My 2013 book challenge was really rewarding, making me pick up books I would just keep skipping over in favor of lighter reading. I’m doing it again for the third year in a row.
Some books are carried over from last year and some I dropped because … well, I’m not married to these lists. If am inspired at all to reach higher than before, that’s good enough for me.
- Les Miserables – Victor Hugo
This was on my 2013 list and having begun it about a week ago, I’m enjoying it quite a bit. Unabridged. Of course.
- Rabble in Arms – Kenneth Roberts
My second favorite historical fiction author. This is a big ‘un I overlooked somehow about the Revolutionary War.
- The Ingenious Gentleman Don Quixote of La Mancha – Miguel de Cervantes Saavedra
One of Rose’s favorites which she’s been pushing on me for a long time. Also, Scott from Good Story said he was interested in reading it this year. They were too much for my weak will.
- Charles Dickens novel
Not sure which one yet. I’m wavering between Our Mutual Friend and Nicholas Nickleby.
- Out of the Silent Planet, Perelandra, and That Hideous Strength – C. S. Lewis
I’ve had this pushed at me by everyone and his brother. Never been able to get past the first few chapters of Silent Planet but recently I tried the audio. That did the trick so I have begun. I’ll give myself a year. That should be long enough.
- The Letters of J.R.R. Tolkien
I chose Tolkien as my 2013 saint last year (admittedly not a recognized saint, but at the very least as an inspiring Catholic I wanted to help me on my heaven). It was an amazing year filled with lessons that have definitely helped me. I want to know Tolkien’s thoughts in his own words now instead of just reading his fiction.
- A Song for Nagasaki: The Story of Takashi Nagai: Scientist, Convert, and Survivor of the Atomic Bomb – Paul Glynn
Takashi Nagai isn’t recognized by the Church as a saint but in my eyes he’s qualified. I find him extremely inspiring and am going to spend 2014 in his company, as I did last year with Tolkien. I’ve begun this and it is really fascinating.
- Art: A New History – Paul Johnson
It’s been on my coffee table for about a year. I’ve very slowly read some and loved it. This may help me read it more dedicatedly.
- America: The Last Best Hope (Volume II): From a World at War to the Triumph of Freedom – William J. Bennett
I really enjoyed the first volume last year. This is on my book stack and, as with Art, I hope this will get me to crack it open. That’s all it will take, I have a feeling, to hook me.
- The Scarlet and the Black: The True Story of Monsignor Hugh O Flaherty, Hero of the Vatican Underground – J.P Gallagher
This also was on last year’s list. I am really enjoying Song For Nagasaki and hope I’ll also enjoy this true story of faith under crisis just as much.