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07 May 2013

Books I want to read: the list

After soliciting recommendations from friends and colleagues - and random internet strangers - I have compiled the Official List of Books for The Great Reading Project. 

The launch took place this last weekend, during which I read one of the books. I waited to post the list so I could right away cross one of the titles off.  I love a to-do lists so I can check things off and chart my progress. Makes me feel good about myself.

Nancy Shuman and Alice Von Hildebrand arrived in my mailbox last week, so naturally they were included, and The Cloistered Heart was the very first book I tackled for the project.  I shall review it at a later date, but will say right off the bat - if you are at all, in any way, by the smallest measure, interested in living in the world, but not of the world, with a heart committed to God's will, this little treasure is for you.

Titles in italics are suggestions for authors I'm interested in trying, but I might end up reading an alternate. I wanted to attempt Flannery O'Connor, but honestly, something in me groans at the thought because every synopsis and review I read suggests her stories are really really hard going - down and out, struggling, blistered by the heat, badly treated and so on.  I don't know if I can do it.  I'm a wimp.  Graham Greene and Faulkner might be too much as well, but I've stuck them on the list so I have to try!  I'm very much looking forward to finally reading 84 Charing Cross Road, and Dante's Inferno - though I hope the latter doesn't stall the GRP right out of the gate.

Thank you, dear Reader, for your wonderful suggestions.
The Great Reading Project has begun!

Books I want to read


Small Island  - Andrea Levy

Inferno – Dante

Heart of the matter – Graham Greene

The Snakepit – Sigrid Undset

Sound and the fury – William Faulkner

Man and woman – Alice Von Hildebrand

The Cloistered Heart – Nancy Shuman

Invisible man – Ralph Ellison

Masterful Monk (series) – Owen Francis Dudley

Shepherd’s castle – George MacDonald

Last light – Terri Blackstock

84 Charing Cross Road – Helene Hanff

Bring me a unicorn – Anne Morrow Lindbergh

Unlocked – Karen Kingsbury


  1. Great list!!! I hope that you enjoy them all. Also, Dante's Inferno will not stall the GRP, it is a great addition! On a different note, I am not a fan of Flannery O'Connor, though I have many friends who are. She is not a difficult read, more just complex and you usually have to read a few times to get beyond her crass/stark pictures to understand her point/insight.

    God bless!

  2. Frances, it's the crassness I don't think I can handle. I'm really looking forward to tackling Dante though!