A Few Good Tales

Per Emily’s request in a previous comment, I thought I’d post a short list of my absolute favorite books. This one is entirely fiction, mostly novels with a few children’s tales thrown in for their rare quality of wonder. God in his mercy knew I would need story to come to terms with life and godliness and to be honest, these tales have been some of my most poignant spiritual mentors. But they are also my rest and delight, my comfort after long, dusty days, my friends in the twilight of evening. You probably know many of these, but perhaps you’ll find a new literary adventure, and that is always worthwhile.

Elizabeth Goudge
Pilgrim’s Inn
Gentian Hill
The Dean’s Watch

Penelope Wilcock
The Hawk and the Dove

E.M. Almedingen
Ellen
Katia

George Eliot
Middlemarch
Daniel Deronda

G.K. Chesterton
The Man Who Was Thursday
The Father Brown Mysteries

George MacDonald
At the Back of the North Wind
The Highlander’s Last Song
The Marquis’ Secret
Phantastes
Lilith

Leif Enger
Peace Like A River

Willa Cather
Death Comes for the Archbishop
My Antonia

Wendell Berry
Fidelity

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

C.S. Lewis
The Space Trilogy
The Great Divorce
The Chronicles of Narnia

Charles Dickens
Our Mutual Friend
David Copperfield

Elizabeth Yates
The Journeyman
Hue and Cry

Madeleine L’Engle
A Wrinkle In Time
A Wind in the Door

Chaim Potok
The Chosen

Fyodor Dostoyevsky
The Brothers Karamazov
Dreams of a Ridiculous Man

L.M. Montgomery
The Story Girl
The Golden Road

Perhaps not such a short list after all! I was once asked to jot down a few of my favorite titles one morning on a trip. I rather lost myself in the task and was pulled out of my enthusiasm by my best friend’s tap on the shoulder and her whisper, “um, Sarah, I think 30 is enough for now.” I feel the same way today, there are just too many good tales. Enjoy!

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4 responses to “A Few Good Tales

  1. Interesting to see that you have picked Montgomery’s lesser known books and not Anne of Green gables 🙂

    Good list.

    VT

  2. Emily

    Thanks so much for doing this Sarah! I have not been able to find many good books lately and i have tended to gravitatedto lighter, shallower reading.

    Thanks again!

    ~Emily

  3. great list! Some of them would have been there in mine too, if I ever made a list 😉

  4. Debbie in CA : )

    Just received my much-anticipated Wilcock trilogy. I slipped away from the fray and dipped into the opening for just a taste. It was delicious! I can’t wait to actually sit and read it without kids, dishes, laundry… How far til Sunday?

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