I have never really kept track of the books I read. I remember all through late elementary school, Jr. High and High School I would read anything I could get my hands on. I estimate I read at least a book a week. I would read on the school bus, in the car on the way to church, during church (if I could get away with it), under my covers at night with the door cracked open for light, in waiting rooms, at breaks during choir rehearsal. I would also wake up in the morning and immediately read whatever book I had tucked under my pillow the night before, which habitually made me late. My childhood best friend’s mom is an English teacher who always kept me supplied. Even now, if I’m late its probably because I got distracted by some book.
Of course, as I’ve entered the working world my reading has slowed down considerably and finishing a book a week seems like a huge task to me (also the density/quality of my choices has gone up exponentially since 7th grade). This year I am participating in a competitive reading contest. Complete with lots of rules, a couple amendments, a few acronyms, and an entrance fee. So, I’m keeping track this year. I think you can tell a lot about a person from their reading list, I guess I won’t read anything I’m embarrassed to post to the competition in 2009. I would pretty much recommend any these books. Here’s what I read in the first quarter of the year.
1.) Finding the Flow: A Guide for Leading Small Groups and Gatherings by Tara Miller and Jenn Peppers
2.) From Brokenness to Community by Jean Vanier
3.) Wouldn’t Take Nothing for My Journey Now by Maya Angelou
4.) City of Joy by Dominque Lapierre
5.) All God’s Children Need Traveling Shoes by Maya Angelou
6.) Miramar by Naguib Mahfouz
7.) High Fidelity by Nick Hornby
8.) We Were the Mulvaneys by Joyce Carol Oates
9.)The Umbrella Man and Other Stories by Roald Dahl
10.) Eve’s Revenge: Women and Spirituality of the Body by Lillian Calles Barger
11.) The Broken Body by Jean Vanier
12.)The Enneagram: A Christian Perspective by Richard Rohr and Andreas Ebert
13.) Heart of Flesh: A Feminist Spirituality for Women and Men by Joan Chitister