2014 Books: Annual Report (List and Stats)

I read 36 books in 2014, up one from last year’s 35, but still well shy of my record of 53 set in 2012. Last year’s trend of reading more fiction continued into this year, and I was successful in addressing last year’s trend of reading fewer old books and biographies. I also consciously read fewer books published in 2014, especially ones centering on passing theological trends and/or controversies. Life’s too short. Similarly, a greater proportion of the “theology” books I read were of practical nature compared to years past. Each quarter, I publish brief thoughts on the books I read during that season; you can find the four 2014 lists here: one, two, three, four. After the alphabetical list of 2014 books below you can find some statistical analysis.

  1. All God’s Children and Blue Suede Shoes: Christians and Popular Culture – Ken Myers (1989); Print
  2. The Bondage of the Will – Martin Luther (1525); Print
  3. Bringing it to the Table: On Farming and Food – Wendell Berry (2009); Print
  4. Caffeinated: How Our Daily Habit Helps, Hurts, and Hooks Us – Murray Carpenter (2014); Print
  5. The Christian’s Great Interest – William Guthrie (1668); Print
  6. The Closer: My Story – Mariano Rivera (2014); Library
  7. The Complete Short Stories – Flannery O’Connor (1971); Print
  8. The Cost of Discipleship – Dietrich Bonhoeffer (1937); Audio
  9. Dave Ramsey’s Complete Guide to Money – Dave Ramsey (2012); Kindle
  10. Eats, Shoots, and Leaves: The Zero Tolerance Approach to Punctuation – Lynne Truss (2006); Print
  11. Empire of Bones – N.D. Wilson (2013); Print
  12. The Faithful Parent: A Biblical Guide to Raising a Family – Martha Peace & Stuart Scott (2010); Print
  13. God in the Whirlwind: How the Holy-Love of God Reorients Our World – David F. Wells (2014); Print
  14. The Great Divorce – C.S. Lewis (1945); Print
  15. The Hidden Life of Prayer: The Life-blood of the Christian – David McIntyre (1913); Audio
  16. The Hound of the Baskervilles – Sir Arthur Conan Doyle (1902); Print
  17. Invisible Man – Ralph Ellison (1952); Library
  18. J.C. Ryle: That Man of GraniteEric Russell (2008); Print
  19. Jesus, the Final Days: What Really Happened – Craig Evans & N.T. Wright (2009); Print
  20. The Last Gentleman: A Novel – Walker Percy (1966); Print
  21. Letting Go of Legacy Services: Library Case Studies – M. Evangelist & K. Furlong (eds., 2014); Library
  22. The Life You Save May Be Your Own: An American Pilgrimage – Paul Elie (2004); Library
  23. Money, Possessions, and Eternity – Randy Alcorn (2003); Kindle
  24. Oliver Twist – Charles Dickens (1838); Print
  25. Out of the Silent Planet – C.S. Lewis (1938); Print
  26. Parenting in the Pew: Guiding Your Children into the Joy of Worship – Robbie Castleman (2013); Print
  27. Perelandra – C.S. Lewis (1943); Print
  28. Picadilly Jim – P.G. Wodehouse (1918); Kindle
  29. Postmillennialism: An Eschatology of Hope – Keith Mathison (1999); Print
  30. Reflections on the Psalms – C.S. Lewis (1958); Print
  31. Surprised by Suffering: The Role of Pain and Death in the Christian Life – R.C. Sproul (2009); Kindle
  32. A Timbered Choir: The Sabbath Poems, 1979-1997 – Wendell Berry (1999); Print
  33. True Community: The Biblical Practice of Koinonia – Jerry Bridges (2012); Kindle
  34. The Truth of the Cross – R.C. Sproul (2007); Kindle
  35. War of Words: Getting to the Heart of Your Communication Struggles – Paul David Tripp (2007); Print
  36. Why Christian Kids Need a Christian Education – Doug Wilson (2013); Print

Books by year:
0-1899: 3
1900-1949: 7
1950-1999: 7
2000-2013: 15
2014: 4

Books by genre:
Modern theology: 11
Fiction: 10
Nonfiction: 5
Biography: 3
Classic theology: 3
Marriage & family: 3
Poetry: 1

Books by format:
Print: 23
Kindle: 6
Library: 5
Audio: 2

Most popular authors:
C.S. Lewis: 4
Wendell Berry: 2
R.C. Sproul: 2
All others: 1

Books also read in previous years:
All God’s Children (2006, 2011)
The Great Divorce (2007)
Out of the Silent Planet (2008)
Perelandra (2008)

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