the books of 2010

Every year I start off the blog with a look at the books of the past year – from biographies to beach trash. I am honestly not positive that I have created a comprehensive list this time, but I have tried to wrangle them from my shelves and memories. Since I have, for the most part, stopped writing individual posts about books, please let me know if you have any questions about these books. Also, I would truly love to hear about your favorite books of the last year as I always love a good suggestion of a book to get lost in.

  • The Help by Kathryn Stockett
  • 44 Scotland Street by Alexander McCall Smith
  • The Bottom Billion: Why the Poorest Countries are Failing and What Can Be Done About It by Paul Collier
  • The Screwtape Letters by C.S. Lewis
  • Pathologies of Power: Health, Human Rights, and the New War on the Poor by Paul Farmer
  • 5 Love Languages by Gary Chapman
  • West With the Night by Beryl Markham
  • The Walking Drum by Louis L’Amour
  • Love & War by John & Stasi Eldredge
  • Into the Mud: Inspiration for Everyday Activists by Christine Jeske
  • Snow Flower and the Secret Fan by Lisa See
  • Working with the Poor: New Insights and Learnings from Development Practitioners by Bryant Myers (ed.)
  • First Family by David Baldacci
  • Let Your Life Speak: Listening for the Voice of Vocation by Parker J. Palmer
  • The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo by Stieg Larsson
  • The Girl Who Played with Fire by Stieg Larsson
  • The Girl Who Kicked the Hornet’s Nest by Stieg Larsson
  • The Art of Possibility: Transforming Professional and Personal Life by Rosamund Stone Zander and Benjamin Zander
  • Last of the Breed by Louis L’Amour
  • Don’t Let’s Go to the Dongs Tonight: An African Childhood by Alexandra Fuller
  • Common Purpose: How Great Leaders Get Organizations to Achieve the Extraordinary by Joel Kurtzman

Of the many books on my shelf waiting to be read, these are the ones I am currently tackling:

  • Let Your Life Speak by Parker Palmer (yes, I did read this about 6 months ago too)
  • The Male Factor by Shaunti Feldhahn
  • Radical: Taking Back Your Faith from the American Dream by David Platt
  • Blind your Ponies by Stanley Gordon West

4 Replies to “the books of 2010”

  1. Hey Pam! Great list…

    The best book I’ve read recently is also one I think you would like…The Poisonwood Bible, by Kingsolver. It’s an incredible story of a missionary family in the Congo, and all tied in with the politics (assassinations of leaders, etc).

  2. Pam, we have limited sources of books here in the Philippines. Very limited, 2 sources to be exact. Both 6 hours away…One sells new books but the prices keep us searching through the used bookstore. Anyways…all that to say I managed to find a great one before we went to the beach for Christmas: Summer of Light by W. Dale Cramer.

  3. Ruth, thanks for the suggestion. Read The Poisonwood Bible a while back and loved it. So yes, you were right!

  4. Lisa – thanks for the suggestion. Don’t know if you have thought about this, but it might be worth getting a couple kindles for your family. I think it is up to 5 kindles can all link to the same account, so you could buy books and essentially get multiple copies. They are not a trade for books in traditional situations, but I just bought one for travel purposes. And, when traveling or far away from good book resources, I think they are a great option. Anyway… just a thought.

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