“Not all readers are leaders, but all leaders are readers.” ― Harry S. Truman (33rd President of the US)
Over the holidays I pushed myself to finish up two books I had started earlier in the year. I find it helpful to set goals for my reading as it keeps me focused and pushes some of my competitive “buttons” – even if the challenge in only internal. Over the years, I have made it a habit to write down the name of each book I finish which has given me insight into my reading/thinking patterns over the years.
This year I’ve committed to reading 3 books a month, although it would be great to hit 40. I usually read a few books at a time sometimes as many as 6 or 8. My goal for 2012 is to read in four basic categories: history, theology, practical theology and fiction.
“You can’t say that“, which is Ken Livingstone’s memoirs, is my current history book. Livingstone was the former mayor of London and is running again this spring. In the theology category, I’ve started Dan Doriani’s commentary on Matthew. Doriani was my professor at Covenant Seminary and writes in a devotional style so I’ve been reading a chapter each morning. N.T. Wright’s “Virtue Reborn” is my current choice in practical theology and Flannery O’Connor’s “The Complete Stories” is the fiction book next to my reading chair.
The Steve Jobs biography was a Christmas gift so that’ll be next on the history list. Wright’s “Simply Jesus” and Stetzer’s “Viral Churches” should be mail – purchased with a Waterstone gift card. Plenty of books on the shelf waiting to be read as well.
Got a reading plan for 2012?