Read in 2017

This was a year of re-reading old favorites, mitigating my commute with audio books, and meeting some new and excellent fantasy.

  • The Son of Laughter by Frederick Buechner. I enjoyed it, though didn’t see new profundity in the stories. A little less PG than I expected.
  • On the dignity and vocation of women by John Paul II & commentary by Genevieve Kinke. Very good. Very different from most Christian women’ books. (Was reading this on election night 2016)
  • Infertility companion for Catholics by Angelique Ruhi-López, Carmen Santamaría. Extremely helpful.
  • Arabian Nights
  • We Believe by Oscar Lukefahr
  • A Long Obedience in the Same Direction: Discipleship in an Instant Society by Eugene Peterson. It was a long perseverance to finish the book! It’s a commentary on the psalms of ascent that Jews sang on the road to Jerusalem. Some of the chapters were meh for me, some were amazing.
  • The Princess and the Goblin by George Macdonald. On following when you don’t understand the way.
  • The Princess and Curdie by George MacDonald.
  • The Fellowship of the Ring by JRR Tolkien
  • Theology of the Body in Simple Language
  • The Two Towers by JRR Tolkein
  • Lila by Marilynne Robinson (audio)
  • Return of the King by JRR Tolkein. This time through I was struck by the opportunities for redemption. Characters who made a mistake did not have it held against them forever.
  • Gilead by Marilynne Robinson (audio)
  • Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone by JK Rowling (audio)
  • The Silmarillion by JRR Tolkein
  • Race Against Time by Stephen Lewis. Recommended to me. I disagree with a lot (“big government can solve everything!”), but I learned a lot about the history of development and HIV treatment in Africa.
  • Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets by JK Rowling (audio)
  • Out of the Silent Planet by CS Lewis
  • The Way of Kings by Brandon Sanderson. Devoured this in 5 days. Most impressive world-building I’ve seen, save Tolkein.
  • Words of Radiance by Brandon Sanderson
  • Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban by JK Rowling (audio)
  • Warbreaker by Brandon Sanderson. Good, but I liked the Stormlight series better.
  • Robot Dreams by Isaac Asimov
  • Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire by JK Rowling (audio)
  • Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix by JK Rowling (audio)
  • The Invention of Hugo Cabret (audio). Lots of whiny and angry children. Movie was better, I think.
  • A Wrinkle in Time by Madeleine L’Engle (audio)
  • Mistborn by Brandon Sanderson. SO GOOD.
  • Signs of Life by Scott Hahn
  • Harry Potter and the Half Blood Prince by JK Rowling (audio)
  • Well of Ascension by Brandon Sanderson
  • Hero of Ages by Brandon Sanderson
  • Harry Potter and the Cursed Child by JK Rowling. Mediocre HP fan fiction.
  • The Lion, the Witch, and the Wardrobe by CS Lewis (audio)
  • Mary Poppins by PL Travers (audio). Definitely different from the movie. I didn’t warm up to Mary as much in the book.
  • Oathbringer by Brandon Sanderson. I was impressively able to stretch out reading this over about a month. Very good, and I can hardly wait for four years for the next one!
  • Dead Man’s Mirror by Agatha Christie (audio)
  • Letters from Father Christmas by JRR Tolkein. Beautiful, sweet, and a little sad. Highly recommended.

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