Thursday, January 7, 2021

A Year In Books - January/February

I mentioned in my post yesterday that part of my Winter Wellness Rhythm is to read for one hour every morning. which will consist of two non-fiction books, and then the rest of the day I will read fiction  in small pockets of time, perhaps for thirty minutes over lunch, late in the afternoon, or before bed? 

I have set a goal to complete 36 books this year, which is 3 books a month. Ultimately I'd like to think I could up that to 48 and I may, but I'm going to be more realistic and shoot for 36. I based my decision for reading non-fiction for one hour every morning and fiction throughout the day on a podcast that was recommenced to me by Heather Bruggeman. If you're interested in learning more about that, you will find the link in my previous post linked above.

Originally I had planned to sit down an map out all of the books that I want to read this year and schedule them. But I know myself well enough to know that I probably wouldn't stick precisely to that plan, and I also want to allow for new discoveries. So I've decided to schedule my books seasonally and as December is the first month in my personal winter rotation, I'm only listing the books I plan to read for January/February.

Non-Fiction #1
The Way of the Happy Woman
Living the Best Year of Your Life
by Sara Avant Stover

Non-Fiction #2
by Rebekah Lyons

by Laura Ingalls Wilder
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Non-Fiction #1
The Power of Rest and Retreat in Difficult Times
by Katherine May

Non-Fiction #2
Sacred Practices In Everyday Life
by Erika Owen

by Laura Ingalls Wilder

“No book is really worth reading at the age of ten which is not equally – and often far more – worth reading at the age of fifty and beyond.”


Children's literature has long been a favorite genre' of mine, and I take a lot of joy in re-reading favorite books from my childhood.  The Little House series is a long-standing favorite, but I have a confession to make. I've never read past The Long Winter! So this year I've decided to begin again and read the entire series. I want to be able to say I've read all of the books, and choosing them as my fiction choice keeps things easy, at least for the first nine months of the year!

As I said, I don't want to schedule things too far out, but here are some other books that I am considering.

by Robin Wall Kimmerer (I have this tentatively scheduled for March)

Why We Lost Knowledge of Where Food Comes From And Why We Need To Get It Back
by Ann Vileisis

by Joan Anderson

How To Make Your Home A Haven In A Hectic World
by Victoria Moran

Self Suficiency on 1/4 Acre
by Brett L. Markham

by Jean Hersey

This is obviously not an exhaustive list. Between my personal library, my Kindle, and the Internet Archives, I have more books than I could read in a lifetime, and sifting through all of them and choosing what to read is often difficult.  I'm also not one to stick with a book if I don't connect with it within about the first 2-3 chapters. While I still feel I have a good amount of life left to live, I don't want to waste a moment of it on a boring book.

So what about you? Do you make up an annual reading list, and if so, what are some books you're looking forward to reading in 2021?


Katie said...

I have Braiding Sweetgrass on my list as well! I just finished her book Gathering Moss and it was one of my favorite reads of 2020. I want to work my way through Jane Austen's works and rewatch the movies as I go this year and I also have Wendell Berry on my 2021 list.

Anonymous said...

Seeing you list "The Shape of a Year", by Jean Hersey made me remember that I'd ordered that book last year. I went and found where I'd stashed it (oh, the books I buy and then "put away for later" and then are never brought out and actually READ....) and now have it on my current pile of books to read.

Kimberly Lottman said...

Katie - I will have to look at Gathering Moss. My, my list is getting LONG! :). Pam, you will LOVE The Shape of A Year!