Sunday, May 03, 2009

Reading Habits: Odd or Normal?

I'm in the middle of about six books right now. I don't know why I do this to myself. It just happens. I guess I just get excited, jump the gun and start one before I can finish another. But maybe it's because they each have their own particular context in which they fit more appropriately than another. So, I thought I'd share briefly the method behind my madness and let you into my world just a little bit--if for no other reason than to help justify in my mind why the heck I do this. Perhaps it will help me make some sense of my own peculiarities regarding reading. Or perhaps not.

Category 1: The bathroom reading category--usually a lighter read on spiritual growth or a novel or something like that--not necessarily excerpts from The Church Fathers, systematic theology or anything that requires a long sit-down. Right now this would include Beyond All Measure by my friend Wes McMurray and Praying Backwards by Bryan Chapell.

Category 2: The airplane/once-a-year visit to the mall/have-a-ton-of-time-to-kill category--usually something a little deeper that requires slower reading on my part in order to grasp the content (not a good place for an "Amen.") Right now this includes: Rich Christians in an Age of Hunger by Ronald Sider and The Reason for God by Tim Keller.

Category 3: I'll simply deem the "diarrhea category". This is the type of reading that never really concludes. More often than not this includes books that make great reference materials. A continuous perusing of several staple books that I keep coming back to over and over again. I read a bit. Put it down for a couple of weeks. Pick it back up. Put it down again. And so on. Right now this includes: Commentaries and smaller works within larger works, God Songs by Paul Baloche, A Godward Life by John Piper, Beyond by Greg Laurie, The Imitation of Christ by Thomas a Kempis, books on marriage and parenting and much more.

If I had a point here, I guess it would be in the form of this question:

Is this normal? Just wondering.


Tasha Via said...

I sure don't know how you do it, but I LOVE that you love to read and learn=)

Fred Broome said...

dude - I've got the same thing going on at our house. I kind of have several books going on at one time. For me what's weird is I'll go through a long period where I read books like crazy followed by a 2 month lull where I don't read any books. I'm not sure that's normal.
i remember in my speed reading class at ASU that our teacher shared that the average American reads only 1 book after high school. I'm not sure where she got her data, but I think we're doing our part.

Jennifer Hambrick said...

Not sure if it's normal or not...but I'm with you on always reading several books simultaneously. Usually a mix of easy reads paired with one heavier one...and of course the occasional parenting magazine =)