If I had a dollar for every time someone asked me for a book recommendation, my free library coffee shop (Books with Baileys) would be open for business. The list below contains the books I read this year along with genre and ranking (five stars possible) and links for which I get no kickback. I also include lists of frequented blogs and podcasts.
Note: these books are in no particular order because that would require me keeping a list during the year, and if you know me . . . . . . .
The Martian (Weir), science fiction ★★★★★
All the Light We Cannot See (Doerr), historical fiction ★★★★★
Gone Girl (Flynn), psychological thriller ★★★★★
The Girl on the Train (Hawkins), psychological thriller ★★★★☆
The Round House (Erdrich), Native American, coming of age ★★★★☆
The Little Prince (de Saint-Exupery), fable ★★★☆☆
A Man Called Ove (Backman), fiction ★★★★☆
Where’d You Go, Bernadette (Semple), comedy ★★★★★
Slaughterhouse Five (Vonnegut), postmodern ★★★★★
All American Boys (Reynolds and Kiely), young adult ★★★★★
I’ll Give You the Sun (Nelson), young adult ★★★★★
An Abundance of Katherines (Green), young adult ★★★☆☆
Between the World and Me (Coates), letter to son about growing up black ★★★★★
New and Selected Poems (Oliver), poetry ★★★★★
Bittersweet (Niequist), Christian ★★★★☆
My Southern Journey (Bragg), essays about Southern living (and eating) ★★★★★
Due South (Brunner), essays about the South ★★★★★
The War of Art (Pressfield), psychological, self-help ★★★★☆
Lit Up (Denby), journalistic ★★★★★
The Art of X-Ray Reading (Clark), education ★★★★★
Hamilton (Chernow), biography ★★★★☆
Writing with Mentor Texts ( Marchetti and Odell), education ★★★★★
In the Best Interest of Students (Gallagher), education ★★★★★
Write Like This (Gallagher), education ★★★★★
No Other Gods (Minter), Christian ★★★★☆
Present Over Perfect (Niequist), Christian ★★★★★
The Bible – At least a couple of times per decade I will systematically read through the Bible, and 2016 was one of those years. I used an app by She Reads Truth which provided a plan alternating between Old and New Testaments sprinkled with Psalms and Proverbs.
Other Reading (blogs and websites count as reading)
The New Yorker – If you want to be a good writer, read good writing. Here’s the best contemporary writing.
McSweeney’s – satire at its best
Approximately 1,000 essays from sophomores and seniors
1,200 essays on “The Juggler” (Wilbur) at the AP Lit reading
Podcasts (because we don’t just read with our eyes)
The Other 99 – my daughter’s podcast on equipping those in the church to do ministry
Revisionist History – Gladwell
Passion City Church – Giglio
Books Taught in 2016 (AP Lit, 12th General, 10th Gifted)
As I Lay Dying – Faulkner
Mudbound – Jordan “Mudbound, Skype, and Hillary Jordan”
The Great Gatsby – Fitzgerald
Hamlet – Shakespeare
Frankenstein – Shelley
How to Read Literature Like a Professor – Foster
And Then There Were None – Christie
Macbeth – Shakespeare
Julius Caesar – Shakespeare
The Things They Carried – O’Brien
Ender’s Game – Card
Anthem – Rand
Fahrenheit 451 – Bradbury
If you are what you read, then I am a hodgepodge of works knitting together a messy yet beautiful soul.
What are you reading?
And if I you ever need a book recommendation . . . . . .