A book a month

My ‘to read’ stack

I am currently 42. Based on Psalm 90:10 there is some justification to think I could live another 28 years. On average I can manage to read a book a month (not including my reading of the Bible, which never ends). So, 28 x 12 = 336; a reasonable estimate of how many books I could read before I go home.

That is actually not a lot when you consider all the books out there that might be worth reading (and there a plenty that are not!), so it would be sensible to choose wisely what to invest time into reading. Therefore I am creating this list to help me target my reading.

In choosing books to read, I am trying to aim for literature that will enrich my soul –  quality rather than quantity.

This list is likely to change and morph as I reassess whether certain books are ones I really want to read or not. (The numbers do not indicate priority, they’re just to keep track of how many items are on the list).

  1. Gilead by Marilynne Robinson (finished in 2012)
  2. The Evil of Evils by Jeremiah Burroughs
  3. Communion with God by John Owen
  4. Transforming Grace by Jerry Bridges
  5. Church History by Eusebius
  6. The Worst Journey in the World by Apsley Cherry Garrard
  7. Bonhoeffer: Pastor, Martyr, Prophet, Spy by Eric Metaxas (finished in 2015)
  8. The Works of John Newton, Volume 1
  9. The Works of John Newton, Volume 2
  10. The Works of John Newton, Volume 3
  11. The Works of John Newton, Volume 4
  12. The Works of John Newton, Volume 5
  13. The Works of John Newton, Volume 6
  14. When I don’t desire God by John Piper
  15. With Christ in the School of Prayer by Andrew Murray
  16. The Mortification of Sin by John Owen
  17. The Poems by W.B. Yeats
  18. Prayer by John Bunyan
  19. Dig Deeper by Nigel Beynon and Andrew Sack
  20. Spiritual Depression by D. Martin Lloyd-Jones
  21. Imagining the Course of Life by Nancy Eberhardt
  22. The Confessions by St. Augustine
  23. The Brothers Karamazov by Fyodor Dostoyevsky
  24. The Catcher in the Rye by J. D. Salinger
  25. Awed to Heaven, Rooted in Earth by Walter Bruegemann
  26. Praying the Psalms by Walter Bruegemann
  27. Moby Dick by Herman Melville
  28. Catch-22 by Joseph Heller
  29. A journey to Victorious Praying by Bill Thrasher
  30. The Cross of Christ by John Stott
  31. Pride and Prejudice by Jane Austen
  32. Jane Eyre by Charlotte Brontë
  33. Can You Drink the Cup? by Henri Nouwen (finished in 2013)
  34. The Trial by Franz Kafka
  35. Nostromo by Joseph Conrad
  36. Scripture by Heart by Joshua Choomin Kang
  37. The Divine Comedy by Dante Alighieri
  38. Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland by Louis Carroll
  39. 1 Samuel by Dale Ralph Davis
  40. 2 Samuel by Dale Ralph Davis
  41. Robinson Crusoe by Daniel Defoe (finished in 2018)
  42. Crime and Punishment by Fyodor Dostoyevsky
  43. The Gospel According to John by Leon Morris
  44. Under the Volcano by Malcolm Lowry
  45. Herzog by Saul Bellow
  46. The Epistle to the Romans by Douglas Moo
  47. Living on the Maniototo by Janet Frame
  48. David Copperfield by Charles Dickens
  49. For Whom the Bell Tolls by Ernest Hemingway
  50. The Old Man and the Sea by Ernest Hemingway (finished in 2012)
  51. Paradise Lost by John Milton
  52. Collected Poems by T.S. Elliot
  53. Portrait of the Artist as a Young Man by James Joyce
  54. Walden by Henry David Thoreau
  55. Selected Poems by Robert Browning
  56. War and Peace by Leo Tolstoy
  57. Treasure Island by Robert Louis Stevenson
  58. Les Misérables by Victor Hugo
  59. Letters of William Cowper by William Cowper
  60. A Chance to Die: The Life and Legacy of Amy Carmichael by Elisabeth Elliot
  61. Joy Unspeakable by D. Martin Lloyd Jones
  62. Seasonable Counsels by John Bunyan
  63. Interpreting the Pauline Epistles by Tom Schreiner
  64. Man’s Search for Meaning by Viktor Frankl (finished in 2012)
  65. Zorba the Greek
  66. Treasury of David by Charles H. Spurgeon
  67. The Way of Life by Charles Hodge (edited by Mark Noll 1987)
  68. Practical Christianity by J.C. Ryle
  69. Everything Must Change, Jesus, Global Crises and a Revolution of Hope by Brian McClaren
  70. Future Grace by John Piper
  71. Because He Loves Me by Elyse M. Fitzpatrick
  72. The Gospel for Real Life by Jerry Bridges
  73. The Life of God in the Soul of Man by Henry Scougal
  74. Journals by George Whitfield
  75. The Freedom of a Christian by Martin Luther
  76. Uncle Tom’s Cabin by Harriet Beecher Stowe
  77. The Righteous Shall Live by Faith by R.C. Sproul
  78. Short Stories by Anton Chekhov
  79. Death of A Salesman by Arthur Miller
  80. The Plague by Albert Camus
  81. The Unity of the Bible: Unfolding God’s Plan for Humanity by Daniel P. Fuller
  82. Peace Like a River by Leif Enger
  83. East of Eden by John Steinbeck
  84. The Great Divorce by C.S. Lewis (finished in 2013)
  85. The Shan: Refugees Without a Camp by Bernice Koehler Johnson (finished in 2012)

Post updated with when I finished reading some of these books: 28 September 2018