Birthday project

I contemplated several different birthday posts for this year, but honestly, forty-one of anything (facts about me, books I want to read, places I want to go) seems like a lot.  Instead, I’m sharing eleven books (you know, forty-one minus thirty) I intend to read this year.  I’m limiting myself to books I really, really want to read–not just things I feel like I should read.  None of these are re-reads, and none of them appears on any of other booklists or bookish projects/challenges I’m attempting this year.  I plan to read these books before my forty-second birthday.

1.  A Severe Mercy by Sheldon VanAuken.  Sherry has blogged about it numerous times that I can recall (here and here, at least), and I’ve seen it several other places, too.

2.  To Say Nothing of the Dog by Connie Willis.  Sherry, again.

3.  Booked:  Literature in the Soul of Me by Karen Swallow Prior.  Review at Semicolon (yes, again.) 🙂

4.  The Memory of Old Jack by Wendell Berry.  Janet’s favorite, and she should know.
5.  The Prince of Frogtown by Rick Bragg.  Because I really should finish the story he started in All Over but the Shoutin’ and continued in Ava’s Man.  Read April 2015.  Review here.

6.  All the Light We Cannot See by Anthony Doerr.  I love World War II stories, and this is such an intriguing premise.  Read March 2015.  Review here.

7.  Gilead by Marilynne Robinson.  Sherry suggested it.

8.  Surprised by Oxford by Carolyn Weber.  Carried loved it.

9.  Margin by Richard A. Swenson, M.D.  I loved his book Contentment, but I’ve had this one on my TBR list for much longer.  It’s time I read it already!


10.  Wild Things:  Acts of Mischief in Children’s Literature by Betsy Bird, Julie Danielson, and Peter Sieruta.  Is any explanation needed?

11.  84, Charing Cross Road by Helene Hanff.  I still remember Melissa Wiley writing about this one back in 2011.  

Happy birthday to me!