On My Shelf: Life and Books with Tony Reinke

Matt Smethurst | March 31, 2015


On My Shelf helps you get to know various writers through a behind-the-scences glimpse into their lives as readers. I talked with Tony Reinke, content strategist for Desiring God and author of Lit! A Christian Guide to Reading Books (Crossway, 2011), about what’s on his nightstand, books he re-reads, his favorite fiction, and more.


What’s on your nightstand right now?

The nightstand is in a state of chaos while I’m in the middle of vetting books to bring along on my three-day reading retreat. The retreat is coming up in a couple of weeks, and it’s something I try to do once a year, usually in the spring. This will be my sixth year in a row: getting away, getting offline, and getting to read a stash of great books that fall outside the scope of my official book reading responsibilities (which is typically focused on new releases).

I try to organize these retreats around a particular theme, and those themes vary each year. (My baseball retreat, focused on the era between 1884–1912, remains my favorite, thanks to Cait Murphy’s Crazy ’08, Edward Achorn’s Fifty-Nine in ’84, Timothy Gay’s Tris Speaker, and Mike Vaccaro’s The First Fall


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