Check out “Books I’ve Read This Year” at the top of the page or just click the link.
Let me preface (or end?) all of that by saying I think my high mark for reading this year came in July. I read a few books over a week vacation, and then really it was all downhill from there. I had to read more short stories for a class I was teaching, which included a lot of stuff I should have already read–things by Raymond Carver, Flannery O’Connor, James Baldwin, and others. I felt dumb for not having dived into that before–but I had never taken a short story class (I don’t think?) So that took up a lot of my reading time.
Also in September, my wife and I gave birth to a little girl–s0 uh, yeah. That changes things.
But I also read more quality stuff in other places than books–things like lit mags, long journalism pieces, and the like. The New Yorker rocked me this year, though that ship has sailed with a job change. Journalism is harder to track and often quantify, but it definitely wasn’t just listicles and news briefs. I use readability for all of that though some people at work are making a hard push for Feed.ly.
My reading was deep and rich this year even though it’s always hard to quantify. I’m wanting to dive into some more Christian books and theology next year and just classics off my shelf. Or maybe I say that every year and never actually do it.
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