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Ratings Guide: 0 to 5 ★s reflects how much I liked it (worst to best); 0 to 3 ☢s represents a content advisory (mildest to strongest).


2017

    January

  1. The Stranger in My Genes by Bill Griffeth ★★★★
  2. Citizen of the Galaxy by Robert Heinlein ★★★
  3. Rocket Ship Galileo by Robert Heinlein ★★
  4. Have Space Suit—Will Travel by Robert Heinlein ★★★
  5. February

  6. Red Planet by Robert Heinlein ★★
  7. Hold On to Your Kids by Gordon Neufeld and Gabor MatÚ ★★★★★
  8. Pilgrimage: The Book of the People by Zenna Henderson ★★★★★
  9. The People: No Different Flesh by Zenna Henderson ★★★★★
  10. March

  11. Ingathering by Zenna Henderson ★★★★★
  12. The Unpleasantness at the Bellona Club by Dorothy Sayers ★★★★★
  13. Strong Poison by Dorothy Sayers ★★★★★
  14. Five Red Herrings by Dorothy Sayers ★★★★
  15. Have His Carcase by Dorothy Sayers ★★★★★
  16. Murder Must Advertise by Dorothy Sayers ★★★★★
  17. April

  18. The Nine Tailors by Dorothy Sayers ★★★★★
  19. Gaudy Night by Dorothy Sayers ★★★★★
  20. Daring Greatly by BrenÚ Brown ★★★★
  21. Busman's Honeymoon by Dorothy Sayers ★★★★★
  22. Lord Peter: The Complete Lord Peter Wimsey Stories by Dorothy Sayers ★★★★★
  23. Hangman's Holiday by Dorothy Sayers ★★★★
  24. May

  25. Deep Undercover by Jack Barsky ★★★★
  26. In the Teeth of the Evidence by Dorothy Sayers ★★★
  27. The Documents in the Case by Dorothy Sayers with Robert Eustace ★★★
  28. The Gifts of Imperfection by BrenÚ Brown ★★★★
  29. The Whimsical Christian by Dorothy Sayers ★★★★★
  30. Cry, the Beloved Country by Alan Paton ★★★★★
  31. The Master of Disguise by Antonio J. Mendez ★★★★★ ☢
  32. June

  33. Jim Bridger: Mountain Man by Stanley Vestal ★★★
  34. The Shadow of Robbers' Roost by Helen Rushmore ★★★
  35. The Royal Road to Romance by Richard Halliburton ★★★
  36. The Glorious Adventure by Richard Halliburton ★★★
  37. Dorothy L. Sayers: A Careless Rage for Life by David Coomes ★★★★
  38. Designed to Move by Joan Vernikos ★★★
  39. Rising Strong by BrenÚ Brown ★★★
  40. How I Killed Pluto and Why It Had It Coming by Mike Brown ★★★★
  41. In the Blood by Steve Robinson ★★★
  42. July

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Previous Years


2016

    January

  1. The Road to Character by David Brooks ★★ ☢☢☢
  2. Sidney Chambers and the Perils of the Night by James Runcie ★★★
  3. February

  4. The Village on the Edge of the World by A.T. Oram ★★★
  5. The Fatal Tree by Stephen Lawhead ★★★
  6. Whose Body? by Dorothy Sayers ★★★★★
  7. Clouds of Witness by Dorothy Sayers ★★★★★
  8. Unnatural Death by Dorothy Sayers ★★★★
  9. March

  10. Cure by Jo Marchant ★★★
  11. Sidney Chambers and the Problem of Evil by James Runcie ★★★
  12. Sidney Chambers and the Shadow of Death by James Runcie ★★★
  13. The Lion of St. Mark by G. A. Henty ★★★★
  14. April

  15. Sidney Chambers and the Forgiveness of Sins by James Runcie ★★★
  16. May

  17. The Lion of St. Mark by G. A. Henty (re-read after visiting Venice) ★★★★
  18. Old Granny Fox by Thornton W. Burgess ★★★
  19. Guild Court by George MacDonald ★★★★★
  20. June

  21. Weighed and Wanting by George MacDonald ★★★★
  22. They're Your Kids by Sam Sorbo ★★
  23. Wild Animals I have Known by Ernest Thompson Seton ★★★★ ☢ (because the stories are sad)
  24. What's Wrong with the World by G. K. Chesterton ★★★
  25. July

