It’s that time of year! Next year I plan on publishing this list on Dec. 1st as per a few requests. It seems it might be helpful when thinking about Christmas gifts to post this before the holidays instead of after. I agree.
So, do tell me what you think! Have you read any of these? Did you post a list of the books you read this year? Please link in the comments! The comments on the Reader’s Journal posts are some of my favorite discussions.
1. Mariner – A Voyage with Samuel Taylor Coleridge by Malcolm Guite
recommendation really needs its own post. I didn’t know what to expect
when I picked up Guite’s tome. I’ve always been slightly fascinated by
Coleridge and have read The Rime of the Ancient Mariner a few
times. But what I found was a feast! He so deftly weaves the mystical
and strange poem together with Coleridge’s own life journey and shows us
how Coleridge comes full circle back to faith. Sad that most of what I knew before was tied to his addictions. Guite’s writing and
insight kept leading me along and I was sad when it was over. Bravo!
2. The Genesee Diary – Report from a Trappist Monastery by Henri J.M. Nouwen
When both Kate and Marcia recommended this book to me, I knew I had to read it. Nouwen spends 7 months in a monastery and we get to read his thoughts during that time. His insights, especially when it comes to traveling and speaking, resonated deeply with me. Reading this theologian’s struggles with his faith and belief were so down to earth and real. It ends during Advent which is also when I fittingly finished the book. Lots of commonplace entries from this one!
3. Hero of the Empire by Candice Millard
So I guess I’m a Millard fan now. I loved Destiny of the Republic, River of Doubt, and now Hero of the Empire. Millard takes lesser-known events from lives of the famous and turns them into…page turners! This is an astonishing book about the early days of Winston Churchill when he was a prisoner of war and his amazing escape. Lots of biographical information that was new to me. This one went directly to dh’s nightstand.
4. The Curve of Time by Muriel Blanchet
The wonderful ladies from the Charlotte Mason West – Conference at Puget Sound presented me with this book as a thank you gift. I could hardly put it down. It is the story of a widow, Muriel Blanchet, who decides to sail along the coast of British Columbia summer after summer with her 5 children. I was constantly amazed at her harrowing experiences. I wondered if it could be done in today’s day and age without someone turning her in. There were truly scary events and I was amazed that they came through all of them unscathed. There was also beauty and wonder and she expresses all of it so well. So good.
5. Being Mortal by Atul Gawande
Did you know that assisted living was a new term coined in about 1983? Having recently lost a loved one and also moved a set of parents into assisted living, Gawnade’s book about end-of-life living was an eye opener. I feel like I understand more clearly what is most important. Please read this before your relatives get close to this stage of life – it will help you navigate things with more compassion and understanding. Thank you, Cindy.
Here’s the rest of the list! An “*” means I highly recommend it.
6. Heaven’s Ditch* by Jack Kelly (no relation!)
7. Hillbilly Elegy* – A Memoir of a Family and Culture in Crisis by J.D. Vance
8. The Young Travelers Guide to England and Wales by Trease (wrote about this here)
9. The Gown of Glory by Agnes Sligh Turnbull
10. The Broken Way by Ann Voskamp
11. Lab Girl* by Hope Jahren
12. The Freedom of Simplicity by Richard Foster
13. Hannah Coulter* by Wendell Berry (my 3rd time through?)
14. Rilla of Ingleside by Lucy Maud Montgomery
15. Soul Survivor* by Phillip Yancey
16. Hudson Taylor’s Spiritual Secret by Hudson Taylor
17. Holy the Firm by Annie Dillard
18. Miss Buncle’s Book by D.E. Stevenson
19. Plan B by Pete Wilson
20. The Living* by Annie Dillard
21. A Gathering of Larks by Abigail Carroll
22. A Fierce Love by Shauna Shanks
23. A Jane Austen Education by William Deresiewicz
24. Crazy Busy by Kevin DeYoung
25. The Alphabet of Grace by Frederick Buechner
This is a record of the books I read mainly at night when I retired for
the day. It does not include the books I read for our school nor does
it include the dozens of books I read only portions of. Some I blogged
about, most I did not. The Bible, devotionals, CM’s 6 volume series, or
research stuff – none of that is included here. I learn something from
everything I read but I don’t necessarily like everything I read.
Teaching from Peace,