Even though Joshua has ‘graduated’ and working on university studies we are maintaining a reading list for him. This is so he can balance biblical thinking with the secular thoughts he is being presented at Uni. It is also establishing in him a habit of reading even in the midst of busy.
I have set him 10 titles plus 4 classics to complete for the year. I expect him to ‘reading journal’ as he reads – that is take notes, and as he finishes each book I expect him to write about it. I don’t want him to write a book review, though he may well recommend a book. He will be expected to write an essay about one of the topics presented in the book – he will write his own thesis and go from there. It may well be a summary, or the book may spring board him into his own thoughts. Alternatively he could choose to write three blog posts based on his thought while reading (as he has started to do with 7 Habits of Highly Effective People)
As he reads the classics I will expect him to take note of life lessons, character lessons and over arching truths. The classics are classics for the very reason that the tensions written about still exist today. I want Josh to learn from these stories as well as simply enjoy rich literature. He will be expected to write a blog post as well as he finishes each classic title (as he has already done with Moby Dick).
I have categorised his reading list in order to help him have a balanced reading list and I’ve tried to address things that will help him in the direction he is headed. This reading list is personalised for Joshua – my girls are unlikely to read this list, not because they are girls, but because they have different interests and different inclinations.
Joshua’s Reading List 2012
Relationship With God
- Humility – True Greatness – CJ Mahaney
- Dug Down Deep – Josh Harris
- The World is Flat (Globalisation) – Thomas L Friedman
- Tipping Point (social epidemics/culture ) by Malcolm Gladwell
- Climate: The Counter-Consensus – Bob Carter
- 100 Great Businesses
Writing / Communicating
- Blog – Hugh Hewitt
- The AP Guide to Newswriting
- 7 Habits of Highly Effective People – Stephen Covey
- The Joshua Generation – Michael Farris
- War and Peace
- Great Expectations
- Shakespeare – your choice (Romeo & Juliet, Macbeth, Hamlet or King Lear)
- The Iliad
I will be writing reading lists for all my children like this but unfortunately that will have to wait for a bit.