The full list, as of 12/15, anyway:
- I’ll Be Your Blue Sky
- A Wrinkle in Time (audio) (re-read) (with Pip)
- Free-Range Kids: Giving Our Children the Freedom We Had Without Going Nuts with Worry (audio)
- Gone-Away Lake (audio) (with Pip)
- My Name is Asher Lev
- The Little Way of Ruthie Lemming: A Southern Girl, a Small Town and the Secret of a Good Life (audio)
- When Dimple Met Rishi
- Small Animals: Parenthood in the Age of Fear (audio)
- The Penderwicks at Last (audio)
- Tower of Dawn
- The Grace of Enough: Pursuing Less and Living More in a Throwaway Culture
- The Five Love Languages of Children (audio)
- A Prayer Journal
- The Girls at the Kingfisher Club
- Like a Mother: A Feminist Journey Through the Science and Culture of Pregnancy
- Why I Don’t Call Myself Gay: How I Reclaimed My Sexual Reality and Found Peace
- Wendell Berry and the Given Life (audio)
- The Ninety-Third Name of God: Poems
- The Read-Aloud Family: Making Meaningful and Lasting Connections with Your Kids
- Knight’s Castle (with Pip) (aloud)
- The War I Finally Won (audio)
- Wise Blood
- Hannah Coulter (audio)
- Getting Past Perfect: How to Find Joy and Grace in the Messiness of Motherhood
- Future Home of the Living God
- Wildflower Hill
- Cold Sassy Tree
- Crunchy Cons [with its absurdly long subtitle I’m not copying down this time]
- Les Miserables (audio)
- Great with Child: Letters to a Young Mother (re-read)
- World of Trouble
- Home Education (audio)
- The Power and the Glory (2x!)
- What’s Wrong with the World
- Countdown City
- Practicing the Presence of God
- The Last Policeman
- To Change the Church: Pope Francis and the Future of Catholicism (audio) (with J)
- Strangers and Sojourners
- On Pilgrimage
- The Turquoise Table: Finding Community and Connection in Your Own Front Yard
- The Essex Serpent
- Creating with God: The Confusing, Holy Blessedness of Pregnancy (re-read)
- An American Childhood (re-read)
- The Importance of Being Little: What Preschoolers Need from Grownups (audio)
- The Fellowship: The Literary Lives of the Inklings: JRR Tolkien, CS Lewis, Owen Barfield, Charles Williams (audio)
- Black Rabbit Hall (audio)
- The War that Saved My Life (audio)
- Roots and Sky: A Journey Home in Four Seasons
- Anne of the Island (audio)
- Anne’s House of Dreams (audio)
- Charlotte’s Web (re-read) (with Pip) (aloud)
- The War That Saved My Life: I’m a sucker for blitz-era England. What is wrong with me?!
- Les Miserables: I’m late to the party but now I think I’ll have a forever crush on Jean Valjean. And I haven’t even seen any of the movies yet!
- I’ll Be Your Blue Sky: oh, Marisa de los Santos. Your lovable characters! Your luminous language and delightful verbal sparring! But oh, your shaky plots… Whatever. I loved it.
I’m surprised to see here that I didn’t read a lot of fiction this year, because fiction is usually my wheelhouse. A lot of things I started I didn’t love and didn’t finish, though, and many of the things I did love and finish were rereads. Depressing. Toss me some fiction recommendations for the new year?
- Crunchy Cons: How Birkenstocked Burkeans, gun-loving organic gardeners, evangelical free-range farmers, hip homeschooling mamas, right-wing nature plan to save America…or at least the Republican Party: talked about this elsewhere.
- The Grace of Enough: Pursuing Less and Living More in a Throwaway Culture: Haley is an old friend who’s written a book that, like Dreher’s, brings together a lot of compelling movements and ideas to make a coherent vision of a life worth living.
- Small Animals: Parenthood in the Age of Fear: talked about this elsewhere.
- The Importance of Being Little: What Preschoolers Really Need from Grownups: talked about this elsewhere.
- Like a Mother: A Feminist Journey Through the Science and Culture of Pregnancy: Did I not talk about this elsewhere? Anyway, I really enjoyed the wide-ranging discussion and the author’s engaging style.
- Roots and Sky: A Journey Home in Four Seasons: I want to be her when I grow up.
Books contextualizing pregnancy and parenthood, audiobooks
I did not read enough full chapter books aloud this year but got distracted and relied upon audiobooks too heavily!
How did your year of reading look in 2018?