2015 Books: Annual Report

I haven’t had the time or desire to blog like I used to, but the annual book post must continue!

I read 32 books in 2015, down four from last year mostly due to fewer lunchtime reading opportunities. Each quarter, I publish short thoughts on the books I read; here are the four 2015 posts: Q1, Q2, Q3, and Q4. Following the alphabetical list of 2015 books below is some analysis of this year’s reading choices. Happy reading in 2016!

Book List, Alphabetically:

  1. All the King’s Men – Robert Penn Warren (1946); Library
  2. The Bruised Reed – Richard Sibbes (1630); Ebook
  3. The Christian Faith in the Modern World – J. Gresham Machen (1935); Ebook
  4. Christian Pipe-Smoking: An Introduction to Holy Incense – Uri Brito & Joffre Swait (2014); Electronic
  5. Creation in Six Days: A Defense of the Traditional Reading of Genesis One – James Jordan (1999); Print
  6. The Creedal Imperative – Carl Trueman (2012); Print
  7. The Crossing – Cormac McCarthy (1994); Library
  8. The Duties of Parents – J.C. Ryle (1888); Print
  9. Fidelity: Five Stories – Wendell Berry (2002); Print
  10. The Idea of Biblical Theology as a Science and as a Theological Discipline: Inaugural Address – Geerhardus Vos (1894); Ebook
  11. Heart of Darkness – Joseph Conrad (1899); Print
  12. The Joy of Less: a Minimalist Living Guide – Francine Jay (2010); Library
  13. Kingdom, Grace, Judgment: Paradox, Outrage, and Vindication in the Parables of Jesus – Robert Farrar Capon (2002); Print
  14. A Lifting Up for the Downcast – William Bridge (1648); Print
  15. The Man Who Was Thursday – G.K. Chesterton (1908); Print
  16. On Keeping the Heart – John Flavel (1670ish); Electronic
  17. Peace Like a River – Leif Enger (2001); Library
  18. The Power of Habit: Why We Do What We Do in Life and Business – Charles Duhigg (2012); Library
  19. The Practice of the Presence of God – Brother Lawrence (~1665); Electronic
  20. The Prayer of the Lord – R.C. Sproul (2009); Electronic
  21. A Quest for More: Living for Something Bigger than You – Paul David Tripp (2007); eBook
  22. Rethinking Library Technical Services: Redefining our Profession for the Future – Mary Beth Weber, ed. (2015); Library
  23. The Road – Cormac McCarthy (2006); Library
  24. Seven Men and the Secret of Their Greatness – Eric Metaxas (2013); Library
  25. Silence – Shusaku Endo (1980); Print
  26. Slaughterhouse-Five – Kurt Vonnegut (1969); Library
  27. Taking God at His Word: Why the Bible is Knowable, Necessary, and Enough – Kevin DeYoung (2014); Print
  28. The Thanatos Syndrome – Walker Percy (1987); Print
  29. To the Lighthouse – Virginia Woolf (1927); Library
  30. Unbroken: A World War II Story of Survival, Resilience, and Redemption – Laura Hillenbrand (2010); Library
  31. The Violent Bear It Away – Flannery O’Connor (1960); Library
  32. Young Men in Spats – P.G. Wodehouse (1936); Print


Book Trends

This was the second consecutive year that my fiction reading increased, and the first time it was my most-read genre. Some other annual trends include more older (pre-1899) books, and many more library and electronic books than usual thanks to a shrinking personal book budget. This was the first year in a long time that I didn’t have any re-reads or audiobooks; only one author with multiple books is also an annual outlier.

Books by Year:
0-1899: 7
1900-1949: 5
1950-1999: 6
2000-2014: 13
2015: 1

Books by Genre:
Fiction: 13
Modern theology: 7
Classic theology: 4
Nonfiction: 4
Biography: 2
Practical theology: 2

Books by Format:
Print borrowed: 12
Print owned: 12
Electronic: 8
Audio: 0 (though in October I started listening to the ESV Bible chronologically on my commute)

Most Popular Authors:
Cormac McCarthy: 2
All others: 1

Books Recommended by Friends: 8

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