Reading Resolutions, 2012


I'm not setting a numerical goal for 2012. During the past twelve months, my numerical goal kept treading on my tail, like the whiting and the porpoise. It's more enjoyable to merely say, I'd especially like to read these books this year. And other titles, as they appear and occur...

"What matters it how far we go?" his scaly friend replied.
"There is another shore, you know, upon the other side.
The further off from England the nearer is to France --
Then turn not pale, beloved snail, but come and join the dance."

What would you like to read in 2012?


Froi of the Exiles, by Melina Marchetta
Liar's Moon, by Elizabeth Bunce
The Serial Garden: The Complete Armitage Family Stories, by Joan Aiken
Sea Hearts, by Margo Lanagan
Chitty Chitty Bang Bang Flies Again, by Frank Cottrell Boyce
In the Night Garden, by Catherynne Valente
Passion and Purity, by Elizabeth Elliot
My Man Jeeves, by PG Wodehouse
Phantastes, by George MacDonald
The Art of Life, by Edith Schaeffer
Sarah's Cottage, by DE Stevenson
The Everlasting Man, by GK Chesterton
Descent into Hell, by Charles Williams
All Hallows Eve, by Charles Williams
The Greater Trumps, by Charles Williams
Dombey and Son, by Charles Dickens
Gladys Aylward, the Little Woman, by Gladys Aylward
Devotions Upon Divergent Occasions and Death's Duel, by John Donne
The Drowned Vault, by ND Wilson
Autobiography of George Muller, by George Muller
Planet Narnia, by Michael Ward
The Valley of Vision, by Arthur Bennett
Why Revival Tarries, by Leonard Ravenhill
The Wolves of Willoughby Chase, by Joan Aiken (reread)
Power through Prayer, by EM Bounds


And I'd like to reread my very favorite five books, according to my 17 year old self:

Anne of Green Gables, by L.M. Montgomery
Little Women, by L.M. Alcott
The Secret Garden, by Frances Hodgson Burnett
The Lion, the Witch, and the Wardrobe, by C.S. Lewis
Tuck Everlasting, by Natalie Babbitt

3 comments:

Holly said...

oh, that prayer about the valley of vision is utterly brilliant.

Noël De Vries said...

mmm, "Let me learn by paradox"

sally apokedak said...

Nice list.

I wonder what my favorite five would have been if someone had asked my seventeen-year-old self.

I'd guess The Wolves of Willoughby Chase, the Narnia books, The Lord of the Rings and the Hobbit, and The Mysterious Island, and The Scarlet Pimpernel.

OK that's a little more than five.

I think you ought to give The Great Divorce a whirl this year, too. A short book, but, oh, so packed with good things.