It’s so hard to believe that February is almost over! Somehow, the beginning of the year just passed right on by without a to be read list. After a pretty successful fall, I’m already knee-deep in ensuring that I read 5 more new-to-me books by the end of the school year. What’s on the list this time? I’m glad you asked!
I have so much going on this season that I haven’t even stopped to think about categories – I just keep piling them on instead!
1 | The Dream of You | Jo Saxton
I just love Jo. She is regularly one of my favorite speakers at If: Gathering and on If: Equip’s Bible study videos. I hadn’t been entirely sure about reading this, as it didn’t quite seem “me”…. but I caved after the holidays and bought it Kindle edition anyway!
2 | The Ministry of Ordinary Places | Shannan Martin
3 | Finding Holy in the Suburbs | Ashley Hales
I list these together because the topic is similar. How do our ordinary, mundane lives bring glory to God? How do we embrace where we are instead of always searching for bigger? These are questions constantly on my mind and I’ve heard wonderful things from both of these takes on answering the question.
History/Current Events/Cultural Non-Fiction
4 | The Year of Our Lord 1943 | Alan Jacobs
I’ve been fascinated by the impact of the two world wars on humanity and, particularly, Christianity since reading A Hobbit, A Wardrobe, and a Great War in the fall. Really, I’ve been fascinated by how events shape our lives for as long as I can remember, brought to a fierce interest after reading London by Edward Rutherford. I’m looking forward to diving into this look at the aftermath of WWII.
5 | 21 Lessons for the 21st Century | Yuval Noah Harari
This was a completely spontaneous pick up from the library recently, but it was too intriguing not to look into. My hubs and I are constantly talking about the state of the world, the very many things that are constantly impacting us, and how we are going to react. This is proving to be a fascinating look at so many topics, like technology, war, and education in the 21st century and how it is shaping us now. Sense a theme?
6 | The Shepherd’s Life | James Rebanks
I picked this up in a thrift store. I have an endearing, probably overly idealized, notion of one day living on a farm in the English countryside. We’ll see if this changes my mind.
7 | Becoming Mrs. Lewis | Patti Callahan
I love C.S. Lewis. As soon as I discovered that this book existed, I had my library order it for me. The story of his late-in-love is fascinating, inspiring, and a little bit heartbreaking.
8 | 84, Charring Cross Road | Helene Hanff
A writer at heart, I love the idea of writing letters, connecting over theme. There’s a similar theme in Becoming Mrs. Lewis, in fact. I pine over stationary and wish the world were still inclined to longhand. I adored watching Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society so I’m expecting similarly great things from this English, letter-writing romance.
9 | Eragon Series | Christopher Paolini
I’m such a sucker for fantasy fiction, I really can’t believe I haven’t read these yet. My college-aged brother with whom I share literary tastes insisted that I would love them, so here we go.
10 | The Shadow House Series | Dan Poblocki
Another sibling recommendation, this time from my 11 year old sister. She’s been trying to get these on my radar for months and it’s time to get a move on.
11 | The War That Saved My Life | Kimberly Brubaker Bradley
Another WWII book, another impact on humanity, this time from the vantage point of one little girl.
As you can see, I’ve got way more than 5 books going right now! As long as I make it through 5 of these by the end of May, I’ll feel accomplished, although, I have to admit, I’m struggling to prioritize a bit! Maybe I’ll be an overachiever? With the stress of IEP season coming up, I may need some serious reading-time to cope!