- Crime and Punishment by Fyodor Dostoevsky
After finishing—and loving—Dostoevsky’s The Brothers Karamazov, I really want to read Crime and Punishment. It’s also my professor’s favorite book, so I have to read it!
- Chicago Manual of Style, 16th Ed.
Adding this to the list is so nerdy. But the editor in me really does want this book, or at least the online subscription.
- Just Show Up by Kara Tippetts
I read The Hardest Peace by Tippetts earlier this year, and it was so amazing and convicting and saddening. Though I haven’t read this book yet, I’m sure it will be phenomenal.
- Knowing Scripture by R.C. Sproul
This isn’t a new book, but I stumbled upon the description recently, and it seems very compelling and helpful. Also, I think it would help kick-start my devotions for the coming new year.
- Openness Unhindered by Rosaria Butterfield
This book is truly a gem. I’ve already skimmed through much of this book, but it was a library copy, and I know I’ll want my own copy. Butterfield’s writing is clear and beautiful, and her topic is of utmost relevance.
- All the Light We Cannot See by Anthony Doerr
I have only read the first chapter of this book, but I could tell immediately that the writing is top-notch. The novel has been on the New York Times bestseller list for some time, and it won the fiction Pulitzer Prize. I want to read this book, so why not stick it under the tree!
- 100 Years of the Best American Short Stories
Because why not!? Also, having wrote primarily short stories over the past six months, it would be extremely helpful, and of course pleasurable, to read the best.
- Tartuffe by This play of Moliere’s has been a favorite of mine for some time, but, alas, I sold my anthology textbook back and lost this wonderful, humorous play. The translation by Wilbur is essential.
- On Writing by Stephen King
Because King is a brilliant writer, and books about writing are fun. Is there really any other reason needed?
- Characters and Viewpoints by Orson Scott Card
Again, books about writing and fictional elements are great. This book has been recommended to me by several different writers. Also, Card’s Ender’s Game was great—the book, not the movie.