I just posted this in answer to Micah's plea for book recommendations and I thought I'd put it here as well (since I took all the time to write it out). These are some of my favorite books (besides the obvious like Chronicles of Narnia or Lord of the Rings, or anything you might study in a high school lit class). Many of them are not widely read, but I love all of them and they are some of the ones that I go back to over and over again.
- First off, the Space Trilogy by C.S. Lewis (Out of the Silent Planet, Perelandra, That Hideous Strength). So much more than your typical science fiction. If you haven't read it yet, you must. If you have, never mind.
- Moving on to The Book of Bebb by Frederick Buechner (or anything by Buechner, for that matter). Four novels in one, equal parts screwball comedy and heartwrenching melancholy, challenging theology and miraculous grace.
- 100 Years of Solitude by Gabriel Garcia Marquez (ignore the Oprah seal) is a long, rambling masterpiece of magical realism.
- The Shadow of the Wind by Carlos Ruiz Zafon is mysterious and dark and a must-read for anyone who knows and loves the feeling of getting completely lost in a good story.
- Oh, and The Alchemist by Paulo Coelho is a short little volume best read slowly to really absorb all the beauty and wonder and meaning in it (sort of like The Little Prince, only more parable and less children's story).
- And you can never go wrong with anything by George MacDonald including Phantastes and, especially, Lilith.