30 January 2012

2011 Book Awards and Reading List

Wow, what happpened last week? It looks like I posted several pictures that I don't remember taking and writing several posts about things that I don't remember happening... Oh well, back to life as usual.

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I realized that January is almost over and I haven't made my annual book awards list. These are my favorite books that I read last year (not necessarily books that were published last year).

Best Fiction book I read this year: Tie: Kristin Lavransdatter by Sigrid Undset and The Name of the Rose by Umberto Eco




Best History book I read this year: Those Terrible Middle Ages! Debunking the Myths by Regine Pernoud


Best overall Nonfiction I read this year: One Thousand Gifts by Ann Voskamp


Most difficult book I read this year: The Roman Republic by Michael Crawford (and not necessarily because the information was difficult, but because his writing style was so unengaging and dry)


Most Beautiful book I read this year: Kristin Lavransdatter by Sigrid Undset

And here is my 2011 book list:
  • Nathan Coulter by Wendell Berry 12/11
  • His Last Bow by Arthur Conan Doyle 12/11
  • Romulus by Jacob Abbott 12/11
  • Ashamed of the Gospel by John MacArthur 12/11
  • I Will Repay by Baroness Orczy 12/11
  • Alexander the Great by Paul Cartledge 12/11
  • Sense and Sensibility by Jane Austen 12/11
  • Tarzan of the Apes by Edgar Rice Burroughs 12/11
  • Those Terrible Middle Ages!: Debunking the Myths by Regine Pernoud 12/11
  • The Talisman by Walter Scott 12/11
  • Travellers' Rest by James Enge 11/11
  • The Vampyre by John William Polidori 11/11
  • The Memoirs of Sherlock Holmes by Arthur Conan Doyle 11/11
  • The King Must Die by Mary Renault 11/11
  • Rasselas by Samuel Johnson 11/11
  • Refuting Evolution by Jonathan Sarfati 11/11
  • Charlie and the Great Glass Elevator by Roald Dahl 11/11
  • Jane Eyre by Charlotte Bronte 11/11
  • Imaginary Jesus by Matt Mikalatos 10/11
  • Fyodor Dostoevsky by Peter Letihart 10/11
  • Rupert of Hentzau by Anthony Hope 10/11
  • The Eagle of the Ninth by Rosemary Sutcliffe 10/11
  • How to be Free from Bitterness by Jim Wilson 10/11
  • The Prisoner of Zenda by Anthony Hope 10/11
  • Salamandastron by Brian Jacques 10/11
  • The Babylonians: An Introduction by Gwendolyn Leick 9/11
  • My Man Jeeves by P. G. Wodehouse 9/11
  • The Wood Beyond the World by William Morris 9/11
  • The Iliad by Homer (Richmond Lattimore, trans.) 9/11
  • Charles Dickens by G. K. Chesterton 9/11
  • All Quiet on the Western Front by Erich Remarque 9/11
  • The Peterkin Papers by Lucretia Hale 9/11
  • Paradox and Truth: Rethinking Van Til On the Trinity by Ralph Smith 9/11
  • Peter the Great by Jacob Abbott 9/11
  • Charles I by Jacob Abbott 8/11
  • Mary Queen of Scots by Jacob Abbott 8/11
  • The Spartans: The World of the Warrior-Heroes of Ancient Greece by Paul Cartledge 8/11
  • Queen Elizabeth by Jacob Abbott 8/11
  • Vathek by William Beckford 8/11
  • Roverandom by J.R.R. Tolkien 8/11
  • Margaret of Anjou by Jacob Abbott 8/11
  • Richard III by Jacob Abbott 8/11
  • At the Mountains of Madness and Other Tales of Terror H. P. Lovecraft 8/11
  • William the Conqueror by Jacob Abbott 8/11
