Some books to read in 2012
I mentioned in my last post that I wanted to be more disciplined about my reading, because I ended up squandering a lot of reading time on a lot of worthless twaddle last year. I would like to blame Amazon and Kindle for this, but although the Kindle *enables* the reading of twaddle, it's not really to blame for how I spend my time, is it?
I have a number of goals and plans for 2012 (blogging more isn't one of them, but if that happens, okay, fine). I spent a bit of time yesterday and today working on organization. I had nine pages of unclassified items on my Kindle! It's not quite as bad as it sounds--I have two pages of collections alone....
I created a new folder called "To Read 2012", and shuffled 15 books (so far) into there, cleaning up my loose items and my laughable "In Progress" folder. This is what's there so far:
Think: The Life of the Mind and Love of God by John Piper and Mark A. Noll
...because I want to read a bit of Piper and the topic is of interest to me.
Jonathan Strange and Mr. Norrell by Susanna Clarke
...because what Eva of A Striped Armchair says about it makes it sound like a book I'd enjoy.
South Riding by Winifred Holtby
...because I want to watch the film, and I can't until I read the book.
done: What most religions don't tell you about the Bible by Cary Schmidt
...because I read the beginning and was completely intrigued.
The Double Bind by Chris Bohjalian
...because...because...I can't remember why but I'm pretty sure this author and this particular book sounded like something I wanted to try.
The Faith of Ashish by Kay Marshall Strom
...because I want to read more books set in India and also by Indian authors.
On Gold Mountain by Lisa See
...because I am very interested in reading about China and Chinese families.
Your Child's Growing Mind by Jane Healy
...because I need to finish this book and see if I can use it to help my youngest daughter.
American Childhood by Annie Dillard
...because I've never read anything by Annie Dillard, and I need to!
A Passage to India by E.M. Forster
...because it's totally time for me to read another book by Forster, and then something by Edith Wharton.
The Intellectual Life by Philip Gilbert Hamerton
...because...because...again, I can't remember why. Probably the title interested me. This book bears the distinction of "most likely to be dropped from this list."
Les Miserables by Victor Hugo
...because....can you believe I haven't read this yet?
The Napoleon Of Notting Hill by G.K. Chesterton
...because I assigned this to one of my homeschool students, and now I need to read it, too. And because I haven't enough Chesterton.
Anna Karenina by Leo Tolstoy
...because Tolstoy is amazing and I haven't read this yet.
The Crown of Wild Olives by John Ruskin
...because Charlotte Mason thought it was a good book to read for young people "coming of age" intellectually, and I want to see why she thought so.
Now, these are just the books on my Kindle that I want to get to in 2012. I have paper-and-ink books crying, pleading, begging for attention--practically falling off the shelves when I walk by, and increasing in pitch if I so much as glance in their direction. More about those another day.
And if you think it's beyond insane to have Anna Karenina and Les Miserables on the same "to read this year" list, you don't have to tell me. I already know.