A year of reading

Every year, the local business magazine in my town comes out with a Book of Lists: the law firm with the most local attorneys, the commercial real estate firms with the most deals last year, etc., etc. So, in the spirit of the new year, I made a list that currently contains 63 books that I’m endeavoring to read in 2017. It’s ambitious, I get it. And the worst part is that of the four books I’ve read this year so far, none of them were on the list when I wrote it. I’ve been introduced to many good things and have decided to stray from my own list before the ink was dry.

And it continues. Today I bought two books I’m eager to dig into when then arrive in approximately 5-8 business days. Tools of Titans by Tim Ferriss is something I’ve written about before. I got it from the library, but there is no way this is a read-it-in-three-weeks-and-return kind of book. I can’t plow through it–that is not the purpose of the book.

The second book is Joan Didion’s Slouching Toward Bethlehem. I’ve never read Didion, so it’s a gamble, but I’m told on very good authority that she’s an expert writer. And I’ve decided that I’m not going to read bad prose anymore. I’ve been reading it since 5th grade and life is too short. There are many good writers out there. I am focusing on the choicest wines in the cellar.

That being said, if you have any book recommendations, send them along. Even if they only make it on next year’s list, I’ll look forward to reading them.

Padre Pio: A Personal Portrait (Francesco Napolitano)

padre-pioMuch of what I knew about Padre Pio before reading this book came through stories that seemed apocryphal. They seemed too good to be true. They seemed to be part of the saccharine hagiography that characterizes so much of what is out there. This book changed all that.

Fr. Francesco Napolitano knew Padre Pio, worked with him, cared for him. The story of Padre Pio told through this lens provides a whole different view of his life and work. It’s just as amazing as those original stories I heard, but this time it was real. It was a human portrait of a super-human figure. Continue reading “Padre Pio: A Personal Portrait (Francesco Napolitano)”

Tools of Titans (Tim Ferriss)

On my holiday reading list is Tim Ferriss‘s new Tools of Titans. I’m waiting to receive my copy (Christmas can’t come soon enough), but I wanted to encourage others to read the book even though I haven’t. I’ve listened to the first chapter that Tim has read on his podcast. This is going to be worth every penny. (His other books are great, too. See here, here, and here.)

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