Wednesday, December 31, 2014

Books I Read in 2014

The tradition continues!

Matt’s Books Completed* in 2014:

1. The Spy Who Came In the From the Cold by John Le Carre
2. Crazy Busy by Kevin DeYoung [review, my top 5 for 2014]
3. Love Into Light by Peter Hubbard [review]
4. Maigret Hesitates by Georges Simenon
5. Maigret and the Hotel Majestic by Georges Simenon
6. Maigret Bides His Time by Georges Simenon
7. The Pastor’s Family by Brian & Cara Croft [review]
8. Maigret Goes Home by Georges Simenon
9. Parker Pyne Investigates by Agatha Christie
10. Maigret’s Pickpocket by Georges Simenon
11. Si-Cology 101 by Si Robertson
12. Preparing Your Teen for College Alex Chediak [review, my top 5 for 2014]
13. Maigret in Exile by Georges Simenon
14. Deceived by James Scott Bell
15. Maigret and the Yellow Dog by Georges Simenon
16. Standing Tall After Falling Short by Emily Chase
17. A Coffin for Dimitrios by Eric Ambler
18. Dorothy L. Sayers: Her Life and Soul by Barbara Reynolds
19. Dead Man’s Ransom by Ellis Peters
20. Flight of a Witch by Ellis Peters
21. A Godward Heart by John Piper
22. Maigret’s War of Nerves by Georges Simenon
23. The Pilgrim of Hate by Ellis Peters
24. Maigret in Holland by Georges Simenon
25. Fallen Into the Pit by Ellis Peters
26. Maigret in Vichy by Georges Simenon
27. Maigret’s Rival by Georges Simenon
28. A Nice Derangement of Epitaphs by Ellis Peters
29. A Time to Mourn & A Time to Dance by Derek Kidner
30. The Piper on the Mountain by Ellis Peters
31. Kildee House by Rutherford Montgomery
32. Black Is the Colour of My True Love’s Heart by Ellis Peters
33. The Grass Widow’s Tale by Ellis Peters
34. Prince Caspian by C.S. Lewis
35. Is God Anti-Gay? by Sam Allberry [review, my top 5 for 2014]
36. Lord Peter by Dorothy L. Sayers
37. Maigret and the Killer by Georges Simenon
38. The Hermit of Eyton Forest by Ellis Peters
39. Maigret and the Gangsters by Georges Simenon
40. The House of Green Turf by Ellis Peters
41. Risen by Steven Mathewson [last year's top 5, read again]
42. The Heretic’s Apprentice by Ellis Peters
43. Maigret’s Revolver by Georges Simenon
44. God and the Gay Christian by Matthew Vines
45. God and the Gay Christian? A Response to Matthew Vines by Albert Mohler et al
46. Maigret’s Failure by Georges Simenon
47. Maigret in Society by Georges Simenon
48. Maigret and the Lazy Burglar by Georges Simenon
49. Mourning Raga by Ellis Peters
50. Boys of Blur by N.D. Wilson
51. The Minor Adjustment Beauty Salon by Alexander McCall Smith
52. A Presumption of Death by Jill Paton Walsh
53. The Attenbury Emeralds by Jill Paton Walsh
54. A Rare Benedictine by Ellis Peters
55. Empire of Bones by N.D. Wilson
56. The Martian by Andy Weir
57. Gray Matters by Brett McCracken [review]
58. Maigret at the Gai-Moulin by Georges Simenon
59. Minecraft by Daniel Goldberg and Linus Larsson
60. The Basket Case by Ralph McInerny
61. Don’t Leave Me by James Scott Bell
62. Slaves of Socorro by John Flanagan
63. City of Gold and Shadows by Ellis Peters
64. Rainbow’s End by Ellis Peters
65. Maigret and the Nahour Case by Georges Simenon
66. The Holy Thief by Ellis Peters
67. Our Kind of Traitor by John le Carre
68. The Horse and His Boy by C.S. Lewis
69. Maigret and the Spinster by Georges Simenon
70. Maigret and the Calame Report by Georges Simenon
71. Peace Like a River by Leif Enger [all time favorite]
72. The Yiddish Policemen’s Union by Michael Chabon
73. The Magician’s Nephew by C.S. Lewis
74. I Capture the Castle by Dodie Smith
75. Heaven Wins by Don Richardson
76. Maigret and the Apparition by Georges Simenon
77. Tom Sawyer by Mark Twain
78. Maigret and the Saturday Caller by Georges Simenon
79. The Late Scholar by Jill Paton Walsh
80. Despite Doubt by Michael Wittmer [review, my top 5 for 2014]
81. Lila by Marilynne Robinson [review]
82. Gray Mountain by John Grisham
83. Enter a Murderer by Ngaio Marsh
84. Celiac Disease: A Hidden Epidemic by Peter Green and Rory Jones [review]
85. Did The Devil Make Me Do It? by Michael McKinley [review]
86. The Older Brother Returns by Neal Lozano
87. 2 Samuel: Out of Every Adversity by Dale Ralph Davis [review, my top 5 for 2014]
88. 1-2 Samuel by Bill Arnold
89. Washed and Waiting by Wesley Hill [review]
90. 1 Samuel: Looking on the Heart by Dale Ralph Davis [review, my top 5 for 2014]
91. Here I Stand: A Life of Martin Luther by Roland Bainton
92. Robinson Crusoe by Daniel Defoe
93. The Poverty of Nations by Wayne Grudem and Barry Asmus [review]
94. What Do I Say to a Friend Who Is Gay? by Emile Chase
95. Young Men in Spats by P.G. Wodehouse
96. Good: The Joy of Christian Manhood and Womanhood edited by David Mathis [review]
97. 1-2 Samuel by Robert Bergen
98. Maigret's Christmas by Georges Simenon
99. The Will and the Deed by Ellis Peters
100. The NIV One Year Bible

* These are books I finished reading in 2014, not the ones I started or the ones I didn't get done. I read a bunch of them for fun, some for homeschooling, and a lot of them just to learn and grow. This year, I lost track a couple of times and had to reassemble them, so the order may be off.

As I say each year--I'm not endorsing these books just because they are listed here. Some of them are really good and some are really bad. Most are somewhere in between. Read with discernment.

[Here's the post where I explain why I post these.]

Previous Years:

2008 (first half, second half)
2007 (first half, second half)
2006 (first half, second half)
2005 (first half, second half)


Do you realize this year you've put 24 of the 103 works in the Maigret series under your belt? Do you have a favorite? I've never been able to pick one. Thank you for sharing your list.


This was definitely "The Year of Maigret" for me.

Sadly, I had never heard of the great French detective until this year, but wife introduced us, and he's been a helpful escapist companion all year.

I don't think I have a favorite, except to say "whichever one I'm reading right now."

I see that you've got a special connection with Maigret. I'll have to check out your doctor book!