Thisby Thestoop and the Black Mountain

It’s fair to say that I read a good number of books children’s books. Having kids of my own, I like to pilfer their shelves from time to time. In our house, we like to stock “the classics” as a sort of quality guarantee. Since children’s books became a genre there have been writers who have tried to cash in on the children’s market as a way to make a quick buck with little effort. Reading “the classics” means that you get the best books from every era without having to wade through the formulaic twaddle, most of which has mercifully been forgotten over the years.
It’s a different story with modern children’s books. Picking up a new children’s book means taking a chance on wasting your time, and the modern children’s book publishing machine loves tried and true formulas. After the success of Harry Potter we got books about schools for magical/mythological/specially talented kids who are sorted into groups based on their personalities. After The Hunger Games took off, we’ve have had m…

2010 Book Awards and Reading List

I realize this is about a week late. However, it is time for the 2010 Flying Inn book awards. All books I've read in 2010 are eligible.

Best Fiction book I read this year: Foucault’s Pendulum by Umberto Eco
Best History book I read this year: Tie: White Horse King by Benjamin Merkle and Gods Battalions by Rodney Stark

Best overall Nonfiction I read this year: Defending Constantine by Peter Leithart
Most difficult book I read this year: The Figure of Beatrice by Charles Williams

Most Eclectic book I read this year: The Extraordinary Voyage of Pytheas the Greek by Barry Cunliffe

Most Beautiful book I read this year: Tristan and Iseult by Joseph Bedier (Hilaire Belloc, trans.)

And here is my 2010 book list:

Busman's Honeymoon by Dorothy Sayers 12/10
The Dark Night of the Soul by St. John of the Cross 12/10
Kristin Lavransdatter: The Bridal Wreath by Sigrid Undset 12/10
Christianity and Liberalism by J. Gresham Machen 12/10
From Achilles to Christ: Why Christians Should Read the Pagan Classics by Louis Markos 12/10
Blessed are the Hungry by Peter Leithart 12/10
Defending Constantine by Peter Leithart 11/10
The Practice of the Presence of God by Brother Lawrence 11/10
The Seven Deadly Sins and Spiritual Transformation by John Mabray 11/10
The Greek Way by Edith Hamilton 11/10
The Echo of Greece by Edith Hamilton 10/10
Betjeman: A Life by A.N. Wilson 10/10
War and the Iliad by Simone Weil and Rachel Bespaloff 10/10
Witchcraft by Charles Williams 10/10
The Strange Case of Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde by Robert Louis Stevenson 10/10
Little House on the Prairie by Laura Ingalls Wilder 9/10
The Children of Men by P.D. James 9/10
How to Be a Gentleman: A Timely Guide to Timeless Wisdom by John Bridges 9/10
Foucault's Pendulum by Umberto Eco 9/10
Hogfather by Terry Pratchett 8/10
Cranford by Elizabeth Gaskell 8/10
Creed without Chaos: Exploring Theology in the Writings of Dorothy L. Sayers by Laura K. Simmons 8/10
Everyman and Medieval Miracle Plays (A.C. Cawley, ed.) 8/10
The Argument Builder by Shelly Johnson 8/10
The Hollow by Agatha Christie 8/10
Why the Jews Rejected Jesus by David Klinghoffer 8/10
The Great Mystery: How Can Three Be One? by Christian W.H. Pauli (Hirsch Prinz/Rabbi Tzvi Nassi) 8/10
Dorothy L. Sayers: The Centenary Celebration (Alzina Stone Dale, ed.) 8/10
Persuasion by Jane Austen 8/10
Medieval Romances (Roger Sherman Loomis, trans.) 7/10
The Sign of Four by Arthur Conan Doyle 7/10
The Moonstone by Wilkie Collins 7/10
A Study in Scarlet by Arthur Conan Doyle 7/10
A Light in the Window by Jan Karon 7/10
Charlotte's Web by E.B. White 7/10
Knowing God by J.I. Packer 7/10
The Return of Sherlock Holmes by Arthur Conan Doyle 7/10
Phantastes by George MacDonald 7/10
The Thinking Toolbox by Nathaniel Bluedorn and Hans Bluedorn 7/10
Mythology by Edith Hamilton 7/10
At Home in Mitford by Jan Karon 7/10
Twenty Thousand Leagues Under the Sea by Jules Verne (William Butcher, trans.) 7/10
Viking Adventure by Clyde Robert Bulla 6/10
Little House in the Big Woods by Laura Ingalls Wilder 6/10
Antony and Cleopatra by William Shakespeare 6/10
The Adventures of Sherlock Holmes by Arthur Conan Doyle 6/10
Aesop's Fables (Jack Zipes, ed.) 6/10
The Lost World by Arthur Conan Doyle 6/10
Augustus Caesar's World by Genevieve Foster 6/10
Art and the Bible by Francis Schaeffer 5/10
Surprised by Hope by N.T. Wright 5/10
J.R.R. Tolkien: A Biography by Humphry Carpenter 5/10
Charlie and the Chocolate Factory by Roald Dahl 5/10
Chronicles of the Crusades by Joinville and Villehardouin (M.R.B. Shaw, trans.) 5/10
The Barefoot Book of Knights by John Matthews 5/10
On Something by Hilaire Belloc 5/10
Brightest Heaven of Invention by Peter Leithart 5/10
Le Morte D'Arthur by Thomas Malory (Keith Baines, trans.) 4/10
Davy Crockett and the Indian Secret by James Lawrence 4/10
The Real Lincoln by Thomas Dilorenzo 4/10
Saint Thomas Aquinas: "The Dumb Ox" by G.K. Chesterton 4/10
So Brave, Young and Handsome by Lief Enger 4/10
The Figure of Beatrice by Charles Williams 3/10
Four Quartets by T.S. Eliot 3/10
Dove Descending: A Journey into T.S. Eliot's Four Quartets by Thomas Howard 3/10
God's Battalions: The Case for the Crusades by Rodney Stark 3/10
The Ballad of the White Horse by G.K. Chesterton 3/10
All Hallows' Eve by Charles Williams 3/10
James and the Giant Peach by Roald Dahl 3/10
The White Horse King: The Life of Alfred the Great by Benjamin Merkle 3/10
The Life of Charlemagne by Einhard (Lewis Thorpe, trans.) 3/10
The Paideia of God by Douglas Wilson 3/10
The Extraordinary Voyage of Pytheas the Greek by Barry Cunliffe 3/10
The Annals of Imperial Rome by Tacitus (Michael Grant, trans.) 3/10
A Short History of England by G. K. Chesterton 3/10
Creation in Six Days by James B. Jordan 2/10
How to Live with a Neurotic Cat by Stephen Baker 2/10
Cicero: Selected Works (Michael Grant, trans.) 2/10
The Romance of Tristan and Iseult by Joseph Bédier (Hilaire Belloc, trans.) 2/10
The War with Hannibal by Livy (Aubrey de Sélincourt, trans.) 2/10
Whose Body? by Dorothy Sayers 1/10
On the Nature of Things by Lucretius (W. E. Leonard, trans.) 1/10
Good Omens by Neil Gaiman and Terry Pratchett 1/10