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Reading Dangerously

Mission Accomplished: Reading Dangerously in 2017

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January 2, 2018

My year of reading dangerously came to a successful conclusion.  Back in January I decided to read one book a week over the course of 2017.  I stayed on pace throughout most of the year but found my goal in jeopardy last week when I came down with a nasty head cold.  On the last day of the year I woke up three books behind my goal.  I finished off two books I’d been reading by early afternoon  and then read Of Mice and Men.  I turned the last page of Steinbeck’s classic at 8:00pm and my year of reading dangerously was complete.

 

I’ve always played at reading seriously but have never committed to making reading a huge part of my life.  I moved reading from a hobby to a priority and am thankful for the change.  Over the course of the last year I’ve watched far less TV, started a book club, seen my son read significantly more and have even made plans to move in a different direction professionally.  I attribute these positive changes and new ventures in large part to my commitment to reading.

 

Here’s my top 10 reads of 2017.

#1 Evicted by Matthew Desmond

#2 The Secret Game by Scott Ellsworth

#3 Into the Wild by John Krakauer

#4 Reason for God by Tim Keller

#5 The End of White Christian America by Robert P. Jones

#6 Hillbilly Ellegy by J.D. Vance

#7 On Writing by Stephen King

#8 Surprised by Joy by C.S. Lewis

#9 The Righteous Mind by Jonathan Haidt

#10 My Losing Season by Pat Conroy

 

I don’t know what my reading goal will be in 2018.  Going back to school could change things for me but I would encourage everyone to set their own reading goal for this year.  For some it may be just a handful of books.  For others, it could be 52 or even more.  Find what works for you and spend 2018 with your nose in a book.  Happy reading!

 

 

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