The list of books I read in 2007. It doesn’t look all that impressive now, but it’s better than my average year. My goal for 2008 is to read more of the classics, like The Great Gatsby. I just hope the classics I pick are better than Revolutionary Road was.
Blackston, Ray. A Delirious Summer
Blackston, Ray. Flabbergasted
Blackston, Ray. Lost in Rooville
Covey, Stephen R. The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People
Crabb, Larry. The Silence of Adam
Gilbert, Daniel. Stumbling on Happiness
Harris, Robert. Enigma
Levitt, Steven D. and Stephen J. Dubner. Freakonomics
Miller, Donald. Blue Like Jazz
Miller, Donald. Searching for God Knows What
Miller, Donald. Through Painted Deserts
Shapiro, Amy. Millicent Fenwick: Her Way
Stanley, Thomas J. and William D. Danko. The Millionaire Next Door
Wolfe, Tom. I am Charlotte Simmons
Yates, Richard. Revolutionary Road
7 Habits, Millionaire Next Door, and Freakonomics come highly recommended.
Ray Blackston writes about about the strange world of male Christian singleness in the evangelical South, with all of its weird rules and expectations. His books are light and easy summer reads, but I’d recommend Flabbergasted over the other two, because the formula loses its freshness in repetition.
Donald Miller writes within the “emerging” school of Christian writers, and his work is very accessible, especially to 20-somethings and early 30-somethings still trying to figure out what it all means. He is not as scary as his Christian watchdog critics would have you believe. Check out Blue like Jazz and Searching for God Knows What, which were both cathartic experiences after turning 30 this year.
Tom Wolfe needs no introduction. What you feel about his most recent work, I am Charlotte Simmons, depends a lot on how recently you graduated college. As blog friend Josh Claybourn noted, those who graduated college more recently felt it was an accurate depiction of the college life compared with baby boomer critics who Wolfe was out of touch. It’s not a comfortable read — full of language, drunkenness, sex, and debauchery right out of Animal House — but a pretty accurate sociological analysis of the big campus college life, if you ask me. The conscious construction of “masculinity” is on display throughout the book.