2017 Reading

What I’m Currently Reading

This page is what I think of as my ‘reading pipeline’. Here you will find the books I’m currently in the process of reading (I tend to have a few on the go at once as different books suit different moods and levels of concentration), a few of the books in the queue to be read next (unless something else catches my interest before I get to them), and then the books I have finished reading this year.

When I read a book, I read the whole thing. I know many folks recommend abandoning books that are not particularly interesting and to skim books to get the gist of them. I don’t do that. If I decide to read a book I keep going until I get right through it, sometimes this can take over a year as I read other stuff in between visits to a less interesting book but I do like to complete the books I start. Perhaps this is a waste of time but it’s my time and I’d rather waste it reading a boring book than dicking around on Facebook.

Currently Reading

These are the books I am reading right now ()

  • The Person and Work of The Holy Spirit by Reuben Archer Torrey
  • Hearing God’s Voice by Henry Blackaby and Richard Blackaby
  • Platform: Get Noticed in a Noisy World by Michael Hyatt. (Kindle edition) Not anticipating quick progress through this book, I’m not really the target audience.
  • A Victorian Naturalist, Beatrix Potter’s Drawings from the Armitt Collection by Eileen Jay, Mary Noble & Anne Stevenson Hobbs. A magnificant book featuring impressive scientific illustrations of fungi by Beatrix Potter. Her cute animal stories are only the tip of her amazing talents as an artist.
  • Big Blue Sky, a memoir by Peter Garrett. Really enjoying this book, well written and about someone I’ve long admired.

Slow Reads

There are some books that I intentionally read slowly in order to let their message sink in or to enjoy the experience of digesting smaller morsels that are rich in meaning.

The books I have read so far in 2017

This list is in the order that I read these books.

  1. Anticipation: An Advent Reader by Jon Swanson. 6/10 Finished 9 January 2017. (Kindle edition)
  2. Think and Grow Rich by Napoleon Hill. 1/10 Finished 7 January 2017. (Kindle edition) (An awful book, by a snake oil salesman.)
  3. A Feast for Crows by George R. R. Martin. 8/10 Finished 12 January 2017. (A Song of Ice and Fire, Book 4) (Kindle edition)
  4. Wordsmithy: Hot Tips for the Writing Life by Douglas Wilson. 8/10 Finished 10 January 2017. (Kindle edition)
  5. Ten Interesting Things About Human Behavior by Suzanne Davis. 6/10 Finished 17 Jan 2017. (Kindle edition)
  6. How To Set Goals by Craig Ballantyne. 3/10 Finished 18 January 2017. (Kindle edition)
  7. The Flinch by Julien Smith. 3/10 Finished 19 January 2017. (Kindle edition)
  8. The Grace of Repentance by Sinclair B. Ferguson. 8/10 Finished 19 January 2017. (Kindle edition)
  9. Pray, Write, Grow by Ed Cyzewski. 7/10 Finished 22 January 2017. (Kindle edition)
  10. A Dance With Dragons by George R. R. Martin. 8/10 Finished 19 February 2017. (Kindle edition) (A Song of Ice and Fire, Book 5)
  11. Let Us Pray by Watchman Nee. 6/10 Finished 25 February 2017. (Kindle edition)
  12. The Wisdom of Stability: Rooting Faith in a Mobile Culture by Jonathan Wilson-Hargrove. 4/10 Finished 7 March 2017. (Kindle edition)
  13. Buy Buttons: The Fast-Track Strategy to Make Extra Money and Start a Business in Your Spare Time by Nick Loper. 5/10 Finished 12 March 2017. (Kindle edition)
  14. Hooked: How to Build Habit-Forming Products by Nir Eval. 6/10 Finished 27 March 2017. (Kindle edition)
  15. Why Am I Still Depressed? Recognizing and Managing the Ups and Downs of Bipolar II and Soft Bipolar Disorder by Jim Phelps. 8/10 Finished 9 April 2017. (Kindle edition)
  16. Will It Fly? by Pat Flynn. 6/10 Finished 16 April 2017. (Kindle edition)
  17. How to Breed a Rabbit by Sarah Martin. 4/10 Finished 17 April 2017. (Kindle edition)
  18. The Little Book of Thinking Errors: A Self Help Guide to Changing Unhelpful Thoughts by Kevin M. O’Doherty. 5/10 Finished 22 April 2017. (Kindle edition)
  19. Rumors of Water: Thoughts on Creativity & Writing by L.L. Barkat. 7/10 Finished 30 April 2017. (Kindle edition)
  20. Do Open: How a simple email newsletter can transform your business by David Hieatt. 6/10 Finished 25 May 2017. (Kindle edition)
  21. Battles Christians Face by Vaughan Roberts. 5/10 Finished 4 June 2017. (Kindle edition)
  22. 10 Things Girls Need Most by Steve Biddulph. 8/10 Finished 5 June 2017. (Kindle edition)
  23. How to Write a Poem by Sean O,Neill. 7/10 Finished 1 July 2017. (Kindle edition)
  24. My Way or the Highway: The Micromanagement Survival Guide by Harry E. Chambers. 7/10 Finished 2 July 2017. (Kindle Edition).
  25. As a Man Thinketh by James Allen. 2/10 Finished 7 July 2017. (Kindle edition) (Similar ideas to ‘Think and Grow Rich’ but better written and not as absurd).
  26. The Corruption of Malcolm Gladwell by Yashua Levine. 4/10 Finished 15 July 2017. (Kindle edition) An obviously biased perspective but does give some insight into what may lie behind some of Malcolm Gladwell’s writing.
  27. The Demise of Guys by Philip Zimbardo and Nikita Duncan. 3/10 Finished 1 August 2017. (Kindle edition) A somewhat longwinded and repetitive opining that porn and video games are ruining a generation of man-boys.
  28. Can I Have Joy in My Life by R.C. Sproul. 7/10 Finished 9 August 2017. (Kindle edition) A short book about the source and cultivation of Christian joy. I’d love to have a longer, more in-depth version by this same author
  29. Pray Like It Matters by Steve Gaines. 4/10 Finished 13 September 2017. (Kindle edition).
  30. The Toilet Paper Entrepreneur by Mike Michalowicz. 7/10 Finished 30 September 2017. (Kindle edition).
  31. The Power Formula for LinkedIn Success by Wayne Breitbarth. 4/10 Finished 5 October 2017. (Kindle edition). Could have learned all that is in this book through blogs and LinkedIn help.
  32. Interesting Times by Terry Pratchett 7/10 Finished 8 October 2017. (ISBN 0 552 14235 2)
  33. Rivet Your Readers with Deep Point of View by Jill Elizabeth Nelson 5/10 Finished 13 October 2017. (Kindle edition).
  34. Surfing for God by Michael John Cusick 7/10 Finished 29 October 2017.
  35. Brave New World by Aldous Huxley (Kindle edition). 8/10 Finished 29 November 2017. I read this book when in my twenties and was impressed with it then, but reading it now makes me amazed at how young and stupid I must have been not to see more in it. I guess also our society has progressed rapidly along the path of elevating the pursuit of happiness to being the ultimate good to which all strive. This particular edition has an interesting essay by the author written about 30 years after he wrote the story.
  36. Nineteen Eighty Four by George Orwell. 8/10 Finished 10 December 2017. (Kindle edition).

Other People’s ‘Reading’ Pages

What make the internet great is the ability to see what others do and learn from it, so here is where I have learned from others:

Inspiration for this page: Kevin Simler