Books for Grownup Readers

If you’re anything like me, whenever you walk into a bookstore to choose books for your children you usually walk out with one (or two! or three!) for yourself. Whether you’re buying a gift for a fellow bookworm, or looking for books to add to your own holiday list, look no further! Following are some of the reads that we’ve loved, either on our own or together in book club. Happy reading! And happy Thanksgiving!

Novels to Read, Re-Read, Share and Discuss


Billiards at Half Past Nine, Heinrich Böll
Hannah Coulter, Wendell Berry
Cathedral, Raymond Carver
The Maytrees, Annie Dillard
Middlemarch, George Eliot
The Power and the Glory, Graham Greene
Till We Have Faces, C.S. Lewis
Wise Blood, Flannery O’Connor
Love in the Ruins, Walker Percy
My Name is Asher Lev, Chaim Potok
Gilead and Home, Marilynne Robinson
Angle of Repose, Wallace Stegner
East of Eden, John Steinbeck
Saint Maybe, Anne Tyler
Kristin Lavransdatter, Sigrid Undset
Brideshead Revisited, Evelyn Waugh

Poetry, Even for People Who Don’t Read Poetry

Selected Poems, WH Auden
Four Quartets, TS Eliot
Murder in the Cathedral, TS Eliot
Poems (Everyman’s Library Edition), Gerard Manley Hopkins
Selected Poems, Denise Levertov
Thirst, Mary Oliver

Culture, Politics, History (a.k.a. Thought Provoking Reads)

Eichmann in Jerusalem, Hannah Arendt
What Are People For? Wendell Berry
Life Together, Dietrich Bonhoeffer
Culture Making, Andy Crouch
Being Consumed: Economics and Christian Desire, William Cavanaugh
Signposts in a Strange Land, Walker Percy
Leisure the Basis of Culture, Josef Pieper
The Death of Adam: Essays on Modern Thought, Marilynne Robinson
Black Lamb and Grey Falcon, Rebecca West

Memoir and Literary Essays

Pilgrim at Tinker Creek, Annie Dillard
Washed and Waiting, Wesley Hill
An Experiment in Criticism, C.S. Lewis
The Quotidian Mysteries: Laundry, Liturgy and Women’s Work, Kathleen Norris
Mystery and Manners, Flannery O’Connor
The Habit of Being: The Letters of Flannery O’Connor, ed. Sally Fitzgerald
Letters to a Diminished Church, Dorothy Sayers
Travels with Charley in Search of America, John Steinbeck

Mystery and Spy Novels, Just For Fun

Whose Body, Dorothy Sayers (the first in the Lord Peter Wimsey series: read them all!)
Tinker, Tailor, Soldier, Spy and Smiley’s People, John LeCarré

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2 thoughts on “Books for Grownup Readers

  1. Pingback: Bookish Gifts for Kids « The Best Christian Kids Books: Aslan's Library

  2. What a great list! Jane Austen probably seems too obvious to include, but I’ve found her books so helpful and impactful as I consider my interactions and conversations with people: am I being an interfering Emma, or a drama-queen Mrs. Bennett, or a charitable Jane? Peter Leithart’s book Miniatures and Morals is a wonderful help to “applying” Austen’s wisdom.

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