I decided to post a list of books I want to read on my blog, because chances are that I am going to forget if I write this on a text document and save it in my computer somewhere. These are books that have recently come across my path or come recommended to me. I am probably going to add to this list later.
Currently In Process
Shantaram (in process) by Gregory David Roberts: First recommended by Carolina on her blog, then raved about by Jeanne after her endless quest to find a used copy of this book in bookstores throughout the Australian continent, I think I heard Jeanne laugh and react more times during this book more than any other. I initially developed a fascination with Indian culture while at university, and the idea of an Aussie convict in India and Afghanistan just sounds great. I’m finally in a regular rhythm of reading this book and I love it now, so hopefully it won’t take me months to conquer this massive +900 page beast of a book.
The Seven Storey Mountain, autobiography by Thomas Merton: Something about reading Philip Yancey’s Prayer book sparked within me the desire to pick up this book which has been sitting on my shelf unread for a good year. It’s interesting to pair a fictional autobiography (Shantaram, heavily based in reality and the author’s life experiences) with an actual biography.
The Two Towers/The Return of the King by Tolkien: My reading of this series has been in process for years. Literally. I read The Fellowship and half of The Two Towers and never finished Return of the King. I think something about traveling and having an incredible, arduous journey around the world and back has made me want to re-visit these books and attempt it once again. In other words, I’m back in the Shire and would like some hobbits to empathize with.
Want to Read:
Here and Now/Wounded Healer by Henri Nouwen: Seeing Brennan Manning and Philip Yancey and generally anybody awesome relentlessly quote this guy has made me want to read more by him. I just finished In the Name of Jesus which was a short read. There is so much truth and wisdom in that book. Simple, too. The trick is actually living it out. Which, incidentally, I have not figured out.
The Moviegoer by Walker Percy: This also has been sitting on my shelf for a year, maybe more. Came recommended to me years ago by my friend Mo, on account of its themes of grace and colorful setting in New Orleans. Being in Savannah, GA this weekend made me want to read some good hearty Southern literature.
Everything That Rises Must Converge by Flannery O’Connor: In the tv show LOST, “Jacob” was sitting on a bench reading this book shortly before John Locke fell out of the 10-story building. That’s reason enough for me. Also, my friend/former bandmate Ryan has perpetually recommended me anything by Flannery O’Connor. Also going along with the Southern theme…
Crime and Punishment by Fyodor Dostoevsky: Another Jeanne Cannon recommend. Also, I would love to compare and contrast the themes and characters with other Dostoesky books I’ve read. There are only two of them that I’ve read. But still. I love Russians and I’m discovering that I may have a little (or a lot) of Russian deep in my soul.
Crazy Love by Francis Chan: My youth minister friend Josh endlessly raves about this book.
Surprised By Hope by N.T. Wright: Somebody told me a long time ago that I should read this. And I am suddenly out of my no-more-theology-books phase. Plus I know N.T. Wright is that shiznit and I just need to read something by him.
With Christ in the School of Prayer by Andrew Murray: I think this is Andrew Murray’s Mere Christianity. I’ve only read one Andrew Murray book, a lesser-known book called The Ministry of Intercession, but I haven’t read his main book. Philip Yancey has recommended him too. A good follow-up book to the last one on prayer.
One Hundred Years of Solitude by Gabriel Garcia Marquez: I am sure I tested the fates by shipping this book back from Australia to my Floridian doorstep two months ago. Literally shipped it. It traversed perilous waters and waves to make itself back to me after an arduous 2-hour journey. I at least owe it to the book to give it a fair shot, after only reading the first 48 pages of it and being thoroughly confused.
Fahrenheit 451 by Ray Bradbury: Read the first chapter and the prose is captivating. Always good to throw in some eerily prophetic science fiction into the mix. Also Ray is the bomb. I’m pretty sure I read short stories by him in high school but now I can’t remember.
Catch 22 by Joseph Keller: Because I use this phrase occasionally. And I have no idea why.
maybe I should stop blogging and start reading.