Completed Books – April, 2017

Well, April was not a great reading month for me.  Between being sick and getting side-tracked on a few things, I didn’t make much of a dent this month.  However, I am actually making some good progress on reading some of the books I picked out for 2017 (more to come on this).  I enjoyed reading To The Bright Edge of the World as it was full of outdoor adventures and exploration of new territories – it inspired me to get out in nature more often!  I’m also in the midst of reading The Art Forger and I’m really enjoying learning more about the infamous art heist at the Isabella Stewart Gardner museum in Boston.

  1. Picnic, Lightning
  2. Power Foods for the Brain
  3. Of Bees and Mist
  4. House of Light
  5. Upstream
  6. Bio-Young
  7. The Little Book of Hygge
  8. Mansfield Park
  9. Yours Truly
  10. 100 Days of Real Food: Fast and Fabulous
  11. The School of Night
  12. Always
  13. A Moveable Feast
  14. Bright Star: Love Letters and Poems of John Keats to Fanny Brawne
  15. To the Bright Edge of the World

Happy Reading!

In Honor of National Poetry Month

In honor of National Poetry Month, I had a stack of poetry books I hoped to read this month.  Unfortunately, I ended up getting side-lined with the flu, so reading progress came to a screeching halt for a couple of weeks. I read Bright Star: Love Letters and Poems of John Keats to Fanny Brawne.  I enjoyed reading the letters and poetry, especially after watching the movie Bright Star a few years ago.  I really didn’t know much about John Keats before the movie, outside of some his more famous poems, and for whatever reason, that movie really struck a chord with me.   Perhaps because he was so young when he passed away, struggling to make his poetry known to the world.  Perhaps it was the love story.  I digress, but it helped me rediscover John Keats and his poetry.

Here a few poetry books I have set out on my reading table and hope to tackle over the next month or so (for belated National Poetry Month!) 😀

Completed Books – March, 2017

March ended up being a good reading month – I am now 26% complete towards my goal of 50 books.  😀   I finished Mansfield Park, which I thought was a charming book.  The School of Night brought back memories of A Discovery of Witches by Deborah Harkness.  I also enjoyed A Moveable Feast, especially after reading The Paris Wife and Hemingway’s Girl. I think in honor of spring, I might try to read a few nature books next month, along some poetry since April is National Poetry Month.

  1. Picnic, Lightning
  2. Power Foods for the Brain
  3. Of Bees and Mist
  4. House of Light
  5. Upstream
  6. Bio-Young
  7. The Little Book of Hygge
  8. Mansfield Park
  9. Yours Truly
  10. 100 Days of Real Food: Fast and Fabulous
  11. The School of Night
  12. Always
  13. A Moveable Feast

Happy Reading!

Completed Books – February, 2017

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!  :-/

  1. Picnic, Lightning
  2. Power Foods for the Brain
  3. Of Bees and Mist
  4. House of Light
  5. Upstream
  6. Bio-Young
  7. The Little Book of Hygge

Happy Reading!

Reading List – Nature and Science

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
  • The Wild Trees by Richard Preston
  • Wild by Charles Hughes
  • The Thing with Feathers by Noah Strycker
  • Wild Things, Wild Places by Jane Alexander
  • The Story of Earth by Robert Hazen
  • Wildwood: A Journey Through Trees by Roger Deakin
  • Longitude by Dava Sobel
  • The Sea Around Us by Rachel Carson
  • Poseidon’s Steed by Helen Scales
  • Spirals in Time by Helen Scales
  • Kraken by Wendy Williams
  • What a Fish Knows by Jonathan Balcombe
  • Being a Beast by Charles Foster
  • Lab Girl by Hope Jahren
  • Wilderness Essays by John Muir



Reading List – Classics

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!)

