2016 Reading List

As promised, here is my complete reading plan for 2016. I have it planned out by month to go along with book club reading schedules as well as to distribute the reading throughout the year. In addition, I have two year-long reading topics. I look forward to sharing reading updates and reviews throughout the year here.

Year-long Reading Topics:

  1. The Great Ideas. Each month I am reading one chapter of The Great Ideas (the Syntopicon from The Great Books of the Western World). This monthly reading includes the introduction to each topic, as well as several of the selected reading passages.
  2. Plutarch’s Lives: The Lives of the Noble Grecians and Romans. I will be working through the complete lives, along with the comparison essays over the course of the year.
January 2016
The Count of Monte Cristo by Alexandre Dumas
Abigail Adams: A Life by Woody Holton
Dragonflight by Anne McCaffrey
The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn by Mark Twain
Charlotte Mason Volume 6: Philosophy of Education
Understood Betsy by Dorothy Canfield Fisher
Keeping a Nature Journal by  Charles E. Roth and Clare Walker Leslie
February 2016
The Song of Roland by Dorothy Sayers
The Mind of the Maker by Dorothy Sayers
Surprised by Joy by C.S. Lewis
Feardom by Connor Boyack
A Guide to Teaching Elementary Science by Yvette F. Greenspan
March 2016
The Lonesome Gods by Louis L’Amour
the Liberal Arts Tradition by Ravi Jain and Kevin Clark
Democracy in America by Alexis De Tocqueville
10 Habits of Happy Mothers by Meg Meeker
Rebecca by Daphne Du Maurier
How to Study Your Bible by Kay Arthur
April 2016
Beowulf by JRR Tolkien
The Autobiography of Benjamin Franklin by Benjamin Franklin
The Handmaid’s Tale by Margaret Atwood
Mere Christianity by C.S. Lewis
A Tree Grows in Brooklyn by Betty Smith
May 2016
My Side of the Mountain by Jean Craighead George
The Princess and Curdie George MacDonald
Jo’s Boys by Louisa May Alcott
The Fourth Turning by William Strauss and Neil Howe
The Read Aloud Handbook by Jim Trelease
June 2016
King Arthur and His Knights of the Round Table by Roger Lancelyn Green
The Once and Future King by T.H. White
The Four Loves by C.S. Lewis 
The Cost of Discipleship by Dietrich Bonheifer
July 2016
A Jane Austen Education by William Deresiewicz
Marmee and Louisa by Eve LaPlante
Consider This by Karen Glass
Brave New World by Aldous Huxley
August 2016
Keeper of the Bees by Gene Stratton Porter
The Abolition of Man by C.S. Lewis
Native Son by Richard Wright
Fahrenheit 451 by Ray Bradbury
September 2016
Learning All the Time by John Holt
For the Love of Learning: Giving Your Children a Lolipop Education by Amy Edwards
Lorna Doone by R.D. Blackmore
The Best Short Stories of O. Henry
October 2016
The Wright Brothers by David McCullough
Alas, Babylon by Pat Frank
How to Read a Book by Mortimer Adler
The Road by Cormac McCarthy
November 2016
Letters from a Woman Homesteader by Elinore Pruitt Stewart
The Weight of Glory by C.S. Lewis
Father Brown by GK Chesterton
The Leatherstocking Tales by James Fennimore Cooper
December 2016
The Pickwick Papers by Charles Dickens
Jack and Jill by Louisa May Alcott
The Meditations of Marcus Aurelius
Dubliners by James Joyce


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