Mama Bear's Reading List

I am passionate about learning being a lifelong adventure rather than something to be "graduated" from. To that end, I hope to model an attitude of learning to my children. This is my TBR (to be read) list, provided to inspire you to write your own! Some on this list are books I have wanted to read for years, others are old friends I want to revisit and others are totally new.

I have sorted the books into categories (because my inner librarian demands it) and limited myself to three books per category (although one or two extra have snuck in). Books struck through have been read and in Italics are on the night stand

Fluff, Frivolity, fantasy and Fiction

Rest of Ender’s game series – Orson Scott Card

Going Postal – Terry Pratchett

Unseen Academicals – Terry Pratchett

Medieval Challenge

Chivalry by Maurice Keen

Twilight of Avalon by Anna Elliot

Beowulf translation by Seamus Heany

Bookshelf Challenge

To The God Unknown by Steinbeck

Mere Christianity by CS Lewis

A Woman’s Walk with God by Elizabeth George

Books contemplating faith and spirituality

Something More by Catherine Marshall

Let me Be a Woman by Elizabeth Elliot

Voices of the True Woman Movement edited by Nancy Leigh DeMoss


Shakespere’s sonnets

Carnival Evening by Linda Pasten

The Best of Odgen Nash by Linell Nash Smith

Kid’s books

Black Beauty by Anne Sewell

Ten P’s in a pod by Arnold Pent

Jacob I have Loved by Katherine Paterson

Cheeper by the Dozen by Frank B Gilbreth

Classics and cults

Catch 22 by Joseph Heller

To Kill and Mocking Bird by Harper Lee

Catcher in the Rye by J D Sallanger

The Narnia Series

Historical Fiction

Trinity by Leon Uris

The Fatal Shore by Robert Hughes

Nicholas and Alexandera by Robert K Massie

Movie Books

Legends of the Fall by Jim Harrison

The Children of Men by P D James

One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest by Kevin Kesey

Christian Fiction

Redeeming Love by Francine Rivers

The Victor by Patricia St John

Nothing Else Matters by Patricia St John

Sons of Encouragement by Francine Rivers

Biographies and Autobiographies

Surprised By Joy by CS Lewis

A Walk to Freedom by Nelson Mandela

Here I Stand: A Life of Martin Luther by Roland H Bainton


Pocketfull of Pinecones by Karen Andreola

Honey for a Child’s Heart by Gladys Hunt

The Daily Five by Gail Boushey and Joan Moser

Home Management

Speed Cleaning by Jeff Campbell

A Sane Woman’s Guide to Raising a Large Family by Mary Ostyn

Queen of the Castle by Lynn Bowen Walker

Large Family Logistics by Kim Brennan


Making Brothers and Sisters Best Friends by Sarah Mally

Preparing Him for the Other Woman by Sheri Rose Shepherd

Beautiful Girlhood bu Karen Andreola

Wild Card Books

The House of Spirits by Isabel Allende

Silence by Shusako Endo

The Poisonwood Bible by Barbra Kingsolver