2017 Book List

2017 Book List

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This is the year in which I will read more books. At least that is what I tell myself. My Goodreads Reading Challenge for 2017 is 52 books, one for each week. (By the way, if you are not on Goodreads, you should check it out. It is very helpful in keeping track of books you read, own, want to read, etc. You can also make friends on there with similar reading interests. Many books that end up on my night table are because someone on my friends list was reading it. You can create your own yearly challenge or look me up. This is not a sponsored post, I promise; I just really love Goodreads!)

My mind and soul do better when I read. My tastes are such that you won’t find much fluff on my nightstand. My mind must be challenged, to learn something new or to strengthen the underpinnings of a framework already adhered to. Words are inherently powerful because the meaning to them is more broad and full of impact than just ink on paper or electronic words on a reading device. Our family is going through a rather trying time and books have kept us afloat, young and old alike.

To this end, to encourage others to realize the significance of reading, here is my tentative list of 2017 Books to Be Read. It is a fluid list, destined to be changed. I’ll put an asterisk next to them when I’ve finished them, a plus sign if I am currently reading them, and use strikethrough if I’ve taken it off my TBR shelf. Perhaps I will review some of them. Each of these links and pictures will be affiliate links. Enjoy!


2017 Book List


*The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy, Douglas Adams

*The Woman in Cabin 10, Ruth Ware

Year of Wonders: A Novel of the Plague, Geraldine Brooks

Ordinary Grace: A Novel, William Kent Krueger


The Eve Tree: A Novel, Rachel Devenish Ford

A Man Called Ove: A Novel, Fredrik Backman

Gulliver’s Travels, Jonathan Swift

The Pilgrim’s Progress, John Bunyan

Watership Down: A Novel, Richard Adams

Far from the Madding Crowd, Thomas Hardy

Burial Rites, Hannah Kent

Jacob’s Oath: A Novel, Martin Fletcher

*Don Quixote, Miguel De Cervantes Saavedra

Oliver Twist, Charles Dickens

Pride and Prejudice, Jane Austen

Gone with the Wind, Margaret Mitchell

Sense and Sensibility, Jane Austen

To Kill a Mockingbird, Harper Lee

*At the Water’s Edge: A Novel, Sara Gruen

*Me Before You: A Novel, Jojo Moyes


The Illiad/The Odyssey, Homer

The Epic of Gilgamesh, Anonymous

Dramas and Plays

Aeschylus: Agamemnon

Twelfth Night, William Shakespeare

Biographies and Memoirs

The Life of Saint Teresa of Avila by Herself

The Book of Margery Kempe, Margery Kempe

All is Grace: A Ragamuffin Memoir, Brennan Manning with John Blase


Fierce Convictions: The Extraordinary Life of Hannah More – Poet, Reformer, Abolitionist; Karen Swallow Prior

St. Augustine’s Confessions

Memorize the Faith! (and Most Anything Else): Using the Methods of the Great Catholic Medieval Memory Masters, Kevin Vost

The Mind of the Maker, Dorothy L. Sayers

Holiness for Housewives: And Other Working Women, Hubert van Zeller

I Believe in Love: A Personal Retreat Based on the Teaching of St. Thérèse of Lisiuex, Jean C. J. d’elbée

+Mere Christianity, C. S. Lewis

Politics and Social Sciences

In Cold Blood, Truman Capote


History of the Peloponnesian War, Thycydides

The Histories, Herodotus

Harriet Tubman: The Road to Freedom, Catherine Clinton

Catherine the Great: Portrait of a Woman, Robert K. Massie


How to Teach Your Children Shakespeare, Ken Ludwig

The Liberal Arts Tradition: A Philosophy of Christian Classical Education, Ravi Jain and Kevin Clark

+A Philosophy of Education, Charlotte M. Mason

Teaching from Rest: A Homeschooler’s Guide to Unshakeable Peace, Sarah Mackenzie

Beauty in the Word: Rethinking the Foundations of Education, Stratford Caldecott

For the Children’s Sake: Foundations of Education for Home and School, Susan Schaeffer Macaulay

*A Twaddle-Free Education: An Introduction to Charlotte Mason’s Timeless Educational Ideas,  Deborah Taylor-Hough


Michel de Montaigne – The Complete Essays

Read-Alouds with my Children

*The Time Machine, retold, H.G. Wells

Little Britches: Father and I Were Ranchers, Ralph Moody

All-of-a-Kind Family, Sydney Taylor

+The Jungle Book, Rudyard Kipling

Health and Fitness

The First 20 Minutes: Surprising Science Reveals How We Can, Exercise Better, Train Smarter, Live Longer, Gretchen Reynolds


*Different: The Story of an Outside-the-Box Kid and the Mom Who Loved Him, Sally Clarkson, Nathan Clarkson


The Abundant Mama’s Guide to Savoring Slow, Shawn L. Fink

Caught Up in a Story: Fostering a Storyformed Life of Great Books & Imagination with Your Children, Sarah Clarkson

*Habits: The Mother’s Secret to Success, Charlotte M. Mason

+The Whole-Brain Child: 12 Revolutionary Strategies to Nurture Your Child’s Developing Mind, Daniel. J Siegel and Tina Payne Bryson

 Science and Math

On Airs, Waters, and Places, Hippocrates

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  1. Angela
    Angela says:

    What a great list! I’ll have to look some of these up! I just ordered the No Drama Discipline by the authors of the whole brain child. And I’m currently reading, the knowledge of the Holy by A.W. Tower, heavy reading for first thing in the morning but it’s great with a mug of coffee!


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