Current Reading Schedule

Here is the current list of books I’m planning to read (and in this order):

The Hobbit by Tolkien

The Lord of the Rings Trilogy by Tolkien

The Similarion by Tolkien

His Dark Materials Trilogy by Philip Pullman

A Song of Fire and Ice (5 books currently) by George R.R. Martin

The Magicians by Lev Grossman

This is a good place to start for me, as I don’t consider myself a fast reader.  These books may even take me past my 12-month fantasy interlude, which is fine.  As I read these, I will also be reading The Chronicles of Narnia by C.S. Lewis to my daughters.  The book list I generated is by no means a end-all-be-all list of fantasy, but it represents for me a few differing approaches to the genre, particularly in that some of the authors write from a biblical world-view, and some write from an anti-biblical world-view.  The others are stuck somewhere in between.  It would be easy to pull redemptive elements out of books similar to Tolkien’s series, but I want to venture off the path some.  I try to read the Hobbit once a year, and that is why I’m starting there.  It is only natural to read through the rest of the Tolkien canon before venturing out into other works, who to one degree or another borrow from the English storyteller.

I am open to suggestions, and I know many would say that I need to add this or that, but for the time being, I’m content with the list I have.

I’ll begin posting about The Hobbit soon.

2 thoughts on “Current Reading Schedule”

  1. Mike, I just read all 4 posts and found this very interesting.

    I’ve been reading almost all Christian literature for a while now. Thinking about it, I have not read The Hobbit since before the first of Peter Jackson’s Lord of the Rings movies came out. Wikipedia says that it has been almost a decade.

    I think that I’ll be joining you on at least the first leg of your journey. Richard Foster (as much as I love him) will have to wait until after Bilbo has been there (and back again).

    1. That would be great man! Feel free to comment, as I don’t pretend to be a Tolkien authority. Reading the Hobbit again, I find myself laughing at the same things I’ve always laughed at. That’s a good thing.

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