I’m not big on New Year’s resolutions. By this time of year, I’ve likely already forgotten them–unless they’re about books. I love making a yearly list of reading goals, adding to it, and crossing off books when I finish them. This year I had so much fun seeing the reading lists everyone made to include in the Reading Goals for 2014 link up.
But is anyone else already behind on their list? Yikes. I’m not hopelessly behind, but I need to step up my game (or stop adding books when I haven’t finished the ones on my list!).
Time for a little update (and pretty please, share what you’ve been reading so far this year in the comments because I’m addicted to hearing what books are on other people’s night stands)!
So far I’ve read:
- ✓ Deathbed Conversions: Finding Faith at the Finish Line by Karen Edmisten (I love Karen’s books and after reading this, I keep thinking about Lord Marchmain and the beauty of turning to Christ, even if it’s at the very end of life….don’t get me started on Brideshead or I’ll start to think it’s a good idea to add it to my list and read it yet again….wait…that IS a good idea…somebody slap me!)
- ✓ Pride and Prejudice by Jane Austen (re-read) (I mostly listened to this one of audiobook. Karen Savage reads all of Austen’s novels for Librivox and I fall asleep listening audiobooks. And Librivox is free so…win!)
- ✓ Villette by Charlotte Bronte (I did end up liking this one, but I still think that chapter after chapter of anti-Catholic sentiment gets old. Lucy Snow and M. Emmanuel really are fascinating characters.)
- ✓ Notes from a Blue Bike: The Art of Living Intentionally in a Chaotic World by Tsh Oxenreider (You can read my review. This was a treat.)
I’m in the middle of…:
- Les Miserables by Victor Hugo (I tried to read this one last year in a month, while pregnant. Ha! After a month, I’m still only 175 pages in. It’s great, but PLODDING. I’m glad I’m familiar with the story after reading the abridged version and listening to the musical ten thousand times or else I would be saying “Why are you telling me about ANOTHER seemingly unrelated to the plot character, Victor?! Why?!)
- Consoling the Heart of Jesus by Fr. Michael Gaitley (I’m almost done with this one and have to admit, it’s not everything I thought it would be. It has lots of good content, but I think it’s the style that really rubs me the wrong way. Did anyone else have a hard time with this one? It seems like everyone loves it and I’m the odd one out.)
- Mansfield Park by Jane Austen (re-read) (I don’t care what you say, I LOVE Fanny Price always and forever. Mostly listening to the audiobook read by Karen Savage.)
- Bread and Wine by Shauna Niequist
Gwen obligingly fell asleep in the car while the big kids were at Grandma’s FORCING me to just sit there in the driveway and read a good chunk of Bread and Wine. Because it was best for the baby, of course. I’m only thinking of her.
This book makes me want to slow down and stir risotto with a glass of red wine to sip on. I’ve noticed that on my early mornings with Gwen (Daniel and I take turns with that 5am waking time) I’ve been more inspired to clear off the table, cook something delicious, and have it sitting there when the big kids wake up. Also, I’ve already tried three of the recipes from the book and my, oh my, they are a gluten-free household’s dream come true.
I enjoyed reading Christy’s take on this one, because I’ve had the same reaction…Shauna’s life isn’t my life right now. Maybe in ten years we’ll be the big dinner party couple again (Daniel and I love to throw dinner parties and had parties every week before parenthood) but right now we’re have-another-family-over-every-couple-of-weeks sort of people. We’re take food to a new mom sort of people right now. Not throw an awesome party sort of people. Mostly because most of our friends are only available between 5:30 and 7pm…hard to fit a dinner party in there. But I also agreed with Christy that so much of why I like Shauna’s take on food is because she’s adopted lots of Catholic sensibilities about the sacred meeting the mundane, hospitality, and community.
So, although she’s not necessarily saying anything new, she says it very well. I enjoy her writing style (it’s the perfect vacation book) and the book is a delight and I think I’ve drooled over most of the recipe pages.
Ok, your turn. What are you reading?