It’s now officially July! Where on earth did the time go? And why wasn’t I informed of it leaving?
I digress. Yesterday, I posted a list of all the books I read last year, as well as the reasons why I started keeping a list. ICYMI: It was one of my ways to get me back into reading actively again.
Now that the first six months of 2014 are over, I want to post what I’ve read so far this year, and I’ll post the next half at the end of the year (an * means it was a book assigned in my book club):
- Hyperbole and a Half: Unfortunate Situations, Flawed Coping Mechanisms, Mayhem, and Other Things That Happened by Allie Brosh
- These Is My Words: The Diary of Sarah Agnes Prine* by Nancy E. Turner
- Instruments in the Redeemer’s Hands: People in Need of Change Helping People in Need of Change by Paul David Tripp
- The Idea of a Christian College by Arthur F. Holmes
- The Year of Jubilo: A Novel of the Civil War* by Howard Bahr
- Lean In: Women, Work, and the Will to Lead by Sheryl Sandberg
- Five Days at Memorial: Life and Death in a Storm-Ravaged Hospital* by Sheri Lee Fink
- Half the Sky: Turning Oppression into Opportunity for Women Worldwide by Nicholas D. Kristof and Sheryl WuDunn
- Amazed and Confused: When God’s Actions Collide with Our Expectations by Heather Zempel
- The Reason for God: Belief in an Age of Skepticism by Timothy Keller
- Nothing to Envy: Ordinary Lives in North Korea* by Barbara Demick
- Whale Talk* by Chris Crutcher
Compared to last year, I’m definitely reading a lot more nonfiction. Some great conversations with my Bible study small group, as well as some seriously thought-provoking sermons at my church, have also prompted me to delve into a variety of theological books. So far, none of these books have shot to the top of my favorite reading list, but I’ve enjoyed them all (even if I don’t always agree with them).
And from the collection of books I’m currently reading, these trends look likely to continue — lots of nonfiction, with bits of fiction and/or poetry scattered here and there so far. As I mentioned in my last post, I want to read at least one book more than I did last year — so I’m well on my way to a goal of 22.
I also feel I should note: interspersed with all these books is a lot of reading of various magazines, newspaper articles, and other various websites, as well as my Bible studies; we read the entire New Testament over Lent, and I utilized my morning commute for those readings, rather than my other books. (I don’t keep official track of when I start/finish books, other than to say I finished them this year, and in this order, but if I did, there would be a definite dry spell in March.)
Have you read any of these books? What books would you recommend I read next? Feel free to let me know in the comments!