The one thing I underestimated about my job is how much traveling I do. I’m not complaining about this, mind you. It’s just taking some getting used to. June takes me to Phoenix and Kansas City for conferences, with a fair bit of time on planes for each trip.[1. As well as free time in my hotel room when I’m not catching up on my regular work and communicating with my family]
You know what that means: reading time! Of course, having time to read doesn’t mean I can stuff all the books into my bags. Realistically, I’ll have room for two or three on each trip, depending on size. But for the most part, it’s going to be digital.
So what will I be reading on my trips? Glad you asked! Here are six books I plan on reading during my time away:
The Handmaid’s Tale by Margaret Atwood. Why? Because I’ve never read it. That’s entirely the reason.
Hacking Growth: How Today’s Fastest-Growing Companies Drive Breakout Success by Sean Ellis and Morgan Brown. This is one my boss encouraged me to read, which means I’m going to be reading it. The premise is pretty interesting, as it purports to be an “accessible and practical toolkit that teams and companies in all industries can use to increase their customer base and market share, this book walks readers through the process of creating and executing their own custom-made growth hacking strategy.”
Wingfeather Tales by Andrew Peterson. This is a book of tales set in the world of the Wingfeather Saga, which I adored, and includes stories by N.D. Wilson, A.S. Peterson, Jennifer Trafton, and more.
The Story of the Word: Meditations on the Narrative of Scripture by Trevor Laurence. I met Trevor back in March in North Carolina, and he was kind enough to give me a copy of his book. I’m looking forward to sitting down and giving it the attention it deserves.
God and the Transgender Debate by Andrew Walker. Andrew is exactly the right guy to write this book. Why? Because he’s compassionate, clear, and considerate in how he approaches tough topics from a biblical perspective. That said, I’m pegging this one as the most controversial book of the year, y’all.
The Flash, Vol. 1: Lightning Strikes Twice by Joshua Williamson. I’ve never been a big “Flash” fan, but DC’s Rebirth initiative has made me a lot more open to giving titles I historically haven’t read a shot. So far, I’ve not been disappointed. Hopefully that holds true with this one.