As a follow up to my post earlier this year on getting back to reading more classics, I’ve made some good progress over the last few months. I also updated my list with additional books at the bottom of the list. I’ve crossed off the books I’ve read so far this year, and hope to make more progress for the remainder of the year. I forgot how much I do enjoy reading classics – I just have to get back into that mindset and pace of reading.
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. 😀
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!)
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!
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. 🙂
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. 🙂Any feedback regarding the books pictured above, or any recommendations that I should add to my reading list?
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.