January 12, 2018
2018 Reading Challenge and Goals
Happy New Year everyone! Hope it's going well for you all so far. I've been sick with a nasty cold most of this new year, but I'm looking forward to feeling better and getting some reading done!
This year, as in past years, I'm setting my reading goal to 50 books.
I'm also looking forward to taking part in Tim Challies 2018 reading challenge. There are 4 sections to the challenge, but I am only focusing on one, and that is to read 13 books from the props he has given. I'm picking my props from throughout the whole challenge instead of just the 'light reading' section. You can check it out... HERE
Here are my props and picks for 2018:
1. A book by a female author - 'None Like Him' by Jen Wilkin
2. A biography - 'Jane Austen: A Life' by Claire Tomalin
3. A book by your favorite author - 'Miracles' by C.S. Lewis
4. A book more than 100 years old - 'Crime and Punishment' by Fyodor Dostoyevsky
5. A classic novel - 'Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde' by Robert Louis Stevenson
6. A book about history - 'Mysteries of the Middle Ages' by Thomas Cahill
7. A book you have read before - 'Pride and Prejudice' by Jane Austen
8. A book about Christian living - 'This is Our Time' by Trevin Wax
9. A novel longer than 300 pages - 'The Snow Child' by Eowyn Ivey
10. A memoir or autobiography - 'The Emancipation of Robert Sadler' by Marie Chapian and Robert Sadler
11. A book about theology - 'The God Who is There' by Francis A. Schaeffer
12. A book of 100 pages or less - 'Mary' by Leonardo De Chirico
13. A book of your choice - 'Elizabeth and her German Garden' by Elizabeth von Arnim
I'd also like to get to some more classics. I really enjoyed reading the ones I got to last year.
Here is that list of classics read in 2017:
1. 'Treasure Island' by Robert Louis Stevenson - this was a little slow going and a bit boyish for my taste, but enjoyable over all.
2. 'The Vicar of Wakefield' by Oliver Goldsmith - I listened to this one while painting my daughters room and enjoyed the narrators exuberant voice.
3. 'Holiness' by J.C. Ryle - this was one of my favorites this year, you can read about it... HERE
4. 'The Secret Garden' by Frances Hodgson Burnett - this was my least favorite classic. I loved the first half of the book, but the second half had some elements that I found disturbing. ex. (children dancing around the fire in what seemed like nature worship). : (
5. 'Answers to Prayer' by George Muller - another wonderful Christian classic. Loved it.
6. 'Anne of Green Gables' by Lucy Maud Montgomery - these books are so wonderful and I can't wait to read the rest of the series this year.
7. 'Anne of Avonlea' by Lucy Maud Montgomery
8. 'Anne of the Island' by Lucy Maud Montgomery
9. 'The Great Gatsby' by F. Scott Fitzgerald - this one was so so. I did like the message that material things can't make you happy.
10. 'Villette' by Charlotte Bronte - 'Jane Eyre' by Charlotte Bronte is one of my all time favorite novels so I found this one a bit lacking in comparison, but enjoyed it non-the-less.
11. 'North and South' by Elizabeth Gaskell - this was an interesting read set in the industrial age. I liked it, but wish I hadn't watched the mini-series before-hand, which of course gave away the story!
12. 'David Copperfield' by Charles Dickens - Loved this one!
13. 'The Rector' by Margaret Oliphant - A short read, but enjoyable.
I've started Oswald Chambers 'My Utmost for His Highest' and hope to continue throughout the year. This is probably my favorite devotional, one that is thought-provoking, as well as convicting.
Here's a quote from the Jan. 1st devotional, 'Let Us Keep to the Point'...
"Shut out every other thought and keep yourself before God in this one thing only - my utmost for His highest. I am determined to be absolutely and entirely for Him and Him alone."
"Therefore, whether you eat or drink, or whatever you do, do all to the glory of God." 1 Cor. 10:31
That's what I desire for 2018. Doing all to the glory of God. My utmost for His highest.
I want to step up my bible reading as well, as more and more I see how privileged we are to have God's Word at hand. A privilege that could be taken away at any time. Keep it close to your heart, drink it in, as Jeremiah said...
"Your words were found, and I ate them,
And Your word was to me the joy and rejoicing of my heart;
For I am called by Your name,
O LORD God of hosts." Jer. 15:16
May His word bring you joy and His peace be with you this coming year!