Top 10 Favorite Works (so far)

These are my top ten works so far that I have read.

  1. Crime and Punishment by Fyodor Dostoevsky
  2. Training in Christianity by Soren Kierkegaard
  3. The book of John
  4. An Experiment in Criticism by C.S. Lewis
  5. The Bridge of San Luis Rey by Thornton Wilder
  6. Blood Meridian by Cormac McCarthy
  7. Dubliners by James Joyce
  8. Mansfield Park by Jane Austen
  9. Othello by Shakespeare
  10. The book of Ezekiel
  11. The Odyssey by Homer
  12. Confessions by St. Augustine

2 thoughts on “Top 10 Favorite Works (so far)

  1. Thanks for putting together an intriguing list. I hope you’ll respond to the remarks below:

    * While you’re under no obligation to like what I like, it’s still gratifying that I was able to introduce you to many of your favorite works so far, specifically “Crime and Punishment,” “An Experiment in Criticism,” “Training in Christianity,” “The Bridge of San Luis Rey,” “Othello,” and “The Pulley.”

    *Interestingly, two of your top 10 favorite works are novels by Jane Austen but you do not mention her as one of your favorite novelists in the earlier blog. What accounts for the discrepancy?

    * If forced to choose a single work by C. S. Lewis, would you really choose “An Experiment in Criticism” over, say, “Screwtape Letters,” “Four Loves,” or “Mere Christianity”?

    * I was surprised that a single lyric poem by Herbert pushed out a larger work.

    * With the exception of Shakespeare (16th century) and Herbert (17th century), who are both early modern writers, I noticed a conspicuous absence of what Lewis calls the “old books.” There’s nothing on your list from the ancients or medievals. What accounts for that absence? Do you plan to widen or deepen your engagement with old books?

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    • 1) As you saw on your blog, I thought more about this list, and only one (Mansfield Park) would make it. And just because those novels make list of top ten, doesn’t mean one must make my list of top three novels.
      2) Yes, the only Lewis work that would really contend for that spot would be Screwtape.
      4) Well, books like The Odyssey and Confessions do contend (see my revised list on your comments – I will also update this list to fit my re-thinking.


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