The 12 Books I Planned To Read in 2012 And The Lesson Learned

December 21, 2012 — 4 Comments

About a year ago, I let you know about 12 books I planned to read in 2012. All of them were rather substantial 500+ page works, and in hindsight, it was a bit aggressive to plan so far in advance. In case you forgot the original list, here it is again:

As you can see, this was quite the impressive list. I did get quite a bit of reading in this year, but here’s what I actually finished out of the list:

And instead of some of the original list of large books, I read and review these:

From that perspective, I read through roughly 7 large books (good chunk of about 3-4 others) instead of the originally proposed 12. Not too shabby, but I think there is a lesson lurking in this particular adventure.

Specifically, I learned that while a plan for your reading is good, I inevitably need to leave space for books that come out of the blue. My personal reading schedule really only held true for about the first 3 months of the year. After that, I wasn’t even remotely following what I’d set out to do. While I may have done the volume of reading I planned, there were many books I planned to read this past year that I didn’t even crack open.

Given some of the potential reading plans that I could follow this year, I’m having a hard time deciding what to actually attempt. I’ll give you the rundown on those next week perhaps, but in the meantime, I’ll be spending some time evaluating how much reading is feasible and how I can still enjoy it. It’s one thing to be structured in your reading, it’s another thing to be so structured it’s not pleasurable anymore. And since I’m not in a doctoral program, there is no need to keep up that kind of pace.

At least if I ever do end up pursuing a Ph.D, my reading muscles will already be flexed and ready for action!


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4 responses to The 12 Books I Planned To Read in 2012 And The Lesson Learned

  1. Readings plans don’t usually work for me either. However, what worked for me this year was to read by topic.The topic I chose was holiness and I managed to read about 8 different books. That left me free to read anything else I wanted. It worked well enough for me that I plan to read books on the trinity next year.

    • That’s a great idea, and in fact, the reading group that I lead will be reading Robert Letham’s The Holy Trinity starting in January. What’s on your list to read so far?

  2. I didn’t stick to my plan either. I had hoped to read all of the books by Brevard Childs that I own (I think it’s 7 or 8 or somewhere around there). I didn’t complete a single one of them! And my Bible reading plan got scrapped after 3 months. But I read a number of books that I wasn’t counting on reading, which is always nice.

    • I remember that! I think the theme for me this year was “reading books I hadn’t counted on reading” which was nice, but I need to focus more on reading books I’ve already got instead of random acquisitions.

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