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. 😀
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.
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.
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!
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?
It’s hard to believe there is less than one month remaining for the 2016 year – time flies! I made more reading progress this month. I really enjoyed all three books I read in November (books 39-41). Fire Along the Sky is book 4 of Sara Donati’s Wilderness series. I also really enjoyed A Paris Apartment and it reignited my interest in art history. I recently picked up The Art Forger, which I look forward to reading. Here’s to a month of reading and all things merry to wrap up the year! 🙂