Technically, I did pretty well on my 2019 reading list, finishing nine of the eleven books on my list. It’s just that it sounds a lot better if you didn’t see the grocery bag of books I schlepped over Christmas break when I finished three of the books on my list during the Octave.
Beyond the list, my 2019 was made up of 172 books (55k pages). I had, to the best of my recollection, three long-haul bookclubs (The Brothers Karamazov, Can You Forgive Her?, and St. John Henry Newman’s Loss and Gain: Story of a Convert). And I’m trying to make it to the end of a short-haul bookclub for Jean Danielou’s Prayer as a Political Problem.
But, very happily, a lot of my 2020 reading will be The Very Hungry Caterpillar, Goodnight Moon, I Want My Hat Back, and so on, as we prepare to welcome Beatrice Immaculata in the next few weeks. So I’ve tried to cut back (as best I can) for my proposed 2020 reading list.
Let’s see how it goes…
- (√) Dignity: Seeking Respect in Back Row America (Chris Arnade)
- (√) The Religious Potential of the Child (Sofia Cavalletti)
- (√) On Wealth and Poverty (St. John Chrysostom)
- (√) Placemaking and the Arts: Cultivating the Christian Life (Jennifer Allen Craft)
- (√) John Henry Newman (Eamon Duffy)
- (√) The Weil Conjectures (Karen Olsson)
- (†) The Day is Now Far Spent (Robert Cardinal Sarah)
- (√) Mercy on Trial (Austin Sarat)
- (√) The Devil in a Forest (Gene Wolfe)
So, now to finish the Danielou* and keep going from there!
* book club scheduled to finish a wee bit after Beatrice’s due date
† Alexi and I wound up picking Sarah for our Sunday spiritual reading, meaning we only read it once a week, and we’ll finish it during 2021.