Tuesday, January 1, 2019

2018 books

Like many other people, at the beginning of 2018 I posted a book challenge. I did not complete every category on my list, but I did read a lot of books this year. In 2019 I am going to focus a bit more on quality over quantity. My local evening schole' group/book club through our Charlotte Mason group is reading a Bonhoeffer biography for January and February, and the daytime CM group is going through Mason's Ourselves this year. I have a couple other books I started already for 2019 - The Hobbit (because my oldest loves it and I only half-listened to the audiobook in the car last year) and Beauty in the Word (which I started in October but lost somewhere at a beach in San Diego). What are your reading plans and goals for the new year?

Here's what 2018 looked like for me:

The 2018 Book Challenge
  1. An award winner from the year you were born or the year you graduated high school: I did not finish this. I started The Hours, but I didn't get very far.
  2. Newberry winner - Number The Stars by Lois Lowry (bedtime read with my family)
  3. Caldecott winner - Blueberries for Sal (another year where I read this more than one time - it is one of  my youngest's favorites.)
  4. A book of poetry - Two Funeral, Then Easter by Rachel  Joy Welcher (highly recommend - I will be reading this again)
  5. A biography - I Know Why The Caged Bird Sings by Maya Angelou (technically autobiography or maybe even a memoir - what makes something a memoir?)
  6. A Memoir - Hillbilly Elegy by J.D. Vance
  7. A book that takes place in your city or state - Watching Desert Animals by Jim Arnosky (I read this to my co-op class)
  8. A book about animals - Where the Red Fern Grows (bedtime read with my family)
  9. A book that is science fiction or fantasy - Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone (bedtime read with my family)
  10. A book you should have read in high school but did not - Night by Ellie Wiesel
  11. A book that you have not read since you were a child - The Entire Ramona Quimby series (technically I've read a couple of these since childhood, but not all of them - and this series was via Audible)
  12. A book that a friend recommended - Echo by Pam Munoz Ryan (great children's author)
  13. A book that has been made/is being made into a  movie - The Hate You Give by Angie Thomas
  14. A book about traveling - So there were books I read where people traveled, but I don't know that that was the main thing about the book - possibly Peace Like A River has enough of a journey/road trip to count
  15. A book set in a country you would like to visit - Maud by Melanie J. Fishbane (this book took me to PEI, Canada, a place I very much want to visit. The book wasn't great.)
  16. A book another book mentioned/referenced - ?
  17. A book about philosophy, theology, or religion - Leisure: The Basis of Culture by Josef Pieper - probably the most challenging thing I read this year. The evening schole' group read it this summer. Some of us loved it more than others. I really enjoyed it, and I want to re-read it.
  18. A book with a pretty or intriguing cover - Before We Were Yours by Lisa Wingate
  19. A controversial book - East of Eden by John Steinbeck - another book for evening schole' group. This was my least favorite book I read this year, I think, although it is extremely well written. This book confirmed by belief in total depravity.
  20. A book that you think will help you in some way - Mere Motherhood by Cindy Rollins - I read this twice this year (I think!) - Once with the evening schole' group. This book was a real encouragement to me in many areas of my life.
Additional books
  • Peace Like A River by Leif Enger - The best fiction I read this year. I think this has become one of my favorite novels. If you read only one modern novel next year, I think it should be this one.
  • The Tech-Wise Family by Andy Crouch
  • Finished Brandy Vencel’s Start Here with a few local CM friends. It meant (re)reading For The Children’s Sake and Mason’s Philosophy of Education. We started the summer of 2017 when we formed TACM, and a few of us finished it this December.
  • Know and Tell by Karen Glass - great information on narration 
  • Between Shades of Gray by Ruta Sepyts (this book has nothing to do with any of those other "gray" books people read)
  • A Long Walk to Water - Linda Sue Park 
  • Rethinking School - Susan Wise Bauer (I didn't like this book as much as I wanted to but it might be helpful for people who aren't homeschoolers who are looking at different ways to think outside of the education box)
  • Teaching From Rest - Sarah Mackenzie (I read this every year, I think. Very fun to go through it with the evening schole' group.)
  • Little Fires Everywhere - Celeste Ng
  • Death By Living - ND Wilson
  • Trouble Maker - Leah Remini (I don't have cable so I don't watch any of the shows about exposing Scientology, but I decided to pick up this book when I saw it on the shelf at the library. Not a great read, but I learned some things about the cult.)
  • Liturgy of the Ordinary by Tish Harrison Warren - I think I will purchase this book at some point and reread it
  • No Little Women by Aimee Byrd - I wanted to throw this book across the room a couple of times BUT I really enjoyed it overall. Aimee has a passion for women knowing the Word of God and being able to serve in the church.
  • Everything Happens for a Reason - Kate Bowler - I saw many people recommend this book, but I honestly don't remember much about it. I guess that is my review of this one!
  • A Separate Peace by John Knowles - another book I didn't read in high school. Meh.
  • We Were The Lucky Ones by Georgia Hunter - Fascinating story about a Jewish family in WWII - based on the author's family.
  • Pride and Prejudice by Jane Austen via audible - Love it, obviously.
  • Farmer Boy and By The Shores of Silver Lake by Laura Ingalls Wilder via audible
  • Mr. Poppers Penguins - always funny (via audible)
  • Winnie the Pooh via audible - I've said this before, and I will say it again, Disney does an okay job with these characters, but the books are so much better!!
  • The complete Henry Huggins collection via audible (NPH is a great narrator)
  • Mary Poppins via audible
  • The BFG by Roald Dahl via audible
  • The Green Ember via audible (C loves this series)
  • The Last Battle by C.S. Lewis - we finished our time in Narnia as a family, but we will return again someday!