When it comes to reading, I’m somewhere beyond avid, and somewhere shy of obsessed. I love to read. Over the past few years, I’ve aimed not only to increase the volume of my reading, but also the breadth. Granted, that part of the process is moving more slowly, but in 2015 I jumped back into fiction, which was a big step. I’ve come to enjoy graphic novels as well. Now that my kiddos have begun to pick up chapter books, I want to ingest and process the words and stories that are affecting their developing hearts. This means more Harry Potter and Heidi. Every book that crosses my path is a chance to better understand something of this beautiful yet busted world. I have plenty of creation yet to explore.

I am always looking for great reads. Sure, I could read the NYT bestseller’s list and grab a dozen titles, but I would much rather hear from you a title and the personal value of a book. Feel free to drop a recommendation here or there. If we cross paths locally, I will gladly buy you a warm beverage to discuss the book after we’re finished. I often say that my reading serves to feed the conversations that are always taking place in my head. I have a terrible memory for quotes, or even remembering which of my personal quirks was born of which text. But I cherish the opportunity to feed the conversations, and I love even more the chance to share the conversations with another human. How exciting if that human is you.

On occasion, I choose to share a few thoughts on the books I read. These are not reviews per se, but rather reflections when I ponder something that might be worth sharing.

Pinocchio by Carlo Collodi (Lorenzini)
The Road by Cormac McCarthy

Graphic Novels:
The Brick Bible by Brendan Powell Smith
The Contract with God Trilogy by Will Eisner
Day Tripper by Gabriel Ba & Fabio Moon
The Underwater Welder by Jeff Lemire

Social Psychology:
The Crowd by Gustav LeBon

Hiding the Elephant by Jim Steinmeyer
Shadow of the Titanic by Andrew Wilson

Calvin on the Christian Life by Michael Horton
Work Matters by Tom Nelson


Summer Reading

In years past, I have endeavored with big heart, grand vision, and little success (Haha) to lead expeditions through works of literature over the months of the summer. The links below will lead you to the writing that has sprung forth from these adventures:

2015 – The Great Divorce by C.S. Lewis
2016 – Gulliver’s Travels by Jonathan Swift
2017 – Alice in Wonderland by Lewis Carroll