Another year, another list of books. I had illusions of grandeur thinking I could get back to 50 books per a year with a two year old, a full-time job, and all while studying Spanish and math. However, unsurprisingly, I only made it to the 20 books per a year range (around half of what I hoped). So the list of books read during 2017:
- Pensees by Blaise Pascal
- On Liberty by John Stuart Mill
- Fish in a Tree by Lynda Mullaly Hunt
- The Woman in White
- Piers Plowman by William Langland.
- The Lais of Marie de France
- The Letters of Abelard and Heloise
- The Book of the City of Ladies by Christine d Pizan
- Among the Hidden by Margaret Peterson Haddix
- Selected Poetry by Alexander Pope.
- The Smartest Kids in the World and How They Got That Way by Amanda Ripley
- The Subtle Art of Not Giving a F*ck: A Counterintuitive Approach to Living a Good Life
- Short Stories by Jesus: The Enigmatic Parables of a Controversial Rabbi by Amy-Jill Levine
- A Brief History of Ancient Greece: Politics, Society, and Culture by Stanley Mayer Burstein, Walter Donlan, Sarah B. Pomeroy
- If on a Winter’s Night a Traveler by Italo Calvino
- The Man of Feeling by Henry MacKenzie
- Took: a Ghost Story by Mary Downing Hahn
- Alfie Bloom and the Secrets of Hexbridge Castle by Gabrielle Kent
- She Stoops to Conquer by Oliver Goldsmith
- The Vicar of Wakefield by Oliver Goldsmith
- Lady with Lapdog and Other Stories by Anton Chekhov
- Garvey’s Choice by Nikki Grimes
I spent the entire summer reading Clarissa by Samuel Richardson. It is one of the longest works in the English language. I made it to book 5 out of 9 when I quit. I just couldn’t take it anymore. I did enjoy parts of it, but there were sections that I found dreadfully boring, repetitive, and it was way too long. I’ve read some long novels before that have kept me riveted, but this wasn’t one of them. So I’m not sure if I should count it or not.
Meanwhile, one of my goals this past year was to improve my math skills. I worked my way through a high school level Geometry Textbook and continued reviewing algebra, while starting on early topics of Calculus. However, then I got interested in trying to learn Spanish again and I found balancing everything too difficult. So math over the last four months has disappeared from my daily routine. I’m not thrilled about this, but I’m not sure where I can get the time and energy to do both a second language and math, while keeping up with my normal reading.
I hope to read at least 30 books this coming year (more reasonable than 50 books), keep working on improving Spanish and maybe get to the B-levels (based on the European framework) or be at least conversationally fluent by the end of the year, and maybe find some time to incorporate the math I already learned so I don’t lose what I did?