So far, so good in terms of my reading progress – 14% of the way towards my goal of 50 books. I completed two non-fiction books this month, and I’m about halfway through Mansfield Park and also working on some poetry. I think this is the maximum amount of books I can juggle at one time!
In my effort to organize some of my reading interests, I’ve created a list of books I would like to read that are in my “Nature and Science” category. After recently reading Upstream by Mary Oliver, it inspired me to explore more books about nature. I would love to hear your thoughts on the list below – especially if you’ve read any of the books on the list.
Meditations of John Muir: Nature’s Temple
Kissed by a Fox by Priscilla Stuckey
The Wild Places by Robert Macfarlane
The Old Ways: A Journey on Foot by Robert Macfarlane
Landmarks by Robert Macfarlane
The Whale by Philip Hoare
The Lost City of Z by David Grann
Tulipomania by Mike Dash
The Soul of an Octopus by Sy Montgomery
The Hidden Life of Trees by Peter Wohlleben
The Map that Changed the World by Simon Winchester
The Sound of a Wild Snail Eating by Elisabeth Tova Bailey
Wild Comfort: The Solace of Nature by Kathleen Dean Moore
I’ve seen a few popular lists of classics that everyone should read and I started thinking about all of the classics that I have yet to read. While I think I read a variety of books, I clearly have my work cut out for me when it comes to the classics. I’ve read a number of them throughout school and on my own, but as I started combing through lists, I realized that I have a number of books to add to my reading list!
I’ve created a list of classics that I still need to read. I’m going to attempt to update this list a few times a year (hopefully with a few completed books!)
I’m going to strive for a goal of 50 books in 2017. I’ve selected a few books that I hope to read in 2017 – I’m sure I’ll get side-tracked by new books, so we’ll see how well I do with completing the stack. 😉
The holidays have come and gone, but I’m still enjoying the holiday teas that are currently in rotation. I also have a new favorite tea that I received as a gift for the holidays – Argo Earl Grey Creme. Not as strong as your traditional earl gray tea, with a hint of creme flavor that really balances the tea. Perfect for an afternoon curled up with a good book! (and it should be noted that I drank an entire pot of tea one evening while reading over the holidays!) 😀 I’ve underlined the teas that are currently in rotation.
Adagio Citron Green Tea (loose leaf)
Adagio Cream Black Tea (loose leaf)
Argo Earl Grey Creme
Celestial Seasonings Candy Cane Lane
Celestial Seasonings Sleepytime
Harney & Sons Black Currant
Harney & Sons Paris
Harney & Sons Vanilla Comoro
Lipton Decaffeinated Honey & Lemon
Simply Balanced Organic Chamomile
Trader Joe’s Green Tea
Trader Joe’s Vanilla and Cinnamon Black Tea
Trader Joe’s English Breakfast Black Tea
Yogi Detox Tea
Yogi Cinnamon Vanilla Healthy Skin Tea
Yogi Egyptian Licorice Mint Tea
What are some of your favorite teas or do you have any other tea recommendations?
I thought I would round up of some of my favorite poems for the winter season. Is it just me, or do you conjure up images of Robert Frost and some of his poems, like Stopping by Woods on a Snowy Evening, when thinking about winter poems?
Snow-flakes by Henry Wadsworth Longfellow
Snow flakes by Emily Dickinson
Winter Stars by Sara Teasdale
A Winter Morning by Ted Kooser
Stopping by Woods on a Snowy Evening by Robert Frost
As I think about some of my reading goals for 2017, I am planning to target 50 books again. I’ve been close the last few years (47 books in 2016, 45 in 2015, 44 in 2014, and 53 in 2013). As I mention in my last post, I hope to dive into more classics this year, which I anticipate will slow my reading progress a bit. I’ve pulled a few books below from my shelves that I hope to read in 2017. No guarantees, as I’m sure I’ll be side-tracked with new acquisitions and books. 🙂
I was inspired to get back into reading more classics from a post by The Misanthropologist. When I look back at my completed books over the past couple of years, there have a been a few classics, but I’ve definitely been drawn to more fiction, non-fiction and poetry. And let’s be real here – while I enjoy the classics, I need to be honest with myself and recognize that I need to be more mindful and focused when reading a classic compared to other books. While I feel like I’ve read a number of the more “popular” classics like Wuthering Heights, Pride and Prejudice, Of Mice and Men, To Kill a Mockingbird, and Great Expectations, I have a list of classics on my “plan to read” list that I honestly wonder if I’ll ever end up reading! I’ve also considered re-reading some of the classics that were required in school, as I feel like I would have a different perspective and really enjoy reading them now.
As I look at my shelves, many of the classics that I still need to read are pretty intimidating in terms of size (e.g. Bleak House, Our Mutual Friend, Les Miserables, Vanity Fair, Moby Dick). After taking a look at my shelves and list of books I want to read and/or acquire, I think a few classics that I would like (and would be realistic) to tackle this year includes Mansfield Park, The Age of Innocence, Dombey and Son, and perhaps East of Eden and Little Men. We’re only a couple of weeks into the new year and I’m already wondering how I am going to finish everything I hope to read in 2017!
Before I dive into thinking about books I would like to read in 2017, I thought I would provide some thoughts and highlights from 2016. Overall, not a bad year for reading, although I made up for lost time in the last quarter of the year! I usually have a goal of 50 books and I completed 47 books this year. I had a mix of some non-fiction lifestyle and health-related books, poetry and fiction. I’m a little embarrassed to say that that I didn’t read many classics – just The Secret Garden. For fiction books, I read five of the six books in the Wilderness series by Sara Donati. I also enjoyed reading a number of books about authors, including Fallen Beauty, Call Me Zelda, Hemingway’s Girl and The House of Hawthorne. I also enjoyed reading more about Hemingway and his first wife in The Paris Wife.
The Paris Wife by Paula McLain – enjoyed reading about Hemingway’s time in Paris and the literary scene during that time period.
First Impressions by Charlie Lovett – I wasn’t a huge fan of the love triangle, but overall a charming book because you can really sense the author’s love of books. And you can’t go wrong with writing about Jane Austen! 🙂
Stayed tuned for some thoughts on goals for 2017. Happy reading!