For years now I’ve been planning a page professing my favorite books, including links to posts I’ve written about them over the years. The challenge has always been that I like different books for different reasons, so I struggled to come up with an approach I liked.
But now it’s April of 2020, and much of the country is quarantined, with time to read and a desire to grow intellectually and spiritually. It feels as though I’ve let the perfect become the enemy of the good. It feels like it’s time I share something, even if it’s incomplete, unranked and occasionally irrational.
So be it. Here are several favorite books of mine, in a few different categories. If I’ve linked to a post, consider reading it; occasionally I admit that a favorite book of mine will not resonate with all audiences.
Anna Karenina by Leo Tolstoy
Brideshead Revisited by Evelyn Waugh
The Brothers Karamazov by Fyodor Dostoevsky
A Canticle for Leibowitz by Walter M. Miller Jr.
The Earthsea Trilogy by Ursula LeGuin
East of Eden by John Steinbeck
The Great Divorce by C.S. Lewis
The Kirstin Lavransdattar Trilogy by Sigrid Undset
Leaf by Niggle by J.R.R. Tolkien
The Little Prince by Antoine de Saint-Exupery
The Lord of the Rings by J.R.R. Tolkien
Lord of the World by Robert Hugh Benson
Manalive by G.K. Chesterton
Mr. Blue by Myles Connolly
The Picture of Dorian Gray by Oscar Wilde
The Screwtape Letters by C.S. Lewis
Tobit’s Dog by Michael N. Richards
God’s Doorkeepers: Padre Pio, Solanus Casey & Andre Bessette by Joel Schorn
Mere Christianity by C.S. Lewis
Soul of the Apostolate by Jean-Baptiste Chautard
Story of a Soul by St. Therese of Liseux
The Abolition of Man by C.S. Lewis
Man’s Search for Meaning by Viktor Frankl
The Power of Myth by Joseph Campbell
Small Is Beautiful: Economics As If People Mattered by E.F. Schumacher
What We Can’t Not Know by J. Budziszewski
American Cicero: The Life of Charles Carroll by Bradley J. Birzer
Unbroken by Laura Hillenbrand
The Unmasking of Oscar Wilde by Joseph Pearce
Valerian Pączek: Priest, Soldier, Quiet Hero by William C. Sherman and John Guerrero