2016 books read

Happy New Year!

What are your resolutions for 2017? I have a few but one resolution I make every single year is to read 100 books. This is a resolution I have successfully completed more than once, but for four years running now I have fallen short. That said, I came real close with 99 read and this I believe is the first year where a significant majority of those books were some serious works of nonfiction instead of just fluff novels.

Are you on goodreads? I have found that it is a great place not only record and review what I have read but also to find great new authors both based on my reviews and also by reading the reviews of others whose opinions I have come to trust. Here is a PDF of what my 2016 reading goal looks like on Goodreads and below that is a list of what I have read (title – author – date finished – my GR rating). Feel free to ask me in the comments about any of these books that catch your eye or also to tell me what your favorite reads in 2016 were.

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The Bible – God – April 19 – *****
The Bible – God – November 24 – *****
The One Year Bible – God – December 31 – *****

Non-Fiction (biography)

A Great And Terrible King, Edward I – Marc Morris – April 2 – ***
The Spiral Staircase – Karen Armstrong – April 7 – ****
The Heavenly Man – Paul Hattaway – June 12 – *****
Buddha – Karen Armstrong – June 23 – ***
Muhammad – Karen Armstrong – August 11 – *
The House I Left Behind – Daniel Shayesteh – September 14 – ****
If I Perish – Esther Kim – November 23 – ****
Saladin – Stanley Lane-Poole – December 21 – ***

Non-Fiction (history)

The Ancient Church – WD Killen – January 16 – **
Lost To The West – Lars Brownworth – February 2 – ***
Hattin 1187 – David Nicolle – March 21 – ***
The Real History Behind The Davinci Code – Sharan Newman – May 4 – ***
The Battle For God – Karen Armstrong – May 18 – ****
The Closing Of The Muslim Mind – Robert Reilly – June 4 – ****
The Ottoman Road To War – Mustafa Aksakal – June 17 – ***
Shadow Of The Sultan’s Realm – Daniel Allen Butler – July 14 – **
Jerusalem – Karen Armstrong – September 22 – **
The Crusades Almanac – Michael J O Neal – December 8 – **
God, Humanity, and History – Robert Chazan – December 26 – ***
Fields Of Blood – Karen Armstrong – December 29 – ****

Non-Fiction (Theology/Inspiration)

The Ascent To Truth – Thomas Merton – January 24 – ***
A Long Obedience In The Same Direction – Eugene Peterson – February 1 – ****
In The Beginning – Karen Armstrong – February 29 – **
Behold The Beauty Of The Lord – Henri Nouwen –  March 5 – **
The Crucified God – Jurgen Moltmann – March 25 – ****
The Inner Experience – Thomas Merton – March 29 – ***
Scary Close – Donald Miller – April 15 – ****
On The Incarnation – Athanasius of Alexandria – April 22 – ****
The Fidelity of Betrayal – Peter Rollins – May 15 – **
40 Questions About Interpreting The Bible – Robert Plummer – July 9 – ****
unChristian – David Kinnaman – September 4 – ****
Paul – EP Sanders – September 30 – ***
The Trellis And The Vine – Collin Marshall – October 1 – ****
Can You Drink The Cup – Henri Nouwen – November 18 – ***
Benefit Of The Doubt – Gregory Boyd – November 19 – ****
Quran – Muhammad – December 18 – *
Finish The Mission – John Piper (ed) – December 22 – *****

Non-Fiction (Other)

The Tipping Point – Malcolm Gladwell – January 3 – ****
The Politically Incorrect Guide To Islam – Robert Spencer – February 9 – ***
The Road To Reality – Roger Penrose – February 23 – ***
In Pursuit of Silence – George Prochnik – March 11 – ***
Why We Left Islam – Susan Crimp – April 5 – ****
The Power of Habit – Charles Duhigg – April 28 – *****
Necessary Endings – Henry Cloud – May 13 – ****
The Ethics Of Authenticity – Charles Taylor – May 31 – ***
Made To Stick – Heath Chip – July 20 – *****
Hegel – Charles Taylor – August 29 – ***
Predictably Irrational – Dan Ariely – September 2 – ***
Multiculturalism – Charles Taylor – September 27 – ***
The Game Of Life And How To Play It – Florence Scovel Shinn – September 29 – * (my only DNF. I read about 80% but could endure no more of this drivel)
Modern Social Imaginaries – Charles Taylor – December 23

Fiction (Wheel of Time Series by Robert Jordan)

New Spring – May 21 – ****
Eye Of The World – June 7 – ****
The Great Hunt – June 20 – ****
The Dragon Reborn – July 3 – ****
The Shadow Rising – July 26 – ****
The Fires Of Heaven – August 25 – ****
Lord Of Chaos – September 13 – ****
Crown Of Swords – October 6 – ***
Path Of Daggers – October 12 – ****
Winter’s Heart – October 16 – ****
Crossroads Of Twilight – October 20 – ***
Knife Of Dreams – October 27 – ****
The Gathering Storm – November 1 – **** (The Last Three were written by Brandon Sanderson using RJ’s notes)
Towers Of Midnight – November 8 – ****
A Memory Of Light – November 15 – ****

Historical Fiction

Troy, Lord Of Silver Bow – David Gemmell – January 14 – ****
Troy, Shield Of Thunder – David Gemmell – January 19 – ****
Troy, Fall Of Kings – David Gemmell – January 23 – ****
Starbuck, Rebel – Bernard Cornwell – February 10 – ****
Starbuck, Copperhead – Bernard Cornwell – February 14 – ****
Starbuck, Battle Flag – Bernard Cornwell – February 19 – **
Starbuck, The Bloody Ground – Bernard Cornwell – February 26 – ***
House Of Dreams – Pauline Gedge – March 7 – **
Sharpe’s Tiger – Bernard Cornwell – April 25 – ****
Sharpe’s Triumph – Bernard Cornwell – May 8 – ***
Sharpe’s Fortress – Bernard Cornwell – June 29 – ***
The Forgotten Legion – Ben Kane – August 2 – ***
Sharpe’s Trafalgar – Bernard Cornwell – August 7 – ****
Sharpe’s Prey – Bernard Cornwell – September 3 – ***
Sharpe’s Rifles – Bernard Cornwell – September 15 – ****
The Silver Eagle – Ben Kane – September 20 – ***
Sharpe’s Skirmish – Bernard Cornwell – October 6 – ***
Sharpe’s Havoc – Bernard Cornwell – November 21 – ***
Sharpe’s Christmas – Bernard Cornwell – November 22 – ****
The Road To Rome – Ben Kane – **

Other Fiction

Dust of Dreams – Steven Erikson – January 10 – ****
The Crippled God – Steven Erikson – January 13 – ****
Echoes Of The Great Song – David Gemmell – January 26 – ***
The Dervish Gate – Ahmet Unit – April 16 – **
Enigma – Robert Harris – December 4 – ****
Night Of Knives – Ian Esslemont – December 7 – ****
Return Of The Crimson Guard – Ian Esslemont – December 12 – ****
Stonewielder – Ian Esslemont – December 20 – ****
Orb Scepter Throne – Ian Esslemont – December 30 – ****

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  1. An impressive book list! If you like historical fiction (which I can see you do), I recommend Conn Iggulden, particularly his Genghis Khan series. I have read most of the Sharpe series too. Do you know Robin Hobb’s Live Ships Trilogy too? Excellent.

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