A quarter of the year is already over. Can you believe it?
This year I have new goals for my reading. One of those goals is to read more than last year. The other goal is to read better books than last year.
Here I’ll list the three best books I’ve read so far this year.
Denial by Deborah Lipstadt
“Poet Paul Celan asked who will be the witnesses for the witnesses? This trial demonstrated that historians will be those witnesses.”
I recently saw the movie Denial and liked it immensely. I read the book shortly after. The book did not disappoint me. Lipstadt gives a fascinating and riveting account of her ordeal in court with David Irving. Irving sued Lipstadt for libel when she called him a Holocaust denier. The book is a compelling defense for courageously standing for truth in the preservation of history. Read my full review→
Dancing on the Head of a Pen by Robert Benson
“To be a writer is to learn how to parcel out an appropriate amount of one’s time each day that will yield the sentences that will form the paragraphs that will fill the pages that will lead to something that so closely resembles a book no one will know the difference.”
Dancing on the Head of a Pen is a beautiful little book about the writing life. I gained helpful practical suggestions, as well as found great encouragement for the difficulties of writing. Benson is a thoughtful, insightful, and witty writer, and his book is a joy to read.
Reading Between the Lines by Gene Edward Veith, Jr.
“It is no exaggeration to say that reading has shaped our civilization more than almost any other factor and that a major impetus to reading has been the Bible.”
I haven’t been this challenged by a book in a long time. Reading Between the Lines ignited in me a desire to read better books and to understand them more deeply. Veith discusses genres, history of literature, how to be a good reader, how to be a good writer, and why literacy is so important to Christians.
What are the best books you’ve read this year? What is a book you plan to read?