Reading Lists For WIPS

So, I’m doing a thing. I’m going to compile a list of books to read alongside each WIP I’m either currently working on or would like to work on in the future. So far, I’ve started lists for Arrows, The Woodsman, Finnegan’s Valley, and all three Civil War projects.

Yep. I have three Civil War projects. There’s the series that actually takes place during the war, there’s the spin-off that takes place in the modern day, and then there’s the short story, which is about Zeke & Alice Matthews, the can’t-remember-how-many-greats-grandparents of Connor Matthews from Arrows.


Pro-Life Answers To Pro-Choice Questions / Randy Alcorn

Passion & Purity / Elisabeth Elliot

The Purity Principle / Randy Alcorn

Keeping Cassie / Michaela Bush

The Woodsman

Plants of The Pacific Northwest Coast / Jim Pojar, Andrew MacKinnon

Finnegan’s Valley

The Story of the Irish Race: A Popular History of Ireland / Seamus MacManus

Paddy’s Lament, Ireland 1846-1847: Prelude to Hatred / Thomas Gallagher

Wars of The Irish Kings / David Willis McCullough

The Great Shame: And the Triumph of The Irish in The English-Speaking World / Thomas Keneally

The Oregon Trail Revisited / Gregory M. Franzwa

Pioneer Women: Voices From The Kansas Frontier / Joanna L. Stratton

A Time For Everything / Lilacs & Battlefields

The Blue & The Gray / Henry Steele Commager

1861: The Civil War Awakening / Adam Goodheart

My Dearest Julia / Ulysses S. Grant

Preserving The Past

Federalist Papers

Anti-Federalist Papers

The Civil War ones from the previous list

Decision In Phildaelphia / Christopher Collier

Founding Mothers / Cokie Roberts

1776 / David McCullough

The Portable Frederick Douglass / Frederick Douglass, Penguin Classics

George Washington: The Wonder of The Age / John Rhodehamel

Phillis Wheatley: Complete Writings / Phillis Wheatley, Penguin Classics

Amazing Grace: William Wilberforce and the Heroic Campaign to End Slavery / Eric Metaxas

Bonhoeffer: Pastor, Martyr, Prophet, Spy / Eric Metaxas

If You Can Keep It: The Forgotten Promise of American Liberty / Eric Metaxas

Let’s face it, this series is going to have a looooooooooooooooooooong list…

Of course, these lists are likely going to have more books added to them…whew. I’ve got a lot of reading to do…

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