Thursday, December 31, 2009

2009 Reading List

At the beginning of this year I had set three reading goals for myself:
  • Read a book a week
  • Read the primary Jane Austen novels
  • Read more than one Charles Dickens novel
I guess two out of three ain't bad.

January

  • The Cross Centered Life — C.J. Mahaney
  • Pagan Christianity? — Frank Viola and George Barna
  • Tale of Two Cities — Charles Dickens
  • The Pursuit of Holiness — Jerry Bridges
  • The Spiritual Secret of Hudson Taylor — Dr. & Mrs. Howard Taylor

February

  • The Practice of Godliness — Jerry Bridges
  • The Princess Bride — William Goldman
  • The Love Dare — Stephen & Alex Kendrick
  • The Four Loves — C. S. Lewis
  • Letters to an American Lady — C. S. Lewis
  • Uncle Tom's Cabin — Harriet Beecher Stowe

March

  • The Torch of the Testimony — John W. Kennedy
  • Out of the Silent Planet — C. S. Lewis
  • Pride & Prejudice — Jane Austen
  • The Notebook — Nicholas Sparks
  • Nine Marks of a Healthy Church — Mark Dever
  • Dad's Pregnant Too — Harlan Cohen

April

  • Chi Running — Danny Dreyer
  • The Case For Christ — Lee Strobel
  • Mere Christianity — C. S. Lewis
  • Test–Driven Development By Example — Kent Beck

May

  • Wild At Heart: Discovering the Secret of a Man's Soul — John Eldredge
  • Emma — Jane Austen
  • Lifetime Guarantee — Bill Gillham
  • Fahrenheit 451 — Ray Bradbury
  • Julie — Catherine Marshall
  • Having a Mary Heart in a Martha World — Joanna Weaver

June

  • The Names of God — Lester Sumrall
  • God Can Do It Without Me — Johannes Facius
  • Perelandra — C. S. Lewis

July

  • That Hideous Strength — C. S. Lewis
  • The Case For Faith — Lee Strobel
  • Release the Power of Prayer — George Müller
  • Houses That Change the World — Wolfgang Simson
  • Letters to the Thirsty — Edward Miller

August

  • Mormonism 101 — Bill McKeever & Eric Johnson
  • A Cry From the Streets — Jeanette Lukasse
  • Filled With The Spirit: Then What? — R. Mabel Francis

September

  • Jonathan Strange & Mr. Norrell — Susanna Clarke
  • To Train Up a Child — Michael & Debi Pearl
  • Sense & Sensibility — Jane Austen
  • Persuasion — Jane Austen
  • Northanger Abbey — Jane Austen

October

  • The Vaccine Book — Robert W. Sears
  • Be Comforted — Warren Wiersbe
  • Mansfield Park — Jane Austen
  • Left To Tell — Immaculée Ilibagiza
  • Spiritual Leadership — J. Oswald Sanders

December

  • Standing in the Gap — Johannes Facius
  • God's Best Secrets — Andrew Murray
  • Grace Walk — Steve McVey
  • His Victorious Indwelling — ed. Nick Harrison
  • My Utmost for His Highest — Oswald Chambers

Thursday, February 19, 2009

2008 Reading List

In conjunction with my 2007 reading list, here is my reading list for 2008. Note the months in which I did not finish any books. What a shame!

January
  • The Abolition of Man - C.S. Lewis
  • Profit at Any Cost? - Jerry Fleming
  • Microchip: An Idea, Its Genesis, and the Revolution It Created - Jeffrey Zygmont
February
  • Programming Sudoku - Wei-Meng Lee
  • Stranger in a Strange Land - Robert Heinlein
  • Sacred Marriage - Gary Thomas
  • Animal Farm - George Orwell
March
  • The Weight of Glory - C.S. Lewis
April
  • The Pragmatic Programmer - Andrew Hunt, David Thomas
  • So You Don't Want to Go to Church Anymore? - Wayne Jacobsen,
    Dave Coleman
  • Do Hard Things - Alex & Brett Harris
June
  • Mere Christianity - C.S. Lewis
  • Be Free - Warren Wiersbe
July
  • God's Smuggler - Brother Andrew, John & Elizabeth Sherrill
  • Be Rich - Warren Wiersbe
  • Scrum and XP From the Trenches - Henrik Kniberg
August
  • Be Confident - Warren Wiersbe
September
  • Don't Make Me Think: A Common Sense Approach to Web Usability - Steve Krug
December
  • The Journals of Jim Elliot - Elisabeth Elliot
  • Derek Prince: A Biography - Stephen Mansfield

Tuesday, February 17, 2009

2007 Reading List

I was thinking about back-dating this post to place it within the proper time context. However, doing so would have upset my numbering and my 100th post would no longer have been the 100th post. Of course, this point may be moot after I pull over some posts from old blog accounts.

