Last December during a conversation with my sister Rebecca, she mentioned being intentional about reading in a busy season of life. The thought stuck with me as 2016 began; I decided to target reading a book per month in 2016.
I’ve always loved to read. Book sales and book stores fill me with happiness and sadness. Happiness that so much information, opportunity, and entertainment lie before me. Sadness because I can’t read them all. At one point in my life the idea of reading one book per month would have been appalling. How can one book last an entire month? Right now that’s about all I can handle.
A recent study (media summary link or actual study link) conducted by researchers at Yale showed a correlation between book reading and survival. While cognitive engagement may promote life, I suspect there are other variables at play as well. Regardless, I fully believe a life with books is fuller and richer.
I’m planning to post short reviews or thoughts on the books I’m reading this year. Just in case that never happens, I thought I’d start with my list so far. It’s not an elitist list, just books that I’ve wanted to read or have been recommended. As mid-August approaches I have fallen a little behind, I’m just finishing my July book:
January: David and Goliath: Underdogs, Misfits, and the Art of Battling Giants (Malcolm Gladwell)
February: The Boys in the Boat: Nine Americans and Their Epic Quest for Gold at the 1936 Berlin Olympics (Daniel James Brown)
March: The Martian (Andy Weir)
April: Seeds of Change: Six Plants That Transformed Mankind (Henry Hobhouse)
May: Silent Spring (Rachel Carson)
June: Moneyball: The Art of Winning an Unfair Game (Michael Lewis)
July: The Black Tulip (Alexandre Dumas)
Here’s to savoring words and turning pages. . .