In late 2009 I began a list of books I thought everyone should read, whether for edification or mere enjoyment, and continued with three more posts over the next year or so. Then, in the autumn of 2010, I began covering the subject more gradually, explaining for each book on the list why I think it belongs there. This page is an index of this series, which will (eventually) be updated as new posts appear. I also list other book-review-related posts below.
First, the original posts giving the list:
- The series introduction.
- The Allegory of Love by C. S. Lewis.
- The Lord of the Rings by J. R. R. Tolkien.
- Descent into Hell by Charles Williams
- Julius Caesar by William Shakespeare
- Pride and Prejudice by Jane Austen
- The Return of the Native by Thomas Hardy
- The Republic by Plato
- The Faerie Queene by Edmund Spenser
- Citizen of the Galaxy by Robert A. Heinlein
- The Curse of Chalion by Lois McMaster Bujold
- The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn by Mark Twain
- The Institutes of the Christian Religion by John Calvin
- Gaudy Night by Dorothy Sayers
- The Pilgrim’s Progress by John Bunyan
- Interstellar Patrol by Christopher Anvil
- Foundation by Isaac Asimov
- The Harper Hall trilogy by Anne McCaffrey
- Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland by Lewis Carroll
- Either When We Were Very Young or Now We Are Six. by A. A. Milne
I’ve also written other book (more-or-less) reviews:
- Lois McMaster Bujold’s Sharing Knife series. (Note that the post was written after reading the first two volumes, before the third had even been published.)
- Most of my individual-book reviews, other than the “best books” posts, have of late been about works by Aubrey Hansen:
A couple of posts, which I called “review[s] of ‘recent’ books,” briefly covered my thoughts on books I’d read somewhat recently:
- The first talked about Life of Pi, The Thirteenth Child, The Wolf of Tebron, and Auralia’s Colors.
- The second, much more extensive, talked about To Say Nothing of the Dog, The Alloy of Law, The Last Centurion, Firmament: Radialloy, Magic and Malice, The Windrider Saga, two Charles Williams collections, The Practice Effect, The Squire’s Tale, Captain Vorpatril’s Alliance, A Memory of Light, Aquasynthesis, and Imager.
And a couple of other related posts:
- A discussion of screen adaptations of books in general, with a couple of examples.
- A comparative review of all four screen adaptations of Pride and Prejudice.
- An explanation, with somewhat detailed case studies, of what allgory is and is not. A revised and expanded version of that essay later appeared on the Holy Worlds blog.