Well, some guy at The Indianapolis Star has challenged his readers to read 26 books in 2014. So obviously, it’s time for Fort Wayne to rise up and meet such a challenge from our capital city.
The #read26indy idea was spread around the Fort Wayne twittersphere by Dr. Ken Bugajski at Saint Francis. I needed some impetus, so I’m joining in. If you’re on Twitter, follow the hashtag #read26FW. But of course, even if you’re not on Twitter, you’re invited to read.
Below are the first 18 books to put on my list. As I read through them, I realize I may be setting myself up for disaster since it’s tilted so much toward nonfiction. I will remedy this by throwing a bunch of P.G Wodehouse on the pile.
- “The Coming Jobs War.” This infamous book by Jim Clifton is making the rounds of economic development groups, which is why I bought it last year. I suspect I’ll find half of it brilliant and half of it blinded by statist assumptions.
- “The Four Loves.” I think it’s the only C.S. Lewis book I own that I’ve never quite gotten through.
- “The Nine Tales.” This is one of the books Mary and I bought years ago when an shuttered Catholic school sold off its library.
- “Notes Towards the Definition of Culture.” It’s T.S. Eliot on culture. Every time I see the title, I feel guilty for not having read it.
- “Pride and Prejudice.” For being such a fan of the movies, I’ve never actually cracked open a Jane Austen novel.
- “Blink.” Malcolm Gladwell
- “Eats, Shoots & Leaves.” Lynne Truss. Now that it’s been returned to me, I should read it myself!
- “Career Renegade.” Jonathan Fields. Seeing as how I’m actually living it, I might as well read about it.
- “The Great Good Place.” Ray Oldenburg
- “The School Revolution.” Ron Paul
- “The Design of Everyday Things.” Donald A. Norman
- “The Go-Getter.” Peter B. Kyne
- “The Little Red Book of Selling.” Jeffrey Gitomer
- “How Capitalism Saved America.” Thomas DiLorenzo
- “Start.” Jon Acuff
- “Father Hunger.” Douglas Wilson
- “Death by Living.” N.D. Wilson
- “God’s Wisdom in Proverbs.” Dan Phillips
My brain feels smarter already!