Books 2009

On  The Well-Trained Mind message boards I saw the idea of a “999 reading challenge”. I’ve seen this other places and I’m not sure where it originated but the basic idea is you read 9 books in 9 categories in ’09. I decided to try it.  I didn’t succeed in meeting the challenge but I did read more diverse books and felt like it was a good exercise.

Read Alouds (Chapter books I read to my 5 yr old. This is cheating a bit I know. It’s my list and I can do that.)

  1. Half Magic by Edward Eager
  2. Owls in the Family by Farley Mowat
  3. The Invention of Hugo Cabret by Brian Selznick
  4. Henry Huggins by Beverly Cleary
  5. The Original Adventures of Hank the Cowdog by John R. Erickson
  6. Otis Spofford by Beverly Cleary
  7. The Doll People by Ann Martin and Laura Godwin
  8. The World According to Humphrey by Betty Birney
  9. Friendship According to Humphrey by Betty Birney
  10. Trouble According to Humphrey by Betty Birney
  11. Surprises Accoding to Humphrey by Betty Birney
  12. Adventure According to Humphrey by Betty Birney
  13. Betsy-Tacy by Maud Hart Lovelace
  14. The Lion, The Witch and the Wardrobe by C.S. Lewis
  15. The Blue Fairy Book by Andrew Lang
  16. The Mayor of Central Park by Avi
  17. Nim at Sea by Wendy Orr
  18. Homer Price by Robert McCloskey
  19. Centerburg Tales by Robert McCloskey
  20. Five Children and It by E. Nesbit
  21. The Best Christmas Pageant Ever by Barbara Robinson

Novels from The Well Educated Mind list

  1. Moby Dick by Herman Melville
  2. Uncle Tom’s Cabin by Harriet Beecher Stowe
  3. Madame Bovary by Gustave Flaubert
  4. Crime and Punishment by Fyodor Dostoyevsky


  1. History of the Ancient World by Susan Wise Bauer
  2. Story of the World Vol 1 (Ancients) by Susan Wise Bauer
  3. The Well-Trained Mind (new edition) by Susan Wise Bauer
  4. Knowing and Teaching Elementary Mathematics by Liping Ma
  5. The Trouble With Boys by Peg Tyre
  6. Lighting Their Fires by Rafe Esquith

Science and Medicine

  1. Handle with Care by Jodi Picoult
  2. Made to Stick: Why Some Ideas Survive and Others Die by Chip Heath and Dan Heath
  3. Autism’s False Prophets by Paul Offit
  4. Everything Conceivable by Liza Mundy
  5. The Mercy Rule by Perri Klass
  6. Cutting for Stone by Abraham Verghese
  7. The Soul of Medicine by Sherwin Nuland


  1. The Bible (reading daily)
  2. Calvin’s Institutes (reading daily here)
  3. The Shack by William P. Young
  4. The Reason for God: Belief in an Age of Skepticism by Tim Keller
  5. Calvinism in the Las Vegas Airport by Richard Mouw
  6. Fruit of Her Hands by Nancy Wilson
  7. For a Glory and a Covering by Doug Wilson
  8. Feathers from My Nest by Beth Moore


  1. Look Me In The Eye: My Life with Asperger’s by John Elder Robison
  2. Hungry Monkey by Matthew Amster-Burton
  3. Ruth: A Portrait by Patricia Cornwall
  4. Kindred Spirit: A Biography of L. M. Montgomery, Creator of Anne of Green Gablesby Catherine Andronik
  5. Uncle Tungsten by Oliver Sacks
  6. It Sucked and then I Cried by Heather B. Armstrong
  7. Vaccinated: One Man’s Quest to Defeat the World’s Deadliest Diseases by Paul Offit
  8. Things I’ve Been Silent About by Azar Nafisi
  9. Thinking in Pictures by Temple Grandin

Potpourri Fiction (Doesn’t fit elsewhere. )

  1. The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo by Stieg Larsson
  2. The Girl Who Played with Fire by Stieg Larsson
  3. The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society by Mary Ann Shaffer and Annie Barrows
  4. The Painted Veil by W. Somerset Maugham
  5. A Mercy by Toni Morrison
  6. Innocent Traitor by Alison Weir
  7. Peace Like a River by Leif Enger
  8. The Mysterious Benedict Society by Trenton Lee Stewart
  9. The Private Patient by P.D.James
  10. The Other Boleyn Girl by Philippa Gregory
  11. We Have Always Lived in the Castle by Shirley Jackson
  12. The Monster in the Box by Ruth Rendell
  13. The Children’s Book by A.S. Byatt

Potpourri Non-Fiction

  1. Born on a Blue Day by Daniel Tammett
  2. Starbucked by Taylor Clark
  3. The Man Who Loved Books Too Much by Alison Hoover Bartlett
  4. The Lost City of Z by David Grann

Shelves (Things on my shelves I’ve been “meaning” to read for years. )

  1. The Living by Annie Dillard
  2. Notes from a Small Island by Bill Bryson
  3. Legacy of the Dead by Charles Todd

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