My goal is to read 40 books a year in addition to journals, articles, and commentaries. For 2011, here were my top 5. A hyperlink will take you to my earlier posts on the book.
The Death of Ivan Ilyitch, by Leo Tolstoy
Lord Jesus Christ: Devotion to Jesus in Earliest Christianity by Larry Hurtado. I blogged through my reading of this important book.
Okay, one more: The Last Ring Bearer by Kirill Yeskov. The Lord of the Rings, as told by Mordor. Entertaining, but probably only for LOTR fans. I found out about the free book via Salon.
Here are the rest of the books read in 2011:
The Cruciality of the Cross by PT Forsythe
Cutting for Stone by Abraham Verghese
Communicating for a Change by Andy Stanley
Home by Marilynne Robinson
King's Cross by Tim Keller. Here's the review I would have written.
Jesus: The only Way to God by John Piper (audiobook)
The Hidden Life of Prayer by David MacIntyre
Veneer: Living Deeply in a Surface Society, by Timothy D. Willard and Jason Locy
With a Little Help by Cory Doctorow (audiobook)
A Confederacy of Dunces, by John Kennedy Toole
A High Wind in Jamaica, by Richard Hughes
David: A Man of Passion & Destiny, Charles Swindoll
Acedia and Me, by Kathleen Norris audiobook)
Matterhorn: A Novel if the Vietnam War, by Karl Marlantes. WSJ: "The novel provides an emotional portrait of the Vietnam War, which has largely been written about from a political perspective. Mr. Marlantes puts you in the heads of scared young men walking blindly in column through head-high grass in terror of trip-wires and ambush by enemies fighting on their home turf, or hacking their way through impenetrable bush overwhelmed by fatigue, jungle rot, fear, sickness, tigers and leeches. You cannot but love the platoon and hate its commanders, who frequently send it into harm's way to achieve irrational objectives, without adequate provisions."
Leap Over A Wall, by Eugene Peterson
The Life of David, by Robert Pinsky
The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo by Stieg Larsson
Is God a Moral Monster? Making Sense of the Old Testament God by Paul Copan