I have recently become aware that, while I do love to read, I love making lists of books to read so much more. Perhaps that is not completely accurate, but I have a lot of fun looking at books and admiring them, reading reviews and samples, and of course, making lists of books to read. Ironically, I have yet to complete a booklist that I have made. I will come as close as I ever have this year, but the fact remains – I seem to be better at planning and preparing to read books that I am at actually reading the books.
So, it should come as no suprise to the two readers of this blog that I have recently been thinking on the books I want to read for next year. Here are some options:
Augustine’s Confessions – this was on my list this year, but I bailed due to time constraints and general inability to keep my mind on anything longer than a ….
The Life You Save May Be Your Own – being such a Merton fan, it is natural that I would like to read him in correspondence with some other pretty great writers – Flannery O’Connor, Walker Percy, and Dorothy Day
Cloud Atlas and/or Life of Pi – two books made into movies this year. From what I have read, the movies suck, but that is pretty standard. I might give one or both of these a read in 2013 or I might not.
The History of English Speaking Peoples Since 1900 – this is a book that I have owned for a couple of years. You can be assured of it’s popularity by noticing the $.o1 price tag for the used hardback on Amazon. Everybody wants one!
The Complete Stories: Flannery O’Connor – I have never read any Flannery O’Connor. I want to read The Life You Save (above) and then maybe take a swing at this one. Of course, I might not like the first book which would put the reading of this book into serious question. But I do have a guy who will shame me greatly if I demur, so…
The Waters of Siloe by Thomas Merton – A new Merton book (new to me) that I picked up for a song on amazon. I read all Merton….
Also, I have made another change to the 2012 book list. I am replacing David McCullough’s The Path Between the Seas with David Chappell’s A Stone of Hope: Prophetic Religion and the Death of Jim Crow. I have already started Stone of Hope after finishing Merton. It is really good. I look forward to sharing some of it on this blog.