Need a book recommendation? The lists below might help because I read about 100 books a year.
Yes, 100 books a year plus or minus. People often ask how that’s possible. It’s not a secret: read fast, listen to audiobooks, invest the time. Or just do like Calvin does.
Click the links and you’ll either find my personal review or it will take you to the Amazon page and a few cents will go to PathLight.
I also added my own mini-review so you can skip the stuff that doesn’t interest you.
Here are the 2017 books:
The Fourth Transformation, by Robert Scoble and Shel Israel. Predicts that the next big tech transformation — indeed life transformation — will be virtual and augmented reality.
The Pigeon Tunnel, by John le Carre’. If you love the le Carre’ books as I do, you’ll enjoy this memoir from the author.
The Legend of Ragnar Lodbrok, by Christopher Van Dyke. If you love the History Channel’s show Vikings, you’ll enjoy this historical background.
Desert Wisdom: Sayings From the Desert Fathers, Translation and art by Yushi Nomura. Brilliant introduction by Henri Nouwen, clear and simple translations of ancient translations, Japanese style art to express those sayings. Some of the sayings are brilliant. This is an easy read, recommended.
Seeking God, by Esther de Waal. A look at the way of St. Benedict. Good insights.
Cold Storage Alaska, by John Straley. One of those Amazon “if you bought ___ you’ll like ___” recommendations. I didn’t.
Egyptian Mythology, by Matt Clayton. Simple and straightforward, at least it is if you are into the topic.
The Yacoubian Building, by Alaa Al Aswany. A little background reading for my upcoming trip to Egypt. Interesting, though not really my style.
Leadership is an Art, by Max De Pree. Brilliant. One of the few leadership books that stands the test of time.
Earning the Rockies, by Robert Kaplan. How does the American frontier shape us as a nation? Kaplan brings geography to life as he shows how it impacts everything from our naval power to democracy.
Taxi, by Khaled Alkhamissi. Short stories about taxi rides in Cairo and the interesting/crazy/funny cab drivers. Want to understand Cairo? Read this book.
The Undoing Project, by Michael Lewis. The author of Moneyball goes deeper. Profiling two ground breaking psychologists and their incredible insights, Lewis explores why we make certain value decisions.
Born a Crime, by Trevor Noah. Rare to read a celebrity’s memoir that is this good. Well done.
Peter Pan, by J.M. Barrie. A classic. Doesn’t translate so well into modern political correctness, but still a lot of fun.
Who is my Enemy?, by Lee Camp. An Evangelical reconsiders the Israeli-Palestinian conflict.
Thank You For Being Late, by Thomas Friedman. Read this twice so I could grasp the big picture themes. Excellent and highly recommended.
No More Dragons, by Jim Burgen. Enjoyed this “how to do life” book.
Galatians IVP New Testament Commentary, by Walter Hansen. Walter is brilliant. And lovable.
Belonging and Becoming, by Mark and Lisa Scandrette. A creative couple shares how they do family. Encouraging and challenging at the same time.
The Spirituality of Wine, by Gisela H. Kreglinger. Maybe a little too deep about wine?
A World in Disarray, by Richard Haass. Thoughtful and insightful overview of the world as it is today, and how we got here. Anybody interested in global politics should read this book.
The Black Widow, by Daniel Silva. One or two of Silva’s books are worth reading. But they become tiresome pro-Israel formulas.
The Subtle Art of Not Giving a ____, by Mark Manson. Pop psycho babble.
A Spy’s Guide to Thinking, by John Braddock. Pretty basic. Skip it.