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Reading in 2010

Continuing the trend I started a couple of years ago, I kept track of the books I read in 2010.

Unfortunately, I lost my reading list when my hard drive failed, which is part of the reason why it’s the middle of February and I’m just now getting around to posting the list. Also, I can’t completely guarantee the accuracy of my list, because I had to reconstruct it with the help of my awesome wife (it’s pretty close though).

Here’s my reading list for 2010:

  1. Maus I: A Survivor’s Tale: My Father Bleeds History, by Art Spiegelman
  2. Maus II: A Survivor’s Tale: And Here My Troubles Began, by Art Spiegelman
  3. The Magician’s Nephew, by C.S Lewis
  4. Men at Work, by George F. Will
  5. A Little Exercise for Young Theologians, by Helmut Thielicke
  6. A Manual for Writers of Research Papers, Theses, and Dissertations, by Kate L. Turabian
  7. The Elements of Style, by William Strunk Jr. and E. B. White
  8. The Oxford Guide to Library Research, by Thomas Mann
  9. The Black Duck, by Janet Taylor Lisle
  10. Four Views on the Warning Passages in Hebrews, edited by Herbert W. Bateman IV
  11. The River of Doubt: Theodore Roosevelt’s Darkest Journey, by Candice Millard
  12. The Bridge of Sighs, by Olen Steinhauer
  13. Call for the Dead, by John le Carré
  14. The Reason for God, by Timothy Keller
  15. The Prodigal God, by Timothy Keller
  16. While the Clock Ticked, by Franklin W. Dickson
  17. The Gospel and Letters of John, by R. Alan Culpepper
  18. John the Maverick Gospel, by Robert Kysar
  19. The God of the Gospel of John, by Marianne Meye Thompson
  20. The Gospel According to John, by D. A. Carson
  21. The Door of No Return, by Sarah Mussi
  22. Heat, by Mike Lupica
  23. The Giver, by Lois Lowery
  24. The Indian in the Cupboard, Lynne Reid Banks
  25. The Return of the Indian, by Lynne Reid Banks
  26. The Secret of the Indian, by Lynne Reid Banks
  27. Of Mice and Men, by John Steinbeck
  28. The Mystery of the Cupboard, by Lynne Reid Banks
  29. The Key to the Indian, by Lynne Reid Banks
  30. Blockade Billy/Morality, by Stephen King
  31. The Case for Christ, by Lee Strobel
  32. Sitting With Job: Selected Studies on the Book of Job, edited by Roy B. Zuck
  33. Character in Crisis: A Fresh Approach to the Wisdom Literature of the Old Testement, by William P. Brown
  34. Theology for the Community of God, by Stanley J. Grenz
  35. The Tree of Life: An Exploration of Biblical Wisdom Literature, by Roland E. Murphy
  36. Theology in the Context of World Christianity, by Timothy C. Tennent
  37. How to Read Proverbs, by Tremper Longman III
  38. The Yiddish Policemen’s Union, by Michael Chabon
  39. Band of Brothers, by Stephen E. Ambrose
  40. Summer of ’49, by David Halberstan
  41. The Thief Lord, by Cornelia Funke
I like to do brief reviews of books that I read on The Doc File, especially ones that I really like, but I did a poor job of that this past year. Not surprisingly, I found some books that I really liked (The River of Doubt: Theodore Roosevelt’s Darkest Journey, Of Mice and Men, How to Read Proverbs, Band of Brothers) and others that I was less than impressed with (Blockade Billy/Morality, The Yiddish Policemen’s Union, The Thief Lord).
Once again, I increased my book total for the year (up from 34 in 2009 to 41 in 2010). Considering that I had to do a lot of reading for grad school, maybe that isn’t surprising, but at the same time, considering that some of those books were several hundred page textbooks, maybe it is.

One thing I discovered that I thought was interesting was that all of my required reading actually increased my desire to read other books for fun; I was afraid that the opposite would happen.

I already have a shelf of books waiting for me in 2011, but I’m always open to suggestions. Got any recommendations?

(For comparison’s sake, here are the books I read in 2009 and 2008.)

Satchel Paige’s Rules For Staying Young

As the new year dawns I thought it might be appropriate to pass on some morsels of wisdom from Satchel Paige.

Paige is widely regarded as the greatest Negro Leagues pitcher of all time, and might have proven to be the greatest pitcher of all time period had he been allowed to pitch in the Major Leagues while he was still in his prime. Regardless of this, it’s probably safe to say that he was one of the top five pitchers in history, and as someone who pitched professionally into his 50s, is probably qualified to give the following advice:

Rules for Staying Young

1. Avoid fried meats which angry up the blood.

2. If your stomach disputes you, lie down and pacify it with cool thoughts.
3. Keep the juices flowing by jangling around gently as you move.
4. Go very light on the vices, such an carrying on in society—the social ramble ain’t restful.
5. Avoid running at all times.
6. And don’t look back—something might be gaining on you.

I’m not sure about number 5, but the rest sure sound pretty good.

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