Ben, Matt






Annual Books



Book talk is always worthwhile

Matt is reading or selling every book he owns this year.

One month in, Matt has already read 11 books.

Ben is having another girl.

2014 Books

Matt read 47 books in 2015, up from 29 in 2014. Ben read 127 books in 2015.

Ben gives CJ a hard time for filling out the survey twice.

Favorite Fiction Book


  • The Brothers Karamazov

  • Clash of Kings

  • I, Robot

  • The Martian

  • Little Women (CJ)

  • Crime and Punishment

  • Matt: The Divine Comedy by Dante Alighieri

  • Ben: Ulysses by James Joyce, The Oedipus Trilogy by Sophocles, Book of the New Sun by Gene Wolfe, Trigger Warning by Neil Gaiman

Favorite Non-Fiction Book


  • Bonhoeffer: Pastor, Martyr, Prophet, Spy

  • Miracles

  • what if?

  • The Diary of Anne Frank

  • The Divine Conspiracy

  • Seeking Allah, Finding Jesus

  • Ben: Man's Search for Meaning by Viktor Frankl

  • Matt: Letters to Malcolm, Chiefly on Prayer by C. S. Lewis

Favorite Book


  • Bonhoeffer: Pastor, Martyr, Prophet, Spy

  • Little Women (CJ)

  • Astro City: Volume 1: Life in the Big City

  • Ready Player One by Ernest Cline

  • Matt: The Divine Comedy by Dante Alighieri

Biggest Surprise


  • Fall of Hyperion

  • Watership Down

  • Little Women (CJ)

  • How many graphic novels read this year

  • Ben: How Dante Can Save Your Life by Rod Dreher

  • Matt: Ready Player One by Ernest Cline

Biggest Disappointment


  • Ready Player One by Ernest Cline

  • The Man in the High Castle

  • Ben: Why Homer Matters, Planet Narnia, Seveneves, The Lost World of Adam and Eve

  • Matt: Robogenesis

Wish You Had Read


  • The Idiot

  • Dune, The Great Divorce, Storm of Swords (CJ)

  • Moby Dick

  • Ben: Marcel Proust

  • Matt: Paradise Lost

2015 Book Plans



  • Read more classic theologians

  • Don't let Netflix get in the way

  • Read 20 books

  • Read 60 books

  • Read The Aeneid

  • Ben: Don't care about the numbers

  • Matt: Read or sell every book on his shelves

To Read


  • The Gunslinger

  • The Lost World of Adam and Eve

  • Orthodoxy

  • Dune

  • Anathem

  • The Winds of Winter

  • Ben: Marcel Proust, CS Lewis and Dante, The Faerie Queen, The Aeneid, The Baroque Cycle, finish Shakespeare's plays

  • Matt: The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy, Alice's Adventures in Wonderland, Til We Have Faces, A Severe Mercy

Miscellaneous Highlights

  • Ben: Read Watership Down and The Lord of the Rings to Ellie, read Narnia to Owen, big Dante project

Number to read

  • Ben: 100
  • Matt: 50

Ben is focusing on enjoyment, finishing his giant puzzle, child #4, and foreign films instead of book numbers this year.

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