I’ve decided to make a list of some of the books I want to read in 2013. I will probably be reading books that are not on this list as well, but I figured this would be a good starting point. ***Update 12/30/2013 – I finished all these books (with a day or two to spare). Here’s my book list for 2014.
- Love and Respect by Emerson Eggerichs Pretty good book. . . I’m curious to see what Josiah would have to say. I didn’t like it enough to write a review on it, though.
- Wild Things: The Art of Nurturing Boys by Stephen James and David S. Thomas Check out my review here
- Creative Play for Your Toddler by Cristopher Clouder and Janni Nicol. I will have to make some of the projects for David.
- Money, Possessions, and Eternity by Randy Alcorn: Didn’t write a review, but such a challenging read. I want to be more generous in my giving.
- Idols of the Heart: Learning to Long for God Alone by Elyse Fitzpatrick
- The Poor Will Be Glad:Joining the Revolution to Lift the World Out of Poverty by Peter Greer and Phil Smith All about poverty, the church, and micro-finance – written by the CEO of Hope International. Very readable, also a good book for me to read after Alcorn’s.
- Toxic Charity by Robert D. Lupton Thought-provoking. Read my review here.
- Half the Sky: Turning Oppression into Opportunity for Women Worldwide by Nicholas D. Kristof and Sheryl WuDunn
- 7: An Experimental Mutiny Against Excess by Jen Hatmaker Loved it! Review here.
- Quiet: The Power of Introverts in a World That Can’t Stop Talking by Susan Cain
Very empowering read for me.
Classics – aka Great Books (Susan Wise Bauer’s The Well-Educated Mind influenced this goal) I downloaded all of these on my Kindle for free! I didn’t put the links to these because you can find them and read them online on multiple sites. Classicreader.com is one such site.
- Don Quixote- Miguel de Cervantes Finally finished this the second time around. Can’t say that it was my style.
- The Pilgrimʼs Progress- John Bunyan
- Gulliverʼs Travels- Jonathan Swift I enjoyed this book more than I thought that I would.
- Oliver Twist- Charles Dickens This was a re-read for me. I’ve always loved Dickens.
- Moby-Dick- Herman Melville
- Madame Bovary- Gustave Flaubert
- Crime and Punishment- Fyodor Dostoyevsky
- Anna Karenina- Leo Tolstoy
- The Return of the Native- Thomas Hardy – once I got past the first 70 pages, I began to enjoy it.
- The Portrait of a Lady- Henry James I started this as a teenager, finally finished it as an adult
- Huckleberry Finn- Mark Twain
- The Red Badge of Courage- Stephen Crane
- Heart of Darkness- Joseph Conrad Not a huge fan of this one. I googled “Why is Heart of Darkness a classic?”
- The House of Mirth- Edith Wharton
Have you read any of these books? What is on your list of books to read?