...is like a body without a soul.
If there is something that was very marked about 2012 (other than getting married!), it would be my lack of writing and my lack of reading books. The only book I read consistently was the bible, or what I was reading with my dear Husband. Of course, there were a few I did read and finish, but far less than in times past. I started reading multiple works of literature at sundry times, but for a reason unbeknownst to me, I did not finish them. Which is almost a crime, and most definitely a travesty, in my book! I feel compelled to completion to the books I pick up.
Last night as I pondered many things about 2012, the lack of books was one of them. I wanted to remedy that with the ushering in of a new year, and it being a new day. So my goal is to read no less than 12 books. 12 books for 12 months. My plan is to consistently engage in the books that have long been on my reading list, but been far too neglected (and this includes many started but never finished). Since I plan to be realistic, for each book I plan to break down the total page number and divide it by 30/31 days and have a daily minimum of pages to be read each day. Self discipline is a weakness of mine, so I have to stretch myself OUT of my comfort zone of not being organized or planning. (; As a bonus, I plan to drink one cup of tea during each book reading session of every day. Tea and a book, what could be a more grand plan?
There are a two types of books I wish to tackle this year: ones where I learn and grow in the knowledge of liberty in the realm of politics, and my understanding of God's truth.
My dear and I are reading "The Real Lincoln" together and I am amazed at our history in this country. (I love history, by the way).
So without further ado, my list:
How to Read a Book, Adler & Doren - 346 (11 pages a day)
The Bondage of the Will, Dr. Martin Luther - 260 (9 pages a day)
Nullification, Tom Woods - 266 (8 1/2 pages a day)
Last Days Madness, Gary Demar - 442 (15 pages a day)
Dollar Noncents, Peter Allison - 155 (5 pages a day)
The Excellent Wife, Martha Peace - 249 (8 1/2 pages a day)
The Creature from Jekyll Island, G. Edward Griffin - 588 (19 pages a day)
Essential Truths of the Christian Faith, R.C. Sproul (Sr.) - 287 (9 pages a day)
The Revolution a Manifesto, Dr. Ron Paul - 167 (5 1/2 pages a day)
The Death of Death in the Death of Christ, John Owen - 309 (10 pages a day)
I know this is only ten, but I'm 99.9% sure there are a couple in my church library I want to read and I can't decide which ones until I look them over. (: The order is subject to change, but I tried to collate them where it was a Christian book then political one. Also, literally half of those I have started and have yet to be finished, ha. Did you like my first pick though? I found it at a used bookstore years ago because the title caught my attention! Perhaps this will help my reading comprehension and analytical skills to be more honed, and my reading to become more efficient.
Next year perhaps I will tackle Calvin's Institutes... but since I am trying to be realistic here, I didn't include such a feat in my list! If I am really good, I might devour more than one book in a month. This is my minimum goal, after all. What books would you recommend to me?