my own personal book meme

so. i was thinking about that meme and what a random group of books it is. so, i pulled this list from the website of image journal. the reasoning behind the list is here. i came to regent to study the link in between christianity and the arts, so you can see how this list fits me much better. although i’ve read and liked many of those books on the other list, some of these authors certainly have my heart.

bolding if i’ve read it (or bits and pieces of it)
italicizing if i own it, but haven’t read it

and i put an alternate book by the same author behind (they only allowed one book/author) if i’ve read another book and liked it

W.H. Auden Collected Poems
Georges Bernanos The Diary of a Country Priest
Wendell Berry Sabbaths – i adore wendell berry and own many of his books
John Berryman 77 Dream Songs
Doris Betts Souls Raised from the Dead – Heading West
Leon Bloy The Woman Who Was Poor
Heinrich Boll The Stories of Heinrich Boll
Robert Bolt A Man for All Seasons
Ray Bradbury Something Wicked This Way Comes
George Mackay Brown Selected Poems
Frederic Buechner Godric – his first three memoirs are amazing
Scott Cairns Recovered Body
Willa Cather Death Comes for the Archbishop
G.K. Chesterton The Man Who Was Thursday
Paul Claudel The Satin Slipper
Elizabeth Dewberry Many Things Have Happened Since He Died – Sacrament of Lies
Annie Dillard Pilgrim at Tinker Creek – Holy the Firm
Andre Dubus Selected Stories
T.S. Eliot Four Quartets – Essays
Alice Thomas Ellis The Sin Eater
Shusaku Endo Silence
William Everson Collected Poems (The Residual Years; The Veritable Years)
Horton Foote The Trip to Bountiful
Christopher Fry The Lady’s Not for Burning
Denise Giardina Saints and Villains
Jose Maria Gironella The Cypresses Believe in God
Julien Green Diaries
Graham Greene The Power and the Glory
Patricia Hampl Virgin Time
Ron Hansen Mariette in Ecstasy – Atticus: a Novel (great book)
Mark Helprin A Soldier of the Great War – Winter’s Tale

Oscar Hijuelos Mr. Ives’ Christmas
Geoffrey Hill The Mystery of the Charity of Charles Peguy
Edward Hirsch Earthly Measures
Paul Horgan Great River
Andrew Hudgins The Neverending
John Irving A Prayer for Owen Meany
Josephine Jacobsen In the Crevice of Time: New and Selected Poems
Mark Jarman Questions for Ecclesiastes
Elizabeth Jennings Collected Poems
David Jones The Anathemata
Nikos Kazantzakis The Last Temptation of Christ
Thomas Keneally Three Cheers for the Paraclete
William Kennedy Ironweed
Wally Lamb I Know This Much is True – She’s Come Undone
Anne Lamott Traveling Mercies – Operating Instructions is my fav.
Madeleine L’Engle A Wrinkle in Time – I’ve read a lot of her
Denise Levertov The Stream and the Sapphire
Philip Levine The Mercy
C.S. Lewis Till We Have Faces – Narnia Series among others
Torgny Lindgren Light
Robert Lowell Lord Weary’s Castle
Paul Mariani Salvage Operations
Francois Mauriac Viper’s Tangle
Alice McDermott Charming Billy
Thomas Merton Collected Poems
Vassar Miller If I Had Wheels or Love: Collected Poems
Walter Miller A Canticle for Leibowitz
Czeslaw Milosz Collected Poems
Brian Moore Black Robe
Robert Morgan The Truest Pleasure
Malcolm Muggeridge Chronicles of Wasted Time
Edwin Muir Complete Poems
Les Murray Collected Poems
Kathleen Norris Dakota – I’ve read most of her books
Patrick O’Brian The Aubrey/Maturin Novels
Flannery O’Connor Short Stories – Mystery of Manners (bits)
Virginia Stem Owens If You Do Love Old Men
Katherine Paterson Jacob Have I Loved – Love her kids books
Charles Peguy The Mystery of the Charity of Joan of Arc
Walker Percy The Moviegoer – Second Coming
David Plante The Francoeur Trilogy
Chaim Potok My Name is Asher Lev
J.F. Powers The Presence of Grace
Reynolds Price Three Gospels
Richard Rodriguez Hunger of Memory

Dorothy Sayers The Mind of the Maker – Mystery novels, plays
Ignazio Silone Bread and Wine
Louis Simpson New and Selected Poems
Isaac Bashevis Singer Collected Stories
Aleksandr Solzhenitsyn One Day in the Life of Ivan Denisovich
Muriel Spark Memento Mori
Tom Stoppard Hapgood
John Heath Stubbs Collected Poems
Allen Tate Collected Poems
J.R.R. Tolkien The Lord of the Rings
Anne Tyler Saint Maybe
Sigrid Undset Kristin Lavransdatter – I’ve been looking for the good translation for a while now…
John Updike In the Beauty of the Lillies
Peter de Vries The Blood of the Lamb
Dan Wakefield Returning
Walter Wangerin, Jr. The Book of the Dun Cow
Evelyn Waugh Brideshead Revisited
Elie Wiesel Night
Richard Wilbur New and Collected Poems
Charles Williams All Hallows’ Eve
A.N. Wilson Wise Virgin
Tim Winton Cloudstreet
Larry Woiwode Beyond the Bedroom Wall

Tobias Wolff In the Garden of the North American Martyrs

i’ve got a lot to go here!  i started collecting many of these while i worked at the book store.  any on this list that you think i should read next?

another list of books i’d like to find is the pre-vatican II list of banned books by the Catholic Church.  i know that at least one of these above (Last Temptation of Christ) made that list.  i want to find this one just because my curiousity is peaked.

4 thoughts on “my own personal book meme

  1. I’d vote for reading Aleksandr Solzhenitsyn’s One Day in the Life of Ivan Denisovich next: It’s a quick read and it’s marvelous. Besides, on your other meme, you yourself commented that you needed to get started on the Russian authors! :)

  2. wow, You’ve read Kathleen Norris!
    One of her books, The Cloister Walk, was the book that really propelled me to church. I just wanted to soak into the liturgy, wherever I could find it. and she was so honest. it was great…Have you read Amazing Grace?

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