While I’m not a fan of New Year’s Resolutions, I do tend to enter the New Year with grand hopes for my reading list.
Once upon a time I took reading time for granted. As a child I was a voracious reader. I would spend much of my Christmas break with my nose in a book.
University almost broke my love of reading. Reading became a task to be done, rather than an act to enjoy. And I wanted to dive deeply into everything I was reading, but there was so much of it to do. I couldn’t maintain my desired level of engagement and get all the reading done.
I lost my love of fiction, mostly because I couldn’t make time, and reading stopped being fun.
And then I had kids, and I do really love children’s books. I have had so much fun finding really excellent and entertaining children’s books. I’m constantly surprised at how much I get out of reading delightful children’s books. But again, I haven’t had the time to read that I really want.
A year ago, I started listening to Audiobooks. Mostly for work, but also for fun. And I’m remembering how much I love to read, but that holding the book is a part of the experience for me. I need the sensory experience of touching books to really connect with the words.
I’m setting a goal for this year: more time with my nose in a book. I realize that will be a challenge (where will this time come from? I’m not sure yet). But I know that I’m a happier person when I’m submersing myself in fiction and non-fiction that challenges and inspires me.
My heart soars with the pile of new books I have to start 2019. Some from Christmas and some, an end of the year order for work that has started trickling in by mail just this week.
Here is where I’m starting:
Something for fun – The Fellowship of the Ring by J.R.R. Tolkien
I have started this book several times and never made it to the halfway mark. I have a new copy, and I like how it feels in my hands. I’ve just read past the farthest I’d previously read.
Something for daily reflection – Unsettling the Word: Biblical Experiments in Decolonization Edited by Steve Heinrichs
I bought this book when it came out last spring and I’ve been picking away at it. It is short chapters, but I’m finding my learning from it is so significant I have to set it down to process. I’m trying to start my work days with reading from this book. It will be our
Something for preaching – Short Stories by Jesus by Amy-Jill Levine
This was in my most recent order of work books. With Chapter titles like “How we Domesticate Jesus’ Provocative Stories” and “The Power of Disturbing Stories” it was all I could do to wait until my holidays were over to start reading.
I’m hoping to share some of my thoughts on what I’m reading here over the next few months (New Year’s optimism).
I hope your year is off to a lovely start and that you have some challenging and inspiring reading in your future too!