Anyway, I alluded to keeping reading lists in a recent post. I present my reading list for 2007. 28 total. I was on a good roll up through April, but then something like planning for a wedding crept in there. Go figure right?

January
  • Death of a Guru - Rabi R. Maharaj
  • Brave New World - Aldous Huxley
  • Sitting at the Feet of Jesus - Johannes Facius
February
  • The Time Traveler's Wife - Audrey Niffenegger
  • The Five Love Languages - Gary Chapman
  • Don't Waste Your Life - John Piper
  • Does Your Tongue Need Healing? - Derek Prince
  • Brave New World Revisited - Aldous Huxley
March
  • Mere Christianity - C. S. Lewis
  • The Giver - Lois Lowry
April
  • Be Right - Warren Wiersbe
  • Marriage Under Fire - James Dobson
  • God Can Do It Without Me - Johannes Facius
  • The Bridge - Jeri Massi
  • Believing God - Beth Moore
  • Crown and Jewel - Jeri Massi
  • In the Beginning Was the Command Line - Neal Stephenson
May
  • The Normal Christian Life - Watchman Nee
June
  • Lessons I Learned in the Dark - Jennifer Rothschild
  • The Great Divorce - C. S. Lewis
July
  • The Hobbit - J.R.R. Tolkien
August
  • Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows - J.K. Rowling
September
  • The Hunchback of Notre-Dame - Victor Hugo
October
  • The Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring - J.R.R.
    Tolkien
November
  • The Lord of the Rings: The Two Towers - J.R.R. Tolkien
  • The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King - J.R.R. Tolkien
December
  • Till We Have Faces: A Myth Retold - C. S. Lewis
  • A Grief Observed - C. S. Lewis

BBC Book List

Among the memes going around Facebook, there is one that actually interests me. It is an all time reading list. I'm posting it here, because I have Facebook set up to automatically pull my blog posts. I've just copied the list and marked the ones I have read with strike-through.

