Numbers are up, but this month’s Unshelved looks a bit different than most months in that there is a lot of fiction on what I read this past month. With a lot of travel (in which I wasn’t driving) I was able to do some more reading, but not in a position to take notes. As a result, I read a lot of books that requires less interaction but simply allowed me to relax. At this point, I am thankful that I am able to get back into reading more and have even structured my evenings to allow for more consistent reading. So, here is a look at what I read this past month (click the titles to learn more):
- First in Line by Kate Anderson Brower: This book was not as good as I had hoped; a lot of personal agendas and opinions in place of a genuine picture of the position and the relationships. But, it did give a few different perspectives that most of us wouldn’t consider about the vice presidency.
- Letters from the Dragon’s Head edited by Kathy Langhorn and Pat Langhorn: Martha Wiley was a missionary to China from 1900-1947 and her nieces compiled her letters. A slow read, but it is interesting to see her grapple with culture like missionaries today and to note some of her outlook and sacrifice. It’s an interesting; granted I have a special interest in that she was sent out by home church.
- The Rising Sea by Clive Cussler: A continuation of the NUMA files, this one was a bit more enjoyable than some of the other NUMA files.
- The Silver Chair and The Last Battle by C.S. Lewis: Oh the classic that is The Chronicles of Narnia. It’s been awhile since I’ve enjoyed their tales, so I’ve taken some time through the year to read through the series once again. I was not disappointed with that investment of time.
- The Deep End of the Ocean by Jacquelyn Mitchard: Adapted for a movie, I came across a copy for 50 cents at a book sale and it evoked memories of reading this at the same time as my mom, so I picked it up again. It was not as enjoyable as I remember.
- Manson’s Right-Hand Man Speaks Out by Charles Watson: I came across the testimony of Charles Watson in which he professed Christ. Interested, I learned more about him and found that he had written some books . . . this one was free on Kindle and very short; It’s simply the text of an interview that he did with someone, so not an enjoyable read, but it is seasoned with a lot of Scripture and discussions of the gospel message which added to its value. Because of what it is though, I probably wouldn’t recommend it for most people.
- Primal Leadership by Daniel Goleman, Richard Boyatzis, and Annie McKee: A book about the power of emotional intelligence and its role in leadership. It was an assigned text as part of a study I am doing. There was much to argue about as it is definitely written from a secular perspective. A number of the conclusions require more of an unbiased study before acceptance, but it was not without merit. There were a number of things I did learn, and it provoked some ‘ah-ha’ moments in my own Christian walk.
And so, with a lot of fiction, this month’s reading represents an eclectic selection of books and is not as widely arranged among the disciplines as I would like. It is a blessing though to be able to be reading once again.
Many of you are coming out of summer and so what did your month of reading look like? How will it shape what you read this month? May the Lord encourage you in your reading endeavors!