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Reading in 2009

I used to read all the time, but by the time I was in college, I got busy with a lot of other activities and got out of the habit. I made more of an effort to read in 2008, and was pleased with the change.

Here’s my reading list for 2009:

  1. God Came Near, Max Lucado
  2. The Mission Song, John le Carré
  3. Hanging Curve, Troy Soos
  4. The Clue of the Broken Blade, Franklin W. Dixon
  5. The Days of my Life, George L. Dockery
  6. Do The Right Thing, Mike Huckabee
  7. The Power and the Glory, Graham Greene
  8. The Hitchhiker’s Guide To The Galaxy, Douglas Adams
  9. The Final Solution, Michael Chabon
  10. The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night Time, Mark Haddon
  11. High Octane? A Primer On The Economics Of The Energy Crisis, D.P. Difine
  12. Robinson Crusoe, Daniel DeFoe
  13. The Shack, William P. Young
  14. A God For All Seasons: Meditations on the Presence of God in our World, Bobby Dockery, Randall Caselman & Robb Hadley
  15. I Never Had It Made, Jackie Robinson
  16. The Mark on the Door, Franklin W. Dixon
  17. Cry, The Beloved Country, Alan Paton
  18. 1984, George Orwell
  19. Stalin’s Ghost, Martin Cruz Smith
  20. Four Faultless Felons, G.K. Chesterton
  21. Marcelo in the Real World, Francisco X. Stork
  22. Jedi Search, Kevin J. Anderson
  23. And Then There Were None, Agatha Christie
  24. Stormbreaker, Anthony Horowitz
  25. Fahrenheit 451, Ray Bradbury
  26. Things They Never Taught You About Youth Ministry That You Really Need To Know, Todd Clark
  27. Luckiest Man: The Life And Death of Lou Gehrig, Jonathan Eig
  28. Havana Bay, Martin Cruz Smith
  29. Too Late the Phalarope, Alan Paton
  30. Maigret’s Failure, Georges Simenon
  31. Maigret in Society, Georges Simenon
  32. Maigret and the Lazy Burglar, Georges Simenon
  33. Tuesdays with Morrie, Mitch Albom
  34. The Message New Testament: The New Testament in Contemporary Language, Eugene Peterson

Over the past year, I read a few books that I had heard a lot about in one way or another which turned out to be quite disappointing (The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy, The Shack, 1984), but also read a few that I thought were great (The Power and the Glory, The Final Solution, and Cry, The Beloved Country). I also got somewhat interested in biographies, and found an author who I’m going to read more from.

In all, I read 34 books for the year, which is slightly up from last year’s total of 29. I was on pace to do quite a bit better than that, but I slowed toward year’s end as I got busy with work, travel and, ahem, a computer game that took up quite a bit of time.

I’m hopeful that I’ll be able to read more in 2010, but I’m starting grad school, so we’ll see how I do at finding spare time.

I already have a shelf of books that I plan on reading, but I’m always open to suggestions. Any must reads that I should check out in 2010?

How I Did In 2008

Just over a year ago, at the start of 2008, I did something and made a list of New Year’s resolutions for The Doc File. With 2008 being completed, I guess now is a good time to go back and give the list a glance-over to see how well I did:

1. Blog on a more regular basis. Specifically, I mentioned that I’d like to blog three times a week. That would come out to roughly 150 posts in a year, and last year, I posted 100 times exactly.

Verdict: 2/3 Success. I’ll renew this resolution for 2009.

2. Blog with more balance. With this resolution, I was decrying the tendency I have to get into ruts when I blog and I even suggested dedicating certain days to certain types of posts.

Verdict: Failure, but I’ve also decided it was a stupid resolution. I’ll try to balance out topics as much as possible, but I’m not going to not post something just because it’s on a similar topic to a recent post.

3. When you start a “series,” finish it. Looking back, it seems like I did continue to struggle with some series, but I did finally bring the abortion series to a conclusion, and I was pleased with that.

Verdict: Partial Success. Still room for improvement.

4. Do a better job responding to comments. I think I responded to virtually all of my commenters in 2008, and I think I generally did so in a timely fashion (sometimes comments were sent to my Bulk mail folder, and I didn’t become aware of them at first).

Verdict: Success. I’ll try for more of the same in 2009.

Out of four resolutions, it looks like I successfully followed through with about 2 1/2, which comes out to roughly 63%. That’s not so good on a report card, or as a slogan either (“63% Successful Since 2008!”), but I guess I’ll take it.

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