I like to reflect on the best titles of each year, and to look at a new year of reading inspired from my friend’s titles and what they write about their best.
Nancy Kelly is one of my inspirations, read her best titles at Sage Parnassus. My Ambleside Online friends, the bookclubs there and the titles mentioned and discussed, are another valued source of titles for my never ending always changing to read list. And lastly, serendipity is my best friend.
My favorite five:
Consider This, Charlotte Mason and the Classical Tradition (And I have to add that I read it in conjunction with Karen Glass’ edited Vol. 6, and that added to the experience).
The Heart is a Lonely Hunter This is a riveting story, with characters you will never forget. After I read it, and after Heather read it, we both kept remembering something in it. For weeks, and even now, something makes us think of someone or some idea in the novel.
1. Catching Fire
2. The Perfect Score
3. Vanity Fair.
4. Speculation, by Edmund Jorgensen. Very intriguing and fulfilling book.
5. My Reading Life, by Pat Conroy. Nice book about a writer who was also a hungry reader.
6. The Mockingjay. Last of the Hunger Games Trilogy. I truly enjoyed it. Very nice ending.
7. The Moonstone
8. The Living Page, Laurie Bestvater
9. Jamaica Inn, du Maurier
10. Drawn by Memory, by Ernest Shepard.
11. Julian Hawthorne, The Life of a Prodigal Son, by Gary Scharnhorst.
12. The Rosemary Tree, Elizabeth Goudge
13. The Home Maker, Dorothy Fisher Canfield
14. To Say Nothing of the Dog, Connie Willis
15. Hannah Coulter, Wendel Berry
16. After You, Marco Polo, Jean Shor
17. Waverley, the novel, by Sir Walter Scott
18. The Adoration of Janna Fox
19. The Iliad, Homer
20. Gilead. A satisfying read, thought provoking and tender.
21. A Canticle for Leibowitz, by Walter M. Miller, Jr
22. The Royal Road to Romance, by Richard Halliburton
23. The Eyre Affair, by Fforde
24. Three Men in a Boat, Jerome K. Jerome
25. The Drama of the Gifted Child, by Alice Miller (I re-read this book)
26- Volume 6, Towards a Philosophy of Education, Divulged by Karen Glass
27. Consider This, Charlotte Mason and the Classical Tradition
28. My Brilliant Career, Miles Franklin
29. Their Eyes Were Watching God
30. Unwind, a YA novel by Neal Shusterman
31. The Headmistress, by Angela Thirkell
32. The Wreath, Sigrid Unset
33. Biography of a Germ
34. The Magic Barrel, Bernard Malamud
35. The King’s General
36. Poet’s Choice, edited by Paul Engle
37. The Heart is a Lonely Hunter
38. That Hideous Strength, C.S. Lewis
39. My Name is Asher Lev
40. The Giver
41. Gathering Blue
44. The Road
45. Surprised by Joy
46. Frankenstein, Mary Shelley
47. Escape from Reason
48. Other Copenhagues, and Other Stories, by Jorgensen
49. Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde
50. Murder in the Orient Express, Christie
51. The Imitation of Christ, Thomas A. Kempis
52. Till We Have Faces
53. La mujer the papel (An Unnecessary Woman)
54. The Deadliest Monster, Jeff Baldwin
55. The Law, Bastiat
56. The Woman in White
With the Girls
1. The Little White Horse, by Elizabeth Goudge
2. Just David, Eleanor H. Porter
3. Seven Little Australians, Ethel Turner
4. American Tall Tales, Adrien Stoutenberg, Richard M. Powers
5. The Heroes, Kingsley
6. Marco Polo, Komroff
7. Pilgrims Progress, Bunyan.
8. The Magic Pudding, Norman Lindsay
9. Haiwatha, Longfellow
10. Children of the New Forest, Frederick Marryat.
11. James Harriot Treasure Collection Book
12. Just So Stories, Kipling
13. Jungle Book, Kipling
14. Secrets of the Woods, by Richard Lang
15. Swallows and Amazons, Arthur Ransome
16. The Secret Garden, Frances Hodgson Burnett
17. Tanglewood’s Secret, by Patricia St. John
18. The Lion, the Witch, and the Wardrobe, C.S. Lewis
19. Prince Caspian, C.S. Lewis
20. The Voyage of the Dawn Treader, C.S. Lewis
22. Robinson Crusoe
23. Understood Betsy
24. Poor Richard, by Daughterty
25. Midsummer Night’s Dream
26. The Hobbit, Tolkien
27. The Children of Green Knowe
Essays/ Short Stories:
1. A Modest Proposal (wow, I don’t know what to say, just read it, it is a mere 23 pages or so),
2. A Tale of a Tub (ingeniously funny), and
3. The Battle of the Books, where at least, some of the authors mentioned ring a bell, and which was a good read, but definitely, A Modest Proposal was the most strange and captivating satire of these three by Jonathan Swift.
4. 50 Great Essays
5. A Good Man is Hard to Find, Flannery O’Connor