Since sparking such great discussion back in June on my Summer Reading List, I wanted to share an Autumn rendition as well! While I didn't read half the books I intended to read this summer, I read a great many other ones, that I enjoyed - which is the important part. So while I write this list with high hopes of completing most of it, I'm well aware that reading is a meandering sort of habit: sometimes, though you may want to read a particular book, it just doesn't "fit" after the one you've just finished. Sometimes you find a book you didn't know you needed to read. Sometimes the book you were supposed to love isn't worth finishing after all. And you've just got to go with it. ;)
1. ALL THE LIGHT WE CANNOT SEE by Anthony Doerr
I've been reading quite a few WWII novels lately, and I'm not really ready to stop yet, ha! This was something Brianna mentioned on her blog ages ago - it piqued my interest, I totally forgot about it's existence, and then someone I know on Goodreads was reading it and I thought "There it is! My next fun-read."
2. CHRISTIAN APOLOGETICS by Cornelius Van Til
If you're looking for a good follow-up book after reading Mere Christianity, this is the one you want. Though I've only barely started it (it's apologetics, it takes some chewing! ;) I'm already feeling my eyes being opened wider yet: it gets you thinking really deeply about the purpose of man and the omniscience of God. I love that feeling.
3. 1776 by David McCullough
I've always been heavily interested in American Revolution history, but reading Alexander Hamilton (Ron Chernow) has gotten me especially in that mind-frame! Since no biographer is without bias, I thought it would be nice to round out my view a bit more with a history-- from one of the best historians I know. As soon as I finish Chernow (under 200 pages to go!), this is the next tome I can't wait to devour.
4. OUT OF THE SILENT PLANET by C.S. Lewis
Yep, I still haven't read this. Oh boy. Can someone poke me every few days and ask me if I've read it yet? ;)
5. THE WASTE LAND AND OTHER POEMS by T. S. Eliot
I am a long-time lover of T.S. Eliot's poetry, and I picked up this little volume on a random day this summer, when I was fingering the spines on the shelf of Barnes and Noble. I'm feeling especially ambitious and am going to throw out that I'd actually like to memorize one of these...if I find a decent-sized one, since Eliot tends to be long and languishing. ;)
6. THE RAMBLERS by Aidan Donnelley Rowley
I'm skeptical of this book, I have to say -- it does sound good, at least (but I have heard mixed reviews). Nevertheless, I always like to throw a wild card at the end of my list, to stretch my horizons and find something new. Sometimes I find something amazing (read: A Room With A View by E. M. Forster), sometimes it's not as great: but it's always interesting.
What books are you hoping to read this Autumn Season? Any recommendations from what you read this summer?