“What do you like doing?”
“What do you read?”
Two years ago I was sick of replying “Ermm…” when people asked what I liked to read. To be honest, I had no idea what the true answer was. What genre did I like? What sort of books did I gravitate towards? Don’t ask me. I didn’t analyze, I just read.
Two years ago I decided to start analyzing. The results were interesting. Last year, I continued analyzing. It’s 2017, and I’m still analyzing.
What genre do I read?
What books do I like the most?
Which would I recommend?
I really enjoy reading these sorts of posts. I found this one fascinating. If you don’t, just skip it. No loss!
Here are the results:
I read 55 books, 3 of which were audio books.
I read 56 books, 10 of which were audio books.
Overall, my top genres were:
I wrote a very short review for each one and rated it on a system of stars. The results were as follows:
Shortest book: The death of Ivan Ilyich – Leo Tolstoy
Longest book: The Bible
“… stability isn’t nearly so spectacular as instability. And being contented has none of the glamour of a good fight against misfortune, none of the picturesqueness of a struggle with temptation or a fatal overthrow by passion or doubt. Happiness is never grand.”
~ Brave New World – Aldous Huxley
Shortest book: The Little Prince – Antoine de Saint Exupery
Longest book: Moby Dick – Herman Melville (audio book)
“I still live on the edge of Paradise, although it is sometimes less obvious than during the years I spent in Turkey. I still don’t know when the sun will set on my time here and a new day will dawn in eternity for me with an all-illuminating brightness. In the meantime I choose to live each day with the abandon, fearlessness and love for my God that Jesus taught me through my missionary experiences. Together, He and I will live on the edge of Paradise.”
~ The Edge of Paradise – Martin De Lange
Books which spawned ideas which have become (for better or for worse) part of my thought-fabric:
The Epic of Gilgamesh
What’s Best Next – Matt Perman