I’d love to be part of any impromptu book club, so if you are reading/reviewing any of the below, I’d love to chat and/or have you over for a guest post. If you have recommendations, please let me know in a comment below.

At the beginning of 2011, I solicited reading suggestions from the readers of this blog as part of an New Year’s Challenge.  You can browse the complete list of their suggestions.


Read and reviewed:

Favorite Books of 2016

Books on deck for 2016

Favorite Books of 2015

Books on deck for 2015

Ten Favorite Books of 2014

Gay and Catholic: Accepting My Sexuality, Finding Community, Living My Faith – Eve Tushnet

“It is Not Good for Man to be Alone” (11/18/14)

Washed and Waiting: Reflections on Christian Faithfulness and Homosexuality – Wesley Hill

The Loves We Need from Other People (9/14/14)

Mont-Saint-Michel and Chartres – Henry Adams

To Mary through Henry Adams (9/13/14)

Plato at the Googleplex: Why Philosophy Won’t Go Away – Rebecca Goldstein

You Don’t Get Apologia Like You Used To (9/3/14)

Full Fathom Five – Max Gladstone

Three Priestesses Deciding Whom to Sacrifice (7/15/14)

Lexicon – Max Barry, The Word Exchange – Alena Graedon

Books that Love Books (4/8/14)

Mercy in the City: How to Feed the Hungry, Give Drink to the Thirsty, Visit the Imprisoned, and Keep Your Day Job – Kerry Weber

Mercy is Not Intransitive (2/23/14)

An Appetite for Wonder: The Making of a Scientist – Richard Dawkins

Dawkins Doesn’t Sate an ‘Appetite for Wonder’ (2/16/14)

Open Mind, Faithful Heart: Reflections on Following Jesus – Jorge Bergoglio/Pope Francis

The 2014 Pope Francis Bookclub (2014)

Seven Favorite Books of 2013

Against Fairness – Stephen T. Asma

In Praise of Particularity? (12/19/13)

Twelfth Night – William Shakespeare

The Drunk and the Madmen (12/7/13)

The Magician’s Book: A Skeptic’s Adventures in Narnia – Laura Miller

Must Pity be Hierarchical? (12/4/13)

Raising the Stakes in Stories (12/9/13)

Sex and the Single Christian Girl: Fighting for Purity in a Rom-Com World – Marian Jordan Ellis

The Strangeness of Talking About Sex in Isolation (11/30/13)

Surfaces and Essences: Analogy as the Fuel and Fire of Thinking – Douglas Hofstadter

It’s Hard to Do Vocabulary Drills in Personal Languages (11/25/13)

Two Serpents Rise – Max Gladstone

Interview with the author (part 1, part 2)

The Ones Who Walk Away From Dresediel Lex (10/29/13)

Unapologetic: Why, Despite Everything, Christianity Can Still Make Surprising Emotional Sense – Francis Spufford

 Getting a Sense of Sin (10/23/13)

Christianity in Three Books (10/10/13) – Read to find out which

Why Priests? A Failed Tradition – Gary Wills

What ornate vestments you have, Father!  All the better to… (9/26/13)

Intuition Pumps and Other Tools for Thinking – Daniel Dennett

 Intuition Pumps and Other (sometimes extraneous) Tools for Thinking (7/14/13)

A Guide to the Good Life: The Ancient Art of Stoic Joy – William B. Irvine

Modern Stoicism – The Good, the Bad, and the Ugly (6/4/13)

Strange Gods: Unmasking the Idols in Everyday Life – Elizabeth Scalia

Strange Idols and Strange Identities (6/1/13)

The Three Languages of Politics – Arnold Kling

Anyone have an ideological immersion course? (5/26/13)

Fairy Tales from the Brothers Grimm – Philip Pullman

Questing for God in the Land of Faerie (1/23/12)

The Sacred Search – Gary Thomas

An Outward-Oriented Marriage (1/13/13)

The God Who Weeps: How Mormonism Makes Sense of Life – Terryl and Fiona Givens

Mormon Enthusiasm for the Self-Made Man (12/31/12)

Jesus of Nazareth: The Infancy Narratives – Pope Benedict XVI

Everything You Wanted to Know About the Birth of Christ (but were afraid to tweet @Pontifex) (12/23/12)

Catholic Spiritual Practices: A Treasury of Old and New – Coleen Griffith and Thomas Groome

The Examen and Ugh Fields (12/9/12)

Breaking the Spell: Religion as a Natural Phenomenon – Daniel Dennett

Reading Dennett’s Breaking the Spell – A sequence of seven or so posts exploring Dennett’s claims and philosophy

Alone with a Jihadist: A Biblical Response to Holy War – Aaron Taylor

Unarmed Prophets Stuck in a Chinese Room (10/3/12)

Glorious Ruin: How Suffering Sets You Free – Tullian Tchividjian

Contra Pangloss et Oprah (9/29/12)

Beauty Will Save the World: Recovering the Human in an Ideological Age – Gregory Wolfe

Tell all the Truth but tell it slant (9/3/12)

Thinking Fast and Slow — Daniel Kahneman
Freud’s Last Session — Mark St. Germain

Meeting Mr. Wrong (Book) (9/25/11)

The Weight of Glory — C.S. Lewis

Greedy Self Denial (8/15/11)

The Problem of Pain — C.S. Lewis

Who Get’s to Use Lewis’s Excuse? (5/29/11)

The Social Animal — David Brooks

David Brooks and the Social Automaton (3/13/11)
[note: post based on except of book, not full reading]


The Euthyphro Strikes Back (3/6/11)

Pen of Iron: American Prose and the King James Bible — Robert Alter/The Political Brain — Drew Westen

Two (Much Caveated) Recommendations (2/27/11)

Orthodoxy — G.K. Chesterton

“I was born and bred in a paradox patch!” (2/13/11)
Testing the Truth-Telling Thing (2/1/11)

The Case for Faith/The Case for Christ — Lee Strobel

Strobel’s One-Sided Cases (1/23/11)

The Moral Landscape — Sam Harris

Taking a Wrong Turn on the Moral Landscape (1/18/11)

In The Moral Landscape, There Still Be Dragons (6/4/14)

Spiritual Atheism — Steve Antinoff

Ethics Without Other People are Empty (1/9/11)

The Closing of the American Mind — Allan Bloom

All the interesting values are universal values (8/22/10)

Flatland — Edwin A. Abbot

“From Dreams I Proceed to Facts” (8/1/10)

David v. God — Mary E. Pearson

A Parable of Talents (7/25/10)

Mere Christianity — C.S. Lewis

“Here I am, dressing up as Christ” (7/11/10)
Morality in Multiple Dimensions (4/12/12)

The Flight of Peter Fromm — Martin Gardner

The Anthropomorphization of God (7/4/10)