Monday, January 13, 2014

What I'm Planning to Read in 2014

Reading is always a big deal in our house, and it is the only goal I set annually. Resolutions be gone - let the book lists triumph!

I am doing a wee bit better than last year in getting my book list of what I plan to read in 2014. Last year I got it out the 14th, and I'm squeezing it out on the 13th this year. Here's last year's list for reference. Tiny steps, tiny steps. I also gave so much thought to this year's list as I truly hope to finish each and every one of these books. Since I plan to be super pregnant or nursing a newborn a good chunk of the year, I think the completion might be doable.

First off, I aim to finish these that I'm currently reading:


The Unaborted Socrates: A Dramatic Debate on the Issues Surrounding Abortion by Peter Kreeft

Chosen and Cherished: Biblical Wisdom for Your Marriage by Kimberly Hahn

And then *here* is my list for 2014



The Complete Stories by Flannery O'Connor I've heard ever so many wonderful things about Ms. O'Connor, but I've never read anything written by her, so this is the year. Any suggestions on where to start?

The Girl Who Circumnavigated Fairyland in a Ship of Her Own Making by Catherynne M. Valente Both Haley and Molly had high recommendations, and I feel I always need some "lighter" fiction.

Miss Pettigrew Lives for a Day by Winifred Watson The movie was kinda fun, and I'm intrigued to read the original story written in 1938.

Blaze (or Love in the Time of Supervillains) by Laurie Boyle Crompton Another YA fiction - I know the author and have been meaning to pick up her book for some time.

Wives and Daughters by Elizabeth Gaskell I've seen several of Ms. Gaskell's works in movie form, but this is the first time I'm picking up a reading copy. I also got it free in the ITunes bookstore, so I can read from my phone when I'm in random situations where I am not carrying an actual book - midwife appointments, the gym, and the like.



Orthodoxy by G. K. Chesterton This was on last year's list, but here goes try #2.

The Sinner's Guide to Natural Family Planning by Simcha Fisher Got this one preordered to arrive in February as a present from LegenDaddy. And you can't go wrong with Simcha, right?

Thinking in Pictures: My Life with Autism by Temple Grandin I happened upon Temple Grandin, the movie about the title named woman, sometime with the last two years. It was a most fascinating story, and when I saw this book recently, I knew it had to make this year's list. If you haven't watched the movie, I highly recommend it.

Birth Matters: A Midwife's Manifesta by Ina May Gaskin I am not having a home birth this go round, but midwifery, home births, and the natural and beautiful process of birth is something I find fascinating.

Diary of Saint Maria Faustina Kowalska: Divine Mercy in My Soul Another gift - I don't know if I'll make it all the way through as I hope to read in short snippets over the course of the months.

A Year with C. S. Lewis: Daily Readings from His Classic Works Also a gift, maybe if I actually read daily, I will be able to fill my year with wisdom from Mr. Lewis. 



Seven Novels by Jane Austen As part of the Motherhood and Jane Austen Book Club this year, I will get to reread all of Ms. Austen's novels. Well, six of them, and I might as well read her unfinished ones, too. So definitely on for six of them; we'll see about the rest. 

Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince and Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows by J. K. Rowling I began rereading these in 2013, and I now only have two left to have completely reread the series, so read I shall.

Also, you can check out this post to see what I DID read in 2013. Ya know, if you want to see what I can accomplish and such.

What's on YOUR list to read this year? Have you read any of the ones on mine? Any other recommendations? I'd love a few more fiction reads to add to my list!

Happy Reading in 2014!


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  1. I've got Sinners Guide to NFP on my list as well :-) I love Ina May! I haven't read that one, but I've loved everything else I've read by her.

    1. Hooray for similar book lists - I haven't read anything by Ina May, but I've seen interviews and have been intrigued always by her.

  2. I love posts about books. :)

    Persephone Books (who published "Miss Pettigrew") is a fabulous publishing house with great, great stuff. They publish a lot of books by Dorothy Whipple, whom I recommend highly.

    1. Oooh, I'll have to check out Dorothy Whipple - I've never heard of her. I did get a copy of the catalog of Persephone Books last year at a recommendation, but I didn't get much time to peruse it well. Thanks for the recommendation!


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