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Reading List 2018

Last January, I vowed to read one new-to-me book a month as one of my New Years Resolutions.  I definitely ended up reading more than 12 new books last year, but only a few were from the list I wrote out in January.

My reading list changes depending on the mood I’m in, so not all the books I wanted to read last January made the cut by the end of the year.  But, if anyone has read any of those books I posted last year and thinks I should I roll some over on to this year’s list, let me know!

Although I didn’t read all the books I initially set out to read, I did read a ton of excellent ones.  In fact, 2017 was a bit of a year for me in terms of book-buying; it was no-holds-barred book-buying extravaganza most months and to be honest we’ve run out of room on the bookshelves in the house and have started using the window sills (and paying forward books I know I won’t re-read).

I think I’m trying to make up for lost time – when my kids were little, I barely ever had a chance, or the mental capacity, to read books that were anything other than fluffy brain vacations. 

Now, though, I can read all day on a Sunday and it’s not neglectful parenting cause the kids are big enough to generally take care of themselves.  It’s lovely.

Here’s (most of) what I read in 2017*:

Good Omens, Names for the Sea, A Woman’s Work, All the Light We Cannot See, The Descent of Man, Girls & Sex, The Handmaid’s Tale, Cooked, Night, 1984, Timeline, Unabrow, We Should All Be Feminists, Curmudgucation, A Parent’s Guide to Public Education in the 21st Century, Hillbilly Elegy, The Death and Life of the Great American School System, Witch.

It was a good year for reading.

I’ve got a list of books for 2018 that is slightly different from last year’s list; I’m different after another trip around the sun, thus the books on my list are as well. 

On New Year’s Day I read The Giver by Lois Lowry, which I loved.  Such a thoughtful, thought-inducing book.  More Lois Lowry books are on my list, as well as a few titles by Reinhold Niebuhr, Rod Chernow (Hamilton, obviously, because I am obsessed with the musical, and also Grant, who I find a really intriguing character in history), and some core history books that I feel I skimmed through the first time I read them in high school (if I even read them at all), like the Federalist Papers and Common Sense by Thomas Paine.

I try to balance my heavy works with slightly lighter ones, so I also have a few less history-laden titles on the list, including Planting Dandelions by one of my favorite writer/bloggers, Crazy Rich Asians on the recommendation of a friend, and both Shrill: Notes from a Loud Woman by Lindy West and Who Thought This Was a Good Idea by Alyssa Mastromonaco because I always need more stories from strong women in my life.

And last, when I’m stressed or in a funk, poetry is my recent go-to pick-me-up.  I want to get some e.e. cummings and Walt Whitman books of poetry to have around to flip through when I need to get out of my own head because they’re my faves right now.

What are you reading? What do you recommend?

*the links are affiliate links, so if you click on one and purchase the book, Little Nesting Doll gets a small commission

World Book Day


Today is World Book Day!  Although I had honestly never really heard of it before, this is a holiday I can get behind.

In celebration, the kids wore hats to school today representing a favorite book or a favorite character from a book.  They were really excited about it!  We worked on them all week. 

Then this morning, Gabe decided he didn’t like his, changed his mind, changed his book, and wore a hat we already owned.  (That was not frustrating AT ALL at 7:30 this morning.)  But he left for school happy, which is really my main goal in the morning, so it all worked out.

Quinn Ferdinand

Quinn went as Ferdinand the Bull and he was SO excited.  He kept poking his brothers in the belly with his cardboard horns until I reminded him that that was VERY un-Ferdinand-like. 

Owen went as Max from Where the Wild Things Are and Gabe was GOING to go as the Indian from the Indian in the Cupboard, but ended up going as Jack from the Magic Tree House series and wore a camo Army hat like in Danger in the Darkest Hour.  No pictures of those two, sadly.

What are you doing to celebrate World Book Day?  (I think I’m going to spend some time reading this afternoon to mark the occasion!)


Also, here are some of our very favorite children’s books, and this is a bittersweet book-related moment.


Reading List Progress

WILD_Cheryl Strayed

I’ve already checked a book off my 2016 Reading List!  I love progress.

I read “Wild” by Cheryl Strayed on the train ride from London to Paris last week.  It was an absolutely amazing, beautifully written book. 

I didn’t anticipate being quite as moved as I was reading it, and I spent about 45 minutes on the train trying unsuccessfully to not cry, then trying to at least not ugly cry.  Then giving up and just repeatedly wiping my eyes and nose and trying to not make the poor gentleman sitting across from me completely uncomfortable.

I loved this book from beginning to end, although I heard the movie was just MEH.  I can see that.  Most of the book is an inner monologue — Cheryl Strayed’s thoughts and reactions and feelings as she walked the Pacific Crest Trail.  It would be hard to accurately transition that to a movie format (unless the movie was narrated, I suppose.)  As a book, though, it was just divine.

I’ve put a link to the book over on the sidebar in case you want to check it out too.  If you do, let me know what you thought!

As I go through my reading list, I’ll add all the books to the sidebar. I like the idea of keeping track and of being able to share what I’ve read and maybe discuss the books — like a virtual book club on Little Nesting Doll!

Books To Read

One of my New Year’s Resolutions is to read at least one new-to-me book every month this year.  I’ve got a list of books I want to read as long as my arm, but realistically I’m hoping to get through twelve at a minimum. 

Here are the books on my list for this year, so far:

I Am Malala (Malala Yousafzai)

Wild (Cheryl Strayed)

The Fault in Our Stars (John Green)

On Hitler’s Mountain (Irmgard A. Hunt)

The Teacher Wars (Dane Goldstein)

The Husband’s Secret (Liane Moriarty)

Wilderness Essays (John Muir)

Number the Stars (Lois Lowry)

Persuasion (Jane Austen)

Snobs (Julian Fellowes)

Magicians of the Gods (Graham Hancock)

Us (David Nicholls)

Some of these are books I feel like I should have read ages ago.  Some of these are  recommendations.  Some of them are books I came across on my own and just thought sounded really interesting.

Have you read any of these?  What did you think?  And please, if you have other recommendations, pass them along!

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