10 on the Tenth … on the 11th

This year I thought I’d do a different kind of New Year’s resolution. Reading is my default state so in the interest of actually completing a resolution, the following are 10 of the books/authors/reading goals I’ve set for the new year. You can check out Meredith’s and several other’s January 10 here.


  1. Charles Dickens. My specific goal is to read A Christmas Carol before next Christmas. Setting this goal is what put this list in mind.
  2. I’d like to complete the Bible studies I start. I’m ashamed to admit that I haven’t finished a Bible study in about four years. I’ve started many, but finished none. Bffe and I started one together last week. I’m already behind, but have a very solid plan to be caught up before our telephone meeting tonight!
  3. I’d like to be more aware of what’s going on in the world, so for me that means finding a news site online. I usually want entertainment when I turn on the TV and I find that so much of today’s ‘reporting’ is a little to opinionated for my tastes. Can you subscribe to the AP feed?
  4. The House of Seven Gables by Nathaniel Hawthorne. I’ve heard it’s got everything I love: mystery, suspense, the paranormal and intrigue. I didn’t read near enough of the ‘classic’ authors while growing up. I really need to see a good Literature teacher’s reading list.
  5. The Screwtape Letters by C.S. Lewis. And as an adult I haven’t read any of the ‘classic’ Christian authors. Is there a list of those out there?
  6. We’re looking for the rest of the Seven Sleepers collection (a fantasy parallel to Christianity.) My niece suggested this series several years ago and this year Jack received several of the books for Christmas, but I hate to start reading until I have the entire collection. And no, our local library doesn’t have them; the list of things our local library doesn’t have is very long. Maybe I should be less conscientious about due dates so they’ll have more money for books!
  7. And now for something completely frivolous: my SIL and her family held a Harry-Potter-movie-a-thon this weekend and while I started to join in, I decided I’d rather re-read the books I’ve read and read the ones I haven’t. I love series; it’s like making new friends and living with them for a while.
  8. I’d like to find a new mystery author or two. There’s dozens of Christie novels I haven’t read and I always forget to pick up a PD James or an Arthur Conan Doyle when I’m at the library.
  9. I’d like to read the children’s classics I skipped as a child. Ideally I’d like to read them to my children. Again, I’m looking for the list.
  10. And I’d like to keep up the practice the kids and I started last week of reading a devotion while eating breakfast. This is probably the most important goal on my list. I remember my mama doing a devotion with us while we waited for the bus each day. It’s an excellent habit I want my kids to have.

And there’s the list. Anybody care to join me? If bffe and I can do a Bible study by telephone, surely we could do a book club online. Let me know; I’ll be here! Reading!


9 thoughts on “10 on the Tenth … on the 11th

  1. I stay in such a rut when I read. I mostly like contemporary fiction. Occasionally one of my two book clubs rescues me from the rut, but it’s so easy to land right back there.

    I haven’t read all the Harry Potter books so when we watch the movies my kids get annoyed with all my questions. I’d like to read them all too!

    As for children’s classics, mine would be A Little Princess and The Secret Garden. Love those two! Have you ever read the Miraculous Journey of Edward Tulane by Kate DiCamillo.

  2. Clasics;
    Black Beauty
    White Fang
    the Yearling
    Swiss Family Robinson
    old Yeller
    the three Musketeers
    20,000 leagues Under the Sea

  3. Wow! This is a good list! I saw several on there that I would like to read!

    I read all the Harry Potter and really enjoyed them even more than I thought I would.

    I just finished The Mitford Series and the 1st Father Tim book by Jan Karon.

    I was at the library today and had to exercise great restraint because I’d like one of everything, please.

  4. Your mother has a great list, however, even as a child, Black Beauty made no sense to me. I hated the talking horse bit. To that list you must add Little Women, Little Men and Jo’s Boys. Also Gene Stratton-Porter’s Freckles, & A Girl of the Limberlost. Robinson Crusoe and all of Jack London, not just White Fang. Tom Sawyer and Huckleberry Finn are must reads! Also, one I have always meant to read is A Connetticut Yankee in King Arthur’s Court. Emma should be introduced to the Nancy Drew series, and Thomas is sure to like the Hardy Boys. I’ve read all the Harry Potters and like the books better than the movies. That Chevy size spider in the second movie just about took me out! I’ve started the Twilight first book, but I keep finding other things I’d rather read, so it just keeps sitting there, with a bookmark about 1/4 of the way through.

  5. Somewhere in my house, I have The Screwtape Letters. Ellen gave it to me for Christmas one year, before she & Billy divorced. Couldn’t even get started on it, don’t know why, you know I usually read everything that comes my way. If you have never read Lloyd C Douglas, you should find his books and read them. The Robe, The Big Fisherman, Magnificient Obsession, are the titles I can think of. I know there were seven books that I read when I was a teenager. The Robe is about the Centurion who had to crucify Christ and who won His Robe, casting lots. The Big Fisherman is about Peter. Fiction, but outstanding books.
    Love you

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