A Book-a-Month in 2011

Now that the dissertation is all but done, I’m turning my time to some things that have been back-burnered.  One of them is reading books I want to read, not often possible when one is on an eight-year PhD journey.  So my goal this year is to read a book a month, alternating between non-fiction and fiction.  I’ll be occasionally blogging about each book I read, so I’d welcome any blog readers who’d like to join me in any of the below.  You can see, I’ve got a half of the slots to fill, so I am open to suggestions, particularly in the fiction category:

Non-Fiction

Consider the Lobster and Other Essays by David Foster Wallace (this is what I’m currently reading, and it’s awesome)

Being and Time by Martin Heidegger

Personal Knowledge: Towards a Post-Critical Philosophy by Michael Polanyi

The Night of the Gun: A Reporter Investigates the Darkest Story of His Life. His Own. By David Carr

Fiction

Matterhorn: A Novel of the Vietnam War by Karl Marlantes

The Name of the Rose by Umberto Eco (one of my favorite novels of all time, and due for a re-reading)

  • Rick Ellis

    Tony I have made a similar resolution, I was hoping for to do 2 a month! One of the two being fiction. Don’t know if you have read The Road yet, Cormac McCarthy’s excellent end times book. Awesome read! And in the midst of disaster, tragedy and death there is a message of hope.

  • http://www.danielleshroyer.com Danielle Shroyer

    Last year I made a resolution to read more fiction by reading a fiction book per month. I’m keeping that up this year and just opened a Shelfari and GoodReads account to find recommendations from friends. Come join! Also- currently reading “100 Years of Solitude” and I think you’d like it. Give it 40 pages before you give up if you don’t like it at first.

  • Kenton

    The description of “Consider the Lobster” makes it sound Malcolm Gladwell-ish. Is it fair to say that if I like Gladwell, I would like Wallace? I never read “The Name of the Rose”, and it’s on my list. I’ll join you on that one too.

  • http://www.jakebouma.com Jake Bouma

    Tony – I suggest “Freedom” by Jonathan Franzen. I read it in 2010, and have a feeling you’d really enjoy it.

  • http://tonyj.net Tony Jones

    @Danielle – read 100 Years a couple years ago and really liked it.

    @Kenton – no, it’s not like Gladwell. More like Dave Eggers or a gonzo book review.

    @Jake – I’ve got it on audio book — I’ll listen to it on my next drive to Texas!

  • http://Taddelay.com Tad delay

    Tony,
    do you have an idea of what month your dissertation will be finished and uploaded? I’m downloading it from the seminarys dissertation network when it posts. Eager to see what you’ve been working on!

  • Matt Harris

    fiction: The Brief Wondrous Life of Oscar Wao by Junot Diaz = dope
    (been reading the blog for sometime now. my new years resolution was to actually participate!)

  • http://www.alexgamble.blogspot.com Alex Gamble

    The Brothers K, by David James Duncan.

  • http://www.alexgamble.blogspot.com Alex

    Fiction: The Brothers K by David James Duncan.

  • http://www.alexgamble.blogspot.com Alex

    Oh, and my .02 cents: read Amazon reviews of Freedom before buying it. It has more 1 star reviews than 5 star. I didn’t finish it, but that’s only because it was so 2 dimensional and the characters were entirely unlikeable. But I think that’s what Franzen was going for as a commentary on postmodern American life.

  • Tom

    Hmmm, “Left Behind” ;)

  • Tom

    Or.. “The Congregational Way of Life”

  • http://www.sequimur.com/banditsnomore Richard H

    A few that I’ve liked lately:
    N.T. Wright, After You Believe
    Scott H. Moore, The Limits of Liberal Democracy
    James Bryan Smith – The Good & Beautiful ________ series (God, Life, Community)
    Daniel M. Bell, Just War as Christian Discipleship
    James Davison Hunter, To Change the World
    Steven Smith, The Disenchantment of Secular Discourse

    I’m trying Paul’s New Moment now, but wish the authors could write a bit more clearly.


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