Before I go into the list, let me second what Haley said about grace, except I'm going to underline it, circle it, and put smiley-face stickers around it. Here's reality for me: in May (date unknown) we will be moving several states away - state known, specific location unknown. Lord willing, my husband will be ordained as a priest, and will be able to find work. And if the Lord is even more gracious, perhaps I can find work as well. So in a matter of months we will have: my husband graduating from seminary, his (probable) ordination to the deaconate followed by his (probable) ordination to the priesthood, with a big 12-hour move, and job changes for both of us, and no real way to prepare as of yet. I have to laugh because otherwise I'd go insane. Besides, we're both used to high-stress; it's just how we roll.
All that to say, my idea of a book list for 2014 is less about how can I edify my mind and more about how can I escape the insanity and keep from stabbing strangers.
I plan to reread:
This is a beautiful, haunting children's book about dreams that defies description. I read it in grad school as part of a class on children's literature collections for public libraries. Highly recommended for any age.
And to also reread:
I read this in high school, and it's really the kind of book you need to pick up about once every decade. And it's been a decade, so here we go.
Also, to read these books by favorite bloggers:
And if I'm emotionally stable enough:
This last might be too triggering for me, or it could be a wonderful emotional release. Which is why I won't try until we're successfully moved.
Also, to continue grazing on the gems in these two marvelous but very different books:
Though perhaps I should look into a book on web design and how to line up images in a blog post....