I’ve been hunting for a good reading list that I could follow realistically as a full-time homeschooling mama, but I couldn’t find one that I actually love. So I created the Scholé Mama Reading List so I could come up with reading goals that went beyond the usual non-fiction and theology genre that I am so comfortable with.
I list down all the books I aim to read through in the coming year, Lord willing.
1. A Biography
On Writing: A Memoir of the Craft by Stephen King
I first heard about this book from an interview with Douglas Wilson on writing over at the Home Row podcast. I’m curious enough to give it a go!
2. A Novel
Till We Have Faces by C. S. Lewis
I tried to read the first chapter of this book in 2019, but I had so much in my pile that I simply had to give it a try next time. This year is my next time. This novel is also highly recommended by people over at The Rabbit Room Chinwag Facebook Group.
3. A Book by a Puritan
Communion with the Triune God by John Owen
Puritans are from another world and another time, and John Owen has always been a hurdle to read. But I’ll work through it. I’m done with Mortification, it would be good to follow it up with Communion this year.
4. A Book About Theology
A Puritan Theology by Joel Beeke & Mark Jones
I’ve been choosing between three systematic theology books to read, but I eventually ended up choosing APT, with much prodding from friends after I asked for advise. If you want to know, I was choosing between this, Bavinck and Van Mastricht. Hence, the picture featured in this post.
5. A Book about History
Dominion by Tom Holland
Tom Holland is a very interesting fellow. No, not Spiderman. Holland the historian. My husband has been raving about him. So I want to see for myself. You could check out his interview with Glen Scrivener at YouTube. You’d probably want to pick up his book after watching that.
6. A Book about Marriage or Parenting
Building A Godly Home, Volume 1: A Holy Vision for Family Life by William Gouge
I finished reading through Volume 3 in 2019. And I want to follow that up with the first one about marriage. Gouge was Westminster Divine, and it’s not surprising that he comes highly recommended by Chad Van Dixhoorn, the editor of the Minutes and Papers of the Westminster Assembly.
7. A Book About Education
Towards a Philosophy of Education by Charlotte Mason
Just as I finished reading Volume 1 last year, I want to read the last volume of Charlotte Mason’s writing in 2020.
8. A Book at least 100 Years Old
The Iliad by Homer
I’m giving myself a classical education so I’m reading Homer.
9. A Book at least 50 Years Old
The Second Sex by Simon de Beauvoir
My husband recommended that I read Albert Camus. But I think I would enjoy Simone de Beauvoir more.
10. A Book at least 5 Years Old
Norse Mythology by Neil Gaiman
It’s about time a read a book from one of the celebrated writers of our generation. Also, another way to educate myself.
11. A Children’s Novel
Pinocchio by Carlo Collodi
This is actually part of my child’s curriculum in grade school. But I’m hoping to read it myself aside from our read alouds.
12. A Book of Your Choice
Reformed Ethics, Volume 1 by Herman Bavinck
I read about 2.5 Bavinck books in 2019. His Sacrifice of Praise is actually one of my favorite reads. Bavinck the churchman is brilliant, and I was hoping to read his Reformed Dogmatics but chose A Puritan Theology over it. So I think the reading Reformed Ethics would be a good comproise.