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).
- Superman: Doomsday & Beyond – Louise Simonson
- The Illustrated Man – Ray Bradbury
- The Catcher in the Rye – J.D. Salinger
- Wild at Heart – John Eldredge
- Waking the Dead – John Eldredge
- Dangerous Wonder – Michael Yacconelli
- Messy Spirituality – Michael Yacconelli
- Run Like an Antelope: On The Road With Phish – Sean Gibbon
- The Sun Also Rises – Ernest Hemingway
- Into Thin Air – Jon Krakauer
- Blue Like Jazz – Donald Miller
- Through Painted Deserts – Donald Miller
- Searching For God Knows What – Donald Miller
- Velvet Elvis – Rob Bell
- Rich Dad Poor Dad – Robert Kyosaki
- What Jesus Meant – Gary Wills
- No Shortcuts to the Top – Ed Viesturs
- Into The Wild – Jon Krakauer
- To Own a Dragon – Donald Miller
- No Compromise: The Life Story of Keith Green – Melody Green
- Eiger Dreams: Ventures Among Men & Mountains – Jon Krakauer
- Under The Banner of Heaver – Jon Krakauer
- Three Men in a Boat – Jerome K. Jerome
- Born on a Blue Day – Daniel Tammet
- The Survivors Club – Ben Sherwood
- 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