I used to read all the time, but by the time I was in college, I got busy with a lot of other activities and got out of the habit. I made more of an effort to read in 2008, and was pleased with the change.
Here’s my reading list for 2009:
- God Came Near, Max Lucado
- The Mission Song, John le Carré
- Hanging Curve, Troy Soos
- The Clue of the Broken Blade, Franklin W. Dixon
- The Days of my Life, George L. Dockery
- Do The Right Thing, Mike Huckabee
- The Power and the Glory, Graham Greene
- The Hitchhiker’s Guide To The Galaxy, Douglas Adams
- The Final Solution, Michael Chabon
- The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night Time, Mark Haddon
- High Octane? A Primer On The Economics Of The Energy Crisis, D.P. Difine
- Robinson Crusoe, Daniel DeFoe
- The Shack, William P. Young
- A God For All Seasons: Meditations on the Presence of God in our World, Bobby Dockery, Randall Caselman & Robb Hadley
- I Never Had It Made, Jackie Robinson
- The Mark on the Door, Franklin W. Dixon
- Cry, The Beloved Country, Alan Paton
- 1984, George Orwell
- Stalin’s Ghost, Martin Cruz Smith
- Four Faultless Felons, G.K. Chesterton
- Marcelo in the Real World, Francisco X. Stork
- Jedi Search, Kevin J. Anderson
- And Then There Were None, Agatha Christie
- Stormbreaker, Anthony Horowitz
- Fahrenheit 451, Ray Bradbury
- Things They Never Taught You About Youth Ministry That You Really Need To Know, Todd Clark
- Luckiest Man: The Life And Death of Lou Gehrig, Jonathan Eig
- Havana Bay, Martin Cruz Smith
- Too Late the Phalarope, Alan Paton
- Maigret’s Failure, Georges Simenon
- Maigret in Society, Georges Simenon
- Maigret and the Lazy Burglar, Georges Simenon
- Tuesdays with Morrie, Mitch Albom
- The Message New Testament: The New Testament in Contemporary Language, Eugene Peterson
Over the past year, I read a few books that I had heard a lot about in one way or another which turned out to be quite disappointing (The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy, The Shack, 1984), but also read a few that I thought were great (The Power and the Glory, The Final Solution, and Cry, The Beloved Country). I also got somewhat interested in biographies, and found an author who I’m going to read more from.
In all, I read 34 books for the year, which is slightly up from last year’s total of 29. I was on pace to do quite a bit better than that, but I slowed toward year’s end as I got busy with work, travel and, ahem, a computer game that took up quite a bit of time.
I’m hopeful that I’ll be able to read more in 2010, but I’m starting grad school, so we’ll see how I do at finding spare time.
I already have a shelf of books that I plan on reading, but I’m always open to suggestions. Any must reads that I should check out in 2010?