Jan 312010
 

I read a couple things at the end of last year that encouraged me to set aside some time each day to read some books. Two blog posts I read that got me motivated both pushed the idea of reading (at least) 1 book a week. How To Read a Book a Week in 2010 answers the question: “Why would you want to?” and Read One Book a Week gives some ideas on how to read more and like it. Would I be able to do it?

I love books, the problem is ‘finding’ time to read. The secret appears to be just doing it. One of my best methods is to take time I may have usually veg’ed out watching TV and instead put in my headphones to listen to some instrumental jazz and read a chapter of a book.

I would really like to write a blog post reviewing each book after finishing it. Problem is I am not a fast writer, each post would take at least an hour to write (or more) and would mean less time to read! Still, I have partially finished posts about each of these books and hope to finish them soon.

So, what did I read in January?

  1. To End All Wars by Ernest Gordon This is quite a book, telling the story of Allied soldiers imprisoned by the Japanese during WWII.
    Started: 01/02/2010 — Finished: 01/06/2010 — Source: Library
  2. The Time Traveler\’s Wife (audiobook) by Audrey Niffenegger
    An interesting book. I liked the premise but feel the author went overboard describing sexual encounters that need not have been so explicit.
    Started: 01/03/2010 — Finished: 01/13/2010 — Source: Library
  3. Surprised by Hope by N.T. Wright
    What happens to us after death? Wright does well answering the question.
    I love the quote: “Heaven is a wonderful place but it is not the end of the world”.
    Started: 12/26/2009 — Finished: 01/16/2010 — Source: Library
  4. Twitterville: How Businesses Can Thrive in the New Global Neighborhoods by Shel Israel
    The author gives good reasons and examples of how a business can use Twitter, and use it well.
    Started: 01/16/2010 — Finished: 01/24/2010 — Source: Library
  5. The Graveyard Book (audiobook) by Neil Gaiman
    A boy raised by ghosts in a graveyard. What kind of trouble can he get into?
    Started: 01/13/2010 — Finished: 01/24/2010 — Source: Library
  6. Areas of My Expertise (audiobook) by Jonathan Hodgman
    Hodgman’s humor is as vast as his knowledge. I want to go back and read more about Roosevelt’s “Hobo Eradication Plan” aka “The New Deal”.
    Started: 01/24/2010 — Finished: 01/28/2010 — Source: Borrow from Geoff
  7. The Woman Who Named God by Charlotte Gordon
    Historical fiction speculating what may have been going on between God, Abraham, Sarah, Hagar, Ishmael, etc, that the Bible didn’t bother to document.
    All I can say is that I am looking forward to reading “Pride and Prejudice and Zombies”.
    Started: 01/10/2010 — Finished: 01/31/2010 — Source: Owned (LibraryThing Early Review)

I also listen to 30 minutes of the Bible each morning. Currently listening to the Contemporary English Version, which says it is designed to be read aloud and listened to rather than just read. In January I listened to:

  • Genesis
  • Luke
  • Acts
  • Exodus
  • Hosea
  • Amos
  • 1&2 Thessalonians
  • Joshua
  • Galatians
  • Romans
  • 1&2 Corinthians

My Book Queue is set for the next month. Not sure I will get through quite so many books, but one can always hope.

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