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12/21/2011

Monday I posted my first half of my top books from 2011, number 6-10.  Today you get to see what the top five best books I read in 2011.  By the way, incase you were wondering here’s last year’s 6-10 and 1-5.

5 – Digital Disciple – Adam Thomas

Written by a guy awesome enough to do an interview on the blog – Click here.  Digital Disciple tackles a topic churches will be discussing at length in the next few years.  How do we do ministry in a Facebook culture?

4 – 31 Days to Finding Your Blogging Mojo – Bryan Allain

If you’re a blogger, go buy this book and read it.  Right now.  Seriously, the best book on blogging I’ve read not only in 2011, but in years.

3 – Homemade Haunting – Rob Stennett

Last year I included one of Stennett’s books, and again this year he did not disappoint.  Homemade Haunting is more great satire from one of the best Christian authors out there.  Taking a look at a haunted house and one man’s obsession with writing a creepy novel Rob does an excellent job of weaving story with suspense all without ever getting too preachy.

2 – Imaginary Jesus – Matt Mikalatos

Part fiction, biography, and humor Imaginary Jesus has it all.  Plus, the scene where Matt is chasing Jesus through the bookstore could be one of the most memorable scenes ever.

1 – Hunger Games Trilogy – Suzanne Collins

This is hands down some of the best writing I’ve read in a long time.  Excellent story, incredible concepts, and if you were burned on Young Adult fiction because of Twilight, then allow Suzanne Collins to right that wrong.  I’ve already convinced a handful of people to read this series, after a friend convinced me.  So go check it out, I haven’t met anyone who didn’t like it yet.

What was your favorite book you read in 2011?  And why should I read it in 2012?

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18 responses to Books2.

  1. I’ve been wanting to pick up 31 Days to Finding Your Blogging Mojo. Hopefully I’ll be grabbing a copy shortly after the new year.

  2. Some of my favorite reads this year were:

    * “The Homelanders” series by Andrew Klavan: I randomly saw the first entry of “The Homelanders” in Sam’s Club, and decided to get it from the library to see if I liked it. Well, I was blown away! It turned out to be an excellent Christian young adult novel full of action and intensity with even a little romance thrown in. I read the sequels as soon as I could get my hands on them; the last one in the series came out just a few months ago. It’s definitely worth a read, whether you’re a “young adult” or not.

    * The “Thrawn” trilogy by Timothy Zahn: This literary sequel trilogy to the original “Star Wars” movies is quite fun for lovers of space opera. Plenty of new characters are introduced, and there’s all the action and humor that made the first three adventures of Luke, Leia, and Han wonderful.

    * The “Sinister Six” trilogy by Adam-Troy Castro: I love superheroes, especially Spider-Man. Maybe I can identify with the character of Peter Parker, since he’s geeky like me, but, ever since seeing the original Tobey Maguire film, he’s been my favorite Marvel character. I don’t read the comics, but there are plenty of novels (no, not graphic novels) that are available that tell the stories of the wall-crawler, and the three books that make up the “Sinister Six” trilogy are among the best. Action, adventure, humor, suspense, and even a bit of romance make Adam-Troy Castro’s story of the human arachnid worth reading.

    * Anything by Janice Thompson: Over the past year or two, Janice Thompson has become one of my favorite authors. I’ve never read a book of hers I didn’t like. I started out with the “Weddings by Bella” trilogy, which had a hilarious beginning that hooked me until the end. Later, I read two of her “cozy mysteries,” along with “Stars Collide,” the first entry in a new series of hers. Unlike the other books I mentioned, Janice Thompson’s novels are not sci-fi/fantasy nor suspense; instead, they are light-hearted mysteries and/or romances. That may sound like strange reading material for me, but, I try to read books from various genres, as long as they’re not offensive.

  3. Really? The Hunger Games trilogy was number one for you? Hmmm… I’ve heard a lot of people say it was good. I may actually have to go read it.

    Thanks for the recommendations!

    • Seriously, I\’m not really a Young Adult Lit reader, but it was too good. One of the best series I\’ve read in years… You got to check it out. If you have a Kindle and Prime you can get them for free from Amazon, on some program

  4. These are some more great books. Some great books I’ve read this year are The 5 Levels of Leadership by John Maxwell, Lichpin by Seth Godin,and Presentations in Action by Jerry Weissman. Each have allowed me to learn and grow in leadership and communication.

    • Linchpin is on my current list to try to get to in 2012… I love Godin\’s stuff

    • Just ordered 5 Levels of Leadership two days ago. Can’t wait to get it. John Maxwell will be walking through the book on his blog in January and February. I’m looking forward to the experience.

  5. Radical by David Platt is awesome!

  6. 1. Becoming a Leader by Myles Munroe – Quotes from the book

    “Leaders are simply people who dare to be themselves and are able to express themselves fully.”

    “You become a leader when you decide not to be a copy but an original.”

    2. The Burden of Freedom by Myles Munroe – Quotes from the book

    “What feeds your soul determines your quality of life and degree of freedom.”

    “No matter how great your dream is, you will never fulfill it until you pass the test that qualifies you to manage the dream.”

  7. Three books that have had great impact on me this year are:

    Every Leaders Everest by Jim Molloy – about finding identity and escaping insecurity as a leader

    Idea Spotting by Sam Harrison – great book on improving creative thinking and where to find your next great idea.

    What to do on the worst day of your life by Brain Zahnd – a great little book on how King David handled a horrible situation and the impact it can have on our lives.