I've been thinking about challenges to read a book every week of the year and recommended reading lists and book journals. I've felt for a long time that I'm not reading a lot, definitely not as voraciously as when I was young, so I decided to start a book log to measure my way towards improvement.

In 2019 and in no particular order, I remember reading:

  • Maybe You Should Talk to Someone by Lori Gottlieb, which was a fun romp through a therapist's life and work. No big revelations here, but a fun, quick read.
  • Beginning to Pray by Metropolitan Anthony Bloom was an affecting introduction to prayer starting with sitting in silence and coming to feel a togetherness with God. Short, simple, and accessible spirituality for the Orthodox heart.
  • Grit by Angela Duckworth, a straightforward Psychology treatise on the importance of sticking out hard times. Seems useful, but was light on how to build grit yourself.
  • An Unquiet Mind by Kay Redfield Jamison, the classic memoir picked up for a reread after encountering in a local used bookstore.
  • Night Falls Fast also by Jamison on how to understand and prevent suicide. Deals with its topic clearly and with compassion. I don't know how helpful it would be to a mourner, but I found it to be prophylactic.

And that's it for this first microblog, not really micro, but we'll get there. Here's to reading in 2020!

-Nicholas