Daily patterns

Fall books: Reading habits

My daily reading is tethered to the rhythms of the sun. In the evening, there is the slow burn of the substantial book beside the easy chair, which I savor in small portions. These days, I lean toward nonfiction—history, cultural analysis and theology mostly—with the occasional novel tossed in as a digestif. Right now David C. Holly’s absorbing account of 19th-century Baltimore paddle wheelers, Steamboat on the Chesapeake, which I picked up in a used bookstore, keeps the television turned off. Matthew Bowman’s The Mormon People is next on the stack.


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