As many of you know, I love to read. I tend to devour books in short order but then not read another for a while. In other words, when I decide to read something, I'll read it cover to cover in virtually one sitting and then not read a book for a month or more. This is a habit that I would like to break. I would like to always have a book that I am working on, but not necessarily so voraciously. So, I am committing myself to reading 10 books I have never read by the end of the year. I at first considered 10 books in 10 weeks, which is certainly doable, but would involve ignoring Nancy & Sophie, which is probably unwise.
To accomplish this task, I am requesting help from the reader(s) of this blog. I am actively soliciting suggestions for reading material. It is my hope that I can find all 10 books to read through suggestions that YOU make. So PLEASE help me out and suggest a book that you have enjoyed, spoke to you in some way, or that you think I could benefit from.
Now, all suggestions are welcome, but I would like to read 10 books in 10 different categories as described herein:
1. Modern Fiction
I could go for a good novel, preferably something written within the last 5 years or so. A representative sample of books I have recently read that best describe this category would be Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close and Life of Pi.
2. Classic Fiction
These are the types of novels you are made to read in school and don't appreciate until much later. Think A Tale of Two Cities, The Great Gatsby, The Brothers Karamazov, etc...
3. Modern Christian Literature
I used to read quite a bit from this category, but have largely avoided it over the past few years, as the sheer volume of books being written here made finding the ones that are actually worth reading somewhat difficult. At least, that's what I told myself. That is an attitude both cynical and lazy and attests to the very reasons why I should be reading these books more! I would prefer something written in the last 5 years.
4. Classic Christian Literature
I have read a great deal of this, and obviously there is no new classic literature being produced. Nonetheless, I have certainly not exhausted this treasure-trove of teaching. Although I would prefer older books here (think Imitation of Christ) we could possibly entertain authors as recent as Bonhoeffer or C.S. Lewis.
5. Business Book
In general, these books say basically the same thing and are of limited usefulness if you have read more than one. Still, one should try to keep up to date. I have heard good things about Blink, so I am thinking of entering that in this category. Don't hesitate to add others though!
6. Cultural Studies
I really enjoy books in this category. This is probably what I have read the most of over the last few years. Think Freakonomics & Fast Food Nation.
7. Sports Book
As posted on this blog, I have recently read Moneyball and The Blind Side and enjoyed them immensely. I am interested in reading Game of Shadows, which seems appropriate at the moment.
8. Fatherhood Book
9. Marriage Book
It would be nice to find a book here that we could read together. So, I'm not really looking for husband-specific books here.
I am looking for something here that does not fit into any of the above categories OR a second book from one of them.
Thank you in advance for your comments and suggestions! I'll post the list here when it is assembled.