January Reading Wrap-Up

I only made one New Year’s Resolution, and that was to read more. Books, not blogs. What was included in this broad goal, was to read all those books I’ve started and never finished, or wanted to read for years but had never gotten to. Baseline – one book a week. So, here’s what I’ve done so far.

Gross National Happiness by Arthur Brooks. Jazz sent me this book for our SS, so I started out the year with this one. From Amazon’s description:

Who are the happiest Americans? Surveys show that religious people think they are happier than secularists, and secularists think they are happier than religious people. Liberals believe they are happier than conservatives, and conservatives disagree. In fact, almost every group thinks it is happier than everyone else. In this provocative new book, Arthur C. Brooks explodes the myths about happiness in America. As he did in the controversial Who Really Cares: The Surprising Truth About Compassionate Conservatism, Brooks examines vast amounts of evidence and empirical research to uncover the truth about who is happy in America, who is not, and-most important-why. He finds that there is a real “happiness gap” in America today, and it lies disconcertingly close to America’s cultural and political fault lines. The great divide between the happy and the unhappy in America, Brooks shows, is largely due to differences in social and cultural values. The values that bring happiness are faith, charity, hard work, optimism, and individual liberty. Secularism, excessive reliance on the state to solve problems, and an addiction to security all promote unhappiness. What can be done to maximize America’s happiness? Replete with the unconventional wisdom for which Brooks has come to be known, Gross National Happiness offers surprising and illuminating conclusions about how our government can best facilitate Americans in their pursuit of happiness.

Interesting book, and really rather relevant for everyone. What primarily makes people happy? Freedom. Duh. Of course, there is much more to the book than that broad generalization. Go read it.

Next up, a book I’d been meaning to read/finish: C. S. Lewis’s Mere Christianity . Famous book, I shouldn’t need to blurb it, correct?

William F. Buckley Jr’s Nearer, My God&quot was a logical next read. While Lewis’s book deals with Christianity in a broader sense ( Anglican, Methodist, Presbyterian, and Roman Catholic), Buckley is concerned with Catholicism, specifically, and it’s controversies.

Up next, Orson Scott Card’s Empire. Saw it on the store shelf, bought it, read it. Not bad, not his best.

Switched gears for a couple of military-themed books. Lone Survivor by Marcus Lattrell and Inside Delta Force by Eric L. Haney.

I finished up January with A Confederacy of Dunces by John Kennedy Toole.

So, seven books for the month. Not a bad start.

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2 Comments on “January Reading Wrap-Up”


  1. I only managed 2 and a start on the third.

    Slander, by Ann Coulter
    The 10 Big Lies About America, by Michael Medved
    read several of the Anti-Federalist papers by “Brutus”, and started Dunces.

  2. Car in Says:

    Well, I’ve got more free time than you. I don’t work.


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