— Books + Lists = Win! —

This post started forming in my mind when I read Julie’s reading goals for 2012. Believe it or not, I’ve never thought of making a book list of goals for my yearly reading.

Maybe this will help me wade through some of the books that have been collecting dust on my shelves. (We’ll see.)

I do have plenty of piles around here, and though there are review books that will need my attention (and a whole pile of books at the beginning of the year for a special project I’m doing), I thought I could set a modest goal of three books in each of these areas.

And besides, I love lists. 🙂

— Classics —

East of Eden, by John Steinbeck

Walden and Other Writings, by Henry David Thoreau

— Catholic Classics —

The Reed of God, by Caryll Houselander

The Seven Storey Mountain, by Thomas Merton

The Confessions of St. Augustine

— Delightful Rereads —

Little Women, by Louisa May Alcott

Jane Eyre, by Charlotte Bronte

— Nonfiction —

Common Sense 101: Lessons from G.K. Chesterton, by Dale Ahlquist

The End and the Beginning: Pope John Paul II–The Victory of Freedom, the Last Years, the Legacy, by George Weigel

My Life with the Saints, by James Martin, SJ

The Bad Catholic’s Guide to Good Living, by John Zmirak & Denise Matychowiak

Echoing Silence: Thomas Merton on the Vocation of Writing, edited by Robert Inchausti

Journal of a Novel: The East of Eden Letters, by John Steinbeck

— “Been Meaning To” & Now Will —

The Drunkard’s Walk: How Randomness Rules Our Lives, by Leonard Mlodinow

A Meaningful World: How the Arts and Sciences Reveal the Genius of Nature, by Benjamin Wiker & Jonathan Witt

A Short History of Nearly Everything, by Bill Bryson

One Man’s Wilderness: An Alaskan Odyssey, by Sam Keith from the journals and photographs of Richard Proenneke

— Fiction —

Till We Have Faces, by C.S. Lewis

Fatherless, by Brian Gail

Motherless, by Brian Gail

Swimming with Scapulars, by Matthew Lickona

What’s on YOUR 2012 reading list?

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