2022 Reading List

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Books read in 2022: 51
  1. Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring [A] Author(s):
    • J. R. Tolkien
    • I enjoy this series more and more each time I read it.
    • This time, I noticed how the adventure begins right in Hobbiton as Frodo is almost caught on a number of occasions. The movies scale the danger as the adventure goes on, but the books introduce the danger right from the start

  2. Crucial Conversations: Tools for Talking When Stakes Are High [B+] Author(s):
    • Joseph Grenny
    • Ron McMillan
    • Al Switzler
    • Kerry Patterson
    • I think this book is a ‘must-read’ for everyone and worth reading regularly. It provides so many practical, helpful tips applicable to relationships with a spouse, family, friends, co-workers, and bosses

  3. Live Not by Lies: A Manual for Christian Dissidents [B] Author(s):
    • Rod Dreher
    • Worth reading… forecasts concerning trends in today’s culture and provides practical steps (not the least of which is to ’live not by lies’) to live a Christian in this culture

  4. Extreme Ownership: How U.S. Navy SEALs Lead and Win [A+] Author(s):
    • Jocko Willink
    • Leif Babin
    • Absolutely fantastic read. A rare book I will read yearly.
    • Very challenging book that rips out the heart of excuses and apathy.

  5. Redeeming Mathematics: A God-Centered Approach [C] Author(s):
    • Vern S. Poythress
    • Mildly interesting
    • At times, the arguments seem overly simple, obvious, or forced. For example, the author argues that our ability to extrapolate natural numbers to infinity shows how we are thinking God’s thoughts after Him and imitating (in a small way) God’s infinitude. While this may be true, I don’t feel the weight/value of this argument.

  6. Trivium: The Classical Liberal Arts of Grammar, Logic, & Rhetoric [C+] Author(s):
    • many...
    • Fun and informative read, providing a number of basic constructs and principles in grammar, logic, and rhetoric.

  7. The Art of Doing Science and Engineering: Learning to Learn [C+] Author(s):
    • Richard W. Hamming
    • Fascinating read on multiple levels: historically (as it describes the development of a number of computer technologies), mathematically, technologically, and philosophically.
    • Good read although a bit dry or wandering at times

  8. Math Without Numbers [C+] Author(s):
    • Milo Beckman
    • Very fun and informative read. Does a great job of communicating the vastness, themes, and beauty of mathematics.

  9. Husband-Coached Childbirth: The Bradley Method of Natural Childbirth [C] Author(s):
    • Robert A. Bradley
    • This was clearly written at a very different time (e.g. a time when husbands couldn’t be in the room w/ their wives)
    • Good prep. material for husbands to understand what their wives will go through and how to support them
    • While I’m certainly not an expert, he seems to be overstating the ease of unmedicated childbirth

  10. Show Them No Mercy: 4 Views on God and Canaanite Genocide [B] Author(s):
    • C. S. Cowles
    • Daniel L. Gard
    • Eugene H. Merrill
    • Tremper Longman III
    • Stanley N. Gundry (Editor)
    • I felt all positions were very clearly articulated
    • My agreement w/ the various views (from greatest to least) is: 1. Spiritual Continuity, 2. Moderate Discontinuity, 3. Eschatological Continuity, 4. Strong Discontinuity
    • I was particularly interested by C. S. Cowles argument and responses. His response to Tremper Longman was interesting in that he seemed (like Job’s friends) to be saying ‘The book of Revelation is complicated… here’s what it means…’. Additionally, his quotation of Exodus 34:6-7 (pg. 195) was interesting b/c he cut the quotation short so that it didn’t include God’s promise to punish the guilty and punish evil-doers and their children.

  11. Enlightening Symbols: A Short History of Mathematical Notation and Its Hidden Powers [C-] Author(s):
    • Joseph Mazur
    • Not as fascinating as I expected, but some interesting historical points

  12. Work [B] Author(s):
    • Daniel M. Doriani
    • As stated in the conclusion of this book: ‘[T]his book has argued that we can hope to effect live-giving social reforms through work’
    • As stated in the conclusion of this book: ‘This book maintains that despite human sin, the cultural mandate… still stands. We dare to think that Christians can do more than making a living or avoiding sin. We show that Christ, the King, has come and that His kingdom has arrived, even in our work, in every realm of life.’
    • Very good read that addresses some foundational questions about work from a historical, theological, and biblical approach

  13. The Death of Porn: Men of Integrity Building a World of Nobility [C] Author(s):
    • Ray Ortlund
    • Decent book serving as a call to action for men to reject the culture of Porn and the objectification of women.
    • Simple, short. Not earth-shaking, but encouraging and worth reading

  14. Four Views on Free Will [C] Author(s):
    • John Martin Fischer
    • Robert Kane
    • Derk Pereboom
    • Manuel Vargas
    • Very informative introduction - the intro alone is worth reading as it sets the stage for this fascinating topic

