This last year, My Lady Bibliophile passed the 600 blog post mark. Life has changed since I started. I was seventeen, fresh out of highschool, and the whole world was before me.
Now my time is a little more regulated. But the love for the blog has remained. I am still so happy to getting review books (or buying them myself) and having a chance to percolate over subjects. This site is a chance to have a diary of sorts. My three or four one time journal entries fizzled out, but I can make lists and I can write blog posts, and that turns into a journal too.
I am twenty-three. Twenty-three is quite young, but it feels more experienced. Some of the rough edges have been knocked off over the years. I've come to understand and appreciate things I didn't understand with, agree with, or appreciate six years ago. I like to think it's a maturing. A broadening of perspective that life experience brings.
Sometimes I wonder if I'm conservative enough compared to what I was six years ago. But time, too, will bring more light and change on the things I believe and do now. It really doesn't have to be troubling. God takes good care of teaching his children.
Over these past six years, God has allowed me to keep writing through trips, odd jobs, a season of tough mental health, and a book release. Life brings changes, but this has remained a constant that I rejoice in. I love the friends who have been with me for all six years, and I love the new friends I am discovering.
Last year I mentioned a few goals, some of which happened and some of which didn't. We didn't do the Persuasion read-along, and we didn't do the blog redesign. But like a home with worn-out furniture and mismatched plates, I hope the company has been pleasant in spite of it. We did mark the Reformation 500, though--and one thing I didn't put on the list, but which happened anyway, was publishing War of Loyalties.
I am glad.
So: Now We Are Six. This next year, I'm hoping to read a couple of science books, a couple of biographies, and more childhood favorites that I didn't get to last year. I'm hoping to read some new releases and a stack of research books for War of Honor and the female butler story. I'd also love to dive into some books about Mary, Queen of Scots, Queen Victoria, and Lord Melbourne.
Maybe we can publish a novella about how Jaeryn got his crooked fingers. Maybe we can do a book read-along.
It's all in God's good hands.
With joy and gratitude, thank you all so much for visiting and filling this blog with company and love. I hope this little corner of the web will be an open gathering place of bookish love for many years to come.
2017 Book List
Most of these books are reviewed on the blog (you can find them by searching in the search bar on the right sidebar). And I'm excited to review a very special one (number 51!) on Friday, so be sure to be back for that!
1. The Pilgrim of Hate, by Ellis Peters
2. A Portrait of Emily Price, by Katherine Reay
3. Walking on Water, by Madeleine L'Engle
4. The Shattered Vigil, by Patrick Carr
5. Kilmeny of the Orchard, by L.M. Montgomery
6. The Blue Castle, by L.M. Montgomery
7. No More Faking Fine, by Esther Fleece
8. Old Friends and New Fancies, by Sybil G. Brinton
9. The Book of Lost Tales Part 2, by J.R.R. Tolkien
10. A Time to Speak, by Nadine Brandes
11. Adorned, by Nancy Leigh DeMoss
12. The Cricket in Times Square, by George Selden
13. God and Charles Dickens, by Gary L. Colledge
14. How Should We Develop Biblical Friendship, by Michael A.G. Hayken and Joel R. Beeke
15. A Time to Rise, by Nadine Brandes
16-17. Present Over Perfect, by Shauna Neiquist (read twice)
18. Enjoy, by Trillia J. Newbell
19. The Black Stallion, by Walter Farley
20. Death Be Not Proud, by Suzannah Rowntree
21. A Room With a View, by E.M. Forster
22. Raiders form the Sea, by Lois Walfrid Johnson
23. 7 Women and the Secret of Their Greatness, by Eric Metaxas
24. The Invisible Friend, by Lois Walfrid Johnson
25. The Wind in the Willows, by Kenneth Grahame
26. Never Unfriended, by Lisa Jo Baker
27. The Maggie Bright, by Tracy Groot
28. Where Treasure Hides, by Johnnie Alexander
29-30. The Lost Girl of Astor Street, by Stephanie Morrill (read twice
31. Outcast, by Rosemary Sutcliff
32. The Lady and the Lionheart, by Joanne Bischof
33. Number the Stars, by Lois Lowry
34. The Shock of Night, by Patrick Carr
35. Roll of Thunder, Hear My Cry, by Mildred D. Taylor
36. Carry On, Mr. Bowditch, by Jean Lee Latham
37. Chasing Grace, by Sanya Richards Ross
38. To Kill a Mockingbird, by Harper Lee
39. To Get to You, by Joanne Bischof
40. The Girl Who Could See, by Kara Swanson
41. Ladies of the Reformation, by J. H. Alexander
42. Wings Like a Dove, by Christina Farenhorst
43. Weight of a Flame, by Simonetta Carr
44. Rescuing the Gospel, by Erwin W. Lutzer
45. War of Loyalties, by Schuyler McConkey (smile)
46. October, by J. Grace Pennington
47. Renee of France, by Simonetta Carr
48. A Time to Die, by Nadine Brandes
49. Anne's House of Dreams, by L.M. Montgomery
50. Deadly Disclosure, by Meghan Carver
51. My Heart Belongs in Niagara Falls, New York, by Amanda Barrat
52. Katharina and Martin Luther, by Michelle DeRusha