The Year of Seconds

As you may have noticed, the AG Book Club is different this year. Usually, I post the book list on January 2 and we all read the same book each month, then get together and talk about it. Sadly, because of my schedule, I’m not able to host book club this year. However, I’ll still be reading (as I know you will be!), so I thought I’d take the opportunity to do something a little different this year.

I’m dubbing this year The Year of Seconds. There are so many books that I read, but don’t really get. But I’ve noticed that if I read it again or even a third time, the truth really starts to sink in to my brain. And there’s a whole other pile of books I want to re-read, just because I love the story so much!

Below is my list of books to re-read this year. Feel free to follow along, or make a list of your own! The point, more than anything, is just to create a reading plan for the year, which increases your chances of actually reading this year.

Healthy Sleep Habits, Happy Child by Marc Weissbluth M.D.

I’m reading this book out of desperation, as Llewelyn has spent six months becoming a very bad sleeper. A few weeks ago, I remembered this book a few weeks and how much it helped us with Valentine’s sleeping habits, and have already read through most of it again to refresh my understanding of the system. After only five days of implementing the system, Llewelyn is already sleeping 12-13 hours at night and taking several naps during the day. Thank. The. Lord.

Ender’s Game and Speaker for the Dead by Orson Scott Card

One of my favorite sci-fi books, Ender’s Game is such a good story, written with intelligence and imagination. But I’m really re-reading it in order to get to the sequel, which I haven’t been able to get out of my mind since first reading it almost a decade ago. It has interesting and beautiful things to say about grace and telling the truth, and I want to go back and revisit that story this year.

Humble Roots by Hannah Anderson

Even while reading this book last year, I would think, “I should read this again.” Anderson’s insight into the importance of humility and the subtleties of pride are much needed in my life. I’m praying God uses it to change my heart even more.

Woman in White by Wilkie Collins

I read this book back in high school and basically the only thing I remember about it is that everything around me faded because I just wanted to live inside that book. This Christmas, I opened up a beautiful old copy of this book from my mother-in-law, which gives me the perfect excuse to re-read this creepy and captivating mystery.

Mere Christianity by C.S. Lewis

At the end of last year, I asked people what book is worth re-reading, and they kept mentioning this one. I figured I could take a hint. :)

Anne of Green Gables by L.M. Montgomery

This one needs no explanation.

The Prodigal God by Timothy Keller

Do you have a defect, buried deep in your heart, that will be your life’s work to undo? This book speaks to mine, and I try to read it every year or two.

Gilead by Marilynn Robinson

This novel is a letter written by John Ames, an aging Iowan minister, to his young son, telling him all the things he wishes he could be around to teach him. The book is transcendent and joyous, the magnum opus of one of this generation’s greatest writers and thinkers. It would be a tragedy for me to only read it once.

The Chronicles of Narnia by C.S. Lewis

Again, no explanation needed.

Also, some books I’d like to read this year for the first time ::

  • The Chosen by Chaim Potok
  • The Loving Life by Paul Miller
  • Agatha Christie mysteries
  • When Breath Becomes Air by Paul Kalanithi
  • Silence by Shusaku Endo

What do you think? Have you made a booklist for 2018? Are you interested in re-reading some of your favorites along with me? What books would you add to the list?

Posted by Aanna on Wednesday, January 17th, 2018

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