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Books… More Than An Indulgence?

I love books.

This (hopefully) won’t come as a surprise, since one of my many goals is to become a published author. However, I feel that often books are simply regarded as pleasure. Something to fill up our spare time with, or to use as an escape from the craziness of the stranger-than-fiction thing we call ‘real life’.

Yet this couldn’t be more incorrect! Books are so much more than a simple pleasure or escape from life. They are supposed to be beautifully crafted pieces of art written to both delight our sense of adventure as well as teach us valuable things about the world, morality, and truth.

But so often we are caught believing that books are mere pleasures, which seriously degrades the quality of the books we are willing to read and leaves us devouring cheesy, worthless novels that are doing nothing to improve the way we view the world.

So in this blog series, I’m going to do my best to find, read, and review novels that have wonderful messages and teach us important and valuable things in life. In my reviews, I’ll do my best to highlight their particularly their themes and messages and how they get those across to the readers (hopefully avoiding spoilers…). Of course, being something of (*cough* completely) a bookworm, I’ll write up a bit of a book review, too.

Over the course of this series, I hope to prove to every person who reads this that books truly are more than a guilty indulgence. I’m going to strive to show that there are great, influential works of literature, from the wonderful classics by Tolkien and Dickens to newer up and coming authors.

I’ve started to compile a list of books, some recommended to me, others which I’ve read and absolutely loved for their thematic depth. Book by book, I’m going to work through this list and review each one.

There isn’t any specific timing that you can expect with this series, unfortunately, as a lot of the posts will depend on how soon I can get a book from the library, and how long it takes me to read it. But I’ll do my best to stick to at least one review-post a month, and hopefully more!

If you can think of any other books that have struck you as particularly thematically brilliant, please tell me, and I’ll read them, then review them, too!

By the Book Reading List:

  • Screwtape Letters by C.S. Lewis
  • Where Courage Calls by Janette Oke
  • Warbreaker by Brandon Sanderson
  • Safely Home by Randy Alcorn
  • Lord of the Rings by J.R.R. Tolkien
  • Hamlet by William Shakespeare
  • The Mistborn Trilogy by Brandon Sanderson
  • Precious Bane by Mary Webb
  • Oliver Twist by Charles Dickens
  • (this is an open slot for you suggestion)

( Update! Due to the fact that I couldn’t find some of the books on my list, I’ve had to take a few out. However, I have managed to get most of them, and am currently working on reading and reviewing them for you! )

That’s the current list, though it’s sure to grow! Any suggestions? Please comment below with your ideas!