Mission Accomplished: Reading Dangerously in 2017
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!