‘Once you learn to read, you will be forever free.’ -Frederick Douglass
If I have a moment of free time, you will most likely find me reading.
I’ve been an avid reader since childhood. So many of my favorite early memories involve reading. I remember sitting in a big chair with my grandmother and asking her to read Hansel and Gretel to me over and over again, until I had it memorized. Fairy tales in particular have always fascinated me!
Being a bit of an old soul, the classics have always spoken to my heart as well. I remember as a young teen curling up with Little Women and Anne of Green Gables. Then, as an older teen with favorite classics such as Wuthering Heights and Rebecca. For fun in high school, I memorized Shakespeare’s plays, performing them at speech and debate tournaments with my best friend! We always had a blast! Reading is fun!
While we enjoying watching movies together for entertainment on weekends , we are not television watchers. So, my husband and I started reading aloud together soon after we met and have continued to this day. We’re currently reading Jane Erye. We’d just finished rereading one of my husband’s favorites, The Old Man and the Sea, so I got to pick this time. Jane Eyre is probably my all time favorite book, tied with Wuthering Heights, Little Women, and Rebecca. It’s his first time reading Jane Eyre and thank goodness he’s enjoying it so far!
I read whenever I can throughout the day. We read at meal times, great because those little mouths are busy chewing! Plus, we read a ton of beautifully illustrated picture books, educational books, blogs posts, and whatever else we can get our hands on. Our whole family reads together every night before bed too. We’re working our way through The Chronicles Of Narnia again right now, the first time through for the boys. Exciting! So basically…
WE LOVE READING!
But I’ve never made a plan for what I’m going to read for the coming year before.
I usually just read whatever sounds good at the time or happens to cross my path. I’ve found some great books this way. Still, I like the idea of being more intentional. I’m not quite ready for a reading challenge yet, maybe next year. But I hope that by making a plan for my personal reading, I’ll avoid accidentally spending the entire year only reading young adult dystopian novels without realizing it, haha. I do love a good dystopian novel. I just want to make sure I’m broadening my reading horizons a bit.
I’m not sure how long it will take to get through this list. I may take a few out and I’m sure I’ll add a few in. I like to read one fiction book at a time. But, I usually have several nonfiction books going at once so I can read whatever appeals to my current mood. I’m also starting with books that I already own and have been wanting to read!
Here’s my personal reading list for 2017:
- The Cozy Life: Rediscover the Joy of the Simple Things Through the Danish Concept of Hygge by Pia Edberg
- Moments of Seeing: Reflections from an Ordinary Day by Katrina Kenison
- A Homemade Life: Stories and Recipes from My Kitchen Table by Molly Wizenberg
- Happier At Home: Kiss More, Jump More, Abandon Self-Control, and My Other Experiments in Everyday Life by Gretchen Rubin
- The Quotidian Mysteries: Laundry, Liturgy and “Women’s Work” by Kathleen Norris
- Home Comforts by Cheryl Mendelson
- The Road Less Traveled by M. Scott Peck
- Gift From the Sea by Anne Morrow Lindenbergh
- Present Over Perfect: Leaving Behind Frantic for a Simpler, More Soulful Way of Living by Shauna Niequist
- Rules of Civility by Amor Towles
- How to Talk So Your Kids Will Listen and Listen So Your Kids Will Talk by Adele Faber & Elaine Mazlish
- The Highly Intuitive Child by Catherine Crawford
- Forks Over Knives: The Plant-Based Way to Health by Gene Stone
- Eat With Intention: Recipes and Meditations for a Life that Lights You Up by Cassandra Bodzak
- The Forest Feast Gatherings by Erin Gleeson
- Minimalist Baker’s Everyday Cooking: 101 Entirely Plant-based, Mostly Gluten-Free, Easy and Delicious Recipes by Dana Shultz
- How to Be a Wildflower by Katie Daisy
- The Mysterious Benedict Society by Trenton Lee Stewart
- Beauty: A Retelling of the Story of the Beauty and the Beast by Robin McKinley
- The Language of Flowers by Vanessa Diffenbaugh
- A Tree Grows in Brooklyn by Betty Smith
- Emily of New Moon by L.M. Montgomery
- Wonder by R.J. Palacio
- What Alice Forgot by Liane Moriarty
- Station 11 by Emily St. John Mandel
- Redwall by Brian Jacques
- The Angels of Gum Tree Road by Sue Elvis
- Jane Steele by Lyndsay Faye
- Never Let Me Go by Kazuo Ishiguro
I not only read a lot of books, I also reread my favorite books time and again. This year I plan to reread 3 of favorite nonfiction books:
- Mitten Strings for God: Reflection for Mothers in a Hurry by Katrina Kenison
- The Natural Child: Parenting From the Heart by Jan Hunt
- I Love You Rituals by Becky Bailey
That’s my reading plan for 2017. I’m super excited to have an intentional list for the first time this year!
If you have any suggestions or recommendations please let me know! I love last minute changes for a good book! Do you make a reading list for the year or participate in a reading challenge? What are your favorite books? What were the best books you read last year? What books are you looking forward to this year?