Reading manifesto

I want to read happy books, funny books. I love Rene Gutteridge, Ella Minnow Pea, Three Men in a Boat (To Say Nothing of the Dog).

I’ve heard it said recently that the Young Adult “genre” is characterized by having hope. I love to find hope and redemption in what I read. No, that’s not accurate. I need what I read to have hope, and therefore I want to explore YA more.

I want to read meaningful books. This is not (necessarily) to say the books everyone is reading; I want to read books that speak to my soul. Generally these books are books that really engage the Christian faith. This is why I’m reading the Image Journal list, as well as why I helped found the INSPY Awards. (These aren’t necessarily published by Christian houses.)

I want to read mysteries. I love a whodunit, and I pretty much always have. Thrillers, suspense, crime fiction. Yes.

I want to read good Christian fiction, if for no other reason than that I want to stay current on this category of books that I’ve read for decades.

I want to read well-written books. And this consideration is across the board, not some separate category.


This is still a work in progress. And maybe “manifesto” isn’t the best name for it. But what do you want to read?

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10 responses to “Reading manifesto

  1. I like your manifesto. I never thought about writing one of my own before. What made you decide to write a reading manifesto? I definitely like reading about hope and redemption though it’s not required. Meaningful and well-written are at the top of my list too. I try to read more books that speak to me not just what I’m seeing everywhere online.

    • The idea just popped into my head during BBAW. I mostly drafted it right then and filled in a few blanks a few days later. Only now getting around to deciding it’s OK to publish. 🙂 I’d love to see yours!

  2. Having a reading manifesto is a great idea. I might have to think on this myself… my problem is that so much that’s out there is not hopeful, even YA books!

    My roommate actually just said she wanted to read a not depressing book. Because she works in social work. And we had a very hard time finding something that wasn’t depressing :/

  3. Well…what is not depressing? Because a lot of times some bad stuff has to happen before good happens..you know like life. Basics of story. 🙂

    I want to read books that matter, books that make my heart feel satisfied, books that make me think and expand my world, books that disturb me and books that remind me all shall be well. 🙂

  4. I LOVE your manifesto!! I think mine would very much echo yours and Amy’s. Time is precious, but I want books to have meaning, books that I will never forget, books that totally shake me to my core, books that open my eyes to new things and books that educate me not only in practical matters, but matter of the heart as well. There’s my mini-manifesto 🙂

  5. I love this reading manifesto!!

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