Monthly Archives: January 2011

last year, in books

“A book is the only place in which you can examine a fragile thought without breaking it, or explore an explosive idea without fear it will go off in your face. It is one of the few havens remaining where a man’s mind can get both provocation and privacy,” Edward P. Morgan

Here are the books I’ve read in the past year that I remember. They are in no particular order:

“A Thousand Miles in a Millions Years,” Donald Miller
“Searching for God Knows What,” Donald Miller
“The Grace of God,” Andy Stanley
“Radical,” David Platt
“Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone,” J.K. Rowling
“Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban,” J.K. Rowling
“Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets,” J.K. Rowling
“Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire,” J.K. Rowling
“Three Cups of Tea,” Greg Mortenson
“Water for Elephants,” Jacob Jankowski
“The History of Love,” Nicole Krauss
“Percy Jackson and the Olympians,” Rick Riordan
“Percy Jackson and the Lightning Theif,” Rick Riordan
“Percy Jackson and the Sea of Monsters,” Rick Riordan
“Percy Jackson and the Titan’s Curse,” Rick Riordan
“Percy Jackson and the Battle of the Labyrinth,” Rick Riordan
“Three Weeks with My Brother,” Nicholas Sparks
“1984,” George Orwell
“Chasing Fireflies,” Charles Martin
“White Tiger,” Aravind Adiga
“The Bonesetter’s Daughter,” Amy Tan
“Run to Overcome,” Meb Keflezighi
“Cut Your Grocery Bill in Half With America’s Cheapest Family,”Steve and Annette Economides
“Transforming Church in Rural America,” Shannon O’Dell
“The Voice,” editors include Chris Seay, Lauren Winner, Brian McLaren, Greg Garrett, David B. Capes
“Uncle Sam’s Plantation,” Star Parker
“Immanuel’s Veins,” Ted Dekker
“Outlive Your Life,” Max Lucado
‘The Butterfly Effect,” Andy Andrews
“The Boy Who Changed the World,” Andy Andrews
“Cast of Characters,” Max Lucado
“Istanbul,” Orhan Pamuk
“Snow,” Orhan Pamuk
“Life of Luther,” Barnas Sears, D.D.
“Mornings and Evenings,” Charles Spurgeon
“Outliers,” Malcom Gladwell
“The Mysterious Benedict Society,” Trenton Lee Stewart
“And Then There Were None,” Agatha Christie
“Windows of the Soul,” Ken Gire
“Humility,” Andrew Murray
“The Best American Travel Writing, 2008,” Anthony Bourdain
“The Sacred Romance,” John Eldredge
“The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Society,” Mary Ann Shafer and Annie Barrows

Have you read any of these? Any recommendations?

I’ll leave you with two more book quotes:

“Anyone who says they have only one life to live must not know how to read a book,” Author Unknown

“A good book should leave you… slightly exhausted at the end. You live several lives while reading it,” William Styron, interview, Writers at Work, 1958


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52 books in 52 weeks

My friend Holly and I are taking on this challenge: read 52 books in 52 weeks. That’s a book a week this next year.

I’ll be posting what books I’m reading here on my blog and you can check out what’s on my reading list by clicking on the “What I’m Reading” tab.

Check out the global challenge:

What I’ve read this year so far: “Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire,” by J.K. Rowling

What I’m reading this week: “The Wisdom of Stability: Rooting Faith in a Mobile Culture,” by Jonathan Wilson-Hartgrove, Kathleen Norris.


Filed under Book Reviews, Life