Behold, the list of mostly non-work related books I (slowly) traversed in 2016:
- Allison Hoover Bartlett, The Man Who Loved Books Too Much (Riverhead Books, 2010).
- Allan Bloom, The Closing of the American Mind (Simon and Schuster, 1987).
- Arthur Brooks, The Conservative Heart (Broadside Books, 2015).
- Will and Ariel Durant, The Lessons of History (Simon and Schuster, 2010).
- Jonathan Edwards, The Nature of True Virtue (University of Michigan Press, 1960).
- David Horowitz, Hating Whitey: And Other Progressive Causes (Spence, 1999).
- Andrew Klavan, The Great Good Thing: A Secular Jew Comes to Faith in Christ (Thomas Nelson, 2016).
- John Lott, The War on Guns (Regnery, 2016).
- Michael Lynch, True to Life: Why Truth Matters (MT, 2005).
- Mike Martin, Self-Deception and Morality (Kansas, 1986).
- Neil Postman, Amusing Ourselves to Death (Penguin Books, 1985).
- Graham Priest, One: Being an Investigation into the Unity of Reality and of its Parts, including the Singular Object which is Nothingness (Oxford, 2014). Reviewed HERE.
- Nicholas Rescher, Philosophical Standardism: An Empirical Approach to Philosophical Methodology (Pittsburgh, 2000).
- Jeff Shaara, Civil War Battlefields (Ballantine, 2006).
- Christina Hoff Sommers, Who Stole Feminism? (Simon & Schuster, 1994).
- Thomas Sowell, Intellectuals and Race (Basic Books, 2013).
- Thomas Sowell, Wealth, Poverty, and Politics: An International Perspective (Basic Books, 2015).
- Benjamin Wiker, Ten Books that Screwed Up the World (Regnery, 2008).
- Benjamin Wiker, Ten Books Every Conservative Must Read (Regnery, 2010).
- Ransom Riggs, Tales of the Peculiar
- R. R. Tolkien, The Hobbit
Although overall better than 2015’s showing, the uptick in politics probably offsets any gains in philosophy. Maybe that is a reflection of the intensity of the election year. I hope to resume more regular and rewarding reading habits in 2017, a year which will, God willing, see the completion of the ol’ dissertation and moving back to the Southeastern heartland.
I’ve been pretty bad at keeping my book resolutions of previous years. At the close of 2013 I resolved to read more books in 2014 than I did in 2013. Failed. At the close of 2014, I resolved to temper the bibliophilia driving me to acquire books much faster than I can read or even shelve them. Failed. At the close of 2015 I resolved to keep the flame of love for lady philosophy from burning out. I suppose that resolution was met, but cold winds are still blowing. So no resolution this year. Resolutions are for losers, anyway (of which I am proof).