I just finished a stack of books I’ve been reading for awhile. So it’s time for a new stack.
I started The Book Thief Sunday night. Oh my! Have you read it? The writing so far is phenomenal. Truly!
For better or worse, I finally dipped into my public library’s eBook collection this week. The downside is I’m not sure there’s a renewal period beyond the original 14 days (and I never finish a book that fast). But we’ll see.
BOOKS I FINISHED FROM NOVEMBER’S LIST
Improving Decisions about Health, Wealth, and Happiness
by Richard H. Thaler
This book intrigued me from beginning to end about how we often make decisions based on how the questions are set up. We all have power to architect our own and others’ choices as well by designing the choice environments more thoughtfully. I’ll be thinking about this one for a long while.
2. The Dawning of Indestructible Joy
Daily Readings for Advent
by John Piper
I picked up this devotional for free during Advent. The daily readings were brief yet rich. I’ll look forward to reading through it again in another Advent season.
3. Writing about Your Life
A Journey into the Past
by William Zinsser
I admit that I checked out this library book because I love to read Zinsser, regardless of what he’s writing about. (After all, he made On Writing Well interesting; I reread it every few years.) Of course his material here is interesting too, not just about how to write, but about what he chooses to write about himself.
4. The Pleasures of Reading in an Age of Distraction
by Alan Jacobs
Reading is alive and well. Jacobs reminds us that, yes, continue to read for information, but also continue to read at whim. My periodic trips to the library keep my whim reading going strong.
5. A Captain’s Duty
Somali Pirates, Navy SEALs, and Dangerous Days at Sea
by Richard Phillips
A fascinating and true story about Capt. Phillips’ capture by Somali pirates in 2009 (great movie also). The book kept me captivated even though I knew how it was going to end (it made my top 10 list of books read in 2014).
6. Jake Fades
A Novel of Impermanence
by David Guy
I enjoyed this novel about spirituality (mainly Buddhism) and how the main characters worked through the hard questions of life.
7. Mudhouse Sabbath
An Invitation to a Life of Spiritual Discipline
by Lauren Winner
A quick and short read, this is a practical book on incorporating the best of Jewish spiritual practices into our Christian faith. I enjoyed it and want to use more of Winner’s ideas in my own spiritual disciplines.
8. The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying Up
The Japanese Art of Decluttering and Organizing
by Marie Kondo
I really enjoyed this book. Kondo gives enough new tips to make it worth my while to read yet another book on organizing. Her philosophy is more about what you keep than what you discard.
9. Jesus Feminist
An Invitation to Revisit the Bible’s View of Women
by Sarah Bessey
This isn’t just for or about women, but for all who want to contribute their gifts to the Kingdom. I enjoy Sarah’s honesty about pieces of her own journey and how they relate to ours. She is a strong encourager to go, do, and love, right where you are, whoever you are.
10. A Christian Survival Guide
A Lifeline to Faith and Growth
by Ed Cyzewski
This book covers very relevant territory. Ed addresses questions honestly and bluntly on prayer, violent Bible stories, hell, doubts, and more. As he puts it, he takes on some of the “most challenging threats to my faith and the faith of those I know.” Good stuff!
BOOKS I’M READING NOW
1. The Book Thief
by Markus Zusak
I’m only 50 pages in, and I can already say this writing is incredibly beautiful art! From the very first page onward, I’ll read a few sentences, then have to pause to soak in how phenomenally these sentences are constructed. I know the WW2 storyline is also good (I’ve seen the movie), but how these words are crafted is blowing me away.
2. Think Like a Freak
by Steven Levitt and Stephen Dubner
I so enjoy these anecdotal stories of culture and economics from the authors of Freakonomics. This book comes highly recommended from some of you blogger friends so I know it’s a win. (I also love their podcast Freakonomics.)
3. Born to Blog
Building Your Blog for Personal and Business Success One Post at a Time
by Mark Schaefer and Stanford Smith
I definitely don’t blog for business, but I do like to read books about things I like to do. This was one of the library eBook freebies that caught my eye. I’ll let you know next month if it’s useful for the casual blogger or not.
4. The Narcissist Next Door
Understanding the Monster in Your Family, in Your Office, in Your Bed–in Your World
by Jeffrey Kluger
Another trial library eBook. Although it’s not written necessarily from a believer’s viewpoint, pride is a universal struggle that affords addressing from any angle, so this book might prove interesting. If not, nothing lost.
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What’s one of your favorite books from 2014? What do you want to read in 2015? Please share here.
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