The best of the best, based on a combination of value to my life and sheer enjoyment. I’ve only included books I return to again and again (none I’ve read only once, though many of those have been spectacular). In no particular order.

Spiritual Reading:

Wounded by Love, Elder Porphyrios

The Sayings of the Desert Fathers,  translated by Benedicta Ward

Courage to Pray, Met. Anthony Bloom

Father Arseny, 1893-1973: Priest, Prisoner, Spiritual Father, compiled by Alexander

The Orthodox Church, Met. Kallistos Ware

Secular Reading:

The Brothers Karamazov, Fyodor Dostoevsky

Gone with the Wind, Margaret Mitchell

Les Miserables, Victor Hugo

A Tree Grows in Brooklyn, Betty Smith

Neverwhere, Neil Gaiman

But of course, I read a lot, so the above is subject to change.


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