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Books Read in 2012 (Pt. 1)

January 8, 2013

  • Go Down Moses, by William Faulkner. It is worth reading this book simply to read the section titled “The Bear.” Faulkner’s prose is dense and twisted, and at times seems impenetrable. Yet it is not for nothing that he is known as one of America’s greatest writers.

  • The Case For Classical Christian Education by Douglas Wilson. Read this for a class project that ended up not materializing. Wilson defends CCE in his signature, take-no-prisoners style.

  • Climbing Parnassus by Tracy Lee Simmons. Probably the hardest book I read all year, perhaps the hardest one I’ve ever read. After reading about how studying Latin and Greek helps form your mind, I shure feel dum.

  • The Children of Men by P.D. James. Dystopia novel about a world where everyone has become infertile. Gut-wrenching, powerfully written, and slightly redemptive.

  • The Little Book of String Theory by Stephen S. Gubser. An introduction to string theory, the theory of everything that seems to make very little difference to most things.

  • America Alone by Mark Steyn. Mark Steyn is the funniest doomsayer around, and this book proves it.

  • Murder in the Cathedral by T.S. Eliot. Read for Lit 216 Eliot is my favorite poet, and this play about the martyrdom of Thomas a’Beckett is one of his best works.

  • Great Expectations by Charles Dickens. Read for Lit 216. Not my favorite Dickens book—the hero was not appealing. Miss Havisham was my favorite character.

  • Liberal Fascism by Jonah Goldberg. Shows the connection between fascism and “progressive” thought from the 20s through the 60s and up to today. A must-have for any conservative. Buy it and annoy your liberal friends.

  • Quick Service by P.G. Wodehouse. This is in my list of top 5 Wodehouse novels. The plot is intricately structured, but manages to all come together in the end. If you want to get into Wodehous, this is a good place to start.

  • Epic by John Eldredge. An apologetic that uses the idea of a story to present the Gospel message.

  • Pigs Have Wings by P.G. Wodehouse. Another good Wodehouse novel. This one is about Lord Emsworth, an absent-minded nobleman, and his prize pig, the empress.

  • New Avengers: The Collective. I love comic books, and I don’t care who knows it.

  • Orthodoxy by G. K. Chesterton. I read this book at the end of my second semester of freshman year in college. It was the beginning of an addiction.

  • Socrates Meets Marx by Peter Kreeft. Socrates cross examines the father of communism, and finds out some interesting things.

  • Socrates Meets Sartre by Peter Kreeft. Existentialism has never been so entertaining. Socrates and Sarte match wits in a discussion over Sarte’s Existentialism and Human Emotion.

  • The Everlasting Man by G. K. Chesterton. Chesterton discusses anthropology, folklore and religion in this survey on the difference Christianity has made to the world. His chapter on anthropologists and prehistoric men is a classic.

  • Socrates Meets Machiavelli by Peter Kreeft. I read a lot of Peter Kreeft over the summer. This is a discussion over Machiavelli’s book The Prince.

  • The Club of Queer Trades by G. K. Chesterton. No, this is not a nightspot in San Francisco. Instead, it is a set of four detective stories in which what seem like horrible crimes actually turn out to be something quite different.

  • What’s Wrong With the World by G. K. Chesterton. Chesterton takes on Eugenics, Imperialism, Modern Education, and Feminism. More relevant today than when it was written.

  • Tales of Ancient Egypt by Roger Lancelyn Green. I loved this book as a child and love it now.

  • Don’t Waste Your Life by John Piper. An important call to using all of our life for the kingdom of God.

  • Deep Comedy by Peter Leithart. This book encompasses metaphysics, philosophy, literature and history in its discussion about the difference between the comic message of the Gospel and the tragic message of all other belief systems.

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