Culture At Large

What's your reading list for 2009?

Andy Rau

In catching up with my blog reading this week, I noticed that the folks over at Reformation 21 have made a rather epic New Year's resolution: they're reading through John Calvin's Institutes of the Christian Religion in 2009. They've got a reading schedule laid out that you can request via email, and they're already faithfully blogging their way through Calvin's theological epic. You can follow along by checking the "Blogging the Institutes" sidebar on their main page.

Apart from Mary's noble giving up of her DVR for the New Year, we haven't talked too much about New Year's resolutions. Have you made any resolutions, and are you still sticking to them halfway through January?

Reading resolutions like the Institutes reading plan above are a great type of resolution, especially if you make an effort to share your progress with others who are making their way through the same books. Reading through the Bible is always a good choice, and there are plenty of good Bible reading plans scattered around the web. But what are you committed to reading this year? The Bible, a famous work of theology, a trashy series of sci-fi novels? And is it a reading journey that you'll be sharing on a blog or other forum?

Here are a few of the books on my list, if you're curious:

  • I've decided that 2009 is going to be the year of the Russians: I want to read one previously-unread book each by Tolstoy, Dostoevsky, Solzhenitsyn, and Nabakov. (But don't worry—in between those, I'll be reading trashy sci-fi novels.)
  • Given the number of times I've blogged about Anne Rice and her conversion, I've not yet read any of her novels about the life of Christ. So those are on the 2009 reading list.
  • I'm a military history geek, and each year I try to pick an obscure conflict I know nothing about and read up on it. Any suggestions?
That's not really on par with reading through John Calvin's magnum opus, but hey, it's a step up spiritually from my resolution last year to play through the old Zork series of text games. How about you? Share your reading goals (and any relevant web links) in the comments below!

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