I have a really bad habit of checking out a bunch of books and then not really getting to any of them. We won’t talk about the number of books I have all over the place, many of which I’ve progressed through to various lengths. I read a lot. But finishing a book can sometimes be a real challenge to me unless it grabs me. Since I started this blog partially to hold myself accountable in some areas, I’ve decided to do so with the books I start to read. The best way to do this is to record what I’ve grabbed and then determine later how well I’ve done reading them. It’ll also help me gauge what a good number of books to check out or to have “in progress” at any one time is. So here is my current checked out list and where I am with those books:
Stott, John R. Basic Christianity. Downers Grove, IL : IVP Books, 2008.
Haven’t started yet. This is a good example of why I’m doing this. I’ve renewed this book twice (for 3 weeks each time) and I’ve not even cracked it open.
Lee, Harper. To Kill a Mockingbird. New York: HarperCollins, 1999.
I’m over half way through this book, but another one I’ve renewed twice. Unfortunately, I only have a week left to finish this one before I need to return it. It’s well worth the read, so I better get cracking!
Hein, Rolland. Christian Mythmakers. Chicago: Cornerstone Press, 1998.
Just got this one today. Looking forward to reading it as I think there’s a lack of great Christian “fantasy” writers recently. These are some of the older names. Don’t get me wrong, there are some good ones, but if you go and look in any Christian fiction section, you won’t see much there that appeals to boys who want knights and armor and kings and queens.
Shasha, Dennis E. Puzzles for programmers and pros. Indianapolis, IN: Wiley Pub., 2007.
Something to do to kill time when I’m waiting. I’ll be at ministry training this weekend and there may be some lulls. This will be a good book to have along.
Gadner, Martin. Science magic : Martin Gardner’s tricks & puzzles. New York: Sterling publishing, 1997.
I love science tricks and the science of toys type demonstrations. I was first introduced to such things as the South Carolina Governor’s School for Science and Mathematics. It’s neat to see how many things have sound scientific principles behind them. Admittedly, this isn’t a cover-to-cover book. I want to pull out some experiments to do with my boys for fun!
Duriez, Colin. Tolkien and C.S. Lewis : the gift of friendship. Maywah, NJ: HiddenSpring, 2003.
I know that both men deeply influenced each other and I love their works. I’ve been meaning to read this for a few years now. Saw it on the shelf and picked it up to check out.