literary resolutions

this would include both reading and writing.  as for the writing portion, my annual failed resolution is always about writing more things down on paper.  thoughts, ideas, struggles, daily routines, to-do lists, funny things kids say (like an hour ago when asher saw me picking up pine needles from the floor and said, “look! christmas crumbs!”  love it.), etc.  then, like always, i end up with different journals and calendars and scraps of paper everywhere.  my current system is a day planner with lots of space.  everything from dr’s appointments to dates to travels to all to-do lists fit in this one book.  i’ve been using it for a few months, and while there are a few too many blank weeks for my taste, it’s working better than anything else i’ve tried.

there is also another journal that is going to find it’s way into my daily-ish routine.  a journal that keeps track of a large and significant portion of our lives but that doesn’t lend itself to discussion in a space like this.  though our ministry/church experience is only 6+ years old there is so much we’ve learned, things we wish we were told in school (or at least given a heads-up on), struggles that tested relationships and faith, wonderful things seen and learned, and a bit of wackiness, too.

and finally, the book list.  last year i thought i’d try 52 books in 52 weeks.  i topped out at 34 books.  when i went back and found lists from previous years, the tally was about the same.  but regardless of whether or not i have a target number, i always always read more when i have a list of things i want to read.  many of the books on the 2011 list are taken from last year’s and i’ll add as i go.

The Honey Trail:  In Pursuit of Liquid Gold and Vanishing Bees – Grace Pundyk

A Chance to Die:  The Life and Legacy of Amy Carmichael – Elisabeth Elliot

Till We Have Built Jerusalem: Architecture, Urbanism, and the Sacred – Philip Bess

Imperial Hubris: Why the West is Losing the War on Terror – Michael Scheuer

A Foreign Policy of Freedom: Peace, Commerce, and Honest Friendship – Ron Paul

Economics in One Lesson – Henry Hazlitt

Dominion: The Power of Man, the Suffering of Animals, and the Call to Mercy – Matthew Scully

Moveable Feasts: From Ancient Rome to the 21st Century, the Incredible Journeys of the Food We Eat – Sarah Murray

For the Children’s Sake:  Foundations of Education for Home and School – Susan Schaeffer Macaulay

Tending the Heart of Virture: How Classic Stories Awaken a Child’s Moral Imagination – Vigen Guroian

Homeschool: An American History – Milton Gaither

A Crime So Monstrous: Face-to Face With Modern-Day Slavery – E. Benjamin Skinner

Orthodoxy – G.K. Chesterton

Freedom and Boundaries:  A Pastoral Primer on the Role of Women in the Church – Kevin DeYoung

Addictions: A Banquet in the Grave : Finding Hope in the Power of the Gospel – Edward T. Welch

The Doctrine of the Knowledge of God – John Frame

Culture Making: Recovering Our Creative Calling – Andy Crouch

Counterfeit Gods – Tim Keller

Idols of the Heart – Elyse Fitzpatrick

Wuthering Heights – Emily Brontë

Home:  A Novel – Marilynne Robinson

The Sherlockian – Graham Moore


5 thoughts on “literary resolutions

  1. This reminds me that I forgot to tell you about a cameo that you make in my most recent (and hopefully running tomorrow) Curator article about journal keeping. Which also reminds me that I have too much else to tell you and I should just write you an email. Keep an eye out!

  2. Kate,
    Not to add another book to your list…
    but you NEED to read “Loving the Little Years” by Rachel Jankovick. It’s a quick read and one of the best…no, I think the best book on mothering I’ve ever read. I’m recommending it to everyone mom I know. You’d love it. I’m on my second time through. It’s that good. Oh, and it’s available on amazon;)

  3. yo. if you want a “read along” partner for “a chance to die”, let me know! i’m totally in. i’ve started that so many times and am really excited to give ‘er a GO again.

  4. great list. there’s a few of my favorite titles on here and some i need to read. i’ll tuck your list away for when i need some inspiration!

  5. If anyone ever questions your lengthy book list, have them read a great book about the benefits of reading! “Read For Your Life – 11 Ways to Better Your Life Through Books” by Pat Williams. Loved it!

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