Books I read in 2012…
Heaven is for Real: A Little Boy’s Astounding Story of His Trip to Heaven and Back
Todd Burpo & Lynn Vincent, 2010
The Shallows: What the Internet is Doing to Our Brains
Nicholas Carr, 2010
This was a book from Christmas 2010. I began reading it on the shuttle from our apartment complex to campus when I was still doing the “going to class” thing. Then, Christopher’s accident happened, I put down the book, and I haven’t gotten into much that has to with my field since. Since we had a long car trip down and back from Arizona, I decided I was going to read, loaded my suitcase with books, and hoped I would get around to this. As it had been more than a year since I read the first half of the book, I started over. It’s not an incredibly difficult read, but you’ll probably want to be awake because of the way Carr walks through the brain’s plasticity and the historical perspectives around various written and (now) mediated technologies, leading to the Internet. It’s a great narrative, missing some of the technological skepticism from his first novel, The Big Switch. A Pulitzer Prize finalist, and definitely deserving of the nomination.
In Praise of Prejudice
Theodore Dalrymple, 2007
The Complete Sherlock Holmes, Volume I
Sir Arthur Conan Doyle
One of four absurdly large volumes that I received for Christmas (by request), I’m eager to dive into the world that Conan Doyle created that still captivates millions today. I love that, while the opening and closing tales are quite lengthy, the middle is constructed of several shorter stories concerning the world’s most infamous fictional detective, which make for easier swallowing and less preoccupation – things I don’t think I’ll find so much in Eliot’s Middlemarch or Dostoevsky’s The Idiot. I’m fairly certain that my desire to read the classics increases almost every time I pick up a modern piece of fiction, and I love that Barnes and Noble has simple editions that make them readily accessible!
The Complete Sherlock Holmes, Volume II
Sir Arthur Conan Doyle
After finishing the first volume of this collection, I’m diving into the second. Aside from the odd adventures and cases, the stories when assembled like this present an interesting literary delight. The combination of Watson as narrator and his telling of past cases and Holmes is an interesting juxtaposition. It’s written as a biography of sorts, which makes the stories all the more interesting for me because there are so many layers. It’s no surprise that people at the time thought the stories and Holmes were real, as they seamlessly are woven into the London of Doyle’s day.
The Prodigal God
Timothy Keller, 2008
Til We Have Faces: A Myth Retold
C.S. Lewis, 1956
Lewis’ last piece of fiction, published after the last of the Narnia series (The Last Battle) and just before his marriage to Joy Gresham, is perhaps my favorite – but certainly for much different reasons than his other fiction. The book retells the myth of Cupid and Psyche and, though not allegorical, has always managed to cause me to delve into the deep places of my soul looking for the light of the living God. I finally purchased a new copy for myself, but am trying to read it on car trips with Christopher, which means that it is taking quite a while to get into…
Now is Gone
Geoff Livingston, 2007
One of the most influential books for my study of communication on the current organizational level, I’m re-reading this one as I begin my ventures back toward finishing my thesis. Livingston’s understanding of how public relations is changing in light of new media strategies and online communities is without comparison in my opinion – particularly as he is one of the few who approaches the subject in a practical way for everyday media managers. Excited at the prospect of reading his latest release, Welcome to the Fifth Estate: How to Create and Sustain a Winning Social Media Strategy after I finish.
The Fitting Room
Kelly Minter, 2011
As with Minter’s No Other gods, I have found myself re-reading this volume of her wit and wisdom. When I first read through the chapters on forgiveness and peace last summer, I was challenged in how I work through things – particularly past hurts. This winter, with everything that has been going on, I’ve been challenged to live and believe differently while navigating this season. There is something about Minter’s tone, charm, warmth, and understanding of reality that just draws me in and invites me to read her books over and over.
L.M. Montgomery, 1925
If you haven’t figured it out, I have a serious love for Lucy Maud Montgomery. It’s just one of those things that I feel I need as a part of my daily diet. Having read and re-read the Anne of Green Gables series, a friend loaned me the Emily of New Moon series, which are proving a slower read because I’m unfamiliar with them (unlike the others, which I zip through because I know them so well!). There’s a simplicity to Montgomery’s work that is so refreshing. She wasn’t necessarily trying to impress people – she just wanted to convey everyday life and the extraordinary people that inhabit it. As a result, I’m quite enjoying the series and looking forward to adding them to the pile of Montgomery reads that I re-read more regularly than I probably have time to do.
L.M. Montgomery, 1927
The Golden Road
L.M. Montgomery, 1913
Kilmeny of the Orchard
L.M. Montgomery, 1910
Short Stories: 1896-1901
L.M. Montgomery, 1896-1901
I find Montgomery’s short stories to be the perfect endcap to a day. Each is beautifully executed in the same style as the rest of her work and is self-enclosed, which means I can put it down when my time to go to sleep arrives. All available for free on Kindle. Awesome.
Short Stories: 1902-1903
L.M. Montgomery, 1902-1903
Short Stories: 1904
L.M. Montgomery, 1904
Short Stories: 1907-1908
L.M. Montgomery, 1907-1908
Short Stories: 1909-1922
L.M. Montgomery, 1909-1922
Bittersweet: Thoughts on Change, Grace, and Learning the Hard Way
Shauna Niequist, 2010
Cold Tangerines: Celebrating the Extraordinary Nature of Everyday Life
Shauna Niequist, 2007
Francine Rivers, 1991/2005
What Did You Expect? Redeeming the Realities of Marriage
Paul David Tripp, 2010