Don’t read me the wrong way

I haven’t read a thing on my 2014 reading list.

Don’t get me wrong. It’s not that I haven’t been reading. In fact, I set my Goodreads challenge for 40 books this year. The year is just about half over and I’ve read 25 books.

I’m currently in the middle of three more.

But I realized last week that none of the 25 that I’ve read are on that list I made back in December. I have work to do. There’s some good stuff on that list. And, by the way, I do have a birthday coming up. The list is good for gift suggestions.

No, in fact I do not have any shame.

I went back to the list last week after reading a G.K. Chesterton quote. One of the things I said is that I wanted to start reading his work.

And I extended that this week to say that I need to read more C.S. Lewis (always), more Dietrich Bonhoeffer and Chesterton.

In the meantime I’m re-reading my way through the Shannara books by Terry Brooks. I read most of them years ago, and I wanted to work my way back through. I won’t finish that this year, but I’ll keep working at it.

A friend mentioned this week that she’s watching her way through the Harry Potter films. That’s cool. But it made me want to re-read the books.

And, of course, it’s always appropriate to take another read through The Lord of the Rings.

Here’s what I know. Reading makes me a better writer. I wish I had more time to do both. As it is, I have to make the time. Time to write. Time to read.bigbooks

I’ll be carting off a stack of books to the beach later this summer. Perhaps the Potter books.

What’s on your reading list?

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