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Books for 2012

January 3, 2012

So it’s time for a new reading list.  I haven’t joined any reading challenges yet, other than the 52 books in 52 weeks challenge.   I’m sure I don’t read a book a week, but I come close to 52 every year and it’s a good way to remind myself that I love to read and that I need to read more for myself!

Here then is my list (which I’m sure I’ll veer off of; just ask me about a certain book I’ve had on my reading list for 4 years without once cracking it open!)  But it’s a good starting point.  Like last year though, it’s heavily weighted towards fiction, so will someone please do me a favor and give me some fabulous nonfiction titles to read?  I love history…and music.

  1. Troubled Waters by Dean Hughes (Hearts of the Children vol. 2–continuation of the WWII series Children of the Promise that I read last year)
  2. How Many Roads?  by Dean Hughes (vol. 3)
  3. Take Me Home  by Dean Hughes (vol. 4)
  4. So Much of Life Ahead by Dean Hughes (vol. 5)
  5. Eldorado by Baroness Orczy (read The Scarlet Pimpernel last fall and wanted to read the sequel that figures into the movie)
  6. The Greater Journey by David McCullough (got distracted from this last summer after getting to page 30)
  7. The Killer Angels by Michael Shaara
  8. In the heart of the sea : the tragedy of the whaleship Essex by Nathaniel Philbrick
  9. The History of the Ancient World by Susan Wise Bauer (intended to start this in August but never did)
  10. Curse of the Narrows: The Halifax Disaster of 1917 by Laura MacDonald
  11. The Bronze Bow by Elizabeth George Speare (to discuss with A for school)
  12. The Eagle of the Ninth by Rosemary Sutcliff (to discuss with A for school)
  13. The Silver Branch by Rosemary Sutcliff (ditto)
  14. The Lantern Bearers by Rosemary Sutcliff (ditto)
  15. Black Ships Before Troy by Rosemary Sutcliff (read aloud with boys)
  16. The Wanderings of Odysseus by Rosemary Sutcliff (read aloud with boys) (maybe I should have a whole category devoted to Sutcliff, as we’ll probably read her Arthur books when we hit medieval history next fall)
  17. The Invention of Hugo Cabret (for boys’ bookclub and so we can see the movie)
  18. The House of the Seven Gables by Nathaniel Hawthorne (because I’ve never read it and I’m interested after seeing the House in Salem, MA, this fall)
  19. Cranford by Elizabeth Gaskell (so I can see the movie)
  20. Emma by Jane Austen (re-read because I finally saw the 2009 movie and want to see if I’ll like Emma in the book any better after having seen that movie version)
  21. Sallie and Captain Sam (an account of a sea captain and his wife that comes out of DH’s family history in Maine in the 1850s; we picked up the book on our trip back East)

What are you reading this year?

4 Comments leave one →
  1. Sheila permalink
    January 3, 2012 9:10 pm

    I just finished The Invention of Hugo Cabret. I enjoyed it, it’s a fast, fast read even though it appears so thick. Your boys will probably love it. I have the Scarlet Pimpernel book and movie and have neither read nor watched it! I should make that a goal.

  2. Tamaran permalink
    January 4, 2012 8:32 am

    Love your list. We should totally pick something off your list for our next book club book.

  3. January 5, 2012 8:59 am

    Yes, you should have a whole category devoted to Rosemary Sutcliff ! Maybe you and/or ‘A would like to post what you think when you have read and discussed at

  4. January 5, 2012 9:03 am

    PS Rosemary (a relative of mine) was home-schooled until aged about eleven, developing her love of history and story-telling from being read to by her mother. Her autobiography Blue Remembered Hills it a very touching account of her early life, and of becoming a miniature painter via art school, before she became a writer, even though early childhood illness had not only ket her out of school, but left her with severe physical disabilities.she had serious physical disabilities.

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