  • Little Men by Louisa May Alcott
  • Moby Dick by Herman Melville
  • Vanity Fair by William Thackeray
  • Les Miserables by Victor Hugo
  • Mansfield Park by Jane Austen
  • Northanger Abbey by Jane Austen
  • Dombey and Son by Charles Dickens
  • Our Mutual Friend by Charles Dickens
  • The Old Curiosity Shop by Charles Dickens
  • Nicholas Nickelby by Charles Dickens
  • A Tale of Two Cities by Charles Dickens
  • Little Dorrit by Charles Dickens
  • Bleak House by Charles Dickens
  • Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland by Lewis Carroll
  • Dracula by Bram Stoker
  • Frankenstein by Mary Shelley
  • The Age of Innocence by Edith Wharton
  • The Count of Monte Cristo by Alexander Dumas
  • Moll Flanders by Daniel Defoe
  • Robinson Crusoe by Daniel Defoe
  • Treasure Island by Robert Louis Stevenson
  • The Wings of the Dove by Henry James
  • The Portait of a Lady by Henry James
  • The Jungle Book by Rudyard Kipling
  • Middlemarch by George Eliot
  • The Picture of Dorian Gray by Oscar Wilde
  • East of Eden by John Steinbeck
  • Lolita by Vladimir Nobokov
  • Crime and Punishment by Fyodor Dostoyevsky
  • Heart of Darkness by Joseph Conrad
  • The Great Gatsby by F. Scott Fitzgerald
  • Gulliver’s Travels by Jonathan Swift
  • War and Peace by Leo Tolstoy
  • Candide by Voltaire
  • The Adventures of Tom Sawyer by Mark Twain
  • Peter Pan by J.M. Barrie
  • The Wind in the Willows by Kenneth Grahame
  • The Call of the Wild by Jack London
  • Paradise Lost by John Milton
  • Tess of the d’Urbervilles by Thomas Hardy
  • The Old Man and the Sea by Ernest Hemingway
  • The Good Earth by Pearl S. Buck
  • Walden by Henry David Thoreau

Completed Books – January, 2017

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.  😉

  1. Picnic, Lightning
  2. Power Foods for the Brain
  3. Of Bees and Mist
  4. House of Light

Happy Reading!


The Classics

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!  😔




A Year in Review – 2016

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.

Favorites for 2016 included:

Stayed tuned for some thoughts on goals for 2017.  Happy reading!

Completed Books – December, 2016

2016 is a wrap!  I made some progress towards the end of the year with reading and overall, had a good mix of fiction, non-fiction and poetry.  After reviewing my list, I was surprised to see that I ended up reading five of the six Sara Donati books from the Wilderness series.  I’ll plan to read the final book, The Endless Forest, in 2017.  I will have to reflect on some of my favorites from 2016.  Did you have any reading highlights or favorites in 2016?

  1. The Good Karma Diet
  2. Big Magic
  3. The Happy Vegan
  4. Questions about Angels: Poems
  5. Success Through Stillness
  6. Into the Wilderness
  7. The Most Beautiful Walk in the World
  8. Bird by Bird
  9. Dawn on a Distant Shore
  10. Happy Cooking
  11. Timeless Beauty
  12. Kale and Coffee
  13. The Oz Family Kitchen
  14. Pablo Neruda: Book of Questions
  15. Fallen Beauty
  16. The Uninvited Guests
  17. SuperFoods Health Style
  18. It’s All Easy
  19. Call Me Zelda
  20. Living the Farm Sanctuary Life
  21. The Silver Witch
  22. Pretty Happy
  23. Hemingway’s Girl
  24. The House of Hawthorne
  25. Lake in the Clouds
  26. The Kind Diet
  27. Delights and Shadows
  28. The Paris Wife
  29. The Blue Zones Solution
  30. The Museum of Extraordinary Things
  31. Wellth: How I Learned to Build a Life, Not a Resume
  32. The Swerve
  33. The Joy of Less
  34. Good Poems
  35. The Perfume Collector
  36. Twenty Love Poems and a Song of Despair
  37. The Rain in Portugal
  38. Casanova in Bolzano
  39. The Secret Garden
  40. Fire Along the Sky
  41. A Paris Apartment
  42. First Impressions
  43. Queen of Swords
  44. Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone, Illustrated Edition
  45. Deliciously Ella Every Day
  46. 101 Things You Didn’t Know About Jane Austen
  47. 100 Days of Real Food