The way I approach reading is much how I approach everything in life. A bazillion ideas, lots of great start up plans, and a hard time following through. I am a distractable reader and usually have 3 or 4 books open at once. I read as my mood sways me.
My book shelf is another great example of my reading habits. It is packed, cover to cover, word to word, with books I haven’t read yet. Instead of cracking one of them open and diving in, I covet books on my friend’s bookshelves and from too many surfing sessions on Amazon instead.
I love reading. I love the ideas. But mostly, I love words. Especially strings of them that flow like poetry and make my heart sing. And I love how great writers have a way of communicating those deep mysteries I have such a hard time vocalizing myself.
We’re still two and a half months short of the New Year, it’s not my birthday or any other special event, but I am making a resolution nonetheless.
I will, from this day forward, read all the books on my bookshelf before buying a new one. This is a task indeed. All the books are dizzyingly different. Fiction and non-fiction. Spiritual and non. Serious and humourous. Some are about Cambodia, some about sex slavery, some about ending poverty in our time. Some, i have no idea what they are really about because the back doesn’t really explain it. But here we go. I think I am going to expand my mind in very big ways. This is a good thing!
THE LIST (in no particular order):
- Dead Aid (Dambisa Moyo);
- How To be Good (Nick Hornby);
- Dreams From My Father (Barack Obama);
- Into the Wild (John Krakauer);
- It’s not About the Bike (Lance Armstrong);
- Nurturing the Nations (Darrow L. Miller);
- The Great Awakening (Jim Wallis);
- Portrait in Sepia (Isabel Allende);
- The Unbearable Lightness of Being (Milan Kundera);
- From Eternity to Here (Frank Viola);
- The Ragamuffin Gospel (Brennan Manning);
- The White Tiger (Aravind Adiga);
- 28 Stories of Aids in Africa (Stephanie Nolen);
- The God of Intimacy and Action (Tony Campolo & MAry Albert Darling);
- The Road of Lost INnocence (Somaly Mam);
- The End of Poverty (Jeffrey Sachs);
- Jesus Rediscovered (Malcolm Muggeridge);
- The End of Christendom (Malcom Muggeridge);
- Shaping the Future (Phyllis Kilbourn, Ed.);
- Look Through God-Coloured Glasses (John Ortberg);
- A Time to Mourn, A Time to Dance (Keith McDonald);
- His Last Command, Our First Priority (Jack Hanes);
- Terrify No More (Gary Haugen);
- Orthodoxy (GK Chesterton);
- Off the Rails in Phnom Penh (Amit Gilboa).
Happy reading to me!