Books I've Read: In Chronological Order

Like I said, I've only read 26 books in their entirety in my life. I have kept a list of these books over the years (which has not been difficult) to keep track of the ones that I thought were good enough to finish. I've probably started over 100 books, but alas, my attention is sold at a very low price. The first book on the list I probably read around 1993. The last I finished Monday. Here they are, in chronological order (just in time for Christmas).

  1. Superman: Doomsday & Beyond – Louise Simonson
  2. The Illustrated Man – Ray Bradbury
  3. The Catcher in the Rye – J.D. Salinger
  4. Wild at Heart – John Eldredge
  5. Waking the Dead – John Eldredge
  6. Dangerous Wonder – Michael Yacconelli
  7. Messy Spirituality – Michael Yacconelli
  8. Run Like an Antelope: On The Road With Phish – Sean Gibbon
  9. The Sun Also Rises – Ernest Hemingway
  10. Into Thin Air – Jon Krakauer
  11. Blue Like Jazz – Donald Miller
  12. Through Painted Deserts – Donald Miller
  13. Searching For God Knows What – Donald Miller
  14. Velvet Elvis – Rob Bell
  15. Rich Dad Poor Dad – Robert Kyosaki
  16. What Jesus Meant – Gary Wills
  17. No Shortcuts to the Top – Ed Viesturs
  18. Into The Wild – Jon Krakauer
  19. To Own a Dragon – Donald Miller
  20. No Compromise: The Life Story of Keith Green – Melody Green
  21. Eiger Dreams: Ventures Among Men & Mountains – Jon Krakauer
  22. Under The Banner of Heaver – Jon Krakauer
  23. Three Men in a Boat – Jerome K. Jerome
  24. Born on a Blue Day – Daniel Tammet
  25. The Survivors Club – Ben Sherwood
  26. The Road – Cormac McCarthy

Some interesting facts:

1. Only six of these books are fiction, one of which being The Sun Also Rises, which could probably be considered a memoir.

2. Ten of these have something to do with Christian Spirituality, not counting the biography about Keith Green.

3. Six of these books have something do to with survival or adventure, four of which involve mountaineering.

4. Numbers one through eight I read before meeting my wife.

5. Numbers twenty through twenty-three I read while in Italy.

6. I have read every book written by Jon Krakauer and Donald Miller (except each of their newest).

7. The Illustrated Man is the only "required reading" book I ever read in school (or attempted to read).

8. The book with the most typos, misspellings, and grammatical mistakes: Rich Dad / Poor Dad. Hands down.

My Top Five:

Into The Wild // Krakauer

Under The Banner of Heaven // Krakauer

Blue Like Jazz // Miller

The Sun Also Rises // Hemingway

The Road // McCarthy - OR - No Shortcuts To The Top // Viesturs