  1. Pride and Prejudice - Jane Austen
  2. The Lord of the Rings - JRR Tolkien
  3. Jane Eyre - Charlotte Bronte
  4. Harry Potter series - JK Rowling
  5. To Kill a Mockingbird - Harper Lee
  6. The Bible
  7. Wuthering Heights - Emily Bronte
  8. Nineteen Eighty Four - George Orwell
  9. His Dark Materials - Philip Pullman
  10. Great Expectations - Charles Dickens
  11. Little Women - Louisa M Alcott
  12. Tess of the D’Urbervilles - Thomas Hardy
  13. Catch 22 - Joseph Heller
  14. Complete Works of Shakespeare
  15. Rebecca - Daphne Du Maurier
  16. The Hobbit - JRR Tolkien
  17. Birdsong - Sebastian Faulks
  18. Catcher in the Rye - JD Salinger
  19. The Time Traveller’s Wife - Audrey Niffenegger
  20. Middlemarch - George Eliot
  21. Gone With The Wind - Margaret Mitchell
  22. The Great Gatsby - F Scott Fitzgerald
  23. Bleak House - Charles Dickens
  24. War and Peace - Leo Tolstoy
  25. The Hitch Hiker’s Guide to the Galaxy - Douglas Adams
  26. Brideshead Revisited - Evelyn Waugh
  27. Crime and Punishment - Fyodor Dostoyevsky
  28. Grapes of Wrath - John Steinbeck
  29. Alice in Wonderland - Lewis Carroll
  30. The Wind in the Willows - Kenneth Grahame
  31. Anna Karenina - Leo Tolstoy
  32. David Copperfield - Charles Dickens
  33. Chronicles of Narnia - CS Lewis
  34. Emma - Jane Austen
  35. Persuasion - Jane Austen
  36. The Lion, The Witch and The Wardrobe - CS Lewis
  37. The Kite Runner - Khaled Hosseini
  38. Captain Corelli’s Mandolin - Louis De Bernieres
  39. Memoirs of a Geisha - Arthur Golden
  40. Winnie the Pooh - AA Milne
  41. Animal Farm - George Orwell
  42. The Da Vinci Code - Dan Brown
  43. One Hundred Years of Solitude - Gabriel Garcia Marquez
  44. A Prayer for Owen Meaney - John Irving
  45. The Woman in White - Wilkie Collins
  46. Anne of Green Gables - LM Montgomery
  47. Far From The Madding Crowd - Thomas Hardy
  48. The Handmaid’s Tale - Margaret Atwood
  49. Lord of the Flies - William Golding
  50. Atonement - Ian McEwan
  51. Life of Pi - Yann Martel
  52. Dune - Frank Herbert
  53. Cold Comfort Farm - Stella Gibbons
  54. Sense and Sensibility - Jane Austen
  55. A Suitable Boy - Vikram Seth
  56. The Shadow of the Wind - Carlos Ruiz Zafon
  57. A Tale Of Two Cities - Charles Dickens
  58. Brave New World - Aldous Huxley
  59. The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-time - Mark Haddon
  60. Love In The Time Of Cholera - Gabriel Garcia Marquez
  61. Of Mice and Men - John Steinbeck
  62. Lolita - Vladimir Nabokov
  63. The Secret History - Donna Tartt
  64. The Lovely Bones - Alice Sebold
  65. Count of Monte Cristo - Alexandre Dumas
  66. On The Road - Jack Kerouac
  67. Jude the Obscure - Thomas Hardy
  68. Bridget Jones’s Diary - Helen Fielding
  69. Midnight’s Children - Salman Rushdie
  70. Moby Dick - Herman Melville
  71. Oliver Twist - Charles Dickens
  72. Dracula - Bram Stoker
  73. The Secret Garden - Frances Hodgson Burnett
  74. Notes From A Small Island - Bill Bryson
  75. Ulysses - James Joyce
  76. The Bell Jar - Sylvia Plath
  77. Swallows and Amazons - Arthur Ransome
  78. Germinal - Emile Zola
  79. Vanity Fair - William Makepeace Thackeray
  80. Possession - AS Byatt
  81. A Christmas Carol - Charles Dickens
  82. Cloud Atlas - David Mitchell
  83. The Color Purple - Alice Walker
  84. The Remains of the Day - Kazuo Ishiguro
  85. Madame Bovary - Gustave Flaubert
  86. A Fine Balance - Rohinton Mistry
  87. Charlotte’s Web - EB White
  88. The Five People You Meet In Heaven - Mitch Alborn
  89. Adventures of Sherlock Holmes - Sir Arthur Conan Doyle
  90. The Faraway Tree Collection - Enid Blyton
  91. Heart of Darkness - Joseph Conrad
  92. The Little Prince - Antoine De Saint-Exupery
  93. The Wasp Factory - Iain Banks
  94. Watership Down - Richard Adams
  95. A Confederacy of Dunces - John Kennedy Toole
  96. A Town Like Alice - Nevil Shute
  97. The Three Musketeers - Alexandre Dumas
  98. Hamlet - William Shakespeare
  99. Charlie and the Chocolate Factory - Roald Dahl
  100. Les Miserables - Victor Hugo

21 total, though by the end of this year, I hope to have read all of Jane Austen's novels and perhaps Oliver Twist and Moby Dick. Lofty goals to be sure.

Sunday, February 01, 2009

Keeping Reading Lists

For as long as I can remember, I've enjoyed reading. When I would finish one book, I would pick up another. I also consider myself to be fairly particular about organization. Which is why I was very surprised that I never thought to keep a list of things that I had read until I saw my brother-in-law's reading list a couple of years ago. I have now kept a reading list for two years.

It's interesting to look back over them. For example, in 2007, judging from the first half of the year, I was on track to read almost 50 books—but then my reading dropped. Something about a wedding that I was in ;-) The same thing happened last year. At the beginning of the year, I read at least 3 books a month and around April the reading dropped again. That was about the time I started regularly blogging.

This year the same beginning trend is occurring. There have been 5 full weeks and I have read 5 books. I'm on track to keep it going for at least the next 2 weeks. I make no predictions for the rest of the year however. I'll just see what life brings as the year goes on.

Edit: Added link to 2007 reading list (forward reference)