Tuesday, January 2, 2018

6 Years of My Lady Bibliophile + 2017 Reading List

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I feel like a veteran now.

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


  1. That's a lovely reflection, Schuyler. Congratulations on six years of blogging, and more than six hundred posts! That's impressive, and inspiring to me. It's been an enjoyable ride for the last couple of years I've been following here. I look forward to many more! Happy 2018 - I hope it's wonderful year for you. xx

    1. Thank you so much, Jessica! And thanks for joining in on the adventure--I love having you here, and I'd love to meet you someday when I can travel your way! :D

  2. Congratulations & Happy Blog-Anniversary, my dear Schuyler-friend!! What a wonderful milestone :). It's hard to believe it's been 6 years - what a big kids our blogs are now ;). As Suzannah mentioned on fb, I think this marks about 6 years of us being friends too. I am so glad we "bumped" into each other on the internet in God's Providence and become friends! Also it's been truly wonderful to see you mature and grow as a writer, reader, thinker, and woman of God in the past few years! I feel similar emotions, honestly. So blessed by you, Schuyler dear, and this wonderful blog.

    WOW! What a reading year - it sounds truly fruitful and rich & almost all these titles are ones that have me intrigued and eager to try reading sometime (when I can!!). I notice we both read Outcast in 2017, which is a nice little treat =). Also yay for reading To Kill a Mockingbird!

    Oooh, I read Wings Like a Dove & Weight of a Flame some years ago. How did you find them? I enjoyed reading this series a lot.

    Many blessings & Happy New Year filled with lots of God's goodness, faithfulness & lots of joyous books, my dear friend.

    1. Six years! And I still remember how "random" it was that we all found each other. I love it when God works in such random ways in a way I never could have done myself.

      Yay for Outcast! I was so excited to read that one! I loved Wings and Weight--they were both really, really good. My sister suggested reading them, and I enjoyed them so much. And I was so glad to finally be able to read To Kill a Mockingbird! What was your favorite book you read this year?

      Happy new year, sweet friend! May the Lord bless you richly in the coming months. <3

    2. Indeed!!! <3 God works in such wonderful ways! :D

      Hmm, I am trying to work on my 2017 favourites for a post, but honestly my list of books read are slim, and even leaner are my list of favourites, alas (possibly to do with all those required readings we were given :( ). But some highlights were Outcast, Edwin by Edoardo Albert, Great Expectations by Charles Dickens, The Castle of Otranto by Horace Walpole, Frankenstein by Mary Shelley (which I haven't quite finished yet), and a wee little booklet of Christina Rossetti's poetry "Goblin Market". How about you?

      Thank you, dear friend! <3 YOU TOO!

  3. Congrats on 6 years of blogging!! And 600+ posts o.o Hopefully someday I will reach the same benchmarks!

    You read so many good books this year, and others that sound like they'd have to be good xD 52 is an impressive number. I'm hoping for 40 this year, and I'm determined to buy fewer books so I'll have to read the ones I already own :P

    Congrats again and welcome to 2018! <3

    1. Thank you so much, Abigayle! It truly is a blessing to be able to blog here, and I'm so grateful the Lord has given me the time/life circumstances to make it possible!

      I set my goal for 40 in 2017, and didn't expect to hit 52, but I was so thrilled anyway. 52 is always my favorite number to reach, because it matches the weeks of the year. :) Fortunately some of them were shorter ones! Good luck on your reading challenge for this year!! Is there anything you're especially looking forward to reading?

  4. Now We Are Six --- love th reference!

    Favourite new book, as in book discovered this year, would be The Girl Who Drank the Moon. It's fantasy, and it's pro-life! Although Ten Thousand Thorns is really good too. And I would name War of Loyalties except I've still got mixed feelings about it being so sad. (But I have Christmas money now --- I'll buy a paperback and re-read it at my leisure and sort these things out.)



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