I don’t feel like I accomplished much of anything in March, but I did read books! Here are the books I read in the past month:
Now I Can Die in Peace: How ESPN’s Sports Guy Found Salvation, With a Little Help From Nomar, Pedro, and the 2004 Red Sox (Bill Simmons) – If you’re a baseball fan, a Red Sox fan, and/or a Bill Simmons fan, you should read this book. Simmons is a hilarious writer who loves his team and loves the sport of baseball. This collection of Simmons’ columns over a four-year span is full of funny updates via footnote, and pop culture references abound, which I love. Just be sure you’ve seen The Shawshank Redemption. If you’re not a sports fan, you might be bored, but fans of the game and the Sox will enjoy this book.
The Simpsons: An Uncensored, Unauthorized History (John Ortved) – This is another book that will probably only be interesting to fans, but if you’re a fan, it’s a great read. Seeing how the show came together is fascinating, and so is seeing its transition from what fans consider its “golden age” to now. This is another one only the super-fan will love, but I was so into it I read it in just over a day.
Choosing Forgiveness: Your Journey to Freedom (Nancy Leigh DeMoss) – This was a tough read, but a very helpful and healing one. Designed for a Christian audience, this book takes you through why forgiveness is important, and some steps to get there. This was our book for Bible Study this semester, and while it was not always pleasant to read, I am glad I did.
Young Money: Inside the Hidden World of Wall Street’s Post-Crash Recruits (Kevin Roose) – I loved Roose’s The Unlikely Disciple, so I was very excited when I saw his latest book was coming out in March. It didn’t disappoint. Roose is an extremely engaging writer who can make a variety of topics feel personal and compelling. This was a riveting look at a world I am completely unfamiliar with, outside of Hollywood portrayals. Even if you think you aren’t interested in reading a book about Wall Street, you’ll want to read this one. I’m already looking forward to whatever Roose’s next book might be.
No Greatness Without Goodness: How a Father’s Love Changed a Company and Sparked a Movement (Randy Lewis) – I received an advance copy of this book from the publisher for review. Full review will be coming soon, but this is one of those books I think everyone should read.
Possessed: The Rise and Fall of Prince (Alex Hahn) – I just started this one yesterday, so we’ll count it for March. I love Prince’s music, but wow…he is one complex person. More next month!
What are YOU reading right now? What should I add to my book list?