Books

In 2015 I finished 41 books. That’s eleven less than my goal of one book per week; hopefully 2016 will be more successful. My top five new books (i.e., new to me, not necessarily recently published) were:

  1. Bonhoeffer: Pastor, Martyr, Prophet, Spy (Eric Metaxas)
  2. Barchester Towers (Anthony Trollope)
  3. A New Look at the Lutheran Confessions (1529-1537) (Holsten Fagerberg)
  4. The Shallows: What the Internet Is Doing to Our Brains (Nicholas Carr)
  5. Life Together (Dietrich Bonhoeffer)

Honorable mention:

  1. Surprised by Hope (N.T. Wright)
  2. The Cost of Discipleship (Dietrich Bonhoeffer)

My biggest disappointment was Chesterton’s The Everlasting Man. Many have raved about it, and C.S. Lewis once said it was the book that most influenced his theology. I perhaps need to reread it this year and see if my assessment changes. (My first read of Irenaeus’s On the Apostolic Preaching was completely disappointing, but the second read, a decade later, revealed it to be far more profound than I realized. I try to keep that in mind when I don’t like a book.)


 

Here’s the entire list from 2015, in reverse order of completion:

  1. In Cold Blood (Truman Capote) – started October 19, 2015; finished December 2, 2015
  2. The Return of the King [reread] (J.R.R. Tolkien)  – started July 15, 2015; finished November 16, 2015 
  3. The Shallows: What the Internet Is Doing to Our Brains (Nicholas Carr) – started September 20, 2015; finished October 18, 2015
  4. The Great Debate: Edmund Burke, Thomas Paine, and the Birth of Right and Left (Yuval Levin) – started August 9, 2015; finished September 18, 2015
  5. Surprised by Hope (N.T. Wright) – finished September 17, 2015
  6. Jeeves and the Feudal Spirit (P.G. Wodehouse) – started August 24, 2015; finished September 8, 2015
  7. The Empty Throne (Bernard Cornwell) – started July 27, 2015; finished August 22, 2015
  8. Dead Mountain: The Untold True Story of the Dyatlov Pass Incident (Donnie Eichar) – started July 12, 2015; finished August 8, 2015
  9. The Mating Season (P.G. Wodehouse) – started July 15, 2015; finished July 27, 2015
  10. The Pillars of the Earth (Ken Follett) – started January 5, 2015; finished July 20, 2015
  11. Jeeves in the Morning [reread] (P.G. Wodehouse) – started June 29, 2015; finished July 15, 2015
  12. Disinformation: Former Spy Chief Reveals Secret Strategies for Undermining Freedom, Attacking Religion, and Promoting Terrorism (Ion Mahai Pacepa; Ronald J. Rychlak) – started May 19, 2015; finished July 11, 2015
  13. The Code of the Woosters: Jeeves to the Rescue [reread] (P.G. Wodehouse) – started June 22, 2015; finished June 29, 2015
  14. Carry on, Jeeves [reread] (P.G. Wodehouse) – started June 15, 2015; finished June 22, 2015
  15. The Two Towers [reread] (J.R.R. Tolkien) – started May 11, 2015; finished June 15, 2015
  16. What’s Best Next (Matt Perman) – started April 12, 2015; finished May 19, 2015
  17. How to Outsmart Your Inbox (The SaneBox Team) – finished May 19, 2015
  18. What Is Marriage? Man and Woman: A Defense (Girgis, Anderson, & George) – finished May 18, 2015
  19. The Checklist Manifesto (Atul Gawande) – finished May 12, 2015
  20. Right Ho, Jeeves [rereading] (P.G. Wodehouse) – started April 26, 2015; finished May 11, 2015
  21. 1984 [reread] (George Orwell) – started March 24, 2015; finished April 26, 2015
  22. The Righteousness of One: An Evaluation of Early Patristic Soteriology in Light of the New Perspective on Paul (Jordan Cooper) – finished April 23, 2015
  23. The Cost of Discipleship (Dietrich Bonhoeffer) – started March 25, 2015; finished April 20, 2015
  24. An Army at Dawn: The War in North Africa 1942-1943 (The Liberation Trilogy, Volume I, by Rick Atkinson) – finished April 12, 2015
  25. A New Look at the Lutheran Confessions (1529-1537) (Holsten Fagerberg) – finished March 26, 2015
  26. The Lamb’s Supper (Scott Hahn) – started March 11, 2015; finished March 25, 2015
  27. Thank You, Jeeves (P.G. Wodehouse) – started March 5, 2015; finished March 23, 2015
  28. Kingdom, Grace, Judgment: Paradox, Outrage, and Vindication in the Parables of Jesus (Robert Farrar Capon) – finished March 11, 2015
  29. Here I Stand: A Life of Martin Luther (Roland Bainton) – started February 20, 2015; finished March 11, 2015
  30. Brave New World [reread] (Aldous Huxley) – started February 20, 2015; finished March 4, 2015
  31. Very Good, Jeeves [reread] (P.G. Wodehouse) – started February 10, 2015; finished February 20, 2015
  32. Justified by Faith Alone (R.C. Sproul) – Started February 17, 2015; finished February 20, 2015
  33. The Consequences of Ideas: Understanding the Concepts that Shaped Our World (R.C. Sproul) – started February 4, 2015; finished February 16, 2015
  34. Barchester Towers (Anthony Trollope) – finished February 12, 2015
  35. The Fellowship of the Ring [reread] (J.R.R. Tolkien) – started January 6, 2015; finished February 10, 2015
  36. The Everlasting Man (G.K. Chesterton) – started January 9, 2015; finished February 3, 2015
  37. Life Together (Dietrich Bonhoeffer) – finished January 13, 2015
  38. Bonhoeffer: Pastor, Martyr, Prophet, Spy (Eric Metaxas) – finished January 8, 2015
  39. God Is in the Manger: Reflections on Advent and Christmas (Dietrich Bonhoeffer) – finished January 6, 2015
  40. Liberal Fascism: The Secret History of the American Left, from Mussolini to the Politics of Meaning (Jonah Goldberg) – finished January 5, 2015
  41. The Snow Queen (Hans Christian Andersen) – finished January 4, 2015

You can see what I’m currently reading here.