What Should I Read?

I am a reader.  At minimum, I read a book every two weeks.  I love to learn and grow through the expertise and experience of others.

However, it is often hard to know what books to look for when I am visiting the local bookstores.  Nothing is more disappointing (well some things are) than bringing home a new book, diving in and finding out you wasted your money.

I would love to know if you have any books that you feel are “must reads”.  Most of my time is spent reading theology or other books on religion, but I am willing to crack open a great novel now and then, or a great biography or historical book.  What do you recommend?  Give me two books in the comments and tell me why you think I (and others) should read them.

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9 Responses to What Should I Read?

  1. coralcsea says:

    I love books . All i do or did was to read and listen to music.. Its difficult to suggest .. depends on what kind of books u would like.. i have a wide range right from popular thrillers to metaphysical poetries ..

    I would suggest you two books i am reading right now.

    1) Cosmos by Carl Sagan (rereading it)
    2) Atlas Shrugged by Ayn Rand (life altering i d say)

    also if possible read books of Albert Camus , Italo Calvino, Borges ( life and thought altering again)..

    There r many many more .. some other time! 🙂

    take care!


  2. Tim Farley says:


    Thanks for the recommendations. I’ll have to look up the titles you mentioned. I see you are re-reading Sagan’s book. What makes it worth two times through?

  3. Davo says:

    Over the honeymoon I read the biography of MLK. It’s got to be one of the best books I’ve read in years. I couldn’t put it down. King was such an inspiring individual. I often found myself say, “I can’t believe these things actually happened. I can’t believe this is real history. I can’t believe he was a real person.”

    His unwavering dedication to ideal in which he so strongly believed, despite the overwhelming challenges before him, give me hope for a better world. His life has challenged me to question and seek answers about so many things in my life.

    A fantastic read. I’d recommend it to anyone.

  4. Tim Farley says:


    Great to hear from you. I hope you had a great wedding ceremony and a wonderful time on your honeymoon. Are you settled in Chicago now? Which MLK biography did you read? I would be interested in reading one on him. Since you enjoyed the one you read, I would be interested in it.

  5. Davo says:

    The wedding was fantastic. Actually, I couldn’t have planned it better in my head. We had so much fun. Honeymoon, too. Ten days on a deserted beach in Costa Rica is hard to beat. Chicago is good… but we can’t find jobs, which is a bit stressful.

    Anyways, the one I read was The Autobiography of Martin Luther King, Jr. edited by Calyborne Carson. There are plenty of copies on Better World Books for a decent price.

    My wife was reading Twilight and I was reading this. Neither of us could put our books down.

  6. Tim Farley says:

    Thanks, Davo. It looks like my local library has a copy also. I will see if I can get it there. That will save me a little money. 🙂 I am glad to hear that the wedding and honeymoon went well. I hope you find a job soon. It is a tough time to be looking.

    Thanks also for bringing Better World Books to my attention. I never knew of them before. I will have to use them when I am buying in the future.

  7. Davo says:

    Well, I’m glad to share the wealth! Better World Books is my preferred buyer when it comes to books. Their prices are usually competitive. Even when they aren’t, I don’t mind spending the extra $2 to know that my money is going to a good cause. Glad you like.

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  9. Robynne says:

    Oooh, books!

    I think you mentioned having read Blue Like Jazz or a portion of it or something, and I vaguely remember a not so enthusiastic response to it. But if I’m remembering wrong, I definitely suggest it. I loved Donald Miller’s Through Painted Deserts, too. I think he just does a really good job of talking about life and mentioning God’s role in it without it seeming like it’s a book about God. I think I like how natural it is. I recently bought his “Greatest Hits” book that has those two, plus Searching for God Knows What. I’ll read that if I ever have time to read my own choice of books again. 🙂

    I’ve been on a huge C.S. Lewis kick. But you’ve probably read most or all of what I’ve read, anyways.

    I have to read The Man Who Was Thursday for Torrey right now and it’s really interesting. It’s a mystery that has made me think a lot and made me feel smart fairly often. 😉 I don’t really know how to describe it without giving away the story, but it’s just really interesting.

    I do *not*, however, recommend The Iliad.

    [[I’m reading blog posts I missed, in case you didn’t realize. 😉 ]]

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