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