Thursday, January 8, 2015

Books for 2015: My month by month reading plan

Every year I write out a lofty list of reading aspirations, and I don't think I have ever finished one during that year. However, I keep making them year after year. Why? I think mostly because I do love reading, and it's a good starter for the year as well as a push for me to read some "heavier" (read: non-fiction) books alongside books that are somewhat easier, for me at least.

I can't guarantee this year's reading list will actually all get read, but I can honestly say that I've never given this much thought to the list and specifically when each one might get read. Maybe this will help me? I tried to make the beginning half of the year a bit more full, with the latter half sparse, knowing that some of those early reads might not actually get finished, and I want to have the time later to catch up.

What I had hoped to read in 2014 and what I actually read were pretty far from one another. And if anything, I hope to at least attain my goal of one new book a month. Honestly, the hardest part will be *not* picking up any books when I am at the library with my kiddos - for me, this is the easiest way to get off track, swayed by pretty covers and catchy titles.



This year's list lends itself to cuddling up with books during the cold months and counts on being more active (i.e. outside) in the warmer months. A '*' denotes it being a re-read, and as you will notice, I am allowing myself more than one month to tackle some books. All that aside, I give you my book list for 2015:


January

Finish:
The Little Oratory: A Beginner's Guide to Praying in the Home by Leila Marie Lawton and David Clayton
Chosen and Cherished: Biblical Wisdom for Your Marriage by Kimberly Hahn

Read:
Time to Be in Earnest: A Fragment of Autobiography by P.D. James
Death of a Policeman (Hamish Macbeth Mystery) by M. C. Beaton
The Hunger Games (Book 1) and Catching Fire (Book 2) by Suzanne Collins

Start/Continue:
Theology of the Body for Beginners: A Basic Introduction to Pope John Paul II's Sexual Revolution by Christopher West
Wuthering Heights by Emily Bronte *


February

Finish:
Wuthering Heights by Emily Bronte *
A Good Man Is Hard to Find and Other Stories by Flannery O'Connor

Read:
Mockingjay (The Final Book of The Hunger Games) by Suzanne Collins
Designated Daughters (A Deborah Knott Mystery) by Margaret Maron
City of Darkness and Light (Molly Murphy Mysteries) by Rhys Bowen

Continue:
Theology of the Body for Beginners by Christopher West


March

Start
Catherine of Siena by Sigrid Undset

Read
Northanger Abbey by Jane Austen *
Short Stories by Rhys Bowen (there are 3 I've found… all digital copies)
Introduction to the Devout Life by St. Francis de Sales

Finish


April

Finish
Catherine of Siena by Sigrid Undset


Start
Our Pioneers and Patriots by Fr. Philip Furlong


May

Finish
Our Pioneers and Patriots by Fr. Philip Furlong

Read
Brideshead Revisited by Evelyn Waugh *
Pygmalion by George Bernard Shaw


June

Read
Someone: A Novel by Alice McDermott
A Wrinkle in Time by Madeleine L'Engle


July

Read
Queen of Hearts (A Royal Spyness Mystery) by Rhys Bowen
The Bell Jar by Sylvia Plath


August

Read
The Princess and the Goblin by George MacDonald


September

Read
Invisible Man by Ralph Ellison

Start
Adam and Eve After the Pill: Paradoxes of the Sexual Revolution by Mary Eberstadt
Miss Pettigrew Lives for a Day by Winifred Watson


October

Finish
Adam and Eve After the Pill: Paradoxes of the Sexual Revolution by Mary Eberstadt
Miss Pettigrew Lives for a Day by Winifred Watson


November

Read
The Edge of Dreams (Molly Murphy Mysteries) by Rhys Bowen


December

Edmund Campion by Evelyn Waugh


What books are on your reading list for 2015?





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2 comments:

  1. Wowie!! I'm super impressed with this list. Maybe it's because I just can't ever finish a book...too many blogs to read! ;)

    So, why are you reading Pioneers and Patriots? That is one of our history texts! It's good. I wish I had discovered it a few years ago.

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    1. Realizing how few books I'd completed last year really bummed me out at the end of the year, so I'm committed to at least trumping that number.

      I grew up homeschooled in a Protestant home, so all my history was learned from a fairly Protestant slant. I'm hoping to get a wider and more Catholic view of history, so as I'm teaching my kids, I can give them that answer. Does that make sense? I also already own that one… so that's why that one is first. ;)

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