First Part of the 2014 Book List


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-differentAnd 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

  1. And the Mountains Echoed, Khaled Hosseini
  2. Benefit of the Doubt, Greg Boyd
  3. Pilgrim at Tinker Creek, Annie Dillard
  4. The Gifts of Imperfection, Brene Brown
  5. The Tender Bar, J.R. Moehringer
  6. About This Life, Barry Lopez
  7. I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings, Maya Angelou
  8. Dynamics of Faith, Paul Tillich
  9. Surprised By Hope, N.T. Wright
  10. 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?