Books I read in 2010

2010 was another successful year of reading! I read a good spattering of genres, including fiction, history, and instructional. I learned a ton, and hopefully a lot of it will make its way into my writing; I know the history books will. And that’s why writers need to read: to get ideas, to learn about how people relate to each other, and to accustom ourselves to good writing. (A case can also be made for reading the occasional bad book as well.)

I thought I’d share the list with you—not in order to say how great I am, but to inspire you to read more and give you some book ideas. I have a full-time job and life just like anyone else, but you can find time to read if you try.

So without further ado, here is my 2010 reading list:

  1. 1/1-1/7: Wild at Heart, by John Eldredge
  2. 1/7-1/15: The Horse and His Boy, by C.S. Lewis
  3. 1/5-1/19: In the Blink of an Eye, by Walter Murch
  4. 1/20-1/23: A Wrinkle in Time, by Madeleine L’Engle
  5. 1/23-2/9: On Fairy-Stories, by J.R.R. Tolkien
  6. 2/9-2/12: The Blue Sword, by Robin McKinley
  7. 2/13-2/24: How the Irish Saved Civilization, by Thomas Cahill
  8. 2/24-3/17: Byzantium, by Stephen R. Lawhead
  9. 3/19-3/31: The Knowledge of the Holy, by A.W. Tozer
  10. 3/31-4/24: Bird By Bird, by Anne Lamott
  11. 4/25-5/1: Epic, by John Eldredge
  12. 5/1-5/29: O Jerusalem!, by Larry Collins and Dominique Lapierre
  13. 5/29-5/30: Enforcing the Kingdom, by Winston Davenport
  14. 5/31-6/3: Black, by Ted Dekker
  15. 6/8-6/12: God’s Keeping Power, by Graham Cooke
  16. 6/12-6/14: Silver to Gold, by Jennifer A. Miskov
  17. 6/15-6/18: Red, by Ted Dekker
  18. 6/21-6/23: White, by Ted Dekker
  19. 6/26-7/4: The Case for A Creator, by Lee Strobel
  20. 7/4-7/6: Green, by Ted Dekker
  21. 7/7-7/20: On Stories, by C.S. Lewis
  22. 7/8-7/11: For Men Only, by Shaunti and Jeff Feldhahn
  23. 7/20-8/8: Waking the Dead, by John Eldredge
  24. 8/9-10/9: The Road to Middle-Earth, by Tom Shippey
  25. 8/30-9/25: Look What God Is Doing!, by Dick Eastman
  26. 9/27-11/27: The Seven Longings of the Human Heart, by Mike Bickle
  27. 10/10-10/11: The Giver, by Lois Lowry
  28. 10/12-10/22: Ruthless Trust, by Brennan Manning
  29. 10/23-10/25: The Chosen, by Chaim Potok
  30. 10/26-12/17: The First World War, by John Keegan
  31. 12/18: The Stranger’s Message, by Paul McCusker
  32. 12/19-12/26: Playing the Enemy, by John Carlin

Free reading tip: You might ask, “How the heck do you know exactly what you read?” At the beginning of the year I simply grab an index card and use it as a bookmark. I write down the date I start a book and the date I finish it. I’m looking forward to looking back after several years of reading and seeing a detailed list of all that I have read.

I’ll post my recommendations out of this list in the next couple of days, so stay tuned. In the meantime, here’s to reading!

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