2012 Reading List


Here’s a fun fact you don’t know about me: I read my first words at the tender age of 3.

I wasn’t reading sentences or anything, but I took some baby steps. As a prodigy of an over-achiever, I eavesdropped my brother’s reading homework often enough to start recognizing words on his flash cards & sounding out “cos-mo-pol-i-tan” from the trolley. It was all up from there (I don’t have the highest esteem for Cosmo, sorry), & a bookworm I became.

*On a side note; I do seem to have shaken those over-achiever tendencies, which I consider an achievement (it’s exhausting & can make you arrogant), & yet also unfortunate in a way.

After ‘reading’ my B.A. at UCT, I had skimmed over a few too many thousand words in a condensed space of time.  I didn’t read as voraciously as before & turned my affections towards series & the internet, like the rest of my generation.

It’s been 5 years since graduation & I joined my first book club this year which I love! Thanks to the right thing at the right time, I have begun to recognize my pre-UCT self in my appetite for a good book.  Picking books off others’ bookshelves everywhere, forcing myself to stop at the end of chapter as its *way* past bedtime, choosing a book over TV (it is possible).

To start 2012 I have made a list for myself of books I’d like to get through this year.  After compiling it I realized there’s a high proportion of ‘self-help’ stuff which isn’t common for me. Perhaps its the all the New Year hype, but anyway, I could do with some help.

On God: (a good place to start in general)

Forgotten God by Francis Chan. ‘A compelling invitation to rediscover the Holy Spirit’s power in our lives’. Yes please.

Too Busy Not to Pray by Bill Hybels.  The title says it all – I am reading this for the third time I think. I forget easily you see.

Learning to live better:

Today Matters by John Maxwell. Working for oneself has its challenging, one of which is actually doing something useful & making progress every day. I’m hoping this will help.

Colossians by Paul, in The Bible. I sincerely expect to read more of the Bible than this, but it’s a personal favourite.

On Relationships:

Real Marriage by Mark & Grace Driscoll. My hugsband & I recently started reading this. We have found it uniquely challenging as we start married life. That’s quite something considering the number of marriage books we have read & had recommended to us in the last year!

Relationships: A Mess Worth Making by Paul Tripp and Tim Lane. I read one chapter of this at a friend’s house & knew I needed to read the whole thing, slowly.

On Writing:

A Million Miles in a Thousand Years by Donald Miller (of Blue Like Jazz fame). This book is basically stalking me if I add up the number of times it’s been recommended to me!

The War of Art by Steven Pressfield. Creativity isn’t always a hippy dance in the fields, who knew?

The Artist’s Way by Julia Cameron. I have started this before but didn’t have the discipline to continue. It also comes highly recommended, but I think I need to do this in a group, so there’s someone to shake their head at me if I try to give up.

Fiction to Finish

Cry of the Go-away Bird by Andrea Eames. This book is written about the place my life began & still holds much of my heart, Zimbabwe. From the little I know of the author she is also Zimbabwean & a similar age, so I am really looking forward to this. Also I envy her a tiny bit for having published a book already.

Thanks to e-literate (book club), these are not all I’ll read this year, but it’s fun to have a list to tick things off!

What are you reading at the moment? Anything good sitting next to your bed waiting for you to crack open the cover?


4 thoughts on “2012 Reading List

  1. Two crackers from 2011 include, The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks by Rebecca Skloot and Great House by Nicole Krauss. One I can’t wait to start right now is Isabel Allende’s Island Beneath the Sea!

  2. For fiction, I’m busy reading Umberto Eco’s most recent book, The Prague Cemetery – a deeply provocative and really rather disturbing book, though masterfully written. For non-fiction, I’m enjoying (long overdue) Amartya Sen’s 2009 book, The Idea of Justice, which isn’t one of his best, but challenging as ever on the topic most close to my heart.

  3. Pingback: The end of a thing is better than its beginning* | starting on saturdays

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