  15. Theology and Sanity [A] Author(s):
    • Frank Sheed
    • One of the best theology books I’ve read - it addresses pertinent, enlightening, and awe-inspiring topics usually neglected by theology books I’ve read
    • Even as a Protestant, I find this book fascinating and insightful

  16. Lord of the Rings: The Return of the Ring [A] Author(s):
    • J. R. Tolkien
    • Fantastic conclusion to the trilogy
    • Even better than the movie
    • Gets better every time I read it

  17. The Millionaire Next Door: The Surprising Secrets of America’s Wealthy [B] Author(s):
    • Thomas J. Stanley
    • William D. Danko
    • Good book w/ many surprises and practical insights into how to build wealth
    • Easy skim

  18. How to Get Control of Your Time and Your Life [C] Author(s):
    • Alan Lakein
    • Good book w/ some helpful practical tips
    • Not the best book on the subject of time/life management, but not bad and worth a skim

  19. Artificial Intelligence: Thinking Machines and Smart Robots with Science Activities for Kids [C] Author(s):
    • Angie Smibert
    • Alexis Cornell
    • Good intro for kids w/ some fun projects

  20. Learning to Invest: Principles for Abundant Living [C] Author(s):
    • Matt Schoenfeld
    • Good intro to various aspects of investing
    • Very basic, but a good intro and jumping-off point for beginners

  21. Scale: The Universal Laws of Growth, Innovation, Sustainability, and the Pace of Life in Organisms, Cities, Economies, and Companies [C+] Author(s):
    • Geoffrey West
    • The subtitle is very accurate; basic thesis: There are ’laws’ of scale that apply across diverse contexts and seem to be woven into the universe
    • For example, the ratio between size with heart rate for mammals (and this extends to other animals too) is very similar
    • I’m surprised I’ve never heard of this book before
    • Fascinating book I’d like to re-read as I didn’t get focus on it as much as I’d like

  22. The Call to Mastery [C+] Author(s):
    • Jordan Raynor
    • Encouraging and inspiring podcast celebrating the role of good work in the Christian life

  23. Practical Java Machine Learning: Projects with Google Cloud Platform and Amazon Web Services [C] Author(s):
    • Mark Wickham
    • Decent book - has a great overview of machine learning models and approaches (and how they map to Java)

  24. The Cartoon Guide to the Computer [B] Author(s):
    • Larry Gonick
    • Mark Wheelis
    • Fun read!
    • It’s always interesting to read a computer book written decades ago… the discussion of the future of high level languages is hilarious look back on a time when Fortran was cutting edge

  25. Perelandra [A+] Author(s):
    • C. S. Lewis
    • Such a great story
    • I think this is one of Lewis’ best worlds

  26. Superintelligence [C] Author(s):
    • Nick Bostrom
    • Pessimistic about the future of superintelligence
    • Assumes superintelligence possible and doesn’t get much into the philosophy supporting this claim
    • Appreciated the term ‘superintelligence’ instead of ‘artificial intelligence’
    • Appreciated the emphasis on the difficulty/impossibility of bounding work given to a superintelligent being/computer (e.g. telling a superintelligence to optimize production of paper clips could cause the super intelligence to take over the world to ensure paper clip production)

  27. Humble Pi: When Math Goes Wrong in the Real World [A] Author(s):
    • Matt Parker
    • Fun, cathartic read for those in engineering, computer science, or math
    • Fascinating study in what can go wrong (and leads quickly into a discussion of how to avoid things going wrong)
    • A very sobering reminder of what can go wrong when engineers, mathematicians, or designers get something wrong

  28. The Briefing [A] Author(s):
    • Albert Mohler
    • Fantastic news resource providing ‘a daily analysis of news and events from a Christian worldview’

  29. Data Science on the Google Cloud Platform: Implementing End-to-End Real-Time Data Pipelines: From Ingest to Machine Learning [C] Author(s):
    • Valliappa Lakshmanan
    • Decent introduction to GCP which picks a project and walks through a solution

  30. Language Families of the World [A] Author(s):
    • John McWhorter
  31. Extreme Ownership: How U.S. Navy SEALs Lead and Win [A] Author(s):
    • Jocko Willink
    • Leif Babin
    • Read this book again this year… still very good
    • Appreciated emphasis on seeking win-win solutions rather than settling for win-lose or lose-lose options

  32. Farming the Woods: An Integrated Permaculture Approach to Growing Food and Medicinals in Temperate Forests [A+] Author(s):
    • Ken Mudge
    • Steve Gabriel
    • Fantastic read - very clear, informative, and practical
    • Accessible for those unfamiliar with Agroforestry
    • Great pictures/graphics throughout the book
    • One of the fascinating themes in the book is the ecological changes that climate change will bring. Apparently, tree species can move about 100 meters a year in any new direction. But to keep up with climate change, tree species would have to move about 10 kilometers a year! Thus, many farmers are proactively ‘helping’ tree species move (called ‘assisted migration’).

