Here is my original list of reading goals for this year, completed.
- Finish (re)-reading the Oz books
- The Lost Princess of Oz by L. Frank Baum
- The Tin Woodman of Oz by L. Frank Baum
- The Magic of Oz by L. Frank Baum
- Glinda of Oz by L. Frank Baum
- Read about Eloise Wilkin
- The Golden Years of Eloise Wilkin by Deborah Wilkin Springett
- Finish reading Home Comforts by Cheryl Mendelson
- Read two parenting books
- The Book of Nurturing by Linda and Richard Eyre
- Parenting with Love and Logic by Foster W. Cline
- Read two classics I haven't read before
- Vanity Fair by William Makepeace Thackeray
- The Odyssey by Homer
- Under the Greenwood Tree by Thomas Hardy
- Read Great Expectations by Charles Dickens
- Read a science book
- A Short History of Nearly Everything by Bill Bryson
- Read a book on grammar or the English language
- The Adventure of English by Melvyn Bragg
- Read a book by C.S. Lewis
- Till We Have Faces
- Read To the Rescue: The Biography of Thomas S. Monson by Heidi S. Swinton
Since I finished a little early, I added a few more books to my list:
- Read a book about arthritis
- The Arthritis Foundation's Guide to Good Living with Rheumatoid Arthritis by Dorothy Foltz-Gray
- Read a book by Shinichi Suzuki
- Ability Development from Age Zero
- Read Daughters in My Kingdom
I liked having more direction to my reading this year. Usually I just read whatever I feel like reading, but following a list helped me get some books read that I've been wanting to read for a long time. I also enjoyed being able to pursue some subjects and authors I'm interested in. Making a list and sticking to it is certainly more satisfying and more improving than my usual whatever-looks-good attitude (and I managed to do plenty of that sort of reading too).
This year I read 101 books total for myself (including the 19 from the list above), and I read 571 to my kids (that number is probably low; I didn't record what we read this year as vigilantly as I did last year). Also Red Chief read several beginning books to us this year! That makes me happy.
I am still thinking about next year's reading goals.