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24 Books in 12 Months…

This post was drafted back….  uh, a while ago.  It was originally entitled “52 Books in 52 Weeks”, but now it’s changed to “24 Books in 12 Months”, because I’m less industrious than I thought I would be.  However, let’s get at it!


One of my New Year’s goals is to read more.  Practically everyone I know would ask me “So, when are you going to read your books?” or “Do you even actually read the books you buy?” after I’d (happily) walk out of Half Price Books or A Reader’s Corner.  And I’d usually respond “Yes!  Absolutely!”

Taking a bit more objective and honest look at myself, though, I can’t always say that’s the case.  Why?  Well, of the books currently sitting on my bookshelf, I’ve only read probably a dozen or two of them, max.

So, since the New Year is still rather fresh and since I’ve been doing better about getting in some reading at least daily, I’m going to try to hit 24 books in 12 months!  (Plus, it’ll give me blogging material!)

What’s starting off the year?  Right now it’s a mixture of books (one of which I won’t count in the “challenge,” due to the nature of that book).

The New Wine of Dominican Spirituality

Island of the World (an 800 page behemoth!)

The Little Catechism of the Cure d’Ars

St. Thomas Aquinas Daily Meditations (this one won’t count as a book for the challenge)

I like to have a mix of books going on, unless I’m rather enamored with a given book.  Maybe I’ll make a regular “Friday Reading Roundup” to track my reading habits and see if my “active books” list shrinks or grows week-to-week…  I guess we’ll find out!


As of this point in time, I’ve completed the following books:

Island of the World” by Michael O’Brien (a moving book, for sure – while starting it, it seemed imposing, once you get into the story, it starts to be quite the engaging page-turner!…)

Watching Baseball Smarter” by Zack Hample (all about the interesting and not-so-obvious bits of baseball!)

I’ve begun to read the following books (in addition to the ones listed above):

Hounds of the Lord” by Dr Kevin Vost (about a number of Dominican saints and blesseds)

The Soul of the Apostolate” by Jean-Baptiste Chautard, OCSO (about having an appropriate interior/prayer life)

The Council in Question” by Fr. Aidan Nichols, OP (who exchanges a series of letters with Moyra Doorly on the Second Vatican Council)

I’m hoping to, by the end of this month, have completed “New Wine” and the “Hounds of the Lord,” as I’m currently behind schedule of reading two books per month.  However, I should be caught up, hopefully, by the end of June, which would be rather nice.


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