  33. Fragments of Infinity: A Kaleidoscope of Math and Art [10] Author(s):
    • Ivars Peterson
    • Good read, one with many inspirations for mathematicians and artists
    • Good source for names of mathematicians/artists

  34. Beautiful Geometry [10] Author(s):
    • Eli Maor
    • Eugen Jost
    • Fun read w/ a number of interesting art works throughout the book to illustrate the concepts being discussed

  35. Dividend Cafe [1] Author(s):
    • David L. Bahnsen
  36. Always Ready: Directions for Defending the Faith [10] Author(s):
    • Greg L. Bahnsen
    • Good intro to presuppositional apologetics
    • Before reading this book, I would not have considered myself a presuppositional apologist, but after reading it I now do
    • When claiming that one of the steps of the apologist is to demonstrate internal inconsistencies in other world-views, his entire argument relies on the KJV translation of 2 Tim. 2:25… other translations translate this passage in way that does not support his conclusion

  37. Dune [10] Author(s):
    • Frank Herbert
    • It is hard for me to say too many good things about this book… this is great science fiction; it strikes the perfect balance of futuristic and exotic with relatable and clear
    • My one negative critique is that there are scenes which jump significant amounts of time without warning and sometimes leave the reader (at least me) with a sense of ‘whiplash’. I would have appreciated smoother transitions at a few points.
    • I really appreciated the complexity of the world he created. I love how politics, religion, philosophy, environmentalism, and anthropology are all woven into the story

  38. Universal Patterns (The Golden Relationship : Art, Math & Nature, Book 1) [10] Author(s):
    • Martha Boles
    • Rochelle Newman
    • Fascinating, fun read with some practical art projects one can work on

  39. The Horse and His Boy [1] Author(s):
    • C. S. Lewis
    • One of my favorite books in the Narniad
    • Exciting, well-written story with great quotes and profound conversations

  40. Blog and Mablog [1] Author(s):
    • Douglas Wilson
    • Aside from being one of the best named blogs out there, this podcast is insightful, poignant, often hilarious, and well written even if you don’t agree with Doug Wilson

  41. How to Solve It [100] Author(s):
    • George Pólya
    • Interesting read, but underwhelming. I had high expectations for this book based on a friend’s review and was definitely disappointed.
    • A few good tips for solving problems, but nothing earth-shaking

  42. Having Two Legs [0] Author(s):
    • Toby Sumpter
    • Perhaps one of the best podcasts I have found. The posts are thoughtful, biblical, short, and (perhaps most uniquely) encouraging.
    • This podcast is joyful and encouraging in a way that few others are.

  43. Mathematics and Art: A Cultural History [1] Author(s):
    • Lynn Gamwell
    • Great read covering a number of fascinating topics

  44. There’s No Free Lunch: 250 Economic Truths [1] Author(s):
    • David L. Bahnsen
    • Really approachable, enjoyable, and informative read
    • Love the idea of a book that is a commentary on notable quotes
    • The quotes in this book cohere to form a compelling argument for the free market and a healthy definition of economics in which human creativity and passion fuels production to meet needs and facilitate human flourishing
    • This book introduced me to the ‘Knowledge Problem’

  45. The Brothers Karamazov [100] Author(s):
    • Fyodor Dostoevsky
    • Underwhelming… below the expectations set by the reviews of this book I have heard in the past
    • IMO, not one of Dostoevsky’s better works
    • Intriguing and captivating storyline which was much more engaging than ‘Crime and Punishment’

  46. A Guide to a Georgia Barrier Island: Featuring Jekyll Island With St. Simons & Sapelo Islands [10] Author(s):
    • Taylor Schoettle
    • Fascinating book on a rare and unique part of the US

  47. A Naturalist’s Guide to the Okefenokee Swamp [100] Author(s):
    • Taylor Schoettle
    • Good read about a fascinating ecosystem

  48. Tree Houses: Fairy Tale Castles [10] Author(s):
    • Philip Jodidio
  49. The Florida Everglades [100] Author(s):
    • Connie Toops
    • Interesting read about a unique part of the US

  50. Personal Financial Planning for Executives and Entrepreneurs: The Path to Financial Peace of Mind (2nd ed.) [1] Author(s):
    • Many: https://www.amazon.com/Personal-Financial-Planning-Executives-Entrepreneurs/dp/3030653994
    • Very informative and practical guide for more than just executives and entrepreneurs
    • Highly recommended

  51. Hawk Watch: A Guide for Beginners [1] Author(s):
    • Pete Dunne
    • Really helpful introduction to Hawk Watching
    • Very helpful guides detailing how to differentiate raptors from one another