  26. The Power of Habit by Charles Duhigg ★★★
  27. The History of the Renaissance World by Susan Wise Bauer ★★★★★
  28. Hidden Secrets Revealed by Wallace M. Campbell NR (How does one rate a friend's book, fascinating in its history and precious in its memories but not relevant to most other people?)
  29. Donal Grant by George MacDonald ★★★
  30. Daughter of Liberty by Edna Boutwell ★★★
  31. Will Rogers (Hallmark) ★★★
  32. Stephen Archer and Other Tales by George MacDonald ★★★
  33. Dere Mable by E. Streeter ★★
  34. Men of Science, Men of God by Henry M. Morris ★★
  35. The Princess and Curdie by George MacDonald ★★★★★
  36. Unspoken Sermons Series II by George MacDonald ★★★★★
  37. What's Mine's Mine by George MacDonald ★★★
  38. August

  39. Home Again by George MacDonald ★★★★ (especially of interest to me because of his comments on the nature and craft of writing)
  40. The Elect Lady by George MacDonald ★★★★
  41. The Tragedie of Hamlet by William Shakespeare, a study by George MacDonald ★★★★★
  42. One Day in the Life of Ivan Denisovich by Aleksandr Solzhenitsyn ★★★★★ ☢
  43. Unspoken Sermons Series III by George MacDonald ★★★★★
  44. Mark and Livy by Resa Willis ★★★
  45. The Light Princess and other Fairy Stories by George MacDonald ★★★★★
  46. The Tragedy of Coriolanus by William Shakespeare ★★★
  47. A Rough Shaking by George MacDonald ★★★★★
  48. Hiroshima Diary by Dr. Michihoko Hachiya ★★★★★
  49. The Comedy of Errors by William Shakespeare ★★★
  50. The Flight of the Shadow by George MacDonald ★★★★
  51. Hiroshima by John Hersey ★★★★
  52. September

  53. There and Back by George MacDonald ★★★★
  54. The Hope of the Gospel by George MacDonald ★★★★★
  55. The Bible (Holman Christian Standard Bible version) ★★★★★
  56. Poetical Works, Volume 1 by George MacDonald ★★★
  57. The Case for a Creator by Lee Strobel ★★★
  58. A Dish of Orts by George MacDonald ★★★
  59. The Black Star of Kingston by S.D. Smith ★★★★★
  60. The Green Ember by S.D. Smith ★★★★★
  61. Ember Falls by S.D. Smith ★★★★★
  62. Heather and Snow by George MacDonald (much Scottish dialect, strong female character) ★★★★★
  63. October

  64. My Side of the Mountain by Jean Craighead George ★★★★★
  65. Poetical Works, Volume 2 by George MacDonald ★★★
  66. Lilith by George MacDonald ★★★★★
  67. Lilith A (first draft of Lilith) by George MacDonald ★★★★
  68. Salted with Fire by George MacDonald (much Scottish dialect, strong female character) ★★★★★
  69. Far Above Rubies by George MacDonald ★★★★
  70. George MacDonald: 365 Readings by C. S. Lewis ★★★★★
  71. November

  72. Early Tales of the Atomic Age by Daniel Lang ★★★★
  73. Into the Atomic Age edited by Sholto Watt ★★★
  74. The New Testament (King James version) ★★★★★
  75. King Ron of the Triceratops by S.S. Paulson ★★★
  76. December

  77. Main-Travelled Roads by Hamlin Garland ★★★



2015

    January

  1. The Mark of the Dragonfly by Jaleigh Johnson ★★★
  2. Legally Kidnapped by Carlos Morales ★★
  3. The Princess and the Goblin by George MacDonald ★★★★★
  4. The Princess and Curdie by George MacDonald ★★★★★
  5. February

  6. Wilfred Cumbermede by George MacDonald ★★★★
  7. Life of Fred: Goldfish by Stanley F. Schmidt ★★★★
  8. Life of Fred: Honey by Stanley F. Schmidt ★★★★
  9. Life of Fred: Ice Cream by Stanley F. Schmidt ★★★★
  10. Life of Fred: Jelly Beans by Stanley F. Schmidt ★★★★
  11. Life of Fred: Kidneys by Stanley F. Schmidt ★★★★
  12. Gifted Hands: The Ben Carson Story by Ben Carson with Cecil Murphey ★★★★★
  13. Life of Fred: Liver by Stanley F. Schmidt ★★★★
  14. Life of Fred: Mineshaft by Stanley F. Schmidt ★★★★
  15. Life of Fred: Pre-Algebra with Biology by Stanley F. Schmidt ★★★★
  16. March

