Monday, September 10, 2012

What to read, what to read...

I'm in that strange place when I've finished multiple books at the same time and now I have to start a few new novels to keep happy. I just finished reading The Windup Girl by Paolo Bacigalupi, a unique science fiction story set in Thailand. I have shelves of books I still need to read and picking can be impossible.

Right now, I'm looking at reading Forbidden by Ted Dekker, because a friend read it and I told him I would. After that, we're both planning on reading the first Left Behind book, mainly for book club laughs. I'm not expecting to love it, but you never know.

I have some strange stuff I want to read, like Chariots of the Gods. I bought it, not for spiritual insight, but for the fun of crazy theories and because I liked Prometheus so much. I still have a bunch of older books I need to read, especially on my Kindle, like the first Tarzan story and The Brothers Karamazov.

One the sci-fi/fantasy section, it's almost too much! Sequels reign supreme as I have to read Green Mars, Mistbord: The Hero of Ages, Second Foundations, The Fall of Hyperion, Speaker of the Dead and Star Wars: Dark Force Rising. Add in classics I haven't read like Ringworld and Stranger in a Strange Land and I realize I have too many options. I still have The Heroes waiting on my Kindle!

On the Christian shelf, I really want to read Nancy Pearcey's Saving Leonardo, since I loved her Total Truth. I have a bunch of relationship books to read, one being Mark Driscoll's Real Marriage, which I'm excited about. Plus, I have plenty of John Piper and R.C. Sproul books to plow through.

Normally, I'd take a break every now and then and read a Michael Crichton book, but as I've said before, I've read a most of his books now and there's little left!

The big plan is to limit my comic book intake for a while. I love them and will still be reading a bunch, but I'm cutting back on my "read anything and everything" mentality with comics. They're great, but they keep me from finishing books and I've become a bit obsessive lately. Spiritually, I make superheroes into idols, thinking way too much about them when I spend little time on God. Books like Usagi Yojimbo won't be going anywhere, but I'm not sure I need to read every Moon Knight comic to be a happy camper.