Update on Picks for 2017

I thought I would pop in with an update on some of the books I selected from my shelves for 2017.  Of the twelve books pictured in the stack, I’ve read five of the books so far, and I’m working on The Wild Places now.  As we’re at the midpoint in the year, I think I’ve made decent progress- usually by now I’m sidetracked with some new books or recommendations.  I still have a number of classics to tackle, and there are a few books I want to read over the next month that are not on the list (and have yet to be acquired), but I’m planning on picking them up soon. I am easily distracted with new books or newly discovered books.  😀


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

A Few Picks for 2017

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.  🙂


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!  😔




Some Reads for 2015

Okay, I know we are already a month through 2015 and this post is a little late…  Over the holidays in December, I combed my shelves and pulled a few books that I hope to tackle in 2015 (along with a couple of books I received as gifts).  I also have a couple of new books that I would like to purchase and read this year, like All The Light We Cannot See by Anthony Doerr.  I still need to make more of an effort to read some the books that have stacked up at home, but I will continue to keep an eye out for any new books as well.  🙂


Visual Reading List

In an effort to start reading more of the books on my shelves that I have had the good intention of reading, I’ll pulled a few that I would like to tackle between the end of this year and early 2015.  I have included a mix of fiction, non-fiction and poetry.  We’ll see how many end up on my completed list.  🙂CAM02301Any feedback regarding the books pictured above, or any recommendations that I should add to my reading list?

A Few Reads for 2013

After taking a look at my bookshelves and my “plan to read” list of books. I have listed some books that I hope to tackle in 2013, in no particular order.  This is not an exhaustive list as I want to give myself some flexibility for new books that I discover or acquire (which I always do!).  I think I am going to give myself another reading goal of 50 books for 2013 as well.

The Good Thief by Hannah Tinti
Founding Brothers by Joseph Ellis
A Cottage by the Sea by Ciji Ware
To Kill a Mockingbird by Harper Lee
The Winter King by Bernard Cornwell
A Conspiracy of Paper by David Liss
A Spectacle of Corruption by David Liss
The Devil’s Company by David Liss
A Walk in the Woods by Bill Bryson
Voyager by Diana Gabaldon
Napolean’s Pyramids by William Dietrich
Into the Wilderness by Sara Donati
The Sunne in Spendour by Sharon Kay Penman
The Secret Garden by Frances Hodgson Burnett
Mistress of the Art of Death by Ariana Franklin
Possession by A.S. Byatt
Life Mask by Emma Donoghue
Longitude: The True Story of a Lone Genius Who Solved the Greatest Scientific Problem of His Time by Dava Sobel
Becoming Marie Antoinette by Juliet Grey
Days of Splendor, Days of Sorrow by Juliet Grey
The Alchemist by Paulo Coelho
Requiem by Lauren Oliver
Reached by Ally Condie
The Stolen Crown by Susan Higginbotham

If you have any book recommendations or suggestions, I would love to hear from you!

On the Shelf (part 2)

As a follow up to my previous post of some books I plan to read, here is another list of titles that I plan to read at some point…

  1. The Dressmaker by Kate Alcott
  2. Our Mutual Friend by Charles Dickens
  3. Casanova in Bolzano by Sandor Marai
  4. Falls the Shadow by Sharon Kay Penman
  5. The Reckoning by Sharon Kay Penman
  6. A Game of Thrones by George R.R. Martin
  7. The Chess Machine by Robert Löhr
  8. The Duchess by Amanda Foreman
  9. A Walk in the Woods by Bill Bryson
  10. Dragonfly in Amber by Diana Gabaldon
  11. Napoleon’s Pyramids by William Dietrich
  12. Sacred Hearts by Sarah Dunant
  13. Galileo’s Daughter by Dava Sobel
  14. Five Quarters of the Orange by Joanne Harris
  15. Antony and Cleopatra by Colleen McCullough
  16. Drood by Dan Simmons
  17. Heresy by S.J. Parris
  18. Possession by A.S. Byatt
  19. Faith and Treason by Antonia Fraser
  20. The Lightening Thief by Rick Riordan

A History Lesson

One of my favorite genres in books is historical fiction.  Don’t get me wrong – I still enjoy reading non-fiction history and biographies, but I’ve come across some great books that provide a fun escape where I feel like I am learning a little at the same time.  I’ve also included a few books focused on art or music.

Here are some titles that are currently sitting on my shelves:

  • The Last Kingdom by Bernard Cornwell
  • The Winter King by Bernard Cornwell
  • The Autobiography of Henry VIII:  With Notes by His Fool, Will Somers by Margaret George
  • Helen of Troy by Margaret George
  • Mary Queen of Scotland and The Isles:  A Novel by Margaret George
  • The Memoirs of Cleopatra:  A Novel by Margaret George
  • Abundance:  A Novel of Marie Antoinette by Sena Jeter Naslund
  • Ahab’s Wife: Or, The Star-Gazer by Sena Jeter Naslund
  • I, Mona Lisa by Jeanne Kalogridis
  • The Devil’s Queen: A Novel of Catherine de Medici by Jeanne Kalogridis
  • Dark Angels by Karleen Koen
  • Through a Glass Darkly by Karleen Koen
  • The Sunne in Splendour: A Novel of Richard III by Sharon Kay Penman
  • Here Be Dragons by Sharon Kay Penman
  • Falls the Shadow by Sharon Kay Penman
  • The Reckoning by Sharon Kay Penman
  • The Lady Elizabeth by Alison Weir
  • The Girl with the Pearl Earring by Tracy Chevalier
  • The Lady and the Unicorn by Tracy Chevalier
  • Marrying Mozart by Stephanie Cowell
  • The Passion of Artemisia by Susan Vreeland
  • Dancing for Degas by Kathryn Wagner