As I mentioned in my first quarter reading list, most of my reading choices come from the Back to the Classics Challenge and two reading challenges encouraging us to read what we already own. I supplement those with other books depending on the season or my interests. Sometimes I want to get in on a new book as soon as it is released.
The classics I finished this quarter are:
- The Merry Adventures of Robin Hood by Howard Pyle (audiobook)
- Hard Times by Charles Dickens (audiobook)
- Doctor Thorne by Anthony Trollope (audiobook)
The first two were on my first-quarter list. Doctor Thorne was not, but it did count for the classics challenge. Larkrise to Candleford by Flora Thompson was also on my list: I am listening to the first book in that series now. So I’m pretty much on point with classics.
Books from my TBR stash or list that I finished:
- *Promise Me This by Cathy Gohlke
- *The Shop Keepers by Nancy Moser
- *The Words Between Us by Erin Bartels
- *Panosian: A Story of God’s Gracious Providence by Chris Anderson (audiobook)
- *Off the Clock: Feel Less Busy While Getting More Done by Laura Vanderkam
- *Good Tidings of Great Joy: A Collection of Christmas Sermons by Charles Spurgeon
- *The Last Castle: The Epic Story of Love, Loss, and American Royalty in the Nation’s Largest Home by Denise Kiernan
- Be Reverent (Ezekiel): Bowing Before Our Awesome God by Warren Wiersbe
- Be Free (Galatians): Exchange Legalism for True Spirituality by Warren Wiersbe (not reviewed yet)
The starred items were on my first-quarter goal list. I had not planned on Wiersbe’s two books, though I’ve had them for a long time. I didn’t complete two on the original list, but with these two instead, I feel good about meeting my goals. I’ve finished one other that I have mixed emotions about and haven’t decided whether to review.
Another I read that I had not originally planned on was Old Town in the Green Groves by Cynthia Rylant, about the “lost years” of the Little House books, borrowed from the library.
Although I enjoyed all of these, probably Doctor Thorne and The Last Castle were my favorites.
For next quarter:
Classics: I’ll finish Lark Rise by Flora Thompson, but I’ll hold off on the rest of the trilogy until after I do a little more work on the Back to the Classics Challenge. I’d also like to read more of Trollope’s Barsetshire series, but will wait for the same reason. I’m undecided about which category to tackle next. Tarissa at In the Bookcase hosts the Louisa May Alcott Reading Challenge in June, so I plan to read Eight Cousins and possibly Rose in Bloom for that.
From my TBR piles:
I think I’ll hold off on the Anne Lindbergh book from last quarter’s list. I want to read it. But it’s a hefty one, and I’m just not quite in the mood for it now. But I’ll look forward to:
- The One True Love of Alice Ann by Eva Marie Everson (moved from last quarter’s list)
- Castle on the Rise by Kristy Cambron (currently reading)
- A Portrait of Marguerite by Kate Lloyd (currently reading)
- The Space Between Words by Michelle Phoenix
- The Dwelling Place by Elizabeth Musser
- The Women of Easter: Encounter the Savior with Mary of Bethany, Mary of Nazareth, and Mary Magdalene by Liz Curtis Higgs (currently reading)
- Breaking Anxiety’s Grip: How to Reclaim the Peace God Promises by Dr. Michelle Bengston (currently reading)
- Be Rich (Ephesians) Gaining the Things That Money Can’t Buy by Warren Wiersbe
That’s not enough for three months, but I have stacks of TBR books on my shelves and in my Kindle app to choose from.
What are you reading next?