  17. Artemis Fowl (Book 1) by Eoin Colfer ★★★
  18. Artemis Fowl (Book 2): The Arctic Incident by Eoin Colfer ★★★
  19. Artemis Fowl (Book 3): The Eternity Code by Eoin Colfer ★★
  20. To Kill a Mockingbird by Harper Lee ★★★★★
  21. Gutta-Percha Willie by George MacDonald ★★★★★
  22. Artemis Fowl (Book 4): The Opal Deception by Eoin Colfer ★★
  23. The Winged Watchman by Hilda van Stockum ★★★★★
  24. Forty Ways to Look at Winston Churchill by Gretchen Rubin ★★★★
  25. April

  26. England's Antiphon by George MacDonald ★★★
  27. The Wise Woman by George MacDonald ★★★★★
  28. The Qur'an translation by M. A. S. Abdel Haleem ★★★
  29. Better than Before by Gretchen Rubin ★★★
  30. Pioneer Days by Laura Ingalls Wilder, annotations by Pamela Smith Hill ★★★
  31. Malcolm by George MacDonald (much Scottish dialect) ★★★★
  32. May

  33. Thomas Wingfold, Curate by George MacDonald ★★
  34. St. George and St. Michael by George MacDonald ★★★★★
  35. The SHARP Solution by Heidi Hanna ★★★
  36. The Marquis of Lossie by George MacDonald (some Scottish dialect) ★★★★★
  37. The Six Fingers of Time and Other Stores from Galaxy Magazine ★★★
  38. June

  39. Paul Faber, Surgeon by George MacDonald ★★
  40. Jesus Through Middle Eastern Eyes by Kenneth E. Bailey ★★★★
  41. July

  42. Sir Gibbie by George MacDonald ★★★★★
  43. Exotics by George MacDonald ★★
  44. The Penderwicks by Jeanne Birdsall ★★★★
  45. The Penderwicks on Gardam Street by Jeanne Birdsall ★★★★★
  46. The Penderwicks at Point Mouette by Jeanne Birdsall ★★★★★
  47. Tremendous Trifles by G. K. Chesterton ★★★★
  48. A Book of Strife, in the Form of the Diary of an Old Soul by George MacDonald ★★
  49. Weathermakers to the World by Eric B. Schultz ★★★★
  50. The Penderwicks in Spring by Jeanne Birdsall ★★★★
  51. Mary Marston by George MacDonald ★★★
  52. The Bible ★★★★★
  53. August

  54. Warlock o' Glenwarlock by George MacDonald ★★★★★
  55. The Mind's Eye by Oliver Sacks ★★★
  56. September

  57. The Upside of Stress by Kelly McGonigal ★★★★
  58. A Child's Garden of Verses by Robert Louis Stevenson ★★★
  59. The Green Ember by S.D. Smith ★★★★★
  60. The Black Star of Kingston by S.D. Smith ★★★★★
  61. Food Foolish by John M. Mandyck and Eric B. Schultz ★★★★
  62. Malestrom by Carolyn Custis James ★★★★
  63. October

  64. The Jungle Book by Rudyard Kipling ★★★★★
  65. The Second Jungle Book by Rudyard Kipling ★★★★★
  66. Love Does by Bob Goff ★★★
  67. The Village on the Edge of the World by A.T. Oram ★★★
  68. Sidney Chambers and the Shadow of Death by James Runcie ★★★
  69. The Kids from Nowhere by George Guthridge ★★★★ ☢
  70. The Gambia in Depth by the Peace Corps ★★
  71. Stiff by Mary Roach ★★★
  72. November

  73. 1066 and All That by W. C. Sellar and R. J. Yeatman ★★
  74. It All Started with Columbus by Richard Armour ★★★
  75. Old Peter's Russian Tales by Arthur Ransome ★★★★★
  76. The New Testament ★★★★★
  77. West Africa Is My Back Yard: Ex-Pat Life in The Gambia and Beyond (Part I: Where on Earth is The Gambia Anyway?) by Mark Williams ★★
  78. The Call of the Wild by Jack London ★★
  79. The Story of Western Science by Susan Wise Bauer ★★★★★
  80. December

  81. The Billion Dollar Spy by David E. Hoffman ★★★★
  82. The Martian by Andy Weir ★★★★★
  83. A Christmas Carol by Charles Dickens ★★★★★
  84. Manjiro by Hisakazu Kaneko ★★★★



2014

    January

  1. Station X: Decoding Nazi Secrets by Michael Smith ★★★★
  2. The Princess and the Goblin by George MacDonald ★★★★★
  3. February

  4. Half the Church by Carolyn Custis James ★★★★★
  5. The Princess and Curdie by George MacDonald ★★★★★
  6. The Shadow Lamp by Stephen R. Lawhead ★★★
  7. At the Back of the North Wind by George MacDonald ★★★★★
  8. March

