I was able to finish just over sixty books in 2010. It was an interesting year. I dabbled around in the horror genre for a bit, only made it halfway through Proust (when I intended to complete all of In Search of Lost Time last year) and fell just short of my goal of finishing all of McCarthy’s novels by the end of the year (I’m just now completing the Border Trilogy… which I left for last). Also, in comparison to prior years, I read a lot less theology in 2010.
In terms of my favourite reads, well, I always have trouble picking just one. In the area of biblical studies, I’ll highlight Virgil’s Aeneid. That text should be required reading for any student of the New Testament. In terms of the other non-fiction I read, I think I’m going to go with Taylor’s A Secular Age. There’s a reason why that book created so many waves (several reasons, actually). Fiction is always the hardest category to choose from but I’ll stick with McCarthy and leave it as a tie between Suttree and All the Pretty Horses.
My goals for 2011 are as follows:
- continue reading one volume of Barth’s Church Dogmatics per year (I’m thinking about starting to do the same with Balthasar’s enormous trilogy);
- finish up with Proust;
- get into Nietzsche and Spinoza;
- read at least one of the following: Being and Time, Truth and Method, and Of Grammatology (any suggestions?)
- engage in a sustained amount of reading related to the current and past struggles and experiences of Canada’s indigenous peoples (anybody claiming to be inspired by Liberation Theology ought to do at least this in one’s own context).
We’ll see how that goes. Here’s the complete list of books I read (from cover to cover) in 2010:
Biblical Studies & Classics
- Augustus. Res Gestae Divi Augusti.
- Borg, Marcus and John Dominic Crossan. The First Paul: Reclaiming the Radical Visionary Behind the Churches Conservative Icon.
- Feeney, Denis. Caesar’s Calendar: Ancient Time and the Beginnings of History.
- Given, Mark D. (ed). Paul Unbound: Other Perspectives on the Apostle.
- Harink, Douglas (ed). Paul, Philosophy and the Theopolitical Vision: Critical Engagements with Agamben, Badiou, Žižek, and Others.
- Howard-Brook, Wes and Anthony Gwyther. Unveiling Empire: Reading Revelation Then and Now.
- Horsley, Richard A. (ed). Paul and the Roman Imperial Order.
- ________. Christian Origins: A People’s History of Christianity, Volume One.
- ________. In the Shadow of Empire: Reclaiming the Bible as a History of Faithful Resistance.
- Kahl, Brigitte. Galatians Re-Imagined: Reading with the Eyes of the Vanquished.
- Longenecker, Bruce W. and Kelly D. Liebengood (eds). Engaging Economics: New Testament Scenarios and Early Christian Reception.
- Lucan. Civil War.
- Oakes, Peter. Reading Romans In Pompeii: Paul’s Letter at Ground Level.
- Rowe, C. Kavin. World Upside Down: Reading Acts in the Graeco-Roman Age.
- Thisleton, Anthony C. The Living Paul: An Introduction to the Apostle’s Life and Thought.
- Virgil. The Eclogues.
- ________. The Georgics.
- ________. The Aeneid.
- Boer, Roland. Criticism of Heaven: On Marxism and Theology.
- Chang, Ha-Joon. Bad Samaritans: The Myth of Free Trade and the Secret History of Capitalism.
- Heilbroner, Robert. Twenty-First Century Capitalism.
- hooks, bell. Where We Stand: Class Matters.
- Negri, Anotonio and Michael Hardt. Commonwealth.
- Taylor, Charles. A Secular Age.
- Taubes, Jacob. Occidental Eschatology.
- Virno, Paolo. A Grammar of the Multitude.
- White, Michael and David Epston. Narrative Means to Therapeutic Ends.
- Fellows, Warren. The Damage Done: Twelve Years of Hell in a Bangkok Prison.
- Gallego, Ruben. White on Black.
- Harrison, Charles Yale. Generals Die in Bed.
- Richards, Keith. Life.
- Woodcock, George. Pierre-Joseph Proudhon.
- Banks, Iaian. The Wasp Factory.
- Card, Orson Scott. Ender’s Game.
- Franzen, Jonathan. The Corrections.
- Gaddis, William. The Recognitions.
- Hoban, Russel. Kleinzeit.
- Jackson, Shirley. The Haunting of Hill House.
- Lady Sarashina. As I Crossed a Bridge of Dreams.
- Lindqvist, John. Let the Right One In.
- MacDonald, Ann-Marie. Goodnight Desdemona (Good Morning Juliet).
- McCarthy, Cormac. All the Pretty Horses.
- ________. The Crossing.
- ________. Suttree.
- ________. Outer Dark.
- ________. The Orchard Keeper.
- Márquez, Gabriel Garcia. Love in the Time of Cholera.
- ________. One Hundred Years of Solitude.
- Motherfuckin’ Vikings. The Vatnsdaela Saga
- Proust, Marcel. Swann’s Way (In Search of Lost Time Volume 1).
- ________. Within a Budding Grove (In Search of Lost Time Vol. 2).
- ________. The Guermantes Way (In Search of Lost Time, Vol 3).
- Salinger, J. D. Nine Stories.
- Schwarz-Bart, Simone. The Bridge of Beyond.
- Shteyngart, Gary. Super Sad True Love Story.
- Vonnegut, Kurt. Armageddon in Retrospect.
- Wong, David. John Dies at the End.
- Barth, Karl. Church Dogmatics III.1: The Doctrine of Creation.
- Ellul, Jacques. Hope in Time of Abandonment.
- Hart, David B. Atheist Delusions: The Christian Revolution and Its Fashionable Enemies.
- Nouwen, Henri. Life of the Beloved.