I have this nasty habit of reading a ridiculous number of books, all at the same time. Here’s a sampling of the tomes collecting on my dresser and desk, books I’m in the middle of reading at this very moment:
- A Million Miles in a Thousand Years, by Donald Miller (NF, but reads like F): This one surprised me. I didn’t expect much, and I’m getting infused by the truckload. Good for my heart, and I’m learning so much about the art of story at the same time.
- Columbine, by Dave Cullen (NF, but reads like a novel): Chilling. Expertly researched and written.
- Thin Places, by Mary DeMuth (Memoir): Heavy, poignant, overwhelming, redemptive. This is not a book for light readers (I’ve had to put it down a few times), but definitely a book for the broken looking for hope.
- Connecting, by Larry Crabb (NF): An older book (1997), but with content that may be even more apropos today than it was thirteen years ago.
- Walking On Water, by Madeleine L’Engle (NF): Just starting this one, but it looks like a keeper.
- The Help, by Kathryn Stockett (F): Wow. Seldom do I find an author who captures her characters and their voices as well as Stockett does.
- The Tyranny of Email, by John Freeman (NF): Absolutely fascinating account of our communication journey, from papyrus to telegraph to our inundation with email. Will make you want to unplug a bit more often.
- The Four Loves, by C. S. Lewis (NF): Lewis is one of my personal heroes, and I enjoy most everything he wrote. This book examines the four different types of love, and is rich with quotes. But like rich, dark chocolate, I can only eat a sliver at a time.
- Kabul 24, by Ben Pearson and Henry O. Arnold (NF): I started this one months ago and can’t seem to get through it. Though the people involved and the circumstances surrounding their captivity and release are truly inspiring, the writing is less than. Or at least for me.
- Bowling Alone, by Robert D. Putnam (NF): This one is a research book for me, but interesting. Talks about “social capital” and the decline of American community. Paints a frightening picture if we don’t intentionally reengage with one another.
- Our Covenant God, by Kay Arthur (NF, I’m doing the Bible study as well): Understanding and believing in the word “Covenant” changes everything.
- Loneliness, by John T. Cacioppo and William Patrick (NF): Fascinating research on how loneliness affects the human brain, physical health and relationships. Absolutely, without a doubt, one of my most interesting finds in the past six months.
- Bird by Bird, by Anne Lamott (NF): Can’t believe I haven’t read this classic before now. Just beginning …
- Sex, Lies and Religion, by Randy Elrod (NF): I received an electronic version of this a couple weeks ago, but haven’t cracked it’s spicy cover yet. Sure to be interesting, a conversation starter at the least. The official release is 2/14/10.
- A Novel Idea, by multiple authors (NF Compilation): A resource that sits on my desk for quick writing tips from multiple fiction authors.
- How We Love, by Milan and Kay Yerkovich (NF): I mentioned this one in a previous blog post. This is the kind of book that has the potential to change every last one of your relationships.
I usually read 80% fiction, 20% non-fiction. As you can see by my notes, I’m reading predominantly non-fiction at the moment. Be reassured, I have a stack of novels sitting untouched BEGGING me to crack their covers. Soon, my darlings … soon.
What are YOU reading?