Twelve Books in Twelve Months


I love to read. When I say love, I mean I absolutely adore reading so much that if I had the time, I would probably read, eat, cook, and sing 24/7. That would be the best life. I have read so much history and historical fiction that if you ask me about a subject (say the Pilgrims for example) I will give you every single detail on it. I learn more through story-books than textbooks. Don’t get me wrong, I learn from textbooks, but I absorb more through story-book material. It’s like this; school is like broccoli (which I love, actually. Yes, I know I’m weird.). Textbooks are plain broccoli. Story-books are like broccoli with cheese sauce. Or soy sauce. (Or maple syrup…okay, maybe not.) Much easier to go down.  When you read a historical fiction novel, you live in the time. You experience everything the main subject goes through. Textbooks are just like, well, “This is what happened. Memorize the dates and names. You’re done.”

Historical fiction novels are a favorite genre of mine. I have read so many historical fiction novels that I can’t even count them. Books about the pilgrims, the Great Depression, WWI and WWII, books about Annie Henry, (Patrick Henry’s daughter) and so on. I love learning that way. I am finding more and more that if there is not something to learn from a book, I don’t really want to read it twice.

I am really starting to enjoy classic novels as well. I read Little Dorrit and Shirley by Dickens and Bronte respectively, and enjoyed them. On Monday last week, I got David Copperfield, couldn’t put it down, and finished it on Wednesday (last week). And I’m not even on winter break. I also just read Pride and Prejudice!

I used to read many books about missionaries, some of them historical missionary fiction about a true person, and some of them auto or regular biographies. I have read several books from different views about Gladys Aylward, Isobel Kuhn, and Amy Charmical; as well as other books about Helen Roseveare, Adoniram and Ann Judson, William and Catherine Booth, Maude Cary, David Livingstone, and Hudson Taylor, just to name a few.) I have also read books about fictional modern-day missionaries.

All that being said, I have decided to pick twelve new books to read this 2016. These are the books I picked.

  1. Emma by Jane Austen. Classic. I just read Pride and Prejudice and it was so good! Now I have to read some others by Austen!
  2. The Adventures of Missionary Heroism. A book about several missionaries serving in Asia, Africa, America, and the South Pacific. A thick book in our library that I haven’t read yet.
  3. The Complete Adventures of Sherlock Holmes. I like mysteries and this is a classic. Good combination. However, I already started it. But I haven’t finished it yet, so I will finish it this year! (British expressions are coming into my vocabulary.)
  4. Twenty Thousand Leagues under the Sea. Jules Verne. Classic. (Plus I’m supposed to read it in school anyway :P)
  5. The Cat of Bubastes. Henty. Historical fiction. I tried reading this a few years ago and found it boring, but I have a friend who loves Henty, so I figured I might as well give it another try! Published in 1888, set in 1250 BC. About a cat. Egyptian. What more could I ask for?
  6. Just So Stories. Rudyard Kipling. Author of the Jungle Book. Classic. I think.
  7. Little Women, complete and unabridged. I read an abridged version quite a while ago and I really need to read the original! Classic by all means.
  8. Sally’s Baking Addiction. Yep, Sally Quinn’s first cookbook. Yum. (McKenney is her maiden name.) I already read her second :)
  9. The Bible. I’m going to try and see if I can read through the Bible in a year! I’ve always started but never finished, so maybe this year, I can!
  10. Food Photography: From Snapshots to Great Shots by Nicole S. Young.

I honestly feel like I should read some Shakespeare. However I have tried before and it’s not that interesting for me, at least. I should probably just memorize some quotes so I can quote them and sound intellectual. The quotes I know are “Away with thee!” and “All’s well that ends well” and “To each his own”.

{Random thought here. Most people are slow readers. At least, most people that I converse with. I can get through a 150 page book in about an hour. With interruptions.}

  1. Mudfog and Other Sketches by Charles Dickens. Another classic. I am full on into Dickens now. This is probably not the only novel by him that I will read this year.
  2. This is a mystery selection that I will reveal by the end of the year!

What are some of your favorite books?

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