One of the best things about every new year? Booklists. Flippin’ awesome things, booklists. So here’s a sample of mine for 2014.
I still have the second volume of Calvin’s Institutes to finish (and I’m looking forward to the accomplished feeling that must inevitably come with its completion). The Protestant Ethic and the Spirit of Capitalism by Max Weber should make for an interesting read – though probably not as interesting as Till We Have Faces. Bastiat’s The Economics of Freedom looks amazing, as does De Tocqueville’s Democracy in America. Also: The Call by Os Guinness and Our Culture, What’s Left of It by Theodore Dalrymple.
Fiction-wise, there are four authors I would love to introduce myself to this year: Umberto Eco, Italo Calvino, Wendell Berry, and Frederick Buechner. Ambitious, I know, but why not? The Once and Future King is one I’ve been meaning to get around to for years. And I keep hearing great things about the Ashtown Burials series, so that’s on the list, too. Strangers and Sojourners and The Father’s Tale – both by Michael O’Brien. Gates of Fire by Steven Pressfield. Tim O’Brien’s Going After Cacciato.
I’d also like to revisit some old favorites, like Ten Ways to Destroy the Imagination of Your Child and The Book Thief and Crime and Punishment and Stephen King’s On Writing. As the fellow hath said: the only reason to read a book once is to find out if it’s worth reading again.