Monthly Archives: December 2015

My 2016 Reading Goals

Today is the last day of 2015, and lately I’ve been doing a lot of thinking about my New Year’s Resolutions. I don’t really like to call them “resolutions” because I haven’t had much success keeping those in the past. I have learned, however, that I am very goal-oriented; having both short-term and long-term goals […]

The Final Countdown

Today I finished my last book of 2015! This is pretty huge–I’m usually reading until the last second on New Year’s Eve, hoping to finish book fifty in time. The last two books of this year were really great, and I’m excited to share them with you. Book #49 is Mindscape: What to Think About Instead […]

Six Reading Goals for 2016

The new year is approaching quickly, and I’m excited to wrap up my 50 books for 2015 and move on to a new 50 books next year. 2016 will be my fifth year of aiming to read 50 books. Please notice that I did not say that 2016 will be the fifth year I’ve actually […]

A Rabbit Room Christmas 

The Rabbit Room does all kinds of cool things, but one of my favorites is their annual gift exchange. Anyone is welcome to participate, and it’s basically a cross-country secret Santa.

Behold the Lamb of God

I hope that you can find some time for stillness and worship today and tomorrow. I’ll leave you with one of the most touching songs from Andrew Peterson’s album, a song called “Labor of Love.” It will change the way you think about Christmas Eve, I’m sure.

Watch for the Light

Watch for the Light was one of three books I read during this Advent season. It has a lot of great selections from influential writers. This book actually contains readings that extend from the last week of November to the first week of January, but in the interest of time, I finished it early. If you’re […]

Henry V: The Last King of 2015

Other titles I considered for this post: Henry V: How many Henrys does it take to rule England? Henry V: I’m really only here for Tom Hiddleston. I am very glad to say that I have finished reading through “The Henriad,” one of Shakespeare’s two historical tetralogies. I decided to read the plays in the order […]

Top Five Books of 2015

I’ve never been able to pick a favorite book–there are too many great stories to play favorites like that! It is possible to pick a favorite book of the year, though. I’m almost done with my fifty books for the year, so I thought it would be appropriate to share with you my top five […]

Ten Books that Make Great Gifts

If you’re a book lover, chances are you want to share the love and give all of your friends books for Christmas. But what happens when you love classic novels and your friend is a huge sci-fi fan?

Mr. Penumbra’s 24 Hour Bookstore

Mr. Penumbra’s 24 Hour Bookstore (by Robin Sloan) was published in 2012, so I’d seen it during my frequent hauntings of Barnes & Noble, but I never purchased it. Over the summer, I began subscribing to Audible, Amazon’s audiobook division, and downloaded this one–it was on sale. I’d completely forgotten about it until I logged back […]