After a long dry spell in my personal reading, I finished five books, three last week. Many of you read multiple books a week regularly. Other than reading for college, I have never read three complete books within seven days. The other two books were read a few weeks ago.
Here’s the list:
Mark Sarvas Harry, Revised – first novel
Dean Koontz Forever Odd – part of a series
Thomas Harris Hannibal Rising – part of a series
Sue Monk Kidd The Secret Life of Bees – first novel
Todd Burpo Heaven Is For Real – first book
The funny thing is that each of these books were loaned to me by someone who read it first, then recommended it to me to read, giving or loaning me the title. Beside my bed, I have a stack of twenty books, maybe more, all recommended to me by another and waiting for me to commit to reading it.
Isn’t it odd that I haven’t selected a book for myself? Instead, my reading is guided by others.
The last time I picked a book for myself was more than a year ago. I chose Anna Karenina by Tolstoy. The one before that was Stephen Hawking’s Universe: The Cosmos Explained. I read most of both books, but finished neither.