“There are worse crimes than burning books. One of them is not reading them”
I have several reading goals for the year.
First and foremost, I want to continue with a Daily Devotional that my wife gave me for Christmas. It’s not long, but it is a good way to wind down every night.
Secondly, I want to study in-depth the Letters in the New Testament. I read through the Old Testament in 2012, and I have read the Gospels and Acts but never really paid much attention to the Letters. I will this year.
Third, I want to make sure that I read the Imprimis Essay every month. (Side note: If you know of another monthly essay that you think I should read, be it politically right or left, sports, science, or other topic, please let me know)
Finally, I have 24 books that I want to read this year. In order to make sure I mix it up, I broke them up into 3 categories: non-fiction, classics, my choice. The non-fiction list is either social studies, history or self-improvement. The classics come from the list 100 Books to Read Before You Die, and are ones I haven’t read before and which aren’t too long (in other words, I won’t be reading War and Peace.) The final 8 are books of my choosing – ones that I just want to read. The list isn’t complete here, because I may change my mind on some of those final 8.
8 Non-fiction books
Captivating – John & Stasi Eldredge Completed 2/1/13
Raising Girls – James Dobson
Killing Lincoln – Bill O’Reilly
How to Win Friends and Influence People – Dale Carnegie Completed 4/17/13
Beautiful Outlaw – John Eldredge Completed 5/3/13
Rules for Radicals – Saul Alinsky
Out of Africa – Karen Blixen
Ball Four – Jim Bouton
8 Classics I haven’t yet read (Chosen from a list of 100 Books to Read Before You Die)
For Whom the Bell Tolls – Ernest Hemingway
The Shack – William P Young
Robinson Crusoe – Daniel Defoe
The Hobbit – JRR Tolkien
On the Road – Jack Kerouac
Education of a Wandering Man – Louis L’Amour
Dracula – Bram Stoker Completed 2/18/13
The Secret Garden – Frances Hodgson Burnett
8 other books of my choosing
Agenda 21 – Glenn Beck Completed 1/3/13
The Wind Through the Keyhole – Stephen King
Pirate Latitudes – Michael Crichton Completed 5/7/13
Into Thin Air – Jon Krakauer Completed 3/13/13