Wednesday, February 03, 2016

What's In the Book Pile for 2016

It's never too late for an old blog to learn new tricks, right?  I humored my love for list-making with a 2016 reading list.  I'm sure the titles will change (maybe even often!), but this gives me a general direction to aim for the coming months.

This year, I'm part of two different reading groups made up of friends and sisters. You can find the lists here: Take Our Ultimate Reading Challenge / A Year of Reading the World, & Liturgy of Life reading group.
Go to my Book Pile page to see my reading lists from 2015 and previous years.

I've also finally figured out Goodreads, and am slightly addicted! I think I'll be adding my book blurbs there instead of in a monthly post here. Not sure yet. 

Here's my Goodreads page. Let's be friends!

Reading Challenge Group (via Popsugar)

1. A book based on a fairy tale: Phantastes - George Macdonald

2. A National Book Award winner: Between the World and Me
Ta-Nehisi Coates
3. A YA bestseller: The Book Thief - Markus Zusak (Australia)

4. A book you haven't read since high school: The Hiding Place - Corrie Ten Boom

5. A book set in your home state: The Neighborhood Project: Using Evolution To Improve My City, One Block At A Time - David Sloan Wilson

6. A book translated to English: I and Thou - Martin Buber

7. A romance set in the future: Ready Player One - Ernest Cline

8. A book set in Europe: Angela's Ashes - Frank McCourt (Europe) 

9. A book under 150 pages: The WhistlerOndjaki (Author), Richard Bartlett (Translator) (Africa)

10. A New York Times bestseller: All the Light We Cannot See - Anthony Doerr

11. A book that's becoming a movie this year: Silence - Shusaku Endo (Asia & Liturgy of Life)

12. A book recommended by someone you just met: The Emotionally Healthy Leader: How Transforming Your Inner Life Will Deeply Transform Your Church, Team and the World - Peter Scazzero; 
The Emotionally Healthy Woman: Eight Things You Have to Quit to Change Your Life - Geri Scazzero with Peter Scazzero; Emotionally Healthy Spirituality: It's Impossible To Be Spiritually Mature, While Remaining Emotionally Immature by Peter Scazzero

13. A self-improvement book: Animal, Vegetable, Miracle: A Year of Food Life - Barbara Kingsolver (Liturgy of Life)

14. A book you can finish in a day: A Grief Observed - C.S. Lewis (Liturgy of Life)

15. A book written by a celebrity: Along the Way: The Journey of A Father and Son by Martin Sheen & Emilio Estevez

16. A political memoir: Strength to Love - Martin Luther King, Jr

17. A book at least 100 years older than you: The Consolation of Philosophy
Ancius Boethiusv (Europe)

18. A book that's more than 600 pages: The Brothers Karamazov-
Fyodor Dostoyevsky

19. A book from Oprah's Book Club: Jewel: A Novel - Bret Lott

20. A science-fiction novel: Children of God - Mary Doria Russell

21. A book recommended by a family member: The Secret Life of Bees - Sue Monk Kidd

22. A graphic novel: The Complete Persepolis
Marjane Satrapi 

23. A book that is published in 2016: Silence and Beauty: Hidden Faith Born of Suffering - Makoto Fujimura

24. A book with a protagonist who has your occupation: Let Us Keep the Feast: Living the Church Year at Home - Jessica Snell (Liturgy of Life)

25. A book that takes place during Summer: A Month in the Country - J.L. Carr

26. A book and its prequel: The Chronicles of Narnia

27. A murder mystery: Career of Evil (Cormoran Strike novels) - Robert Galbraith

28. A book written by a comedian: The Joker: a Memoir - Andrew Hudgins

29. A dystopian novel: Station Eleven - Emily St. John Mandel

30. A book with a blue cover: Fierce Convictions: The Extraordinary Life of Hannah More - Poet, Reformer, Abolitionist - Karen Swallow Prior

31. A book of poetry: Idiot Psalms: New Poems - Scott Cairns

32. The first book you see in a bookstore: TBD!

33. A classic from the 20th century: The Problem of Pain - C.S. Lewis (Liturgy of Life)

34. A book from the library: Monday, Monday - Elizabeth Crook

35. An autobiography: Reading Lolita in Tehran: A Memoir In Books - Azar Nafisi (Asia)

36. A book about a road trip: The Alchemist - Paolo Coelho (South America)

37. A book about a culture you're unfamiliar with: Fools Crow - James Welch

38. A satirical book: Wise Blood - Flannery O'Connor

39. A book that takes place on an island: Back Channel: a Novel - Stephen L. Carter

40. A book that's guaranteed to bring you joy: TBD!

Liturgy of Life Reading Group:

1.  January 17th - February 13th: A Grief Observed - C.S. Lewis

2.  February 17th - 24th & April 3rd - May 28th: The Problem of Pain - C.S. Lewis

3.  May 29th - July 2nd: Silence - Shusaku Endo

4.  July 3rd - November 18th: Animal, Vegetable, Miracle: A Year of Food Life - Barbara Kingsolver

5.  February 28th - March 2nd & November 20th - December 15th: Let Us Keep the Feast - Jessica Snell

Ministry, Church, Theology, Spiritual Practice, Anglicanism, Mission list:

1. Considering for Lent: Discovering Our Spiritual Identity: Practices For God's Beloved - Trevor Hudson

2.  Figured I should read, considering my blog title: Sacramental Life: Spiritual Formation Through the Book of Common Prayer - David A. DeSilva

3.  Because my friend Phaedra recommended it: Monk Habits For Everyday People: Benedictine Spirituality For Protestants - Dennis Okholm

4. Because I keep hoping to do this in a more formal way: Crafting A Rule of Life: An Invitation to the Well-Ordered Way - Stephen A. MacchiaMark Buchanan

5.  Because I love books about books + I love Eugene Peterson: Take and Read: Spiritual Reading -- An Annotated List 

6.  Because I keep hoping to be a better Sabbath-practicer: Living the Sabbath: Discovering the Rhythms of Rest and Delight - Norman Wirzba

7. Because I have so much more to learn & pretty soon I'll be an Anglican priest's wife: The Book of Common Prayer: A Biography - Alan Jacobs

8. Because everything about this title inspires me: Creating A Spiritual Legacy: How to Share Your Stories, Values and Wisdom - Daniel Taylor

9. Because, Sabbath: The Rest of God: Restoring Your Soul by Restoring Sabbath - Mark Buchanan

10. Because I need to understand this more fully: Jesus and the Jewish Roots of the Eucharist: Unlocking the Secrets of the Last SupperBrant PitreScott Hahn 

11. Reading with our group of healing ministry leaders: A Praying Life: Connecting with God in a Distracting World - Paul E. Miller

12. For several important reasons: The Wounded Healer: Ministry in Contemporary Society - Henri Nouwen 

Leftover To-Read Stack from 2015: 

1.  Death Comes For the Archbishop - Willa Cather

2.  Fierce Convictions: The Extraordinary Life of Hannah More - Poet, Reformer, Abolitionist - Karen Swallow Prior

3.  The Art of the Personal Essay: An Anthology from the Classical Era to the Present - Phillip Lopate

4.  Writing Down the Bones: Freeing the Writer Within - Natalie Goldberg

5.  Daring Greatly: How the Courage to Be Vulnerable Transforms the Way We Live, Love, Parent, and Lead - Brene Brown


Go to my Book Pile page to see my reading lists from 2015 and previous years.

What are you reading right now?

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