It’s that time of year again. Planning time!
I fell behind early in the year, and did not get to all the books on my 2016 list. However, I am a firm believer that it is better to plan and fall short than to not plan and go through the year unchallenged.
This year I decided to organize my reading list by areas of interest rather than just planning out month to month.
Personal scholarship areas of interest:
Educational Philosophy – I’m still focusing on Classical and Charlotte Mason this year, as well as the power of good literature in a child’s upbringing
Christian Topics – This year is about delving deeper into relationship with God, and having a more impactive Bible study time.
Parenting – this year I continue to work on being a better mom to my kids, a better wife to my husband, and making my house a home.
Science – my earliest passion was science, and even though I am not currently working in research, I do love to read about new discoveries and different areas of research.
Literature Study – Why limit yourself to reading literature when you can read books about literature?
Current Topics – It is easy for me to get wrapped up in my focus areas, so I have made it a point to select some titles on current topics to explore this year.
Great Books/Classics – I am wanting to work through some classic works this year, including more Syntopical Reading in the Great Books (which I don’t list here), as well as exploring some Shakespeare.
Homesteading and Self-sufficiency – A project of mine, and something we as a family would like to work toward.
History – I decided to follow up on 2016’s study of Abigail Adams with some additional reading.
Fiction – This is my catch-all area for fiction works, though most would certainly be considered classics.
Two of my main goals for 2017 are to improve in my role as a mother and wife, and to have a deeper and more fulfilling walk with God.
I’ve selected Charlotte Mason and C.S.Lewis as literary mentors to walk alongside me as I work toward these goals.
2017 Reading Goals
Completing 2016 Books
- A Philosophy of Education (Volume 6) by Charlotte Mason
- Democracy in America by Alexis De Tocqueville
- In Defense of Sanity by G.K. Chesterton
2017 Book list
- Learning All The Time by John Holt
- Honey for a Child’s Heart by Gladys Hunt
- Keeping a Nature Journal by Charles E. Roth and Clare Walker Leslie
- Consider This by Karen Glass
- The Read Aloud Handbook by Jim Trelease
- For the Love of Learning: Giving Your Children a Lolipop Education by Amy Edwards
- Climbing Parnassus by Tracy Lee Simmons
- The Paideia Program by Mortimer Alder
- How to Speak, How to Listen by Mortimer Alder
- Educating the Whole Hearted Child by Clay and Sally Clarkson (survey)
- Home Education by Charlotte Mason
- Read for the Heart by Sarah Clarkson
- How to Study Your Bible by Kay Arthur
- Experiencing God by Henry Blackaby
- Mere Christianity by C.S. Lewis
- The Four Loves by C.S. Lewis
- The Cost of Discipleship by Dietrich Bonheifer
- The Abolition of Man by C.S. Lewis
- Desiring God by John Piper
- Basic Theology by Charles Ryrie
- Women Living Well by Courtney Joseph
Parenting and Homemaking
- 10 Habits of Happy Mothers by Meg Meeker
- Desperate by Sarah Mae and Sally Clarkson
- Mere Motherhood by Cindy Rollins
- Liturgy of the Ordinary by Tish Harrison Warren
- A Life-giving Home by Sally and Sarah Clarkson (reread with RAR)
- Untangled:Guiding Teenage Girls Through the Seven Transitions into Adulthood by Lisa Damour
- Laying Down The Rails by Sonya Shafer
- The Hidden Art of Homemaking by Edith Schafer
- The Hidden Life of Trees by Peter Wohlleben
- A Jane Austen Education by William Deresiewicz
- Marmee and Louisa by Eve LaPlante
- Feardom by Connor Boyack
- The Fourth Turning by William Strauss and Neil Howe
- Hillbilly Elegy by JD Vance
- The Meditations of Marcus Aurelius
- Plutarch’s Lives
- Shakespeare’s Much Ado About Nothing
- Shakespeare’s A Midsummer Night’s Dream
Homesteadinng and Self Sufficiency
- Survival Mom by Lisa Bedford
- Mini-farming: Self-sufficiency on 1/4 Acre by Brett Markham
- Letters of a Woman Homesteader by Elinore Pruitt Stewart
- John Adams by David McCullough
- My Dearest Friend: Letters of John and Abigail Adams
- The Man in the High Castle by Phillip Dick
- Freckles by Gene Stratton Porter
- A Tree Grows in Brooklyn by Betty Smith
- Brave New World by Aldous Huxley
- Keeper of the Bees by Gene Stratton Porter
- Alas, Babylon by Pat Frank
- The Road by Cormac McCarthy
- Native Son by Richard Wright
- Fahrenheit 451 by Ray Bradbury
- Father Brown by GK Chesterton
- 1984 by George Orwell7
- Jo’s Boys by L.M Alcott
- Eight Cousins by L.M. Alcott
- Rose in Bloom by L.M. Alcott
- Peace Like a River by Leif Enger
As with my 2016 list, I may find myself deviating from my list, and that’s okay. As long as I have a plan to start the year off right, I’m happy!