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Bookish Plans for 2009

hous2a-00048_byoung-puritan-woman-reading-while-spinning-at-her-wheel-postersConsidering that there were thirty-seven books on my TBR list for 2008 and I only read fourteen from the list, I have decided to pare down my list for 2009.  When I consider, too, that I actually managed to read as many books as I had on that 2008 list, only I just went off on a tangent and read whatever suited my fancy at the time, I think this is an exceptionally good idea.  Taking a cue from Sarah at A Library Is a Hospital for the Mind, I am going to make a short list of the works I really, really want to read this year.  However, because I am who I am and I cannot make things too simple for myself (alas!  alack!), I will also list some projects like Sherry at Semicolon.   (I do hope these fine bloggers will remember that as Anne Shirley once averred,  “Imitation is the sincerest form of flattery.”)

And so, without further ado, here is a list of books I really want to get to in 2009:

1.  Les Miserables by Victor Hugo

2.  A Tale of Two Cities by Charles Dickens

3.  Sacred Marriage by Gary Thomas

4.  Sacred Parenting by Gary Thomas

5.  Authentic Faith by Gary Thomas

6.  As many Wendell Berry books as I can manage

7.  Winter Birds by Jamie Langston Turner

8.  Some Wildflower in My Heart by Jamie Langston Turner

Really, that’s all that comes to mind right now.  However, I have several projects spinning around in my brain that also need to be noted:

lmm-challenge L. M. Montgomery Reading Challenge hosted by Carrie at Reading to Know:

I am reading Jane of Lantern Hill for this challenge, but when I finish it, I might try to sneak in something else.  This challenge lasts through January.

Semicolon Book Club

January:  Heaven by Randy Alcorn or Heaven:  Your Real Home by Joni Eareckson Tada.  I’ll probably read the latter.

February:  The Love Letters by Madeleine L’Engle

March:  John Adams by David McCullough

April:  Paradise Lost by John Milton

May:  The Underneath by Kathi Appelt

June:  David Copperfield by Charles Dickens

July:  River Rising by Athol Dickson

August:  Hamlet by William Shakespeare

September:  Andersonville by MacKinlay Kantor

October:  Scoop by Evelyn Waugh

November:  A Walk with Jane Austen by Lori Smith

Book Club at Well Trained Mind Message Board

I hang out at these forums sometime, and so I decided to try to join in on some of the bookish fun.  January’s pick is The Man Who Was Thursday by G.K. Chesterton.

Various Challenges and Just Plain Old Bookish Fun at Five Minutes for Books

I’ve recently become acquainted with this site, and although I have not had time to plumb its depths, it looks like a lot of fun.  I hope I can get in on some of the action this year.

Thomas Nelson Book Review Bloggers Program

I signed up to be a part of this, and although I’ve gotten off to a slow start, I anticipate staying with this project in 2009.  My first review will hopefully follow in the next few days.

I’m sure I’ve left something out.  Now, if I could just read all day long every day, I might get this accomplished.


7 Responses

  1. There are some nice books listed for the book club. Enjoy!

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