What I've read

I started my very first bullet journal in June, 2017, and this is where I keep everything now. I really love this journal, it goes everywhere with me and helps in so many ways. I have my prayer liturgy in there, my calendars, my daily chore list, and my book list. It's so nice to see exactly what I've read!

This year, I've sat under C.S. Lewis's tutelage quite a bit. And I'm a part of a book club. They pick the most soul-changing books. I love reading books that just invite you to change for the better. I read several of those last year and a few that weren't. I enjoyed them all though. So let's see!

First up, Animal Farm and 1984 by Orwell. I don't remember ever having read 1984 and it amazed me how much our culture was affected by it.

The Name of the Rose by Eco was recommended by Ashley from Between the Linens. It's a medieval mystery that also shows their great love of the quadrivium. It was a fascinating look into the medieval monk's mind.

Lewis's Space Trilogy is soul-changing. I read each of these books, Out of the Silent Planet, Perelandra, and That Hideous Strength, twice within six months. And the second reading is so much better than the first! (Especially That Hideous Strength. The first time I read that one, it took me forever to get into it.) I also read Lewis's Abolition of Man, and I'm about to start reading that again.

Oh yes, Island of the World by O'Brien. This book is amazing. It's huge and if you are in a sensitive place, I would wait a while. But this is one of those books that breaks you and then offers redemption. It's beautiful.

Then I read L'engle's Time Quintet, to pre-read for Eowyn. They were quick reads and got better as the series progressed, but I also decided Eowyn needs to wait before reading the whole thing. She did read A Wrinkle in Time, but the rest started getting into some older themes that she'll understand better in a year or two.

The Close Reads Podcast was reading Robinson's Gilead, so I picked that one and Housekeeping up at the library. I love Gilead, it's another beautiful book; plus the Podcasts make it even better. Housekeeping I also enjoyed, but I've got a note next to it that it made me cold. I know, that doesn't make sense, but it did. It was a very misty book, very sad, and a little depressing.

Eowyn turned 11 over the summer, so I opened up her world to Harry Potter. We've read, separately, the first two books, The Sorcerer's Stone and the Chamber of Secrets. I'm making her wait a bit for each book to grow up a little bit more before inhaling them. She loves it, of course, and I loved reading them again. I think these books are important for knowing our culture's story.

The Guernsey Literary and Potatoe Peel Pie Society was recommended on one of the Facebook book groups I'm in. It's...hmm. It's not bad, it's not soul-changing, it's kind of a beach read. Which is where I read it in a day. The same goes for the next book, which was All the Light We Cannot See, although it's too long to read in a day. Both are amusement books.

Peace Like a River by Enger was another soul-changing book. It's another beauty.

Mayflower by Philbrick was fascinating! I love history, but I really love it in this kind of story form. I'm not so in awe of the pilgrims after reading this book. I mean, their bravery is amazing, but they were really hard people. I really think God's people are supposed to be soft. But, nevertheless, I really enjoyed this book. I hope I can find more history books written like this.

Roots and Sky but Purifoy was a delightful book I read very slowly. It's about home.

Then Agatha Christie came into my life. Again, the Close Reads Podcast was reading Murder on the Orient Express, so I did too. I thoroughly enjoyed this one! I also read The Mysterious Affair at Styles. These are fun, but not in a morally empty way, or I should say not just as amusement or entertainment. Good fun.

I also finished up Tolkien's Lord of the Rings with The Two Towers and Return of the King last year. This is only the second time I've read through them. I almost wish there weren't so many things to read and so little time just so I could keep reading these. So rich.

I did also try reading some poetry, I started with Wendell Berry's Window Poems. I loved this one, it's just so wonderful. I need to find another book of poetry.

I think that's about it for 2017. I'm already loving the books I'm reading this year, but more on that later. What did you read? Any suggestions for me?


  1. I'm interested in The Narnia Code on your list to read. I have not read ANY of the books on your 2017 list. I have such a huge stack of books to read this year. Wow, when do you read?? You read a bunch! I think my favorite 2 books I read this last year was Piper's A Peculiar Glory and Hannah Hurnard's Hinds Feet on High Places. I'm in the middle of reading Elisabeth Elliot's Keep a Quiet Heart and it's lovely too.

    1. I've been meaning to bring the Narnia Code to co-op so anyone can read it. It was fascinating! I got it for Christmas and read it at the beginning of this month. Your Elliot book does look lovely!