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Reading 2010

It’s the 20/20/20 challenge:

  • 20 books–2 each in 10 categories
  • 20 books–10 each in 2 categories
  • 20 books–in any category or all related to each other

That’s still 60 books and while I don’t expect to read 60, my goal is to at least read the first 30 books, which include a lot of titles that have been on my list the past two years, but that for some reason or another I haven’t gotten around to reading.


1. History

  • Common Sense by Thomas Paine 6/15
  • The Battle of Gettysburg by Lt. Frank Haskell, U.S.A., and Col. William C. Oates, C.S.A. 10/14

2. Historical Fiction

  • Prelude to Glory vol. 9 By the Dawn’s Early Light by Ron Carter 4/1
  • Johnny Tremain (read aloud with the boys) 3/2

3. Biography

  • The Illustrated Life of Washington by Joel Headley 3/8
  • John Adams by David McCullough 8/28

4. Parenting

  • *A House United by Nicholeen Peck
  • Secrets of the Baby Whisperer by Tracy Hogg 1/13

5. Classics

  • The Adventures of Tom Sawyer by Mark Twain 7/
  • Sense and Sensibility by Jane Austen 9/24

6. Religious

  • *Jesus the Christ
  • Raising up a Family to the Lord by Gene R. Cook

7. Scripture

  • The Book of Mormon 10/10
  • Nov. 2009 Ensign/May 2010 Ensign

8. Music

  • Joys and Sorrows by Pablo Casals
  • Song of the Righteous by Darwin Wolford

9. Young Adult Fiction

  • Book of a Thousand Days by Shannon Hale
  • Across Five Aprils by Irene Hunt 10/7

10. Nonfiction/Travel/Food???

  • My Life in France by Julia Child 9/16



Well-Trained Mind Literature recommendations

  1. Dante’s Inferno
  2. Shakespeare Henry V
  3. Don Quixote retold by Martin Jenkins 1/16 349 p.
  4. Gulliver’s Travels retold by Martin Jenkins 5/11
  5. Perrault’s Complete Fairy Tales 3/9
  6. Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland by Lewis Carroll 4/1
  7. The Pilgrim’s Progress
  8. Robinson Crusoe
  9. The Legend of Sleepy Hollow and Rip Van Winkle


  1. Hercule Poirot’s Christmas by Agatha Christie 1/5 253 p.
  2. The Man in the Brown Suit by Agatha Christie 1/19  277 p.
  3. Brother Cadfael’s Penance by Ellis Peters 2/2  291 p.
  4. The Hermit of Eyton Forest by Ellis Peters 3/10  224 p.
  5. One Corpse Too Many by Ellis Peters 5/6  186 p.
  6. The Thirteen Problems by Agatha Christie 6/17
  7. The Hollow by Agatha Christie 7/16
  8. Chasing Vermeer by Blue Balliett 10/20
  9. The Pilgrim of Hate by Ellis Peters 10/22
  10. The Christmas Mystery by Jostein Gaarder


(read alouds with the boys, other school books,
and anything else I find fun or fascinating)

  1. The Bulletproof George Washington by David Barton 2/5   57 p.
  2. Freddy Goes to Florida by Walter Brooks 2/18 (audiobook)
  3. The Light Princess by George Macdonald 3/15
  4. The Adventures of Robin Hood by Howard Pyle (audiobook) 3/18
  5. Dear America: The Winter of Red Snow by Kristiana Gregory4/12
  6. Teach Like Your Hair’s on Fire by Rafe Esquith 4/13
  7. The Tale of Despereaux by Kate DiCamillo (audiobook) 4/17
  8. Through the Looking Glass by Lewis Carroll 4/30
  9. Dear America: Across the Wide and Lonesome Prairie by Kristiana Gregory 5/5
  10. Little House in the Big Woods by Laura Ingalls Wilder 5/14
  11. Amos Fortune Free Man by Elizabeth Yates 5/28
  12. Little House on the Prairie by Laura Ingalls Wilder 6/10
  13. Carry On, Mr. Bowditch 6/17
  14. Farmer Boy by Laura Ingalls Wilder 7/1
  15. On the Banks of Plum Creek by Laura Ingalls Wilder 7/17
  16. Finn Family Moomintroll by Tove Jansson 7/26
  17. By the Shores of Silver Lake 8/
  18. The Long Winter by Laura Ingalls Wilder
  19. Little Town on the Prairie by Laura Ingalls Wilder 9/10
  20. Laura Ingalls Wilder, A Biography by William Anderson 9/16
  21. These Happy Golden Years by Laura  Ingalls Wilder 9/23
  22. Heidi by Johanna Spyri
  23. The Indian in the Cupboard
  24. Fantastic Mr. Fox by Roald Dahl
  25. The Wright 3 by Blue Balliett
  26. Around the World in Eighty Days by Jules Verne

*Starred titles are what I’m currently reading

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