Books I Read Last Year

December 20, 2019

This is a list, in roughly chronological order, of the books that I have read in this last year: roughly from the start of December 2018 to December 2019. If they are novels or children’s literature, then I definitely read them from the first page to the last – though I’m in agreement with Pierre Bayard that the category of ‘book-that-has-been-read’ is ambiguous. And so I include also those books that I’ve read in part (that I’ve skimmed, but this word can only be used if it carries no prejudice).

  1. The Lady in the Lake, Raymond Chandler

  2. Reading for the Common Good: How Books Help Our Churches and Neighbourhoods Flourish, C. Christopher Smith

  3. If Hemingway Wrote Javascript, Angus Croll

  4. The Ministry of Utmost Happiness, Arundhati Roy

  5. Writing Down the Bones: Freeing The Writer Within, Natalie Goldberg

  6. The Buried Giant, Kazuo Ishiguro

  7. The Wind In The Willows, Kenneth Grahame

  8. The Bookshop, Penelope Fitzgerald

  9. A Bear Called Paddington, Michael Bond

  10. The Old Ways, Robert Macfarlane

  11. Perelandra, C.S. Lewis

  12. Penelope Fitzgerald: A Life, Hermione Lee

  13. The Blue Flower, Penelope Fitzgerald

  14. Relational Mission, Mike Betts

  15. Offshore, Penelope Fitzgerald

  16. The Incredible Book-Eating Boy, Oliver Jeffers

  17. Human Voices, Penelope Fitzgerald

  18. At Freddie’s, Penelope Fitzgerald

  19. The Gate of Angels, Penelope Fitzgerald

  20. Tom’s Midnight Garden Graphic Novel

  21. Ex Libris, Anne Fadiman

  22. Scrum, Jeff Sutherland

  23. The Everything Store

  24. Church-Planting in the Secular West, Stefan Paas

  25. Home, Marilynne Robinson

  26. Reimagine Church

  27. Paul: A Biography, N.T. Wright

  28. Ready Player One, Ernest Cline

  29. Arrival City

  30. The Urban Mosaic: Towards A Theory of Residential Differentiation

  31. The Personal MBA, Josh Kaufman

  32. How Google Works, Eric Schmidt

  33. Show Your Work, Austin Kleon

  34. The Predictive Postcode, Webber & Burrows

  35. Data Visualization with Python and Javascript, Kyran Dale

  36. Statistics Done Wrong

  37. The End of Work, John Hughes

  38. Homo Geographicus, Robert David Slack

  39. Psychogeography, Merlin Coverley

  40. Walking Through Social Research, Bates & Rhys-Taylor

  41. Faith in Honesty, Andrew Shanks

  42. Apostles of Reason, Molly Worthen

  43. The Evangelicals, Frances Fitzgerald

  44. Real Presences, George Steiner

  45. Ideas of Space, Jeremy Gray

  46. Walking Inside Out: Contemporary British Psychogeography, Tina Richardson

  47. Theology & Social Theory, John Milbank

  48. After Writing, Catherine Pickstock

  49. The Production of Space, Henri Lefevbre

  50. Thinking In Tongues, James K.A. Smith

  51. Political and Religious Identities of British Evangelicals, Andrea Hatcher

  52. Geocomputation, Brunsdon & Singleton

  53. The Location of Religion: A Spatial Analysis

  54. Researching Religion, Steve Bruce

  55. Sociology Through The Eyes of Faith, Fraser & Campolo

  56. The Horse and His Boy, CS Lewis

  57. Prince Caspian, CS Lewis

  58. The Magician’s Nephew, CS Lewis

  59. The Lion, the Witch, and the Wardrobe, CS Lewis

  60. Painting By Numbers: An Introduction to Church Statistics, Peter Brierley

  61. Blood and Fire, Roy Hattersley