  • Walking Across Egypt by Clyde Edgerton 8/11
  • The Battle of the Books and Other Short Pieces by Jonathan Swift 8/11
  • Sarah, Plain and Tall by Patricia MacLachlan 8/11
  • The Name of the Rose by Umberto Eco 7/11
  • Julius Caesar Jacob Abbott 7/11
  • The Black Cauldron by Lloyd Alexander 7/11
  • Richard I by Jacob Abbott 7/11
  • On the Art of Reading by Arthur Quiller-Couch 7/11
  • Hannibal by Jacob Abbott 7/11
  • Cleopatra by Jacob Abbott 7/11
  • The Roman Republic by Michael Crawford 7/11
  • Alexander the Great by Jacob Abbott 6/11
  • The Hound of the Baskervilles by Arthur Conan Doyle 6/11
  • The Symposium by Xenophon (H. G. Dakyns, trans.) 6/11
  • Reflections on the Psalms by C.S. Lewis 6/11
  • Classical Education and the Homeschool by Wesley Callihan, Douglas Jones, and Douglas Wilson 6/11
  • On Stranger Tides by Tim Powers 6/11
  • Mossflower by Brian Jacques 6/11
  • Zuleika Dobson by Max Beerbohm 6/11
  • Talking about Detective Fiction by P. D. James 6/11
  • Ancient Greece: A History in Eleven Cities by Paul Cartledge 6/11
  • One Thousand Gifts by Ann Voskamp 6/11
  • Rome and Italy by Livy (Betty Radice, trans.) 6/11
  • The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society by Annie Barrows 5/11
  • Mattimeo by Brian Jacques 5/11
  • Loving the Little Years by Rachel Jankovic 5/11
  • The Case for Classical Christian Education by Douglas Wilson 5/11
  • From Silence to Song: The Davidic Liturgical Revolution by Peter Leithart 5/11
  • The Astonished Heart by Robert Farrar Capon 4/11
  • Recovering the Lost Tools of Learning: An Approach to Distinctively Christian Education by Douglas Wilson 4/11
  • On the Character of a True Theologian by Herman Witsius 4/11
  • The Man Called CASH: The Life, Love and Faith of an American Legend by Steve Turner 4/11
  • The Prose Edda by Snorri Sturluson (Arthur G. Brodeur, trans.) 4/11
  • Journey into Narnia by Kathryn Lindskoog 4/11
  • The C.S. Lewis Hoax by Kathryn Lindskoog 4/11
  • Through Joy and Beyond by Walter Hooper 4/11
  • Father Brown: The Essential Tales by G.K. Chesterton 4/11
  • Mere Christianity by C.S. Lewis 4/11
  • Hangman's Holiday by Dorothy Sayers 4/11
  • Mein Kampf by Adolf Hitler 4/11
  • The Poetic Edda: The Heroic Poems (Henry Bellows, trans.) 3/11
  • Nineteen Eighty-Four by George Orwell 3/11
  • Square Foot Gardening by Mel Bartholomew 3/11
  • Always Ready: Directions for Defending the Faith by Greg Bahnsen 3/11
  • The Communist Manifesto by Karl Marx 2/11
  • Farmer Boy by Laura Ingalls Wilder 2/11
  • Redwall by Brian Jacques 2/11
  • Origins of the Alphabets: Introduction to Archaeology by Joseph Naveh 2/11
  • Kristin Lavransdatter: The Cross by Sigrid Undset 1/11
  • Man of Blessing: A Life of St. Benedict by Carmen Butcher 1/11
  • Slave by John MacArthur 1/11
  • Generous Justice: How God's Grace Makes Us Just by Timothy Keller 1/11
  • Poems from the Old English (Burton Raffel, trans.) 1/11
  • A Christmas Carol by Charles Dickens 1/11
  • Life of Dante by Giovanni Boccaccio (Philip Wicksteed, trans.) 1/11
  • La Vita Nuova by Dante Alighieri (Dante Gabriel Rossetti, trans.) 1/11
  • The Family by J.R. Miller 1/11
  • Kristin Lavransdatter: The Mistress of Husaby by Sigrid Undset 1/11

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