2013 Books

I finished 35 books in 2013, down from last year’s record of 53. But I much preferred the slower, whim-driven pace of 2013. Looking back on the list, I see I unintentionally read a higher percentage of fiction than usual, as well as several nonfiction works on beauty and aesthetics. Sadly, I read far fewer old books and biographies than in years past, which I hope to rectify in 2014. Each quarter, I publish brief book reviews from that quarter; you can find the 2013 lists here: one, two, three, four. After the list below you can find some brief statistical analysis.

  1. The Atonement – Loraine Boettner (1941); Kindle
  2. Bad Religion: How We Became a Nation of Heretics – Ross Douthat (2012); Print
  3. The Book of Sorrows – Walter Wangerin (1985); Print
  4. Caring for Words in a Culture of Lies – Marilyn Chandler McEntyre (2009); Print
  5. Catch 22 – Joseph Heller (1961); Print
  6. Death By Living – N.D. Wilson (2013); Print
  7. Desiring the Kingdom: Worship, Worldview, and Cultural Formation – James K.A. Smith (2009); Print
  8. The Early Stories, 1953-1975 – John Updike (2004); Print
  9. Eyes Wide Open: Enjoying God in Everything – Steve DeWitt (2012); Print
  10. Fantasy Life: The Outrageous, Uplifting, and Heartbreaking World of Fantasy Sports from the Guy Who’s Lived It – Matthew Berry (2013); Print
  11. Fidelity: What it Means to be a One-Woman Man – Doug Wilson (2004); Print
  12. Folks, This Ain’t Normal: A Farmer’s Advice for Happier Hens, Healthier People, and a Better World – Joel Salatin (2011); Print
  13. Future Men: Raising Boys to Fight Giants – Doug Wilson (2001); Print
  14. Given for You: Reclaiming Calvin’s Doctrine of the Lord’s Supper – Keith Mathison (2002); Print
  15. The Gospel According to John – D.A. Carson (1990); Print
  16. Heaven Misplaced: Christ’s Kingdom on Earth – Doug Wilson (2008); Print
  17. Heaven on Earth – Thomas Brooks (1667); Kindle
  18. Home – Marilynne Robinson (2008); Print
  19. Home Coffee Roasting: Romance and Revival – Kenneth Davids (2003); Print
  20. How Should We Then Live? The Rise and Decline of Western Thought and Culture – Francis Schaeffer (1976); Print
  21. Humor and Information Literacy: Practical Techniques for Library Instruction – Joshua Vossler and Scott Shiedlower (2011); Kindle
  22. In Christ Alone: Living the Gospel-Centered Life – Sinclair Ferguson (2007); Kindle
  23. Lancelot – Walker Percy (1977); Print
  24. The Mind of the Maker – Dorothy Sayers (1941); Print
  25. Mr. Penumbra’s 24-hour Bookstore – Robin Sloan (2012); Print
  26. A Neglected Grace: Family Worship in the Christian Home – Jason Helopoulos (2013); Print
  27. Poetry as a Means of Grace – Charles Osgood (1940)Print
  28. A Praying Life: Connecting with God in a Distracting World – Paul Miller (2009); Kindle
  29. The Psalter Reclaimed: Praying and Praising with the Psalms – Gordon Wenham (2013); Print
  30. Right Ho, Jeeves – P.G. Wodehouse (1922); Kindle
  31. Salt, Sugar, Fat: How the Food Giants Hooked Us – Michael Moss (2013); Print
  32. Secret Thoughts of an Unlikely Convert – Rosaria Champagne Butterfield (2012); Kindle
  33. The Selected Poems of Wendell Berry – Wendell Berry (1999); Print
  34. What is the Mission of the Church? Making Sense of Social Justice, Shalom, and the Great Commission – Kevin DeYoung & Greg Gilbert (2011); Audio
  35. Why Christ Came: 31 Meditations on the Incarnation – Joel Beeke & William Boekestein (2013); Print


Books by year:

0-1899: 1
1900-1999: 10
2000-2012: 18
2013: 6

Books by genre:
Modern theology: 12
Nonfiction: 8
Fiction: 7
Marriage & family: 3
Classic theology: 2
Biography: 1
Commentary: 1
Poetry: 1

Books by format:
Audio: 1
Kindle: 7
Print: 27

Only author I read more than once:
Doug Wilson: 3

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