Reading Lists

“Why are we reading if not in hope that the writer will magnify and dramatize our days, will illuminate and inspire us with wisdom, courage, and the possibility of meaningfulness, and will press upon our minds the deepest mysteries, so we may feel again their majesty and power?”          ~ Annie Dillard, The Writing Life

Half Broke Horses – Walls
Prince of Tides – Conroy
The Help – Stockett
The Kitchen God’s Wife – Tan
To Kill a Mockingbird – Lee
Sarah’s Key – de Rosnay
One Foot in Eden – Rash
Little Bee – Cleave
Forgotten Garden – Morton
The Distant Hours – Morton
The Invisible Bridge – Orringer
The Paris Wife – McClain
The Moveable Feast – Hemingway
March – Brooks
People of the Book – Brooks
State of Wonder – Patchett
Rules of Civility – Towles
The Postmistress – Blake
Unaccustomed Earth – Lahiri
How to Breathe Underwater – Orringer
Binocular Vision – Pearlman
Mariana – Dickens (Persephone)
The Fortnight in September – Sherriff (Persephone)
Harriet – Jenkins (Persephone)
The Secret Keeper – Morton
The Namesake – Lahiri
The Glass Castle – Walls
My Reading Life – Conroy
Growing Up – Baker
Still: Notes on a Mid-Faith Crisis – Winner
Pilgrim at Tinker Creek – Dillard
Girl Meets God – Winner
The Holy Bible (ESV, The Message)
The Book of Common Prayer
The Valley of Vision
Scouting the Divine – Feinberg
The Sacred Echo – Feinberg
In a Pit with a Lion on a Snowy Day – Batterson
Wild Goose Chase – Batterson
Christianity Beyond Belief – Hunter
Stuck! – Walling
The Good and Beautiful God – Smith
Knowledge of the Holy – Tozer
Gift From the Sea – Lindbergh
A Long Obedience in the Same Direction – Peterson
Tell it Slant – Peterson
Spiritual Rhythm – Buchanan
Your God is Too Safe – Buchanan
The Rest of God – Buchanan
One Thousand Gifts – Voskamp
The Gospel of Ruth – Custis James
At the Still Point – Arthur
Grace for the Good Girl – Freeman
All Is Grace – Manning
The Circle Maker – Batterson
Wonderstruck – Feinberg
Love Does – Goff
Mudhouse Sabbath – Winner
The Circle of Seasons – Conway Ireton
Blue Like Jazz – Miller
Silence – Okoro
On Writing Well – Zinsser
Writing About Your Life – Zinsser
The Writing Life – Dillard
Walking on Water – L’Engle
Rumors of Water – L.L. Barkat
Writing Down the Bones – Goldberg
Bird by Bird – Lamott
Elements of Style – Strunk and White
On Writing – King
The War of Art – Pressfield
You Are a Writer – Goins
The Memoir Project – Smith
The Getaway Car – Patchett
Platform – Hyatt

This list encapsulates recommended books I’ve held in my hands to read beginning in 2010, including those I refer back to time and time again.

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