Mark’s 2011 52 Books Year End Review

Here’s a quick recap of  insights and highlights in reading during 2011:

  • This is the second year of reading through 52 books… As such, I found it easier to get through the reading than the previous year.
  • I read several 600+ page books this year
  • I continue to be a fan of my kindle (though I wouldn’t touch a Kindle Fire – it’s junk)
  • This year our local libraries back in colorado began ”lending’ kindle books – This is a great feature that has already saved me hundreds of dollars.
  • For Christmas, my daughter Zoe (age 8) received a Kindle pre-loaded with 12 books checked out from our local library (she loves it and has hardly put it down)
  • I read a lot of Biography this year, particularly Christian history biographies in preparation for a sermon series I did this summer on Church History
  • This year I also continued to pursue some literary classics and other books I should have read in high school but did not.
  • Next year I would like to begin reading some more difficult books both in the area of theology and historical classics.


Here’s a list of my favorite books from 2011:

  1. Steve Jobs by Walter Isaacson 
  2. 11/22/63: A Novel by Stephen King
  3. Outliers: The Story of Success by Malcom Gladwell
  4. Generous Justice: How God’s Grace Makes Us Just by Tim Keller
  5. Erasing Hell by Francis Chan and Preston Sprinkle 
  6. Hamlet’s Blackberry: A Practical Philosophy for Building a Good Life in the Digital Age by William Powers
  7. Evangelism and the Sovereignty of God by J.I. Packer
  8. The Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins
  9. East of Eden by John Steinbeck
  10. Calvin by Bruce Gordon 

2 Comments on Mark’s 2011 52 Books Year End Review

  1. Hey Mark, just curious as to why you think the new Kindle Fire is not worth the money…bad reviews? And thanks for the heads up on being able to “borrow” e-books from the library!

  2. Bad reviews… but more than that a bad operating system (modified Android) and a bad corporate ethos of Amazon. I love my kindle for reading the digital ink… but you would be much better off spending the extra money on an iPad than a kindle fire… I have an iPad and love it too!

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