All Ron’s Reads from 2014

While certainly not 52 this year, I still tried to read as many as I could. Here’s my list:

1         Death by Living by ND Wilson
2         Blankets by Craig Thompson
3         Adventures of Huckleberry Finn by Mark Twain
4         Fight Club by Chuck Pahlanuik
5         Love Does by Bob Goff
6         A Tale of Two Cities by Charles Dickens
7         Clear Winter Nights by Trevin Wax
8         All Quiet on the Western Front by Erich Maria Remarque
9         You’re Not Special by David McCullough Jr.
10        The Nine by Jeffery Tobin
11         I Wear the Black Hat by Chuck Klosterman
12         Essentialism by Greg McKeown
13         Recovering Redemption by Matt Chandler and
14         Othello by William Shakespeare
15         The Scarlet Letter by Nathaniel Hawthorne
16         Christian Guide to The Scarlet Letter by Leland Ryken
17         Candide by Voltaire
18         Fierce Conversations by Susan Scott
19         A Christmas Carol by Charles Dickens
20         Same-Sex Marriage by John Stonestreet & Sean McDowell
21         A Confederacy of Dunces by John Kennedy Toole

Best Books this year:

Death by Living by ND Wilson: Excellent writing on how to live life to the fullest. One of the best books I’ve read in a long time. I’ll reread this year.


The Nine by Jeffery Tobin: I loved reading this overview of the recent Supreme Court. It provides great insight into the characters as well as the cases. While not unbiased (Tobin detests Scalia and Thomas), it helped me understand key court cases better. At times, it reads like a political novel, fast-paced and thoroughly engaging.


Essentialism by Greg McKeown: This made several Best of the Year reading lists. It addresses this question: “How can I put what is most essential to my life into the center of my life?” It is much more more than a how-to book; it’s a book that helped me to prioritize what really is important, and not let things that matter little to interfere. The subtitle is a lesson in itself: “The Disciplined Pursuit of Less.” Thanks to my friend Dave Steele for the recommendation.



Looking forward to reading more in 2015.

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I teach English and government in Okinawa, Japan. I love reading theology and fiction, and helps keep me accountable. Reading with three kids under 5 is a bit of a challenge, but I keep trying to find ways to read more. My favorites writers are C. S. Lewis, Flannery O’ Connor, and Raymond Carver.

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