  9. The Hobbit by J.R.R. Tolkien ★★★★★
  10. The Wailing Octopus: A Rick Brant Science-Adventure Story #11 by John Blaine ★★★
  11. Smuggler's Reef: A Rick Brant Science-Adventure Story #7 by John Blaine ★★★
  12. The Caves of Fear: A Rick Brant Science-Adventure Story #8 by John Blaine ★★★
  13. Unbroken by Laura Hillenbrand ★★★★ ☢☢
  14. The Golden Skull: A Rick Brant Science-Adventure Story #10 by John Blaine ★★★
  15. The Scarlet Lake Mystery: A Rick Brant Science-Adventure Story #13 by John Blaine ★★★
  16. The Pirates of Shan: A Rick Brant Science-Adventure Story #14 by John Blaine ★★★
  17. The Blue Ghost Mystery: A Rick Brant Science-Adventure Story #15 by John Blaine ★★
  18. The Egyptian Cat Mystery: A Rick Brant Science-Adventure Story #16 by John Blaine ★★★
  19. The Flaming Mountain: A Rick Brant Science-Adventure Story #17 by John Blaine ★★★
  20. The Flying Stingaree: A Rick Brant Science-Adventure Story #18 by John Blaine ★★★
  21. April

  22. Phantastes by George MacDonald ★★★★★
  23. May

  24. David Elginbrod by George MacDonald ★★★★★
  25. The Silent Swan by Lex Keating ★★★★
  26. The Locust Effect by Gary A. Huagen and Victor Boutros ★★★★★ (five stars for very important content; less for the writing)
  27. June

  28. Alec Forbes of Howglen by George MacDonald ★★★★★
  29. July

  30. Robert Falconer by George MacDonald ★★★★★
  31. Not Exactly Normal by Devin Brown ★★★★
  32. August

  33. Melancholy Elephants by Spider Robinson ★★★
  34. The Peculiar by Stefan Bachmann ★★★★
  35. Adela Cathcart by George MacDonald ★★★★
  36. The Secret Adversary by Agatha Christie ★★★
  37. The Mysterious Affair at Styles by Agatha Christie ★★★
  38. The Portent and Other Stories by George MacDonald ★★★
  39. The Life of Our Lord by Charles Dickens ★★★
  40. The Jungle by Upton Sinclair ★★★
  41. September

  42. Sometimes God Has a Kid's Face by Sister Mary Rose McGeady ★★ ☢
  43. The Brainy Bunch by Kip and Mona Lisa Harding ★★★★
  44. Your Life Calling by Jane Pauley ★★★
  45. Annals of a Quiet Neighborhood by George MacDonald ★★★★
  46. October

  47. Something Other than God by Jennifer Fulwiler ★★★★★
  48. Wool Omnibus (Wool 1 - Wool 5) by Hugh Howey ★★ ☢
  49. The Seaboard Parish by George MacDonald ★★★★
  50. November

  51. The Vicar's Daughter by George MacDonald ★★★★★
  52. Unspoken Sermons Series I by George MacDonald ★★★★★
  53. 2BR02B by Kurt Vonnegut ★★★
  54. Guild Court by George MacDonald ★★★★★
  55. Life of Fred: Australia by Stanley F. Schmidt ★★★★
  56. December

  57. The Miracles of Our Lord by George MacDonald ★★★★★
  58. At the Back of the North Wind by George MacDonald (2nd time this year, but in April I started reading George MacDonald's works in the order they were written) ★★★★★
  59. Ranald Bannerman's Boyhood by George MacDonald ★★★★★
  60. Handel's Messiah: Comfort for God's People by Calvin R. Stapert, audio book read by James Adams ★★★★
  61. Life of Fred: Cats by Stanley F. Schmidt ★★★★
  62. Life of Fred: Dogs by Stanley F. Schmidt ★★★★
  63. Life of Fred: Edgewood by Stanley F. Schmidt ★★★★
  64. Life of Fred: Farming by Stanley F. Schmidt ★★★★



2013

    January

  1. A Year with G. K. Chesterton edited by Kevin Belmonte ★★★★★
  2. Kluge by Gary Marcus ★★★
  3. Simplicity Parenting by Kim John Payne ★★★★★
  4. The Hobbit by J.R.R. Tolkien ★★★★★
  5. Meet Christopher Columbus by James T. de Kay (young Landmark) ★★★
  6. February

