Sunday, December 25, 2016

2016 Books

NPR came out with its list of 300 best books of the year. 300! and that is just this year. Who can read that many and still have time to check Facebook? The New York Times did the best 100 books of the year. That is still far from doable for most of us. That is just this year. There are still some good books from years ago that we know we should read. I am still trying to get through those Deuterocanonical books that take up space in the middle of my Bible, the ones Protestants know are there but are afraid to read, i.e., they are not real Scripture.

I don't know how many books I read this year or half read or put down after a few chapters or only read the first few chapters and then skipped to the end to find out how what happened.

These are some of my personal favorites of the year.

House of Prayer #2 by Mark Richard.

Reading the Bible with the Damned by Bob Ekblad.

Crucifixion by Fleming Rutledge.

Kindred by Octavia Butler.

From Nature to Creation by Norman Wirzba.

Torn by Justin Lee.

Lab Girl by Hope Jahren.

Silence by Shusaku Endo. A re-read of a classic. Read with Silence and Beauty by Makoto Fujimora.

Homegoing by Yaa Gyassi.

The Underground Railroad by Colson Whitehead.

Commonwealth by Ann Patchett

In the Darkroom by Susan Faludi.

Just Mercy by Bryan Stevenson.

The Dreamers by Imbolo Mbue - audio book brilliantly read.

Reformations by Carlos Eire.

According to Good Reads the most popular book I read was Between the World and Me by Ta-Nehisi Coates and the least popular was by Edwin Oakes entitled Theology of Grace in Six Controversies. Almost 200,000 others read Coates while only 3 others read Oakes. I recommend both.

There were others but those come to mind. On our Christmas vacation in Hawaii I am reading Exiles by Ron Hansen, A Man Called Ove by Fredrick Backman and a history of Hawaii, Unfamiliar Fishes,  by Sarah Vowell. That is when I am not out enjoying the amazing waves, seafood and scenic hikes with the kids and grandkids.

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