Saturday, November 29, 2014

What are your reading plans for 2015?

I'm always in the middle of several books, but right now I'm in the middle of so many it's not even funny.

The two I've been reading from the most lately:
  • The Right Side of Normal: Understanding and Honoring the Natural Learning Path for Right-Brained Children, by Cindy Gaddis, which is very interesting and not too heavy
  • Only a Novel: The Double Life of Jane Austen, by Jane Aiken Hodge, ditto

Other things I've been dipping into regularly:
  • Consider This: Charlotte Mason and the Classical Tradition, by Karen Glass, ditto
  • Children's Mathematics: Cognitively Guided Instruction, by Thomas Carpenter et al, ditto


I'm seeing a theme emerge here.

Books I was working steadily through until hibernation-brain made it nearly impossible to continue:
  • A History of Mathematics, Carl Boyer and Uta Merzbach
  • Arithmetic, Nicomachus of Gerasa
  • The Story of Pi, Pietr Beckman
  • Beauty for Truth's Sake and Beauty in the Word, Stratford Caldecott

Books I haven't picked up in so long that I'll probably have to start from the beginning when I get back to them:
  • Knowing and Teaching Elementary Mathematics, Liping Ma
  • To Say Nothing of the Dog, Connie Willis
  • Onward and Upward in the Garden, Katharine S. White
  • Our Magnificent Bastard Tongue: The Untold History of English, John McWhorter
  • Realm of Numbers, Isaac Asimov
  • The Mind of the Maker, Dorothy Sayers

Books that sat for so long in my TBR stack that I finally shelved them (maybe 2015 will be the year!):
  • Toward a Truly Free Market, John Medaille
  • An Essay on the Restoration of Property, Hillaire Belloc (actually, this one might belong in the previous list)
  • Inquiries into the Nature of Slow Money: Investing as if Food, Farms, and Fertility Mattered, Woody Tasch
  • The Great Transformation: The Political and Economic Origins of Our Time, Karl Polanyi
  • Rallying the Really Human Things, Vigen Guroian
  • Modern Fascism, Gene Edward Veith
  • Saving the Appearances, Owen Barfield
  • An Introduction to Philosophy, Jacques Maritain
  • Begin Here, Jacques Barzun
  • Truth in the Flesh: Introducing Apologetics to the Local Church, John Hartung
  • The Allegory of Love, C. S. Lewis
  • Mind in the Making, Ellen Galinsky

Recent acquisitions:
  • The Rise of Moralism: The Proclamation of the Gospel from Hooker to Baxter, C. FitzSimmons Allison
  • History of English Literature, H. A. Taine (written in 1864, tr. from the French in 1872 by Henri Van Laun, there's no date in my copy, but it says "Complete in One Volume" so hopefully it's not the 1900 abridgement!)

Some of the stuff I've gotten free (or for under $1) on my Kindle in the last few months:
  • The Moonstone, Wilkie Collins (I've recently finished The Woman in White, so hopefully I can start this one before too long)
  • The Philip K. Dick Megapack: 15 Classic Science Fiction Stories
  • The Complete Collection of E. M. Bounds on Prayer
  • Homilies of St. John Chrysostum on the Epistle of St. Paul to the Romans 
  • The Nutcracker and the Mouse King, E.T.A. Hoffmann (ooh!  I'd forgotten I had this one -- need to read it to the kids, as soon as we finish Sir Gawain and the Green Knight)
  • Lots of P.G. Wodehouse

Obviously there's a lot of stuff I need to finish before I start anything new, and I need to intersperse all that heavy reading with fiction of a lighter nature.  I haven't read any Jane Austen in over a year, so I'll probably reread one or two of those at least.  I had hoped that after my concentration this year in mathematics I'd be able to pick up all those books on economics, but right now I think I'd rather read the educational/philosophical ones -- Guroian, Barzun, Sayers -- and they'd be more practical at this point in my life than more political economy.

How about you? Do you have reading plans for next year?

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