Darren The Foulds

2018 Reading List

Last year I participated in Challies' VTReading Challenge. It was a great way to discipline myself to read more. In fact, I ended up going from my start goal of 12 books to 26, then 52. So, yay me, I read a lot of books last year. This year, I want to keep up my habit of reading, but I want to do a few things differently. My plan is to scale back a bit on numbers, down to 36 (3 books a month.) I enjoyed the "pressure" of having to keep up, last year, but it did mean I read a couple books for the numbers in the last few weeks.

I also want to focus not so much on the categories that Challies listed, and instead focus on 3 Christian as my devotional reading: Tozer, Sproul and Packer. I hope that by reading a few of these authors' books, I'll get a deeper understanding of the things they think and write about. So, deeper, not wider this year.

In addition to the Devotional Plan, I'm going to try to make myself read more fiction this year. I've enjoyed reading novels in the past, but last year I ended up being quite focused on non-fiction, so my plan is to challenge myself to read recreationally as well as devotionally this year.

Lastly, I'm saving space on my list for twelve non-planned books. Titles that I can decide upon as I go. I've listed a bunch of books at the bottom of that column already (as well as some in the fiction category too) but intend to read from that category (especially) as I want. The one caveat is, if I buy the book, I've got to read it.


Devotional PlanFiction PlanWhatever Non-Planned
JanAW Tozer1 The Pursuit of God ★★★★ Guards! Guards!: Terry Pratchett ★★★2 The Pursuit of Holiness: Jerry Bridges ★★★★
How to be Filled with the Holy Spirit ★★★
Feb That Incredible Christian ★★★
MarGod's Pursuit of Man
AprKnowledge of the Holy
MayRC Sproul The Holiness of God Growing In Christ: J. I. Packer
JunChosen By God 20K Leagues, Castaways, Mysterious Island: Jules Verne Rediscovering Holiness: J. I. Packer
JulKnowing Scripture A Small Book About a Big Problem: Ed Welch (a book about anger and patience) Orthodoxy: G. K. Chesterton
AugThe Mystery of the Holy Spirit Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep?: Dick Basic Christianity: John R. W. Stott
SepJI Packer Knowing God Foundation: Asimov A Greek Mythology Textbook from Dave
OctA Quest for Godliness A Fighting Fantasy Gamebook Teammate: David Ross
NovConcise Theology Robbers Roost: Zane Grey 12 Rules: J Peterson
DecKeep in Step with the Spirit The Wise Man's Fear: Patrick Rothfuss God Save the Queen – The Spiritual Heart of the Monarchy: Ian Bradley

What do my ratings mean?
★★★★★ = WOW! That was incredible!
★★★★⋅ = That was a really good read. I'll probably read it again.
★★★⋅⋅ = That was good. I'm glad to have read it.
★★⋅⋅⋅ = I have some reservations and don't think I'd recommend it.
★⋅⋅⋅⋅ = I finished this book.
⋅⋅⋅⋅⋅ = I haven't rated this book yet. (This is not a BAD rating, it's just not a rating.)
(Obviously I try not to read 1 or 2★ books. Before I start I try to ensure that it'll be worth the read.)

1I want to point out how much I really love AW Tozer. I'm quite late to the Tozer party, but reading him last year was an incredible encouragement. Reading and re-reading him this year, I really do think his work is great. His stars are just average though. But that's not because I think he's average. It's hard to keep concise, but we could talk about it sometime if you'd like.

2I really did enjoy reading my first Terry Pratchett. It was total farcical/satirical-fantasy written with dry English humour. I don't know that I'll read it again, but I plan on reading many more by Pratchett.