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9 books in 9 categories in 2009, 9 can overlap, 72 books total

Can I do it?  Highly unlikely.  I’m shooting for 5 or 6 in each category.  45 or 54, either way 5+4=9 in 2009.  It works for me.

***Updated to add that I’m also working on the 52 books in 52 weeks challenge that we have going on the Well-Trained Mind forums

Titles in bold are what I’m currently working on.  Based on last year’s experience, expect this list to be updated, changed, and rearranged frequently. 


  1. 1066–The Year of the Conquest by David Howarth 1/9
  2. Narrative of the Captivity and Restoration of Mrs. Mary Rowlandson by Mrs. Mary Rowlandson 12/15

II. Prelude to Glory series by Ron Carter (there are 9!)

  1. Our Sacred Honor 5/4
  2. The Times That Try Men’s Souls 6/8
  3. To Decide Our Destiny 6/18
  4. The Hand of Providence 7/13
  5. A Cold Bleak Hill 8/5
  6. The World Turned Upside Down 9/18
  7. The Impending Storm 11/18
  8. A More Perfect Union 12/26

III. Well-Trained Mind Literature recommendations

  1. A Christmas Carol 12/3

IV. Parenting/Homemaking/Homeschooling

  1. Wanting Another Child: Surviving Secondary Infertility
  2. Homeschooling by Gregory and Martine Millman 6/1
  3. The Thomas Jefferson Education Home Companion 6/10
  4. Deconstructing Penguins by Lawrence and Nancy Goldstone 6/19

V. Religion/Scripture

  1. The Book of Mormon 10/20
  2. November 2008 Ensign 4/2
  3. May 2009 Ensign 10/4
  4. Doctrine and Covenants 12/27

VI. Mystery

  1. The Mystery of the Blue Train by Agatha Christie 2/3
  2. Endless Night by Agatha Christie 2/24
  3. A Morbid Taste for Bones by Ellis Peters 4/6
  4. The Rose Rent by Ellis Peters 4/13
  5. Murder on the Orient Express by Agatha Christie 10/14 

VII. Fiction

  1. Princess Academy by Shannon Hale 1/12
  2. Confessions of an Ugly Stepsister by Gregory Maguire (for bookclub)1/23
  3. The Door in the Wall by Marguerite de Angeli 3/19
  4. A Parcel of Patterns by Jill Paton Walsh 4/9
  5. Angels and Demons by Dan Brown 5/16
  6. The Actor and the Housewife by Shannon Hale 8/6

VIII. Read-Alouds/Audiobooks with the Boys–the long ones

  1. A Little Princess by Frances Hodgson Burnett (audio) 1/15
  2. Pinocchio by Carlo Collodi 2/4
  3. The Wind in the Willows 2/25
  4. The Penderwicks by Jeanne Birdsall 4/?
  5. The Penderwicks on Gardam Street by Jeanne Birdsall 4/27
  6. Freddy the Detective by Walter R. Brooks (audio) 7/27
  7. Hans Brinker and the Silver Skates by Mary Mapes Dodge 10/9
  8. Freddy and Mr. Camphor by Walter R. Brooks (audio) 10/19
  9. Seacrow Island by Astrid Lindgren 12/31

IX. Books recommended to me or Books I have yet to discover! (That should make up for 2008’s habit of finding good books and holding off on reading them because they didn’t fit into any of my categories.)

  1. Year of Wonders by Geraldine Brooks 3/9
  2. A Tree Grows in Brooklyn (for bookclub) by Betty Smith 10/5
  3. The 5000 Year Leap by W. Cleon Skousen  12/30 (recommended by Anne)
2 Comments leave one →
  1. Tracy permalink
    August 3, 2009 11:16 am

    I did the 888 challenge and made it with only 3 books left! I couldn’t see doing it again. But I loved the idea of a list…so I made my list and am checking it off! 🙂

  2. The Glenn Beck Review permalink
    June 6, 2010 10:42 am

    Do you know about the man behind the lists and the books? I have an expose up for the weekend about Cleon Skousen that you might enjoy. Can you handle the truth? The 5000 Year Leap should be in your fiction section. Interesting comments have been made by people who saw Skousen speak are there too.

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