sookhdeo: A friend gave me this book, and I thought I should try to get through it. I’ve found it quite encouraging, and a surprisingly quick read!
Gulliver’s Travels by Jonathan Swift: Since we have a copy in-print, I thought this would be a great one to start my classics list with. I’ve heard dramatized audio versions of it before, but have always wanted to actually read it.
Barefoot by Sharon Garlough Brown: This has been on my TBR list for almost a year now. I greatly appreciated the first two books, and just got her next release, which will be coming out in April. Before I read that, though, I want to get this one and the next one in the series read—so this will be a priority book for me.
The Authenticity of the Book of Genesis by Bill Cooper: A friend loaned me this book several years ago (gulp), and every time I’ve tried reading it, I’ve found myself bogged down taking notes because it’s just so interesting. This time, I’m planning to try to streamline the note-taking process, and hopefully, I will actually get through it! This will likely take longer than a month and a half to get through, but it is one I plan on starting to read soon.
And that’s what I have so far! If I get books coming in for review in the meantime, this list will likely change, but this is what I’m looking at at the moment. I know that at some stage, I’ll be working with an author on some of her books, but I don’t know when that will start. For the meanwhile, I’m enjoying being surrounded by good words.
What are you currently reading? What are you looking forward to reading?