Jonathan Bennett
Black Mountain, NC

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Reading Dangerously

Dangerous Reading this Summer

August 2, 2017

Disney World, white water rafting, minor league baseball games, laser tag, Game of Thrones binging and more bowling than I have ever done in my life have occupied a great deal of my free summer hours.  And I’ve loved every single glorious minute.  The problem with all that activity is that my reading suffered and became quite scattered.  I thought at the end of July I’d regroup and see where I stood on my reading dangerously goal.  For those unfamiliar with said goal I’m trying to read 52 books in 2017.


I was six books behind my goal entering the last weekend of July but had five books that I was slowly working through.  With my son away at the beach I rediscovered my front deck and put all five unfinished books on my outdoor coffee table and got to work.   Just a little undistracted time was all I needed to finish what I started.  As things stand now I’m just one book behind schedule.  I’ve read 29 books with 23 left to go.


Essentialism by Greg McKeown was the first book I finished after my previous reading dangerously post.  It was a valuable work on saying no to those things that aren’t essential in your life and pursuing those things that are.  This book had lingered for over two years on the “read real soon” spot on my desk.  I’m sure it was glad to finally make it to my book shelf.


The Tech-Wise Family by Andy Crouch and He’s Almost A Teenager by Heather and Peter Larson were books I read specifically with my son in mind.  In my attempts to be the best parent I can be I acted on several of their suggestions and made some changes that I hope will benefit my son and our relationship for the long haul.


I read The Essential Guide to Freelance Writing by Zachary Petit and A Writer’s Guide to Persistence by Jordan Rosenfield in hopes to learn a little more about the craft of writing.


John Acuff’s Do Over, Andrew Essex’s The End of Advertising and The Tipping Point by Malcolm Gladwell also made the summer list.


I read Mere Christianity by C.S. Lewis and a much needed fiction book by Walker Percy called The Moviegoer.  I definitely need more fiction in my life.


I also finished off several books on Audible including The Handmaid’s Tale by Margaret Atwood, Camino Island by John Grisham and Into the Water by Paula Hawkins.


I’m already pouring through my August books.  I hope to read five this month and listen to one….but be warned the one I’m listening to is The Brothers Karamazov by Dostoyevsky so that one might take awhile.  I love authors of Russian literature but I don’t believe the word concise is in the Russian dictionary.  Wish me luck.


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