{reading life} 2020 Goals

The last couple of years as I’ve made my list of books to be read I’ve sorted them into just a few categories; fiction, non-fiction, spiritual growth, personal growth etc. I’ve also had a list from a book club that I’m in. (Sadly with the loss of my website data, I can’t go back and link to my previous reads)

This year, I’m trying something a little differently and making a bunch of different categories. Introducing my 2020 Book List. [Anything marked with a * is a carryover from 2019.]

Fiction: Modern

  • Watership Down by Adams
  • The Tatooist of Auschwitz* by Morris
  • The Chosen* by Potok
  • Brideshead Revisited by Waugh
  • The River by Heller
  • The Dutch House by Patchett

Fiction: Classics

  • Little Men* by Alcott
  • The Great Gatsby* by Fitzgerald

Fiction: Short Stories

  • That Distant Land* by Berry

Fiction: Fantasy

  • The Odd and Frost Giants* OR Stardust* both by Gaiman

Fiction: Long Novel

  • Anna Karenina by Tolstoy

Non-Fiction: Memoir

  • Letters of a Woman Homesteader by Pruitt Stewart
  • Lost without the River by Scoblic

Non-Fiction: on Writing

  • The Writing Life by Dillard

Non-Fiction: Biography

  • The River of Doubt: Theodore Roosevelt’s Darkest Journey by Millard
  • Bandersnatch: C.S. Lewis, J.R.R. Tolkien, and the Creative Collaboration of the Inklings by Pavlac

Non-Fiction: A Historical Period (this year the period of Reconstruction)

  • Forty Acres and Maybe a Mule by Robinet
  • Chariot in the Sky: A Story of the Jubilee Singers by Bontemp

Non-Fiction: A skill/Art focus

The Quiet Eye: A Way of Looking at Pictures by Judson

Non-Fiction: Personal Growth

  • The Power of Habit: Why We Do What We Do in Life and Business by Duhigg
  • Grit: The Power of Passion and Perseverance by Duckworth
  • Reclaiming Conversation: The Power of Talk in a Digital Age by Turkle
  • The Body Keeps the Score: Brain, Mind, and Body in the Healing of Trauma by van der Kolk

Non-Fiction: Education

  • Tending the Heart of Virtue* by Guroian
  • Rethinking School: How to Take Charge of Your Child’s Education* by Bauer
  • Wisdom and Eloquence: A Christian Paradigm for Classical Learning by Littlejohn

Non-Fiction: Essays

  • Circle of Quiet* by L’Engle
  • Mind of the Maker by Sayers

Non-Fiction: Devotional

  • Keep a Quiet Heart by Elliot
  • something by CS Lewis TBD

Non-Fiction: Nature

  • Pilgrim at Tinker Creek* by Dillard


  • Walking on Water by L’Engle

For the Book Club:

  • Pandemic 1918: Eyewitness Accounts… by Arnold
  • Sense and Sensibility by Austen
  • O’Pioneers by Cather
  • The Blue Castle by Montgomery
  • The War of the Worlds by Wells
  • The Phantom of the Opera by Leroux
  • Dinner with Skeptics: Defending God… by Vines

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