Wednesday, December 5, 2012

recommendations for my 2013 read list?

it's that time of year again where i build my reading list for the following year.

yes, i'm a readaholic. (maybe you would say "nerd" & that's ok with me.) i'm a readaholic & i can't break the addiction to learning, growing, improving, etc... i know, i know, i should see someone about that.

but i can only read a certain amount of books each year. which means there are hundreds and even thousands of GREAT books that i simply won't have time to read.
Because of that i choose to be EXTREMELY intentional about the books i do read.

i cannot afford to read a crappy book, an average book, or even a kind of good book! that would be a waste of time when there are so many GREAT books.

so, after Thanksgiving every year i start making my READ LIST for the following year. it is SUCH a FUN process for me. i look forward to it like crazy. i usually spend a half a day browsing a couple bookstores + looking through my own massive library + compiling recommendations.
then i narrow down the huge list based on what i need to read that year. i usually have a fairly balanced read list across many genres.

(& i should only have to take 1 more class, so hopefully my read list won't be completely dominated by required reading from professors like 2012 was.)

what are YOUR "MUST READ" books? what are the top 5 books you have ever read? what are the books that blew you away, changed your life for the better, etc...?

& no fiction, please. i only read 1 fiction book per year & i'm all set there. but any other genre.


Ryan and Lainey said...

In the past few months, some of the best books I've read are the Peacemaker, When Sinners Say I Do, and What Every Man Wishes His Father Had Told Him. Those were some I definitely thought are worth recommending.

patrick mitchell said...

literally just finished "The Peacemaker" yesterday! had never heard of it, but required for a class. i thought it was great.
the other 2 sound intriguing - i'll def. look into them. thx!

Chad Phillips said...

Patrick, you may have read this before, but outside the Bible this book has influenced my life more than any other book. It is the best biography (there are several) about the first missionary to leave the shores of America to carry the Gospel to an outside country. "To the Golden Shore" gives a stirring account of the life of Adoniram Judson. I hope you'll read it. Let me know how you like it if you do read it. God bless. -Chad