These are the books I read this year, with occasional comments in italics.
Brave New Family by G. K. Chesterton
Three Men on the Bummel by J.K. Jerome
I didn't find this as funny as Three Men in a Boat. But it was pleasantly diverting.
Maggie's Harvest by Maggie Beer
Why Johnny Can't Preach by T. David Gordon
Untune the Sky: Occasional Stammering Verse by Douglas Wilson
Jeeves in the Offing by P.G. Wodehouse
Finding God at Harvard, ed. by Kelly Monroe
Pilgrim at Tinker Creek by Annie Dillard
There is a lot to be said about the things one sees down at the creek, evidently. As I read this, I began to see the outdoors in a different way. Highly recommended!
Better Birth by Lareen Newman and Heather Hancock
Four Faultless Felons by G. K. Chesterton
Redwall by Brian Jacques
I read this when I was feeling a bit sick during early pregnancy. A fun story, with short chapters.
What to Expect When You're Expecting
The New Experience of Childbirth by Sheila Kitzinger
I liked her emphasis on joy.
Multiple Blessings by Jon and Kate Gosselin
The Pilgrim's Inn by Elizabeth Goudge
The middle book in "The Eliots of Damerosehay" series, and the best. Also known as "The Herb of Grace".
I Will Repay by Baroness Orczy
A silly historical romance, part of the Scarlet Pimpernel series.
To a Thousand Generations by Douglas Wilson
I found this a very helpful explanation of infant baptism. It's written with a Baptist audience in mind. I came away remembering that baptism is more about God than me.
The Case for Covenant Communion, ed. by Gregg Strawbridge
A mixed bag of essays in favour of paedocommunion. The most helpful one for me was an exposition of I Corinthians 11:28 by Jeff Myers. I'd recommend that, even to people not interested in the larger subject of the book.
Jamie's America by Jamie Oliver
An English chef travels through the U.S. in search of new recipes.
1001 Children's Books You Must Read Before You Grow Up by Julia Eccleshare
Edith Head by Jay Jorgenson
Appallingly edited bio of the costume designer.
The Bird in the Tree by Elizabeth Goudge
The first book in "The Eliots of Damerosehay" series.
The Wind in the Willows by Kenneth Grahame
Maybe I should have read this as a child. As it is, I found Toad completely annoying.
Loving the Little Years by Rachel Jankovic
I found this so helpful that I'm re-reading it. Maybe a review will follow.
In Xanadu by William Dalrymple
This sort of travel is fun to read about, but not the sort I'd attempt myself. Sneaking into Communist China sounds a bit too risky to me! The author retraced the steps of Marco Polo, in the 1990's.
The Water Birth Book by Janet Balaskas
Supernatural Childbirth by Jackie Mize
Linnets and Valerians by Elizabeth Goudge
Goudge has her ups and downs, but this is the first time she's made me mad. The first half of the book is a lovely tale with wonderful, humorous characterization of small children. Then suddenly we find that all the plot tension is the result of voodoo. Why?! It was completely unnecessary. This isn't the only thing--one of her characters, an Anglican priest, tells his young relatives that they are free to believe in the "old gods". (Pan, etc.) He would like to, but can't because of his position. Bad advice!
The Heart of the Family by Elizabeth Goudge
The last book of "The Eliots of Damerosehay" series.
Supper of the Lamb by Rober Farrar Capon
The Road to Yesterday by L.M. Montgomery
Greenmantle by John Buchan
The Moon by Night by Madeleine L'Engle
Eggs, Beans, Crumpets by P.G. Wodehouse
A House Like a Lotus by Madeleine L'Engle
The Waiting Place by Eileen Button
Operation Black Fang by Jake MacKenzie
Just So Stories by Rudyard Kipling
The Baptized Body by Peter Leithart
I particularly liked the essay in the appendix, "The Sociology of Baptism".
The Titian Committee by Iain Pears
Biggles of 266 by Capt. W.E. Johns
The first Biggles I've read. This is one time my little brother is ahead of me!
Realms of Gold by Leland Ryken
A discussion of classic literature which rehashes arguments which are made much better elsewhere, such as Tolkien's "On Fairy Stories". However, it does contain a provocative chapter on what a Christian classic is.
What to Expect: The First Year
The Field Guide to Natural Phenomena: The Secret World of Optical, Atmospheric and Celestial Wonders
I really enjoyed reading about things like lunar eclipses, superior mirages and will o'the wisps.