Several years ago I began writing reviews of the books I read. You may find this odd, but the principle reason I did so was to remember what I read after I put the book down. Along the way I discovered that at least a few others appreciated the reviews and GoodReads provided a great vehicle for sharing reviews with other friends who were on GoodReads.
My son has helped me appreciate the greater flexibility and wider audience a blog makes possible. (You can read him over at BTW: Ben Trube, Writer.) In coming blogs, I hope to post reviews of what I’m reading (some of those waiting to be read are pictured here) as well as thoughts on reading and life.
Probably the question I get asked the most is “how do you read so many books?” A big part of the answer is that it is a habit. I try as much as possible to set aside a couple hours in the early morning to read. I begin with scripture reading and prayer and then usually read about 60 pages each morning, depending on the density of the book. I usually have several books going at a time, including a night-time book. And I usually have a book in my bag for reading between on campus meetings while I’m traveling.
What am I reading right now? I’ve just begun Transformative Conversations by Peter Felten et al, on the formation of mentoring communities among colleagues in higher education–very relevant for the grad students and faculty I work with. I’m most of the way through Charles Dickens, Barnaby Rudge, probably one of the darkest of Dickens books. I’m also reading Margot Starbuck’s Small Things with Great Love and a zany science fiction work by Polish writer Stanislaw Lem, Tales of Pirx the Pilot, my bed-time reading.
I look forward to more chances to talk about books, reading and life together. For now, I’d love to hear what you are reading.