In December of 2010, after eight years of off again, on again, I finally graduated from college (The Ohio State University in fact). As an English major, with a direction toward secondary education, and a self-professed nerd, I read a lot of literature, and at the end of that year my book total was 38. This inlcuded several Shakespearean plays, books in more than one of my favorite series, my first reading of Redeeming Love (my all-time favorite book next to the Bible) and some books in Christian Living.
I have been writing down my “book list” since my second oldest son was only a toddler. Somewhere along the way, I thought it would be a good idea to have a copy of the books I read and what I thought of them. Here’s a sample of what a page in my notebook looks like (yes, I still do write with a pen and paper on occasion):
For every year that has passed since my graduation, I have been trying to top my record of 38 books. In 2015, I read around 33-35 books. Let me explain. I’m a homeschooling mom, which means that part of my job is to read books out loud, and I do . . . frequently. Not every book do I count in my list, but generally speaking, if it is a chapter book, it makes the cut. A couple books I read this year had chapters but included several pictures (i.e. One Wintry Night by Ruth Bell Graham was a rather lengthy Christmas book with beautiful illustrations); so that’s why I say around 32-34 (and because there for a while, I got a little behind in my recording and may have left some out). It’s hard to pick out just a few of my favorites from the year’s list, but I will try.
- Favorite Work of Fiction: The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe by C.S. Lewis
- Favorite Biography: The Hiding Place by Corrie ten Boom
- Favorite Christian Living (and possibly my favorite book of the year): Anything by Jennie Allen
- One Book I Would Not Recommend: Go Set a Watchman by Harper Lee
Maybe 2016 will be my record-breaking year. And you can help me. What are you reading or do you recommend reading? If you are in-between books and need a good suggestion, I’m all too happy to help you as well! Check back on my blog for updates on my reading progress and to see what I’m recommending (or maybe encouraging you avoid). Here’s what’s on my book playlist right now:
- Reading to My Daughter (6 years old): Main Street: ‘Tis the Season by Anne Martin (I loved the Babysitter Club books!)
- Reading to Kids: Prince Caspian by C.S. Lewis
- Biblical Fiction: I, Saul by Jerry B. Jenkins with James S. MacDonald
- Christian Living: Heart Sisters by Natalie Chambers Snapp
Hey, if I finish four books every month, I will read 48 books by the end of the year! 😉