Last year, I had a baby… and finished all the books on my 2020 list! (With the caveat that my husband and I took up Cardinal Sarah’s The Day is Now Far Spent as our shared Sunday readaloud book, so I get a pass since we’re reading it slowly together).
All in all, I read 119 books (36.5k pages)—which doesn’t count readings of e.g. Guess How Much I Love You (which is really two books, since we’re on our second copy after the baby gnawed holes in the first).
As for this year, the eleven books I’m prioritizing are:
- The Friendship of Christ by Robert Hugh Benson
- On the Prayer of Jesus by Ignatius Brianchaninov
- Fake Heritage: Why We Rebuild Monuments by John Darlington
- Shapeshifters: A Journey Through the Changing Human Body by Gavin Francis
- Peace and Penance in Late Medieval Italy by Katherine Ludwig Jansen
- Mr. Gatling’s Terrible Marvel: The Gun That Changed Everything and the Misunderstood Genius Who Invented It by Julia Keller
- Tom Stoppard: A Life by Hermione Lee
- Uprooted: Recovering the Legacy of the Places We’ve Left Behind by Grace Olmstead
- The Fabric of Civilization: How Textiles Made the World by Virginia Postrel
- Gunpowder & Glory: The Explosive Life of Frank Brock OBE by Harry Smee and Henry Macrory
- (√) Perfectly Human: Nine Months with Cerian by Sarah C. Williams