The Year in Books 2011

I read 93 books in 2011 from a pretty even mix of topics ranging from fiction to spiritual life to business to parenting to education to marriage to self improvement.  When I reviewed the list, I picked out the 10 I most enjoyed and would most highly recommend.  The links below are to my longer reviews.

The Meaning of Marriage – If you only have time to read one book on marriage in your entire life, you should make it this one.

Find Your Strongest Life – This approach to understanding your personality as a set of strengths and figuring out how to apply them to your work, your family, and your goals is really helpful and empowering.

Chasing Daylight – An end-of-life memoir by a CEO who determined to live well is not depressing as you might expect.  It’s inspiring and thought-provoking.

Knowing God – This is one of the best books I’ve read about the Christian life – deep and convicting and challenging.

Story Engineering – If you write at all, you won’t fail to get something out of this book.  If you write fiction, you REALLY need it.

168 Hours – I read a lot of time management books, and this is one of the best.  Transformative.

Jesus Christ and the Life of the Mind – If you’ve ever thought about what it means to be a Christian and involved in intellectual life, you need to read this book.

Mindset – Understanding how mindset can impact your life, your relationships, your work, and your parenting will really help you to be more effective and compassionate.

The Latin-Centered Curriculum – This book about classical education is both an excellent apologetic for the method and a tremendously practical resource as you plan your children’s education, whether you homeschool or are just looking for supplemental enrichment.

Counterfeit Gods – This author has an amazing ability to pinpoint the blind spots of our culture and era.  I think most people would find this book illuminating and challenging.

If you’d like to read more book reviews check out what I read in 2011, or the year in books 2010, 2009, 2008, and 2007.

What were the best books you read in 2011?  Have you put together a list of books you’d like to read in 2012?

10 thoughts on “The Year in Books 2011

  1. Thank you for all the great book reviews and recommendations. I’ve gotten many ideas to add to my book list from you!

    Have a wonderful, peaceful, productive new year!

  2. Well apparently I should have just waited a day – I spend a chunk of time yesterday searching through your archives looking for books to add to my 2012 reading goal list (a new thing for me, as I try to make sure I balance the books I read over various categories).

    Thank you so much for your great reviews – they make it easy to decide if the book is one I’d like to read.

        1. Do you mean the movie bandwagon? I thought the movie was all right. Parts of it were really overdone, like the cold sore on Hilly, and they dropped a couple of things that I thought made the book good (more focus on the complex nature of the relationships between the white women and their maids). I liked the book better.

  3. Haha, I read exactly 93 books this year, too. My goal was 100. I am going to be less ambitious this year with two toddlers in the house now. Maybe 75?

    Sadly, I haven’t read a single one of your top books for 2011!

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