  7. Guitar Zero by Gary Marcus ★★★★
  8. The Spirit Well by Stephen R. Lawhead ★★★★★
  9. The History of the Medieval World by Susan Wise Bauer ★★★★
  10. Hannah Coulter by Wendell Berry, narrated by Susan Denaker (audio book) ★★★★
  11. Animorphs #1: The Invasion by K. A. Applegate ★★
  12. The Sisters Grimm by Michael Buckley ★★
  13. The Keys to the Kingdom #1: Mister Monday by Garth Nix ★★
  14. Animorphs #2: The Visitor by K. A. Applegate ★★
  15. Animorphs #3: The Encounter by K. A. Applegate ★★
  16. The Keys to the Kingdom #2: Grim Tuesday by Garth Nix ★★
  17. Indian Captive by Lois Lenski ★★★★
  18. Animorphs #4: The Message by K. A. Applegate ★★
  19. Animorphs #6: The Capture by K. A. Applegate ★★
  20. Animorphs #7: The Stranger by K. A. Applegate ★★
  21. Animorphs #8: The Alien by K. A. Applegate ★★
  22. March

  23. The Keys to the Kingdom #3: Drowned Wednesday by Garth Nix ★★
  24. The Keys to the Kingdom #4: Sir Thursday by Garth Nix ★★
  25. The Keys to the Kingdom #5: Lady Friday by Garth Nix ★★
  26. The Tipping Point by Malcolm Gladwell ★★★
  27. The Man Who Was Thursday by G. K. Chesterton ★★★★★
  28. The Keys to the Kingdom #6: Superior Saturday by Garth Nix ★★
  29. The Keys to the Kingdom #7: Lord Sunday by Garth Nix ★★
  30. The Hork-Bajir Chronicles by K. A. Applegate ★★
  31. April

  32. Lost Women of the Bible by Carolyn Custis James ★★★★★
  33. The Gospel of Ruth by Carolyn Custis James ★★★★★
  34. The Princess and the Goblin by George MacDonald ★★★★★
  35. The Princess and Curdie by George MacDonald ★★★★★
  36. May

  37. Life of Fred: Apples by Stanley F. Schmidt ★★★★
  38. Life of Fred: Butterflies by Stanley F. Schmidt ★★★★
  39. Life of Fred: Kidneys by Stanley F. Schmidt ★★★★
  40. Life of Fred: Liver by Stanley F. Schmidt ★★★★
  41. Life of Fred: Mineshaft by Stanley F. Schmidt ★★★★
  42. Getting Organized in the Google Era by James A. Martin ★★★
  43. Make the Bread, Buy the Butter by Jennifer Reese ★★★★
  44. Cooked by Michael Pollan ★★★★★ ☢
  45. June

  46. Difficult Personalities by Helen McGrath and Hazel Edwards ★★
  47. Landmark 2: The Landing of the Pilgrims by James Daugherty ★★★★
  48. Landmark 9: The Building of the First Transcontinental Railroad by Adele Nathan ★★★★
  49. The Second Jungle Book by Rudyard Kipling ★★★
  50. When Life and Beliefs Collide by Carolyn Custis James ★★★★
  51. July

  52. The Story of the Other Wise Man by Henry Van Dyke ★★★
  53. What I Saw in America by G. K. Chesterton ★★★★
  54. God Is Red by Liao Yiwu ★★★★★
  55. The Myth of the Garage by Chip Heath and Dan Heath ★★★
  56. Lilith by George MacDonald ★★★★★
  57. 3 Theories of Everything by Ellis Potter ★★★

    August

  58. Project-Based Homeschooling by Lori Pickert ★★★★★

    September

  59. Better than School by Nancy Wallace ★★★★★
  60. Child's Work by Nancy Wallace ★★★★★

    October

  61. The Idle Parent by Tom Hodgkinson ★★★☢
  62. November

    December

  63. How to Be Idle by Tom Hodgkinson ★★☢☢
  64. Deer Hunting with Jesus by Joe Bageant ★★☢☢



2012

    January

  1. Summer at Fairacre by Miss Read ★★★★★
  2. A Boy's War by David Michell ★★★★
  3. March

  4. Everybody's Normal Till You Get to Know Them by John Ortberg ★★★
  5. The Skin Map by Stephen Lawhead (audio book) ★★★★
  6. Life Is So Good by George Dawson and Richard Glaubman ★★★★★
  7. The Introvert Advantage by Marti Olsen Laney ★★★
  8. Let the Baby Drive by Lu Hanessian ★★★★★
  9. The Bone House by Stephen Lawhead ★★★★★
  10. April

