2012 Books

I finished 53 books in 2012, a new record. After the list you can find some brief statistical analysis of the books. The list is arranged as follows: #. Title – Author (Year) // Format

  1. All the Pretty HorsesCormac McCarthy (1992) // Print
  2. Ambitious Brew: The Story of American Beer – Maureen Ogle (2007) // Print
  3. The Book of the Dun Cow – Walter Wangerin (2003) // Print
  4. A Boy’s Will – Robert Frost (1913) // Kindle
  5. The Call to Wonder: Loving God Like a Child – R.C. Sproul, Jr. (2012) // Print
  6. Christians are Hate-filled Hypocrites, and Other Lies You’ve Been Told – Bradley R.E. Wright (2010) // Print
  7. Clouds of Witness – Dorothy Sayers (1926) // Kindle
  8. Contending for Our All: Defending Truth and Treasuring Christ in the Lives of Athanasius, Owen, and Machen – John Piper (2006) // Kindle
  9. The Death of Adam: Essays on Modern Thought – Marilynne Robinson (2005) // Print
  10. The Death of Ivan Ilyich – Leo Tolstoy (1886) // Print
  11. The Dragon’s Tooth – N.D. Wilson (2011) // Print
  12. The Drowned Vault – N.D. Wilson (2012) // Print
  13. Father Hunger: Why God Calls Men to Love and Lead Their Families – Doug Wilson (2012) // Print
  14. Finally Alive – John Piper (2009) // Audio
  15. The Four: A Survey of the Gospels – Peter Leithart (2010) // Print
  16. The Glory of Christ – John Owen (1684) // Kindle
  17. Grace Abounding to the Chief of Sinners – John Bunyan (1666) // Kindle
  18. Great Expectations – Charles Dickens (1861) // Kindle
  19. Growing Up Amish: A Memoir– Ira Wagler (2011) // Print
  20. Hire on a Whim: Four Qualities that Make for Great Employees – Garrett Miller (2010) // Print
  21. Hired ‘Right’ Out of College: From Classes to Career – Garrett Miller (2012) // Print
  22. History and Fallacies: Problems Faced in the Writing of History – Carl Trueman (2010) // Kindle
  23. History of the World in 6 Glasses – Tom Standage (2006) // Kindle
  24. The Hole in Our Holiness: Filling the Gap Between Gospel Passion and the Pursuit of Godliness – Kevin DeYoung (2012) // Print
  25. The Intolerance of Tolerance – D.A. Carson (2012) // Print
  26. Jayber Crow – Wendell Berry (2001) // Print
  27. Jesus Loves the Little Children: Why We Baptize Children – Daniel Hyde (2012) // Print
  28. Joy in the Morning – P.G. Wodehouse (1946) // Print
  29. Leaves of Grass – Walt Whitman (1855) // Kindle
  30. Lifted: Experiencing the Resurrection Life – Sam Allberry (2012) // Print
  31. The Longer Poems: Ash Wednesday, Four Quartets, Waste Land – T.S. Eliot (various) // Print
  32. The Man Who Knew Too Much – G.K. Chesterton (1922) // Kindle
  33. The Masculine Mandate: God’s Calling to Men – Richard Phillips (2009) // Print
  34. More: The Vanishing of Scale in an Over-the-Top Nation – Ronald Bishop (2011) // Print
  35. Mystery of the Lord’s Supper – Robert Bruce (1589) // Kindle
  36. The Narcissism Epidemic: Living in the Age of Entitlement – Jean Twenge & Keith Campbell (2009) // Print
  37. Odes to Common Things – Pablo Neruda (1994) // Print
  38. Odes to Opposites – Pablo Neruda (1995) // Print
  39. On the Incarnation of the Word – Saint Athanasius (~350) // Kindle
  40. Paradise Lost – John Milton (1667) // Print
  41. Parenting by God’s Promises: How to Raise Children in the Covenant of Grace – Joel Beeke (2011) // Print
  42. Poems by Emily Dickinson, Series One – Emily Dickinson (1896) // Kindle
  43. The Scarlet Letter – Nathaniel Hawthorne (1850) // Kindle
  44. Scorecasting: The Hidden Influences Behind How Sports are Played and Games are Won – Tobias Moskowitz & L. John Wertheim (2011) // Print
  45. The Screwtape Letters – C.S. Lewis (1942) // Audio
  46. A Shot of Faith (To the Head): Be a Confident Believer in an Age of Cranky Atheists) – Mitch Stokes (2012) // Print
  47. Simply Jesus: A New Vision of Who He Was, What He Did, and Why He Matters – N.T. Wright (2011) // Print
  48. Singing and Making Music: Issues in Church Music Today – Paul S. Jones (2006) // Print.
  49. Standing on the Promises: A Handbook of Biblical Childrearing – Doug Wilson (1997) // Print
  50. The Three Forms of Unity: Belgic Confession, Canons of Dort, Heidelberg Catechism – various (various) // Various.
  51. Walden – Henry David Thoreau (1854) // Print
  52. Welcome to a Reformed Church: A Guide for Pilgrims – Daniel Hyde (2010) // Print
  53. What Did You Expect? Redeeming the Realities of Marriage – Paul David Tripp (2010) // Print

Books by year:
0-1799: 6
1800-1899: 6
1900-1999: 10
2001-2012: 31 (9 in 2012)

Books by genre:
Biography: 3
Classic theology: 4
Essays: 1
Fiction: 11
Marriage & family: 5
Modern theology: 12
Other nonfiction: 10
Poetry: 7

Books by format:
Audio: 2
Kindle: 14
Print: 37

Top authors:
Daniel Hyde: 2
Garrett Miller: 2
Pablo Neruda: 2
John Piper: 2
Doug Wilson: 2
N.D. Wilson: 2

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2 thoughts on “2012 Books

  1. Impressive list! As I said on your elder brother's recent post, I appreciate this labor of love on your part: I mine these lists each January for recommendations from reliable sources. Speaking of which: how difficult/worthwhile was Athanasius' work on the incarnation?

  2. Aron, if one person gets one recommendation, the list is worth it! Though it would still be worth it otherwise, since it's for my own record keeping benefit as well. Athanasius was not as difficult as I expected, and it was very much worthwhile. Make sure you get the edition with the Lewis introduction. As he writes in the introduction, reading the original sources (like Athanasius) rather than reading about the original source (like someone writing about Athanasius' work) is often easier and more enjoyable. I think the Kindle version is only 99 cents if you're so inclined…

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