Three by Annie Dillard
- Annie Dillard, Pilgrim at Tinker Creek (1974): this is the sort of book Madeleine L'Engle might have written if completely intoxicated by Nature and by words.
- Annie Dillard, An American Childhood (1987): a very enjoyable read, though ending rather abruptly (as childhood often does).
- Annie Dillard, The Writing Life (1989): I hoped some of her talent would seep through. It didn't. I must read it again.
By and about G. K. Chesterton
- William Oddie, Chesterton and the Romance of Orthodoxy: The Making of GKC 1874-1908 (2008): a fascinating exploration of Chesterton's childhood and spiritual development, which I'd been saving for a rainy day.
- G. K. Chesterton, The Man Who Was Thursday: A Nightmare (1908): a classic. Rereading it in the light of the biography helped to clarify some things.
- G. K. Chesterton, The Innocence of Father Brown (1911): the first of the Father Brown books, and one containing some of my favourite stories, with great lines like "On plains of opal, under cliffs cut out of pearl, you would still find a notice-board, 'Thou shalt not steal.'" and "By no stretch of fancy can the human mind connect together snuff and diamonds and wax and loose clockwork".
- P. G. Wodehouse, Jeeves in the Offing (1960): funny, though not my favourite Wooster/Jeeves book. Bertie's friendship with Sir Roderick Glossop seemed odd at first, but presumably follows on from the rapprochement in Thank You, Jeeves.
- P. G. Wodehouse, Blandings Castle and Elsewhere (1935): a collection of non-Jeeves stories.
- Jill Paton Walsh & Dorothy L. Sayers, A Presumption of Death (2002): more JPW than DLS, but an interesting wartime setting. Reading Connie Willis' Blackout/All Clear last year prompted me to re-read this. I like the scene where the two young lads hand over their work to Bletchley.
- Richard J. Mouw, Calvinism in the Las Vegas Airport (2004): the title made me want to read this years ago, but it was a little disappointing, and its exposition of Kuyperian Calvinism was more than a little unorthodox on some points.
- C. H. Dodd, The Parables of the Kingdom (1935): a useful addition to the other books I've read on the subject, though there was much I disagreed with.
- Matthew B. Crawford, Shop Class as Soulcraft: An Inquiry Into the Value of Work (2009): not a Christian book, but a great discussion of the value of "working with [your] hands the thing which is good." As a former programmer (pretty much a blue-collar desk job), several statements in the book resonated.
- Mark Kidger, The Star of Bethlehem: An Astronomer's View (1999): an interesting, and quite detailed, investigation of what the Star of Bethlehem might have been. Kidger concludes it might have been a triple planetary conjunction in 7 BC, followed by the nova observed in China in 5 BC.