Selective Reading

I don’t have time in my life to read everything.  This is a little bit sad, but the knowledge of the fact makes me want to choose my reading material wisely rather than give up the pursuit of words and stories and ideas.

Goal: 12 quality books this year.  When I was a kid, 12 books a year would have been a laughably low figure.  [psh… 12 books a month, you mean?]  But, now that I have all these dreadful grown-up things to do, like work, laundry, pretending to cook, and updating twitter, 12 a year seems ambitious.

Thus far, in 2011, I’ve read:

  • Tribes by Seth Godin (short, but notable)
  • Jane Eyre by Charlotte Bronte (thanks for pushing me to read this one, Jami.  it was ever-so-much better than Wuthering Heights by that other Bronte chick).
  • The Four Loves by C.S. Lewis (well, I’m almost finished.  it’s great)

Next on the list:Is God to Blame by Greg Boyd and Manalive by G.K. Chesterton.

I need suggestions for the rest of my year!  As you can see, my taste runs toward classic novels, theology, and contemporary business genres, but I’m willing to try new things (provided it’s not in the vampire, anime, or steamy romance novel category… uh…no offense).

Tell me, friends, what books are truly worth my time?

“Words are terribly important. They demand stewardship and command responsibility. Do not neglect the reading and writing of them.” – Audrey Assad (via twitter)

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  1. Brianna Wheeler April 20, 2011 — 3:20 pm

    Try some Edgar Allen Poe if you dare. :) You will have a greatly enhanced vocabulary by the end of The Fall of the House of Usher. (and that’s just a short story! imagine if you read a whole book!)

    • oooh. I shall take your dare. Not because I really want to read Poe, but because I can’t have my baby sister’s vocabulary surpassing mine! :) When did you get so smart?

  2. “contemporary business” is actually a genre? oh heavens.

    since you have “manalive” on your list you should go ahead and add “heretics” and “orthodoxy,” also by g.k. chesterton, to your list. :) i suppose they can stand alone, but the second really builds on the first and makes both so much more wonderful.

    you might also try wendell berry’s book of essays called “standing by words.” i’m only on the second, but it’s bent my mind in all sorts of (good!) ways as to the purpose behind, method and message of writing. ow! it leaves me quivering like a jelly sometimes as to the worthfulness of what i write.

    • also, t.s. eliot’s “the love song of j. alfred prufrock.” it is a poem. not as long and complex as “the wasteland,” though.

    • haha… yes, I believe it is. And I could get lost in it.

      Ah, I’ve been wanting to read “Heretics.” Thanks for reminding me of it. “Orthodoxy” is one of my all time forever favorites in the whole world. I’ll look up Wendell Berry. Thanks for the suggestions, Amelia!

  3. Every once and a while I remember that while we have very similar ideas about life, God, and child raising, we are very different people. And every once and a while I remember that I need to gain some (or a lot) of your qualities. And this blog about your love…er…addiction to reading is one of those times! :) Sorry I have no advice on this subject. I do remember liking “Green Eggs and Ham” though! :)

  4. I’m not a big reader, but hopefully you’ve read redeeming love because thats like… all I know about books, and all I will suggest, or demand, of anyone ever.

    :)

  5. Well since we just recently discussed child-raising and what a poor job our culture does at this, my interest peaked when I was procrastinating studying this morning and saw that the author of “Battle Hymn of the Tiger Mother” was named one of Time Magazine’s most influential people for her controversial ideas about parenting as written in this book. Now, before you get overly excited about my interest in an actual adult book, realize that my interest only carried me as far as to read ABOUT the book on Wikipedia. Actually, didn’t even finish the article. Anyway, just made me think of you. So check out what wiki has to say about the book. Although whereas I am just now hearing about this famous book, you may have already read it! :)

    • so funny! I just saw an article about that book too, but I haven’t read it. It definitely made me curious though. I may not get farther than Wikipedia either, but I’ll check it out. Hey… let’s read it and have a mommy book club! Oh wait. We’re not actually moms. Let’s just get together for coffee. Yes? Yes.

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