The Bookshelf

Originally this was something of a book-log, so you could see what I’m reading. But goodreads is a thing, and I kept forgetting to update it. So at the moment this is now a list of my absolute favorite and most highly recommended books, with a link to blog posts about them, if I’ve done one. Which I haven’t. At least not yet. The book covers are links to their goodreads pages and I grabbed the summaries off of goodreads, too (except for Narnia).

The Lord of the Rings – J.R.R. Tolkien


I sincerely hope that everyone’s at least heard of Lord of the Rings but, if you haven’t, shoo. Go find a copy and read it. Now.

One Ring to rule them all, One Ring to find them, One Ring to bring them all and in the darkness bind them

In ancient times the Rings of Power were crafted by the Elven-smiths, and Sauron, the Dark Lord, forged the One Ring, filling it with his own power so that he could rule all others. But the One Ring was taken from him, and though he sought it throughout Middle-earth, it remained lost to him. After many ages it fell by chance into the hands of the hobbit Bilbo Baggins.

From Sauron’s fastness in the Dark Tower of Mordor, his power spread far and wide. Sauron gathered all the Great Rings to him, but always he searched for the One Ring that would complete his dominion.

When Bilbo reached his eleventy-first birthday he disappeared, bequeathing to his young cousin Frodo the Ruling Ring and a perilous quest: to journey across Middle-earth, deep into the shadow of the Dark Lord, and destroy the Ring by casting it into the Cracks of Doom.

The Lord of the Rings tells of the great quest undertaken by Frodo and the Fellowship of the Ring: Gandalf the Wizard; the hobbits Merry, Pippin, and Sam; Gimli the Dwarf; Legolas the Elf; Boromir of Gondor; and a tall, mysterious stranger called Strider.

Song of Albion – Stephan Lawhead

73932If Lord of the Rings did not exist, this series would be my favorite books of all time. There are three books: The Paradise War, The Silver Hand, and The Endless Knot. The themes, the prose, the world building… it’s breathtaking. Highly recommended. Synopsis is for the first book.

From the dreaming spires of Oxford, Lewis Gillies drives north to seek a mythical creature in a misty glen in Scotland. Expecting little more than a weekend diversion, Lewis finds himself in a mystical place where two worlds meet, in the time-between-times – and in the heart of a battle between good and evil.

The ancient Celts admitted no separation between this world and the Otherworld: the two were delicately interwoven, each dependent on the other. The Paradise War crosses the thin places between this world and that, as Lewis Gillies comes face-to-face with an ancient mystery – and a cosmic catastrophe in the making.

The Chronicles of Narnia – C.S. Lewis

481509I don’t think I could make  book list that didn’t include these. Narnia is Narnia and Narnia is my childhood. I was obsessed with them when I was younger and they’re still just as amazing now that I’m older. Synopsis is for The Lion, the Witch, and the Wardrobe.

Narnia… the land beyond the wardrobe door, a secret place frozen in eternal winter… a magical country waiting to be set free. 

Lucy is the first to find the secret of the wardobe in the Professor’s mysterious old house. At first, her brothers and sister don’t believer her when she tells of her visit to the land of Narnia. But soon Edmund, then Peter and Susan step through the wardrobe themselves. In Narnia they find a country buried under the evil enchantment of the White Witch. When they meet the Great Lion, Aslan, they realize they’ve been called to a great adventure and bravely join the battle to free Narnia from the Witch’s sinister spell. 

The Space Trilogy – C.S. Lewis

25350I might actually like these books more than Narnia. There’s three of them: Out of the Silent Planet, Perelandra, and That Hideous Strength. The last one, That Hideous Strength is the only one I don’t like and don’t recommend. The other two, though… Lewis made a deal with Tolkien that he (Lewis) would write space-travel and Tolkien would write time-travel. Tolkien never finished his, but Lewis did and this resulted.

In the first novel of C.S. Lewis’s classic science fiction trilogy, Dr Ransom, a Cambridge academic, is abducted and taken on a spaceship to the red planet of Malacandra, which he knows as Mars. His captors are plotting to plunder the planet’s treasures and plan to offer Ransom as a sacrifice to the creatures who live there. Ransom discovers he has come from the ‘silent planet’ – Earth – whose tragic story is known throughout the universe…


Much Ado About Nothing