Friday, December 26, 2014

Reading Year in Review - 2014

Considering my crazy schedule, I'm surprised at the number of books I read this year (64). It must have been due to my daily subway ride to and from school because most days I came home too tired to read anything. Here are the dozen I enjoyed the most. (Clicking on the title will take you to my review - if I wrote one).

Books that were the most demanding but worth the effort: David Copperfield by Dickens and Our Culture, What's Left of It by Dalrymple.

The books that brought the most pleasure for the least amount of workThe Red House Mystery by A. A. Milne, and Sleeping Beauty by C. S. Evans.

Favorite Children's Classics Re-reads: Charlotte's Web and Chitty-Chitty Bang-Bang.

Best Audiobook: Treasure Island (Narrator Adrian Pretzellis is amazing.)

Best World War II: Monuments Men

Best Christian Books: My Utmost for His Highest by Oswald Chambers (the best antidote to fluffy Christianity that I know.), Preparing for Jesus (advent book by Walter Wangerin), and A Life of Obedience by Murray.

BEST OF THE YEAR: Shauna Niequist's Bread and Wine because it echoed the longing of my heart to slow down enough to be available to God and His people.

Most important podcast: Edie Wadsworth's "The Life You Love Manifesto" (same reason as above)

Most important internet article: "The Girl with the Gadget" by Arthur W. Hunt III

Also, I'm making progress on my Classics Club Challenge list. Only fifteen more titles to go! And I read two (of the intended four) Shakespeare plays, Midsummer Night's Dream and Two Gentleman of Verona.


Farm Girl said...

What a lovely list. I am impressed with your amount of books. 64 is good.
I would like to get back to my reading schedule this year. Having double eye surgeries and healing took a big bite out of what I normally read in a year.
We loved Treasure Island read by Mr. Pretzellis. It really is one I will go back too. I still think about the article you shared about our attention spans. I need to read Monument Men this year too.
Lovely list.

Grace said...

Fantastic list! I always love knowing what you are reading and enjoy the diversity from theology to WWII to children's lit. I enjoy your blog so much.

Barbara H. said...

I've just been thinking about rereading David Copperfield - or listening to the audiobook this time. It is one of my favorite of Dickens, next to Tale of Two Cities.

I like your format of listing them by categories. I might keep that in mind for next year.

Amy @ Hope Is the Word said...

Your list, as well as your wisdom, are always so encouraging and inspiring to me. Thank you for blogging!