Saturday, January 18, 2014

Reading Goals for 2014

I don't usually plan out my reading list but I always have books in mind that I want to read. Since reading is  major way to relax, I like to keep what I read extremely flexible and subject to the needs of a particular time. Sometimes I just know that it's Jane time or Tolkien time. Below I have put a list of books that I plan to read or am thinking about reading. I won't read them all so it'll be fun to come back to this list at the end of the year and see what happened!

Definitely Planning to Read
Cranford by Elizabeth Gaskell - Reading this now and I like it. A few little thoughts here.

The Story of a Family - Story of St. Therese's whole family, my husband and I are reading this one together.

Preparation for Total Consecration to the Blessed Virgin Mary

Mulieris Dignitatem (re-read) - for a discussion group. We are also reading JP II's Letter to Women and Pius XII's Questa Grande Vostra Adunata 

Wives and Daughters by Elizabeth Gaskell

Feast! by Daniel and Haley Stewart - I'll be reading this and using it to help celebrate the liturgical year.

Around the Year with the Trapp Family - Another liturgical year resource. I made the text into a pdf for my kindle :-).

Death Comes for The Archbishop by Willa Cather

Shadows on the Rock by Willa Cather

One of Ours by Willa Cather

Priestblock 25487 by Bernard Jean

The Pilot: A Tale of the Sea or another James Fennimore Cooper Novel - Since I have a son, I like to try and read "boy books." I read Cooper's leatherstocking tales (last of the Mohicans, etc.) and really loved them! If you are planning on reading the leatherstocking tales, I highly recommend reading them in the order that he wrote them, not the chronological order of the series.

The Life and Payers of St. John of the Cross by Wyatt North

All Jane Austen Novels for the Motherhood & Jane Austen Book Club (I read a few at the tail end of 2013)

I also know that I want to read a Bronte novel. I think I might reread Wuthering Heights and go from there.

Grab Bag (will read some of these):
The Hobbit & The Lord of the Rings - I have reread these every few years since 7th grade. I feel the time is coming for another reread...

Sapphira and the Slave Girl by Willa Cather

Lucy Gayheart by Willa Cather

A Lost Lady By Willa Cather

Notes from the Underground by Tolstoy

Moby Dick by Melville

Don Quixote by Cervantes

David Copperfield by Dickens

Chesterton Biography of Thomas Aquinas

Chesterton Biography of St. Francis of Assisi

Life of St. Catherine of Sienna by Raymond of Capua

Undaunted Courage by Ambrose

The Divine Comedy by Dante

This is a link up with Carrots For Michaelmas.