Taking a cue from my wife, which I don’t do nearly enough for my own good, I have decided to become more intentional about my reading habits.
I have no problem with reading – I’ve always loved books. I remember little about most of my classrooms in elementary and middle school, but I remember the libraries, and I consumed most of what they contained. While I slacked off a bit in high school (other interests, you know), my love for reading has continued into my adulthood.
Through the years, I’ve managed to collect quite a few books – not enough, mind you, but quite a few. My only problem is in finding (or making) the time to read them all.
So, here’s a list of what I’m reading next:
The Life of Johnny Reb and The Life of Billy Yank by Bell I. Wiley – a detailed study of the Civil War soldier. Fascinating stuff.
Mere Christianity by C.S. Lewis – I’m a bit embarrassed to say that I’ve never read the whole thing straight through.
The Purpose Driven Life by Rick Warren – Warren has his detractors, but this is an important book for purposes of cultural literacy if nothing else.
The Culture of Disbelief by Stephen L. Carter – a discussion of how American law and politics trivialize religious devotion. Certainly timely.
Under the Volcano by Malcolm Lowry – I was an English major, after all.
Chesapeake by James Michener – if for no reason other than I have never read a Michener book.
Those should keep me busy for a while. Some pretty heavy stuff, but my last three books have been on the lighter side:
Into the Wild by Jon Krakauer – the book upon which the recent movie was based. Worthy of a blog post of its own, which may be coming soon.
Shut Up, Stop Whining & Get a Life by Larry Winget – I saw this book by the “Pitbull of Personal Development” and couldn’t pass it up. The guy is a master at self-promotion, but he’s entertaining and makes some good points.
Running Through the Wall, edited by Neal Jamison – personal encounters with the ultramarathon. Inspirational fare to help motivate me for my own encounter in a few weeks.