Mark’s 2010 52 Books Year End Review

Here’s a quick recap of insights and highlights of my 2010 52 book journey:

  • This is the first time in my life where I’ve tried to read 52 books in one year.
  • I am not a fast reader… perhaps average, perhaps slower than average.
  • I realized I needed to cut two things out of my life to get this done – video games (Madden) and excessive internet surfing (along with most television and movies)
  • I would not have finished if it were not for Ron Coia persevering with me.
  • The new Kindle is an amazing piece of technology that I’m grateful for.
  • I discovered I really enjoy reading some of the classics – especially the free ones on Kindle.
  • Books that grabbed and held my attention I could finish in two or three days… others took months.
  • As a pastor and leader, I believe there are few activities as beneficial to my professional development as reading.
  • Next year I want to read a couple of the Christian Classics (i.e., Augustine, Luther, Puritans, etc.)

Here are my favorite books of 2010:

  1. Radical: Taking Back Your Faith From the American Dream
  2. Unbroken: A World War II Story of Survival, Resilience, and Redemption
  3. Switch: How to Change Things When Change is hard
  4. The Sword: A Novel (Chiveis Trilogy)
  5. Horse Soldiers: The Extraordinary Story of a Band of U.S. Soldiers Who Rode to Victory in Afghanistan
  6. Who Made God: A Search For A Theory of Everything
  7. War
  8. Uncle Tom’s Cabin
  9. Fahrenheit 451

Finally, Here’s a breakdown by percentageof the types of books I read in 2010:

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