I’m going to finish books this year! Real books, meaty books. Books that aren’t young adult fiction and mysteries. I can read fiction for hours on end, but non-fiction and classics unfortunately feels like work. To discipline my mind and not waste the little years, I have a goal to set a timer and read a harder book for at least 10 minutes most days. This list isn’t going to have the books I go get from the library and have to make myself put down, although I’ll record them as I read them. This is for motivation to read hard books and challenge myself when I’m tired or easily distracted. To help make it easier, I’ll continue to keep several books going at once so I don’t feel like I have to tackle a stiff book or not read at all. (Mother Culture)

Well-Trained Mind In Progress

Pilgrim’s Progress by John Bunyan (reread)

Books I want to finish

The Mission of Motherhood by Sally Clarkson

The Dangerous Duty of Delight by John Piper

Desperate: Hope for the Mom Who Needs to Breathe by Sarah Mae

My priority in non-fiction is either reading or removing each book on our Christian Living bookshelf. By the end of the year, I’d like to have only books that I’ve read recently and believe to be of extraordinary value.

Christian Living

Sacred Marriage by Gary Thomas

Shepherding a Child’s Heart by Tedd Tripp (refresher)

Grace Based Parenting by Tim Kimmel

How Then Shall We Live by Francis Shaeffer

Quality Biographies

The Swans are Not Silent – Augustine

Education

Towards a Philosophy of Education by Charlotte Mason

Pocketful of Pinecones by Karen Andreola

A Charlotte Mason Companion: Personal Reflections on The Gentle Art of Learning by Karen Andreola

Teaching from Rest by Sarah Mackenzie

Education Policy – Specifically Christian education as a social justice issue (is there even a book about that?)

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