11 Great Non-Theology Books I Read In 2011

December 31, 2011 — 2 Comments

Again, like yesterday’s list, this one is also subjective.

And also, continuing the tradition from last year, here’s a list of the 11 most enjoyable non-theology books I read this past year (in no particular order):

The Tipping Point: How Little Things Can Make a Big Difference by Malcolm Gladwell

Outliers: The Story of Success by Malcolm Gladwell

What the Dog Saw: And Other Adventures by Malcolm Gladwell

Blink: The Power of Thinking Without Thinking by Malcolm Gladwell

Killing Yourself to Live: 85% of a True Story by Chuck Klosterman

Fargo Rock City : A Heavy Metal Odyssey in Rural North Dakota by Chuck Klosterman

A Short History of Nearly Everything by Bill Bryson

Arrested Development and Philosophy ed. Kristopher G. Philipps & J. Jeremy Wisnewski

Bossypants by Tina Fey

Steve Jobs by Walter Isaacson

Harry Potter and The Deathly Hallows (really the whole series, but if I had to pick one book)

And there you have it. Most of these I read over the summer, so you’ve got some great poolside reads on here, which if you live in Florida, you can take advantage of almost any time of year. I would recommend pretty much all of these to everyone, though I should note, Bossypants, Steve Jobs, and the books by Klosterman would be rated R if they were movies. I benefited personally from all of them and thoroughly enjoyed reading them, but if profanity and drug references bother you, you might not like getting into those.

Other than that, feel free to incorporate any of these into your reading lists for next year if they spark your interest.

Monday, I’ll have a post of some books I’m looking forward to getting into in 2012 and then I’ll stop being so aggressive with the list posts.



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2 responses to 11 Great Non-Theology Books I Read In 2011

  1. Hey Nate,
    What interests you about these books? What made you enjoy them?
    I’m wondering about the Malcolm Gladwell: is it because of a theological perspective?

    • William,

      Sorry it took me so long to get back to you. I enjoyed most of these as leisure reading. Harry Potter was a good story and the 7th book was so intense I read it in about 48 hours. Klosterman is one of my favorite writers both in terms of style and content (he talks about movies, music, and philosophy). Bryson is the same way, though he is generally known as a travel writer, so if you like road trips, he’s the guy to read.

      As for Gladwell, I’d liked that he is writing on social psychology and connecting things that I wouldn’t normally think to connect. I also think his writing has applications to theology that he is probably not aware of, and which I wrote about on here back in the summer.

      Does that clear things up a bit?

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