  11. The Stories of Emmy by Doris Smith Naundorf ★★★★
  12. Wonderful Fool by Shusaku Endo ★★★★
  13. Mark's Story by Tim LaHaye and Jerry B. Jenkins ★★★
  14. May

  15. No, We Can't by Robert Stearns ★★
  16. Luke's Story by Tim LaHaye and Jerry B. Jenkins ★★★
  17. Quiet by Susan Cain ★★★★★
  18. In the Name of Jesus by Henri Nouwen ★★★
  19. The American Adventure #8: Smallpox Strikes by Norma Jean Lutz ★★
  20. The American Adventure #9: Maggie's Choice by Norma Jean Lutz ★★
  21. June

  22. The American Adventure #14: Earthquake in Cincinnati by Bonnie Hinman ★★
  23. The American Adventure #16: Escape from Slavery by Norma Jean Lutz ★★★
  24. The American Adventure #17: Cincinnati Epidemic by Veda Boyd Jones ★★
  25. The American Adventure #37: The Flu Epidemic by JoAnn A. Grote ★★
  26. The American Adventure #38: Women Win the Vote by JoAnn A. Grote ★★
  27. Spiritual Formation by Henri Nouwen ★★
  28. Switch by Chip Heath and Dan Heath ★★★★★
  29. July

  30. The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks by Rebecca Skloot ★★★★★
  31. Hoi: Your Swiss German Survival Guide by Sergio J. Lievano and Nocole Egger ★★★ I'm not sure how to rate this, actually; I need more experience with Swiss German first.
  32. Sink Reflections by Marla Cilley ★★★
  33. From Pearl Harbor to Calvary by Mitsuo Fuchida (audio book) ★★★
  34. How to Have a 48-Hour Day by Don Aslett ★★★★★
  35. August

  36. Made to Stick by Chip Heath and Dan Heath ★★★★★
  37. Manalive by G. K. Chesterton ★★★★★
  38. Miracles by Tim Stafford ★★★★
  39. September

  40. The Five Little Peppers and How They Grew by Margaret Sidney ★★ I remember enjoying it as a child, and even at a later re-reading, but this time found it cloying and not well written.
  41. The Happiness Project by Gretchen Rubin ★★★★★
  42. Except the Dying by Maureen Jennings ★★★ ☢☢☢
  43. October

  44. Scaling Down byJudi Culbertson and Marj Decker ★★★★
  45. Earthen Vessels by Matthew Lee Anderson ★★
  46. Happier at Home by Gretchen Rubin ★★★★★
  47. A Million Miles in a Thousand Years by Donald Miller ★★★
  48. Half the Sky by Nicholas D. Kristof and Sheryl WuDunn ★★★★
  49. November

  50. When to Speak Up and When to Shut Up by Michael D. Sedler ★★
  51. December

  52. Drive by Daniel H. Pink ★★★★★
  53. Leaving Microsoft to Change the World by John Wood ★★★★★
  54. The Xenophobe's Guide to the Americans by Stephanie Faul ★★★
  55. The Xenophobe's Guide to the Swiss by Paul Bilton ★★★
  56. The Xenophobe's Guide to the Canadians by Vaughn Roste ★★★
  57. Haiku, Origami, and More: Worship and Study Resources from Japan by Judith May Newton and Mayumi Tabuchi ★★★
  58. Favorite Celtic Fairy Tales by Joseph Jacobs ★★★★
  59. The Xenophobe's Guide to the Japanese by Sahoko Kaji, Noriki Hama, and Jonathan Rice ★★★
  60. Irish Fairy Tales by Philip Smith ★★★
  61. Scottish Fairy Tales by Donald A. Mackenzie ★★★
  62. The Legend of Sleepy Hollow and Rip Van Winkle by Washington Irving ★★★



2011

    January

  1. The Vintage Bradbury: Ray Bradbury's Own Selection of His Best Stories by Ray Bradbury ★★ ☢
  2. Confessions and Reflections of a Traveler by Brett R. McLean ★★ ☢
  3. The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King by J. R. R. Tolkien ★★★★★
  4. February

  5. Bad Science: Quacks, Hacks, and Big Pharma Flacks by Ben Goldacre ★★★ ☢
  6. March

  7. Ender's Shadow by Orson Scott Card ★★★ ☢
  8. How to Be a High School Superstar by Cal Newport ★★★★★
  9. April

  10. The Mother Tongue by Bill Bryson ★★★★ ☢
  11. Troublesome Words by Bill Bryson ★★★★
  12. Sabbath by Dan B. Allender ★★
  13. May

