But I want books that keep me awake. I have no problem nodding off if a book isn’t interesting. If I start reading a good book in the middle of the night I may lose a lot of sleep.
Years ago while waiting for a flight home I was so caught up reading Undaunted Courage by Stephen Ambrose that I missed my flight. Even though I was only a few feet from the gate I was so into the story of the Lewis and Clark expedition to the American West that I was unaware that the plane was boarding. When I eventually looked around I was alone. Few books are that engaging, but at least I want them to keep my attention.
So here are 10 page-turners from 2017 that kept me awake.
Overload: Finding Truth in Today’s Deluge of News, by Bob Schieffer
Recommendations for getting accurate, dependable news in familiar and unfamiliar places from a veteran journalist.
Grant, by Ron Chernow
Ulysses S. Grant, Civil War hero and 18th President – the most popular man in America at the end of the Civil War – comes alive and in Chernow’s opinion belongs among the first tier of American presidents.
Leonardo Da Vinci, by Walter Isaacson
The story of the ultimate Renaissance Man driven by curiosity of all things scientific and artistic. Isaacson’s final chapter with his ‘eighteen lessons from Leonardo’ should be read first. On art quality paper with the Mona Lisa and other drawings and paintings.
An American Conscience: The Reinhold Niebuhr Story, by Jeremy L. Sabella
As a companion to the film by Martin Doblmeier about America’s mid-20th century ‘public theologian’ of which there are few if any remaining.
Whatever Happened to Evangelicalism? edited by Al Truesdale
Following his introduction Truesdale edits an anthology of theological essays with views on how evangelicals can return to their historic roots.
A Man Called Ove, by Blackman
A suicidal curmudgeon finally finds the will to live and embrace his neighbors after the love of his life dies in a vehicle accident.
The Underground Railroad, by Colson Whitehead
A clear-eyed view of how slavery affected the lives of whites as well as black slaves in the American South.
A Gentleman in Moscow, by Amor Towles
In post revolutionary Russia a former Czarist lives under house arrest in a luxury Moscow hotel.
The Sheriff of Nottingham, by Richard Kluger
The story of a singular character striving to act honorably in Medieval 13th century England during the days of Robin Hood and the Magna Carta.
The Circle, by Dave Eggers
A dystopian future when everything we have done, are doing and will be doing is known and controlled by an unseen information technology network.
What books kept your interest during the year?