In 2018, I had read a grand total of 4 books. Last year, I set aside my usual vague resolution “to read more books.” I even set aside my more specific lag goal “to read 24 books.”
Instead, using LEAD’s work in Faithful Metrics as a guide, I set a goal to read 30 minutes a day, most days. (Read more about that goal setting process here).
It went well. Like most resolutions, it started strong in January. But I was really able to keep up with it through Easter. Some health stuff in the summer really threw me off my game – but I finished the year strong again.
By the end of the year, I had read 41 books in 2019. Even though I fell out of the habit for part of the year, I was able to rack up more than ten times completed books of the previous year, and almost twice my book goal.
If you are looking to up your reading habit in 2020, I commend to you the same goal – half an hour each day. That little change makes a huge difference.
(I found the app Bookly to be helpful for tracking both my reading habits and the library of books that I read. Available for both iOS and Google)
What did I read this year? Check it out. Then connect with me on Facebook and let me know what you are excited about reading in 2020.
My 2019 Booklist
- Faithful Spy (Dietrich Bonhoeffer), John Hendrix.
- Oh wow. This is so good. Go buy multiple copies for your church library.
- The Good Neighbor (Fred Rogers), Maxwell King
- Code Name: Lise (Odette Sansom), Larry Loftis
- Braving the Wilderness, Brene Brown
- I’ll definitely be re-reading this one to digest further.
- Dear Church, Lenny Duncan
Spirituality & Self-care
- What is the Bible, Rob Bell
- Bipolar Faith, Monica Coleman
- The Cross and the Lynching Tree, James Cone
- A must-read if you are doing theology in the American context.
- Seven Principles for Making Marriage Work, John Gottman
- I’m going to be using this in all my pre-marital and marriage work from here on out.
- The Body Keeps the Score, Bessel Van der Kolk
- This was hugely helpful for me both personally and professionally.
- Hallelujah Anyway, Anne Lamott
- Falling Upward, Richard Rohr
- Adult Children of Alcoholics, Janet Woititz
- From a pastoral care perspective, this helps make sense of so many behaviors and habits.
- Love Big, Rozella White
- Rozella’s work is immensely helpful.
- Lamb, Christopher Moore
- The Goldfinch, Donna Tart
- The Hate U Give, Angie Thomas
- Thrawn, Timothy Zahn
- Thrawn: Alliances, Timothy Zahn
Culture and Society
- Unselfie, Michele Borba
- Another one I will re-read as I unpack it.
- Between the World and Me, Ta-Nehisi Coates
- The Ground on Which I Stand, Marti Corn
- About the Tamina community in Montgomery County, Texas.
- Consent, Jennifer Lang
- Born a Crime, Trevor Noah
- Holy Grounds, Timothy Schneck
- Jerusalem, Karen Armstrong
- Stony the Ground, Henry Louis Gates, Jr
- This one opened my eyes to so much of American history that I had not seen before.
- Barracoon, Zora Neale Hurston
- Dead Wake, Erik Larson
- The Devil in the White City, Erik Larson
- In the Garden of Beasts, Erik Larson
- Alters, vol 1
- The Boys, vol 1-3
- Eleanor & the Egret
- Heroes in Crisis vol 1
- Kingdom Come
- Miles Morales