Books I’m Looking Forward to Reading This Winter

I’m between reviews right now and so I thought it might be fun to share a few of the books on my TBR (To Be Read) pile that I’m really looking forward to reading on those cold winter mornings or evenings. I have others, but these have especially caught my eye.

James Patterson by James Patterson. Do you know that I have never read a James Patterson book? But I like autobiographies, and I’d love to know how he cranks out so many books and why he thinks he’s been so successful. And I love that he has done so much to support bookstores.

One of Ours by Willa Cather. A friend suggested one of her books and she’s been my “author find” of the year. How did I go so long without discovering the fine writing of this American writer?

Kafka on the Shore by Haruki Murakami. OK, I saw this on the buy one, get one 50% off at Barnes & Noble. I keep seeing Murakami turn up and thought I’d take a chance on this one. Maybe he will be my “author find” for 2023.

The Shadow of the Wind by Carlos Ruiz Zafon. This was the partner to Murakami on the buy one, get one 50% off table. Zafon is another of those authors I keep hearing about and a plot that occurs in the Cemetery of Forgotten Books has to be interesting. Right?

The Song of the Cell by Siddhartha Mukherjee. Cells are one of the basic constituents of all living organism other than viruses. There is so much that have been discovered about them since my high school biology courses. Time for a refresher and this book keeps turning up on Best Science Book lists. I love good science writing!

Untrustworthy by Bonnie Kristian. Amid the conflicting claims and the climate of distrust, how do we know what is true. I think we really are in the midst of an epistemic crisis and I’m concerned that at some point charisma will win out over truth. I’m intrigued to see how the author will address this…and will I trust her recommendations?

Cultivating Mentors edited by Todd C. Ream, Jerry Pattengale, and Christopher J. Devers. There is a lot of talk about mentoring in the higher ed circles in which I work but many people struggle to find good mentors. I hope this book sheds some light on the gap between ideals and reality.

Hardness of Heart in Biblical Literature by Charles B. Puskas. The topic intrigues me. The image has always been a chilling one–a hard heart does not seem much different than a dead heart. How does one become hard and is there hope for such a person? The book holds special interest because it is written by a scholar who was something of a mentor to me back in the Jesus movement days before going on to a career in biblical scholarship, teaching, publishing, and pastoring.

The World Beyond Your Head by Matthew B. Crawford. I liked his Shop Class as Soul Craft, which I read this year. This appears to be a book on attention, something I am convinced is important to everything from repairing a car to singing in a choral group to effective research to encountering God. I want to see what he will say about all this.

The Revolutionary: Samuel Adams by Stacy Schiff. I think we hear more about John Adams, Thomas Jefferson, George Washington, and Alexander Hamilton, but it can be argued that it was Samuel Adams who lit the match that started the whole conflagration of the American Revolution. I know little about him other than he is related to John.

These won’t be the only books you see on this blog in the months ahead. I suspect there are some other “sleepers” that I’ll really like. But these are some that I’m looking forward to curling up with when the winds of winter are blowing outside my door–at least until I have to get out and clear the snow!

Let me know what you are looking forward to reading. Some of these ended up on the pile because of the recommendations of friends.

7 thoughts on “Books I’m Looking Forward to Reading This Winter

  1. I finished Cormac Mccarthy’s “The Passenger” and am now on his follow-up, “Stella Maris.” I was in Barnes and Noble a few days ago and found myself lost. I realized that knowing what author or book I will search for is the only way to visit that store, but I am thankful we still have a bookstore to visit. I finished a quick survey on the new arrivals and the best sellers shelves. Women authors outnumber men 10 to 1. Why is that? I have read a few books authored by women and enjoyed them. Paulette Jiles being at the top of the heap. She is a Texan and writes of Texas in the 1800s and what life was like then. James Patterson, I’ve read a few of his books; he writes well and as you say, churns them out like biscuits. A tried to read the one he co-authored with darling Dolly Parton, but gave up. It was fairly awful, but they are buddies, so I get it. John Steinbeck is my go to man as well as Larry McMurtry.


      • I also visit Half Price Books, but they don’t have most of what I’m looking for. We have a small bookstore here in Granbury called ” Arts and Letters”. The two lady owners carry a good selection of the newest books and are priced a bit less than B&N so I give them my business when I can. Natanial Philbeck and Erik Larson publish some good reads also. Nice to hear from a fellow book reader.

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      • And it is nice to hear, per your earlier comment, from a fellow who is a book reader. Are you thinking of Nathaniel Philbrick. I love both his and Larson’s work!


      • Yes. Travels With George and Life on the Missisippi were great. Larson is one of our premier authors of today. I read Steinbecks Travels With Charly a month back. It’s a different book than what I expected. He had a good wit about him. Some of it shined through in The Grapes of Wrath, but only a bit. I’ve read all of Larsons books and am awaiting his next. I gave up on James Elroy. A two word sentence and statico delivery was too much for this old guy.

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  2. Hi Bob,
    There IS something about Willa Cather’s writing that makes her one of my favorites too.
    I especially like, Death Comes for the Archbishop.
    She creates an atmosphere in her books that includes all the ups and downs of normal life, but is somehow always hopeful, transcendent.

    I am listening to All the Kings Men by Robert Penn Warren and relishing how he writes even more than the plot. If you haven’t read it, you might give it a try.

    Clare Stober

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