Reading List 2010

I mentioned a bit ago that I have decided to take on a reading project for 2010.  Simply put, I am planning to read 2 books – one fiction and one non-fiction – every two weeks.  I hope that I am able to read more than that, but I see no need to put any pressure on myself either.

Having spent a good deal of time perusing lists such as the BBCs 100 books everyone should read (which I now discover is totally different than the list being passed around on facebook), the Guardian’s 1000 (!) books, and several lists of books on (a website I encourage every reader to check out), I feel a bit overwhelmed by the number of quality books (or books that many people consider quality books, anyway) that I have not read.  So, I’ve compiled a few lists actually.  First, there’s my list of 100 novels, which I have broken up into “Fifty I’ve read and thought were good” and “Fifty I haven’t but probably should.”  I’ve also made a list of roughly 50 non-fiction books based on such criteria as 1. it sounds interesting and 2. someone said I should read it (and other criteria equally as stringent).

It should be noted (and I hereby do so note) that my fiction reading list for 2010 is only loosely based on the “fifty I haven’t but probably should” list.  This is due to the fact that I included in my reading list such things as collections of short stories and a play while the aforementioned list deals only with novels.  There’s also the fact that some of the novels I probably should read (because they are, after all, classics and appear on virtually everyone’s list of books that everyone must read) I simply have no interest in reading.  I’m talking to you, Catcher in the Rye, and you, On the Road, and you too, Grapes of Wrath.

That said, I present my reading list 2010, fiction and non-fiction in the order I plan to read them:

Fiction Non-fiction
Rebecca – Daphne Du Maurier Blue Like Jazz – Donald Miller
Phantastes – George MacDonald Democracy in America – Alexis de Tocqueville
War and Peace – Leo Tolstoy Worship Matters – Bob Kauflin
The Secret Garden – Francis Hodgson Burnet The Federalist Papers – Alexander Hamilton
The Name of the Rose – Umberto Eco Art and the Bible – Francis Schaeffer
Quick Service – PG Wodehouse 1776 – David McCullough
The Princess and the Goblin – George MacDonald Atlas Shrugged – Ayn Rand
Don Quixote – Miguel de Cervantes Benjamin Franklin – Walter Isaacson
Dracula – Bram Stoker Common Sense – Thomas Paine
The Importance of Being Earnest – Oscar Wilde For the Love of God – DA Carson
A Good Man is Hard to Find (& other stories) – Flannery O’Connor Forgotten Empire: The World of Ancient Persia – N Tallis
Dr Zhivago – Boris Pasternak Franklin: Writings – Benjamin Franklin
Nineteen Eighty Four – George Orwell Iran: Open Hearts in a Closed Land – Mark Bradley
One Day in the Life of Ivan Denisovich – Aleksandr Solzhenitsyn His Excellency: George Washington – Joseph J Ellis
Moby Dick – Herman Melville No Place for Truth – David F Wells
Robinson Crusoe – Robert Louis Stephenson Real Worship – Warren Wiersbe
All Quiet on the Western Front – Erich Remarque John Adams – David McCullough
Alice in Wonderland – Lewis Carroll Recalling the Hope of Glory – Allen Ross
A Tale of Two Cities – Charles Dickens Systematic Theology – Wayne Grudem
Twenty Thousand Leagues Under the Sea – Jules Verne The Cost of Discipleship – Dietrich Bonhoeffer
Brave New World – Aldous Huxley The Day Lincoln Was Shot – Jim Bishop
Anne of Green Gables – LM Montgomery The Imitation of Christ – Thomas a Kempis
Neuromancer – William Gibson This is Your Brain on Music – Daniel Levitin
The Kite Runner – Khaled Hosseini The World is Flat – Thomas Friedman
Middlemarch – George Eliot Unceasing Worship – Harold Best
Jane Eyre – Charlotte Bronte Why We’re Not Emergent – DeYoung & Kluck

December 30, 2009   Posted in: Books

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