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Reading 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 it averages out to about 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.

Titles in bold are what I’m currently reading.

  1. Troubled Waters by Dean Hughes 1/7 (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) 1/9
  3. Take Me Home  by Dean Hughes (vol. 4) 1/11
  4. So Much of Life Ahead by Dean Hughes (vol. 5) 1/13
  5. The Railway Children by Edith Nesbit 2/22
  6. The Invention of Hugo Cabret (for boys’ bookclub and so we can see the movie) 2/13
  7. In the heart of the sea : the tragedy of the whaleship Essex by Nathaniel Philbrick 2/24
  8. Daughters in My Kingdom
  9. Her Royal Spyness by Rhys Bowen
  10. God So Loved the World by Eric D. Huntsman
  11. The Killer Angels by Michael Shaara 8/8
  12. Stand Firm Ye Boys From Maine by Thomas A. Desjardin 9/1
  13. Evidence: Citation & Analysis for the Family Historian by Elizabeth Shown Mills
  14. Midnight in Austenland by Shannon Hale 3/3
  15. Princess Academy 2 by Shannon Hale 10/17
  16. Black Beauty by Anna Sewell (audiobook with the boys)
  17. Winnie the Pooh by A. A. Milne (audiobook with the boys)
  18. Mary Poppins by P. L. Travers (audiobook with the boys)
  19. King of the Wind by Marguerite Henry (audiobook with the boys)
  20. Freddie and the Dragon by Walter Brooks (audiobook with the boys)
  21. Chitty Chitty Bang Bang by Ian Fleming (audiobook with the boys)
  22. The Call of the Wild by Jack London (audiobook with the boys)
  23. The Seven Wonders of Sassafras Springs by Betty G. Birney (audiobook with the boys)
  24. The Hobbit by J. R. R. Tolkien
  25. The Lord God Made Them All by James Herriot
  26. 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)
  27. Eldorado by Baroness Orczy (read The Scarlet Pimpernel last fall and wanted to read the sequel that figures into the movie)
  28. The Greater Journey by David McCullough (got distracted from this last summer after getting to page 30)
  29. The History of the Ancient World by Susan Wise Bauer (intended to start this in August but never did)
  30.  Curse of the Narrows: The Halifax Disaster of 1917 by Laura MacDonald
  31. The Bronze Bow by Elizabeth George Speare (to discuss with A for school)
  32. The Eagle of the Ninth by Rosemary Sutcliff (to discuss with A for school)
  33. The Silver Branch by Rosemary Sutcliff (ditto)
  34. The Lantern Bearers by Rosemary Sutcliff (ditto)
  35. Black Ships Before Troy by Rosemary Sutcliff (read aloud with boys)
  36. 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)
  37. In Search of a Homeland by Penelope Lively (read aloud with the boys)
  38. Cranford by Elizabeth Gaskell (so I can see the movie)
  39. 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)
  40. 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)
  41. Curse of the Narrows by Laura M. McDonald
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