  14. Outliers by Malcolm Gladwell ★★★ ☢
  15. The Raw Milk Revolution by David E. Gumpert ★★★★
  16. Eats, Shoots and Leaves by Lynne Truss ★★★★
  17. North to Freedom by Anne Holm ★★★
  18. June

  19. The Longevity Project by Howard S. Friedman and Leslie R. Martin ★★★
  20. July

  21. At Home by Franz Hohler ★★★
  22. August

  23. Introverts in the Church by Adam S. McHugh ★★★★
  24. Shakespeare by Bill Bryson ★★★★
  25. The Rocket's Shadow: A Rick Brant Science-Adventure Story #1 by John Blaine ★★★
    (This link is for the review of all the Rick Brant books, plus Tom Swift and Tom Quest.)
  26. Sea Gold: A Rick Brant Science-Adventure Story #3 by John Blaine ★★★
  27. The Caves of Fear: A Rick Brant Science-Adventure Story #4 by John Blaine ★★★
  28. September

  29. The Electronic Mind Reader: A Rick Brant Science-Adventure Story #12 by John Blaine ★★★
  30. The Scarlet Lake Mystery: A Rick Brant Science-Adventure Story #13 by John Blaine ★★★
  31. The Pirates of Shan: A Rick Brant Science-Adventure Story #14 by John Blaine ★★★
  32. The Flaming Mountain: A Rick Brant Science-Adventure Story #17 by John Blaine ★★★
  33. The Flying Stingaree: A Rick Brant Science-Adventure Story #18 by John Blaine ★★★
  34. Tom Swift and the Visitor from Planet X by Victor Appleton II ★
  35. The Mystery of the Timber Giant: A Tom Quest Adventure by Fran Striker ★★
  36. October

  37. Secret Water by Arthur Ransome ★★★★★
  38. The Crime of the Century by Kingsley Amis ★★

    November

    Did I really complete no books in November? Seems unbelievable, but then again, it was a busy month.

    December

  39. The Corpse Walker by Liao Yiwu ★★★ ☢☢
  40. The Zen of Fish by Trevor Corson ★★★ ☢☢
  41. Christmas at Fairacre by Miss Read ★★★★★
  42. Village Affairs by Miss Read ★★★★★



2010

    January

  1. Born to Run by Christopher McDougall ★★ ☢☢
  2. The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time by Mark Haddon ★ ☢☢☢
  3. A Little Princess by Frances Hodgson Burnett ★★★★
  4. It Happened in Italy by Elizabeth Bettina ★★★
  5. Eugenics and Other Evils by G. K. Chesterton ★★★★★
  6. February

  7. Theatre Shoes by Noel Streatfeild ★★★★★
  8. Mayflower by Nathaniel Philbrick ★★★★
  9. The Omnivore's Dilemma by Michael Pollan ★★★★★
  10. The Selfless Gene by Charles Foster ★★★
  11. Weapons of Mass Instruction by John Taylor Gatto ★★★★★
  12. Just Courage (audio book) by Gary Haugen ★★★
  13. A Journal of the Plague Year by Daniel Defoe ★★
  14. March

  15. Three Cups of Tea by Greg Mortenson and David Oliver Relin ★★★★★
  16. Saint Patrick by Jonathan Rogers ★★★★
  17. Homeschooling for the Rest of Us by Sonya Haskins ★★★★
  18. The Brothers Karamazov (audio book, abridged) by Fyodor Dostoevsky ★★★ ☢
  19. In Defense of Food by Michael Pollan ★★★★★
  20. Between Heaven and Hell by Peter Kreeft ★★★★
  21. The Philosophy of Tolkien by Peter Kreeft ★★★★
  22. Rabbit Hill by Robert Lawson ★★★★ Unrealistic, but a delightful vision and a fun book.
  23. The Abernathy Boys by L. J. Hunt ★★★★ Hard to believe this was published in 2004—no cussing worse than "Aunt Annie's fanny!" A little hard on the girls, but the author does his best while being true to the times. A book for Free Range Kids.
  24. April

  25. The Gobblestone School by Jacob Schriftman ★★
  26. Stones into Schools by Greg Mortenson ★★★★★
  27. The Brain that Changes Itself by Norman Doidge ★★★★ ☢☢
  28. May

  29. In Tune with the World by Josef Pieper ★★★★★
  30. Food Rules by Michael Pollan ★★★ If this is the only one of Pollan's food books you read, it rates five stars. I give it three because In Defense of Food is better.
  31. June

