January Reading BLog

It sounded like a fun project to make a list of everything I read this year. Remember when I used to write about what I was reading? Yeah, me neither. It’s been too long. I feel like knowing what someone reads and discussing it with them is one of the better ways to get to know them. But then I spent a few years doing piles of school-related writing and sorta forgot about writing about reading here. The aim is to keep a list and post it at the end of every month and see in 11 months what I’ve actually done with my reading time for a year. So, without further ado, here are the books I finished in January:

  1. 1/4/18 Breathing Underwater, Richard Rohr. I re-read this one periodically. It’s one of those trusty favorites that made for a nice way to kickoff the new year. I already wrote about this one, if you want to hear more thoughts on it, click here.
  2. 1/7/18 The New American Militarism, Andrew J. Bacevich. I can’t say I completely agree with his conclusions and solutions but this book has a solid analysis of shifts in how people think about war and the military machine.
  3. 1/8/18 Accidental Saints, Nadia Bolz-Weber. This was one of those books I lost sleep to read. I’d wanted to get it in my little page-sliced hands for awhile. Highly recommend it.
  4. 1/10/18 Go Set a Watchman, Harper Lee. I fail to understand why this book got the attention it did. Don’t bother reading it.
  5. 1/12/18 Mandy, Julie Edwards. This is one of those books I read as a child and read over and over with my daughter. It’s one of her our favorites.
  6. 1/14/18 Water Wars, Vandana Shiva. It’s not a fun read but it’s a must read.
  7. 1/15/18 A Light in the Window, Jan Karon. Every now and then I read something purely for escapist entertainment. Actually, I hate the dialect in these stories and they’re kinda potato-chippy but they’re totally squeaky clean and easy to read just for reading-for-fun’s sake.
  8. 1/21/18 The Bible: A Biography, Karen Armstrong. It’s suitable as an introduction. Not Armstrong’s best book. I’d recommend it for someone without much background but curious for an easy toe-dipping in where the bible came from, who wrote it and when, and how it’s been read and used over the years.
  9. 1/26/18 Life With Hope, Marijuana Anonymous.
  10. 1/27/18 Ramona the Brave, Beverly Cleary. This is another great children’s classic we read from time to time.
  11. 1/28/18 Formations of the Secular, Talal Asad. This is a tough read but worth the time and energy.
  12. 1/28/18 The Giraffe the Pelly and Me, Roald Dahl. Somehow I missed reading this as a kid, luckily my daughter didn’t.
  13. 1/30/18 Rapture Ready, Daniel Radosh. Maybe it’s just me with my incoherent religious upbringing but I found this book hilarious. Highly recommend it for anyone interested in cultural studies, pop-culture, or attempting to understand American Evangelicalism and consumer Christianity. Also, I think he arrives at the only possible sane conclusion for moving forward as a country.

About m

My ego wants to think I'm a writer but my heart knows I'm just another one of God's Kids who sometimes has words to say. 2 human kids and 3 feline kids call me Mom. Or Mooooooom. Or mewom, depending which you ask. I'm kinda-sorta busy being a student again; this time I signed myself up for a bizarre torture known as Graduate School. Theoretically in 4ish years I'll have earned some more nice letters to put with my name. Let's face it, I'm addicted to learning and probably need rehab to restore me to sanity and remove the obsession to read books. I don't remember what free time is but I think I like to spend it sleeping or playing in the mud on a river bank.
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