First and foremost, I've been reading my Bible. Chris and I are doing a study program this year that takes one through the Bible in 3 years. Yes, that's a long time, but it's an actual study program and not just a reading schedule. Since we've read the Bible cover-to-cover multiple times, we wanted something a little deeper. One thing I love about the program is that you read each chapter in the New Testament 3 times. It's amazing how much I can get out of something, even on the 3rd time through (perhaps I should say especially on the 3rd time through!)
Aside from Bible reading, I've read 7 and 1/2 books from my Top 100 Fiction Novels list. I'm a bit disappointed with that number, but I have a hard time finding time to read. I know that sounds crazy since I'm a stay-at-home Mom, but it is what it is. I'm hoping that next year, since B will be a little older, I will be able to spend a little more time on my hobbies. We'll see.
So, the books I've read this year are:
A Portrait of the Artist as a Young Man by James Joyce -- This is the prequel to Ulysses, so I wasn't exactly looking forward to it (remember when I read that?). However, I surprised myself by enjoying it (a lot actually). I think that had to do with the fact that I knew a little more what to expect out of James Joyce, and also I was already interested in the main character's story (from Ulysses). It almost made want to read Ulysses again. Almost.
Pride and Prejudice by Jane Austen -- Love this book, of course. I've read it before, but I was excited to read it again. Since I read it the week before Brianna was born, I associate being hugely pregnant and excitedly awaiting her arrival with the book. Happy :-).
Catch-22 by Joseph Heller -- Not my favorite for sure. It took me a long time to make it through the book because it really wasn't that interesting to me. And, it's pretty long.
Brave New World by Aldous Huxley -- This was certainly the most thought-provoking book that I read this year. If you want something to make you think, this is your book.
Brideshead Revisited by Evelyn Waugh -- While I enjoyed this book, nothing really stands out about it. It was sad, but I've noticed that to be a trend among most of the books on the list. I'm kind of neutral about this book I guess.
David Copperfield by Charles Dickens -- This was my first Dickens, and I LOVED it! Its size was a little intimidating at first, but I was able to read it quickly because I couldn't put it down. It's simple - about the life of David Copperfield from birth to old age - but such a good story. I can't wait to read more Dickens.The Scarlett Letter by Nathaniel Hawthorne -- I read this book once in high school, but got so much more out of it this time through. I'm very glad I decided to go ahead and read it again.
Tess of D'Urbervilles by Thomas Hardy -- I'm in the middle of this one. Have been for a while, actually. I hope to finish it by the end of the year.
Finally, I've been reading tons of children's books this year as well. What can I say? Brianna LOVES books!
What have you been reading?