Alex posed a challenge...after reading an extremely depressing article about how Americans read very little (a staggering 27% of us didn't read a single book last year!), she's posting every book she reads in 2008 and asking us to do the same.
I love reading, so perhaps this will be a good discipline for me this year. I only hope I can keep up with the posting--I'm often a fast reader. Also, I'm not good with author names, so I'm just going to link to the books instead of giving all the info.
So far this year (in the past 3 days), I have finished....
Grace at the Table, from Bread for the World. Outdated now (1997) but still relevant in that we have not reduced hunger in any significant way. Depressing thought that in 10 years there are still billions of people living in extreme poverty.
Rich Christians in an Age of Hunger. More statistics, more suggestion that we increase foreign aid and giving. I wish it had more suggestions for generosity as spiritual discipline and for local action.
The Gospel According to America. I had to do research while reading this book. It made me feel decidedly NOT well-read, which is not something I usually feel. However, I really liked this book. It felt balanced (which probably means it's left-leaning) and I loved the way the author used history, politics, literature, drama, television, cinema, and music to construct the American Idea in a more holistic way than we are used to doing.
A Thousand Splendid Suns. (well, technically I read this in 2007, but overnight...) This was an amazing book. I dreamed about it for days. I can't explain the impact, but it is gripping.
Genesis. You know, "in the beginning" and all that.
Books I've been reading for a while now and really need to finish, even if only for my own self-esteem:
A Room of One's Own
Up next in the stack:
Dispatches from the Global Village
Listening for God
the Phillip Gulley Harmony series (from the library)
Also, I saw about 15 books I want to read at Borders last week, so I'm sure I'll be busy...