Tuesday, October 28, 2008

The Nightstand Stack

As I have mentioned before, I love to read. We all know the saying that you can tell a lot about a person by the company they keep; but it has also been said that the same is true by the books they read. My husband bought a book the other day and finished it already. He then gave it to me to read. It is called the The Last Lecture by Randy Pausch. I wrote about Randy when he died this summer. (See my previous post here).

As I was getting ready for work this morning, I thought about when I might have time to begin reading this book and then I looked at my nightstand and became discouraged. I used to be one who would finish a book before starting a new one. That is no longer the case with me. Depending on what kind of mood I am in determines what I am reading on a particular day. So I am now going to bare my soul and tell you the books that I have started, but have not finished - I do intend to finish them - at some point.

The Nightstand Stack
  1. Rich Dad Poor Dad, Robert T. Kiyosaki - My husband added this one to the stack and I have started it a number of times.
  2. Boomtown USA, Jack Schultz - Started it a few years ago.
  3. The Writers Art, James J. Kilpatrick - Haven't started it, but probably need to very soon.
  4. Writing That Works, Kenneth Roman and Joel Raphealson - Same as #3.
  5. Hershey, Michael D'Antonio -This is a very interesting read about Milton Hershey. Am about halfway through it. Perfect for one who loves chocolate!
  6. Smart Women Finish Rich, David Bach - Picked this up at the airport (I am bad about buying books at airports), but only read the intro.
  7. Pitch Like a Girl, Ronna Lichtenberg - Started this a few years ago, but now have forgotten what I read. Will need to re-start this one again.
  8. Cure For The Common Life, Living In Your Sweet Spot, Max Lucado - I love Max Lucado books. Am about halfway through.
  9. The Secret Order of the Gumm Street Girls, Elise Primavera - I am reading this fiction book with my daughers.
  10. Web Analytics, Avinash Kaushik - Sounds quite geekish, I know. I can only handle a few chapters at a time.
  11. Unstoppable Global Warming, S. Fred Singer and Dennis T. Avery - Haven't started this, but I have heard it is very good.
  12. The Reagan Diaries, Douglas Brinkley - This is a wonderful book. A must read for anyone who likes politics. I am almost through it.
  13. Blogger, Lee Jordan - This has been very helpful to me. It is a book that you read one chapter and apply what you learned to your blog before moving on to the next chapter.
  14. Good To Great, Jim Collins - This is one of my favorite books and yes, I have finished it, but keep it close to refer to from time to time.

Not sure how I will be judged after this posting, but this is a part of who I am. I should note that in addition to the books listed above, I also have my Women's Health and Cooks Illustrated magazines on the nightstand along with the many newspaper articles my husband cuts out that he thinks I need to read. And I didn't even address the stack on my desk at work of things I need to read.

At least I know that as long as I continue to read, the learning process will never stop.

1 comment:

Genealogist said...

The Shack By: William P. Young if you dare. Want to know who God is? Can you tolerate a frog in your throat for more then five minutes at a time?

"The Shack" is a one of a kind invitation to journey to the very heart of God. Through my tears and cheers, I have been indeed transformed by the tender mercy with which William Paul Young opened the veil that too often separated me from God and from myself. With every page, the complicated do's and don't that distort a relationship into a religion were washed away as I understood Father, Son and Holy Spirit for the first time in my life. --Patrick M. Roddy, ABC News Emmy Award winning producer

Finally! A guy-meets-God Novel that has literary integrity and spiritual daring. "The Shack" cuts through the cliches of both religion and bad writing to reveal something compelling and beautiful about life's integral dance with the Divine. This story reads like a prayer--like the best kind of prayer, filled with sweat and wonder and transparency and surprise. When I read it, I felt like I was fellowshipping with God. If you read one work of fiction this year, let this be it. --Mike Morrell, zoecarnate.com

When the imagination of a writer and the passion of a theologian cross-fertilize the result is a novel on the order of "The Shack." This book has the potential to do for our generation what John Bunyan's "Pilgrim's Progress" did for his. It's that good! --Eugene Peterson, Professor Emeritus of Spiritual Theology, Regent College, Vancouver, B.C.