As I’ve mentioned here before, one of the secrets to reading faster is to read multiple books at the same time.
When you are not in the mood to continue reading one you pick up where you left off on another.
Reading multiple books at one time also challenges me to read on more subjects simultaneously.
It is the difference between eating a steak or eating a dinner that includes all the major food groups.
As you can see from the list below, my major food groups currently include leadership, legal (my job), theology, writing, history, and self-improvement. That’s a pretty well-rounded meal.
- Cross-Examination: Science and Technique, Larry Posner & Roger Dodd. If you are a trial attorney, this is a must read. This the best book on cross-examination I’ve ever read. This is my second time to read it. If you are not a lawyer, never mind.
- The Elements of Eloquence, Mark Forsyth. This is a very well-written book about writing well, and if you read the book you will understand why what I just wrote is very funny.
- The Traveler’s Gift: Seven Decisions that Determine Personal Success, Andy Andrews. I’ve heard about this book for years and thought it was time to check it out. It’s a book about leadership presented in the form of historical fiction.
- Brain Rules: 12 Principles for Surviving and Thriving at Work, Home, and School, John Medina. Fascinating book about how to get more out of your brain. Who doesn’t want to be smarter?
- A Public Faith: How Followers of Christ Should Serve the Common Good, Miroslav Volf. I love Volf. I met him last year. Deep thinker with a positive eschatology.
- Bonhoeffer: Prophet, Martyr, Pastor, Spy, Eric Metaxes. I’ve been a big Metaxes fan since he expertly confronted power with Truth at the National Prayer Breakfast, which The Wife and I had the honor of attending. Metaxes is an excellent writer and holds the reader’s interest through a long, detailed book with his insight and sharp humor.