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:
- 1/4/18 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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
- 1/14/18 Water Wars, Vandana Shiva. It’s not a fun read but it’s a must read.
- 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.
- 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.
- 1/26/18 Life With Hope, Marijuana Anonymous.
- 1/27/18 Ramona the Brave, Beverly Cleary. This is another great children’s classic we read from time to time.
- 1/28/18 Formations of the Secular, Talal Asad. This is a tough read but worth the time and energy.
- 1/28/18 The Giraffe the Pelly and Me, Roald Dahl. Somehow I missed reading this as a kid, luckily my daughter didn’t.
- 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.