I fell ever so short last year, but I am going for 50 again this year! I have some books already in mind, some old friends I’d like to revisit and some new books that I’m really excited about. I am going to really push to make it to 50 this year! Please comment with any suggestions or thoughts you might have. Otherwise, get ready to enjoy the ride to 50!
15. This Urban Teacher’s Journal: A Success Story For All Teachers Who Work In Inner-City Schools by C. Angela – This was a good, short, inspiring read. A review is forthcoming!!
14. Living Close to God (When You’re Not Good at It): A Spiritual Life That Takes You Deeper Than Daily Devotions by Gene Edwards – Not a favorite of mine, but you can read my review here.
12. Notes From The Tilt-A-Whirl: Wide-Eyed Wonder in God’s Spoken World by N.D. Wilson – Love this book! This was my second read through.
11. Prince Caspian: The Return to Narnia Publisher: HarperTrophy; Full Color Collector’s Edition edition by C.S. Lewis – And of course I loved this one! I love all of Narnia!!
10. Mockingjay (The Hunger Games, Book 3) by Suzanne Collins – A revolution is fully underway. There is intense fighting, perilous circumstances, difficult decisions, uncertain perceptions, and last minute questions. This book gets to the very heart of the issues that Collins has been setting up in the previous two books. This book finally gets to the heart of the story, what was driving everything, and what it is going to produce. How will this change the life of the people of Panem? A great ending to an awesome series.
9. Catching Fire (The Second Book of the Hunger Games) by Suzanne Collins – In this book, the tribute from Book 1 begins to realize the power she has been given by choices she has made to confront the power that is oppressing her people. She questions whether or not it is worth seizing, and whether or not she wants to explore the possibilities of what she could do with her new face among the people of her country. Will she run, or will she stand strong and try to make a difference?
8. The Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins – This is the first book in “The Hunger Games” Trilogy. It is an extremely captivating story following a “tribute” in a completely unjust competition in a future country called Panem. This book is fascinating and exciting, but at the same time, it raises questions of power and how that is played out in our world. What does it mean? Can it be defied? This first book gets you involved with the setting, time, and situation of the people of Panem and prepares you for the next book when they begin to act on the discontent that they all feel.
7. The Last Plea Bargain by Randy Singer – This is an exciting and fast-paced legal thriller. It begs the question of the morality of the death penalty, and it also pushes you to examine your position on the balance of grace and justice. How do you respond to these difficult questions?
6. Teacher Man: A Memoir by Frank McCourt – This is another book that I read for classes. This is another I will refrain from recommending because of the language and offensive material in this book. It was an enjoyable story, of a teacher who did not fit the teacher mold, and refused to be boxed in.
5. Lost in Translation: A Life in a New Language by Eva Hoffman – I read this book for a class, and while it took me a little bit of time to get into it, I ended up thoroughly enjoying it. It is the story of a girl who moved from Poland to Canada, and finally to the United States. This is her journey through learning a new language and culture and how that changed who she really was as a person. There are lots of interesting thoughts and ideas in this book.
4. To Be Perfectly Honest by Phil Callaway – I reviewed this book for Multnomah, and found it highly entertaining and fun to read. It was not the most intellectual book that I have ever read, but it didn’t need to be.
3. The Horse and His Boy by C.S. Lewis – It’s Narnia, what more should I say?! I love these stories. This story follows the journey of a young boy from an oppressed life as a servant/son, to finding out that he is really a prince that had been lost as a baby. This is a fun story of the hope in searching for and traveling towards Narnia. (1/14/2012)
2. The Shut Mouth Society by James D. Best – I am refraining from recommending this book because of the use of profane language. I will say that it is an intriguing thriller with a historical flare, but I am not comfortable with the amount of offensive language. (1/14/2012)
1. The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe by C. S. Lewis – I am fairly sure I could have quoted sections of this book to you, and yet I had never read it. Shame on me. I loved it. I knew I would. I can’t get over C.S. Lewis’ talking-to-you, make you laugh out loud, style. I cannot wait to have little ones to read these books to. (1/5/2012)