In 2013, I purchased a whole lot of books. I read approximately 1/8 of them.
I’m not sure how it happened. I’m sure Candy Crush didn’t help. Nor the internet in general or the moving across the country or to a different country. It seems though, at some point, I just became too lazy and hard to please. I’d buy a book impulsively on my E-Reader, give it a go for a half hour, then check my phone to get the time, see a tweet I’m mentioned in, maybe engage for a bit, check Candy Crush, since the phone is already out, try to win that next level, check my email for no reason at all, check Facebook, stalk, stalk, stalk, stalk… and a trillion distractions later, I am fast sleep, the book, all but forgotten.
And I used to be such a good reader. Not many years ago, this was me on books:
This is me lately:
So 2014 is going to be different. Drastically different. Specifically, seventy-books-in-three-hundred-and-sixty-five-days-different. And the ones below are (mostly) the books that went unread in 2013. Then I start selecting some new ones. The promise I am making here is that no matter how bored I am, or how distracted I may be, to get each one of them done. Books need to be read. And I need to learn to keep hope in the little things.
Here’s the first chunk
- And the Mountains Echoed, Khaled Hosseini
- Benefit of the Doubt, Greg Boyd
- Pilgrim at Tinker Creek, Annie Dillard
- The Gifts of Imperfection, Brene Brown
- The Tender Bar, J.R. Moehringer
- About This Life, Barry Lopez
- I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings, Maya Angelou
- Dynamics of Faith, Paul Tillich
- Surprised By Hope, N.T. Wright
- Girl Meets God, Lauren Winner
According to the math, I have about five days to finish each book, which seems doable. Some of the ones above will be difficult, though, I have good reasons for abandoning a few, such as the lengthy, wordy, sort of fluttering here and there book, The Tender Bar or the OVER-MY-HEAD-THIS-IS-ANOTHER-LANGUAGE work of Barry Lopez. And I might give up somewhere down the line (life is unpredictable, books can be hard) But I am going to try not to.
I do need some suggestions, though, for the rest of the list. What books are you reading?