Reading Dreams 2015: The Recap and what’s ahead


So, where should I start? Here’s my original post in which I was way too ambitious, but aren’t I always?

According to part of *that* list I wrote down:

√ The Fault in Our Stars by John Green
√ Bel Canto by Ann Ratchet
√ Hands Free Mama: A Guide to Putting Down the Phone, Burning the To-Do List, and Letting Go of Perfection to Grasp What Really Matters! by Rachel Mary Stafford
{didn’t care for at all… just too…. ideal??}
√ Beautiful Ruins by Jess waters
{so-so. Not bad, just… didn’t quite hit me the right way}
√ Bossypants by Tina Fey
{ditto to just above}
√ Outlander: A Novel (Outlander, Book 1) by Diana Gabaldon
√ Whose Body? by Dorothy Sayers
√ Gilead: A Novel by Marilyn Robinson
√ The Husband’s Secret by Liane Moriarity
The Invention of Wing by Sue Monk Kidd
The Little Oratory: A Beginner’s Guide to Praying in the Home (started last year…)
√ 52 Little Lessons from Les Miserables by Bob Welch (book review book, started last year… need to finish ASAP)
Joy to the World: How Christ’s Coming Changed Everything (and Still Does)by Scott Hahn

In addition I read a number of other books spread out throughout the year and mostly listed out monthly posts. (At last count I had 46 books read for the year, two more going right this second which I would *love* to finish before the end of the year, but we’ll just have to see… given the very full year we’ve had, I consider this a total win in the reading department 🙂 )

So… what’s in store of the upcoming year?

Well, I found this book club over at Deliberate Reader (which BTW, she has some great stuff, so if you like books and reading, etc… do go check her out), and I like the look of the books listed, so I think I’m going to try and do that.
* The Count of Monte Cristo (January – this was probably one of my favorite books when I was in my teens, but I’ve only ever read an abridged version. I’ve heard the unabridged is that much better, so I’m looking forward to it. And final note, since the discussions start in early January, I should probably begin reading, that being said, I probably won’t be contributing hugely to that discussion, but I’m still wanting to read the book and this is a good “excuse”)
The Black Count: Glory, Revolution, Betrayal, and the Real Count of Monte CristoThe Black Count: Glory, Revolution, Betrayal, and the Real Count of Monte Cristo by Tom Reiss by Tom Reiss (February)
The ChosenThe Chosen by Chaim Potok by Chaim Potok (March – I actually read this years ago… like maybe 15?… so technically a re-read)
Station ElevenStation Eleven by Emily St. John Mandel by Emily St. John Mandel (April)
Empire of the Summer Moon: Quanah Parker and the Rise and Fall of the Comanches, the Most Powerful Indian Tribe in American HistoryEmpire of the Summer Moon: Quanah Parker and the Rise and Fall of the Comanches, the Most Powerful Indian Tribe in American History by S. C. Gwynne by S. C. Gwynne (May)
* Big Little LiesBig Little Lies by Liane Moriarty by Liane Moriarty (June)
The Cuckoo’s CallingThe Cuckoo's Calling (Cormoran Strike) by Robert Galbraith a.k.a. J. K. Rowling by Robert Galbraith (July)
Climbing the Mango Trees: A Memoir of a Childhood in IndiaClimbing the Mango Trees: A Memoir of a Childhood in India by Madhur Jaffrey by Madhur Jaffrey (August)
Burial RitesBurial Rites by Hannah Kent by Hannah Kent (September)
The Legend of Sleepy HollowThe Legend of Sleepy Hollow by Washington Irving (October)
David and Goliath: Underdogs, Misfits, and the Art of Battling GiantsDavid and Goliath: Underdogs, Misfits, and the Art of Battling Giants by Malcolm Gladwell by Malcolm Gladwell (November)
The HobbitThe Hobbit by J. R. R. Tolkien by J. R. R. Tolkien (December, also a re-read, but… it’ll have been a while by the time we get here, so that’s ok)

In addition to that I really don’t know. I’ve had a vague idea for… years… that I would like to just start on one shelf of the bookshelf and read the books in the order they come up.

I doubt I’ll actually do *that*, but we have a new baby coming next year, and if it’s anything like the last time we had a new baby, I found it hard to read. Not that I found it hard to find time, in fact there seemed to be plenty of time to do actual reading, but I found it hard to read a paper and ink book while nursing (just can’t quite figure out how to easily hold book and baby *and* turn pages, especially if it’s heavy). So, if somehow I can arrange for all the books on my real wooden bookshelves to just get onto an electronic reading device {without paying any actual money}, we’ll be all set 🙂 .

That being said there are a few I really would like to try and get through (in no particular order):

* Les Miserable (still ~ I think I made it just about a quarter of the way before I stopped last time)
* In This House of Brede by Rumer Godden
* The Rest of the Anne of Green Gables Series (I finished though book 3)
* Another book or two from the Outlander Series (I finished through book 3)
* The rest of the Catechism of the Catholic Church (call me weird, that’s fine, but it’s something I started this year and made it just about half way before I got off “schedule” and kinda just didn’t ever pick it up again ~ honestly the parts I read have been fascinating and I would really like to finish it.)


That’s my reading shtuffs I got for this “year end/new year” post. Simpler than last year? I hope so.

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