Friday, January 5, 2018

2018 Book List

Well, I've finally gotten myself together and created my 2018 Book List. It was brutal narrowing this list down. I got a lot of great books for Christmas, and I just want to read all the things, y'all. But if our first year with a book list taught me anything, it's that realistic and manageable goals are crucial for success. 
So here we go. My official goal for 2018 is 24 books. I wanted to create a starting list of about 20 books to give myself a little wiggle room, but darnit if I didn't fill every single slot. Oh well. It was impossible to narrow it down any further. I'm just not disciplined enough, you guys. Here's the list:

James Madison: A Life Reconsidered : Lynne Cheney
The Three Live of James Madison : Noah Feldman
31 Days of Praise : Ruth & Warren Myers
Mere Christianity : C.S. Lewis
God is Able : Priscilla Shirer
The Difficult Doctrine of the Love of God : Carson
I Believed in 'Issa, I Met Jesus : Jamel Attar
Night : Elie Wiesel
Tuesdays with Morrie : Mitch Albom
Othello : William Shakespeare
Twelfth Night : William Shakespeare
Anna Karenina : Leo Tolstoy
A Tale of Two Cities : Charles Dickens
The Return of the Native : Thomas Hardy
The Professor : Charlotte Brontë
The Good Earth : Pearl S. Buck
The Great Gatsby : F. Scott Fitzgerald
The Pearl : John Steinbeck
And Then There Were None : Agatha Christie
The Wizard of Oz : L. Frank Baum
A Wrinkle in Time : Madeleine L'Engle
Hinds' Feet on High Places : Hannah Hurnard
Song of Deborah : Bette M. Ross
Sisterchicks Do the Hula! : Robin Jones Gunn

I'd like to squeeze in a biography on James Monroe this year as well so I can knock out two presidents, but I've got some pretty big reads on this list, and I have not yet acquired a biography on Monroe so we'll just see how it goes. I'm breaking into the Russian authors this year with Anna Karenina which is the book that seems the most intimidating to me right now, but I've recruited some friends to read it with me and we're going to have a party this summer if we make it through. All in all, I'm excited to get started. 

What are your 2018 resolutions? Do you have any new books you're excited to read? If you're interested in reading Anna Karenina along with me, the goal is to finish it by the end of June. Let me know if you do, and I'll invite you to the party!


  1. oooh this is gonna be a good year.

    Lewis, Tolstoy, Fitzgerald, Steinbeck, Christie, Baum, L'Engle. very excited to hear your thoughts on these guys moving forward.

    go, go, go.

  2. Wow! I'm excited about your list!
    Tuesdays with Morrie?? (crying emoji) Only seen the movie, BUT STILL.
    I read a Pearl S. Buck last year & it was a beast in its own right...can't wait to hear about The Good Earth.
    Hinds' Feet On High Places?? LOVE THIS ONE. Read it the year Oakie & I got married & he deployed 6 weeks later. All the tears.
    I love your list! <3

    1. Everyone seems to LOVE The Good Earth, so I'm looking forward to that one. Which of her books did you read?
      Thanks! This list is intimidating me a little for some reason (probably because my house is a mess, we're still not unpacked from NY, and I haven't even started taking Christmas decorations down), but I'm looking forward to working through it. :)