  32. Gold: The Final Science Fiction Collection by Isaac Asimov ★★★
  33. July

  34. Stained Glass Elegies by Shusaku Endo ★★★
  35. Magic: The Final Fantasy Collection by Isaac Asimov ★★★
  36. Ender's Game by Orson Scott Card ★★★ ☢
  37. Speaker for the Dead by Orson Scott Card ★★
  38. Covenant and Communion: The Biblical Theology of Pope Benedict XVI by Scott W. Hahn ★★★
  39. Common Sense 101: Lessons from G. K. Chesterton by Dale Ahlquist ★★★
  40. August

  41. Getting Things Done by David Allen ★★ The content rates three stars, or maybe more; I won't know till I've worked with his ideas. The book itself only rates two, however.
  42. The History of the Ancient World: From the Earliest Accounts to the Fall of Rome by Susan Wise Bauer ★★★★
  43. September

  44. Everything I Want to Do Is Illegal by Joel Salatin ★★★★
  45. The Chronological Guide to the Bible ★★★★
  46. Murder Must Advertise by Dorothy Sayers ★★★★★
  47. The Saturdays by Elizabeth Enright ★★★★★
  48. The Four-Story Mistake by Elizabeth Enright ★★★★★
  49. Then There Were Five by Elizabeth Enright ★★★★★
  50. Spiderweb for Two: A Melendy Maze by Elizabeth Enright ★★★★★
  51. Christians Are Hate-Filled Hypocrites ...and Other Lies You've Been Told by Bradley R. E. Wright ★★★★
  52. Fruitless Fall: The Collapse of the Honey Bee and the Coming Agricultural Crisis by Rowan Jacobsen ★★★★★ ☢
  53. October

  54. Free-Range Kids: How to Raise Safe, Self-Reliant Children (Without Going Nuts with Worry) by Lenore Skenazy ★★★★★
  55. Non Campus Mentis by Anders Henricksson ★★★
  56. Ready for Anything by David Allen ★★★★
  57. The Hobbit by J.R.R. Tolkien ★★★★★ Some books are worth reading annually, for inspiration and refreshment of the spirit. This is one of them.
  58. Healing Through Exercise by J÷rg Blech ★★★★★ Extremely important book, though short on practical exercises.
  59. Forgotten God: Reversing Our Tragic Neglect of the Holy Spirit (audio book) by Francis Chan ★★ This might have been just what I was looking for, but it wasn't.
  60. No More Christian Nice Girl by Paul Coughlin and Jennifer D. Degler ★★
  61. Martin Luther: In His Own Words (audio book, includes The Small Catechism, 95 Theses, On Faith and Coming to Christ, On Confession and the Lord's Supper, Of the Office of Preaching, Excerpt from Luther's Tower Experience, and The Last Written Words of Luther) ★★★ It's much more interesting to read what Luther said than to read about what Luther said.
  62. Into the Silent Land: A Guide to the Christian Practice of Contemplation by Martin Laird ★★★ That three stars only means I actually have no idea how to rate this.
  63. November

  64. The Chronicles of Narnia: The Lion, the Witch, and the Wardrobe (Jove) by C. S. Lewis ★★★★★ Like The Hobbit, a book worth reading annually. This time I read a more recent edition and the changes, e.g. Maugrim for Fenris Ulf, and stones instead of the World Ash Tree, were jarring.
  65. Thinking in Pictures: My Life with Autism by Temple Grandin ★★★★
  66. The Pursuit of God (audio book) by A. W. Tozer ★★★
  67. The Chronicles of Narnia: Prince Caspian (Mars) by C. S. Lewis ★★★★★
  68. The Chronicles of Narnia: The Voyage of the Dawn Treader (Sol) by C. S. Lewis ★★★★★
  69. The Chronicles of Narnia: The Silver Chair (Luna) by C. S. Lewis ★★★★★
  70. The Chronicles of Narnia: The Horse and His Boy (Mercury) by C. S. Lewis ★★★★★
  71. The Chronicles of Narnia: The Magician's Nephew (Venus) by C. S. Lewis ★★★★★
  72. December

  73. The Chronicles of Narnia: The Last Battle (Saturn) by C. S. Lewis ★★★★★ I've always loved these books, but re-reading them after having read Planet Narnia is an even richer experience.
  74. The Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring by J. R. R. Tolkien ★★★★★ 'Tis the season for re-reading the best-of-the-best. I need uplifting literature to calm my fevered brain, especially at bedtime, and don't have time to take a chance on something new.
  75. The Lord of the Rings: The Two Towers by J. R. R. Tolkien ★★★★★
  76. Inconstant Moon by Larry Niven ★★ ☢