Recent Reads

Read September 2015 to present:

Creating a Spiration of Love in Freedom for Personal Growth at Strathmore University: Dissertation by Catherine Dean
The Intellectual Life by A.G. Sertillanges
Memories of a Catholic Girlhood by Mary McCarthy
Signed, Sealed, Delivered: Celebrating the Joys of Letter Writing by Nina Sankovitch
Cicely Saunders: The founder of the Modern Hospice Movement by Shirley Du Boulay
Aging: The Fulfillment of Life by Henri Nouwen

Read September 2014 to August 2015:
Prayer Journal by Flannery O’Connor
The Latin Letters of C.S. Lewis by C.S. Lewis and Giovanni Calabria
A Room of One’s Own by Virginia Woolf
“The Weight of Glory” by C.S. Lewis
Anamnesis by Eric Voegelin
A More Beautiful Question: The Spiritual in Poetry and Art by Glenn Hughes
Homo Ludens: A Study of the Play Element in Culture by Johan Huizinga
The Fatal Conceit: The Errors of Socialism by F.A. Hayek
The Light of Argentina: a philosophy diary Conversations with Hannah Arendt by Alexandra Newton Rios
The Republic of Imagination: America in Three Books by Azar Nafisi
In Search of the Sacred: Contributions to an Answer by Josef Pieper
You are the Light of the World: Explaining Opus Dei to the Youth by Martin Rhonheimer
Between Past and Future: Eight Exercises in Political Thought by Hannah Arendt
The Little Prince by Antoine de Saint-Exupéry
“Divine Madness: Plato’s Case Against Secular Humanism” by Josef Pieper
The Feast of Faith by Joseph Ratzinger
In Tune with the World: A Theory of Festivity by Josef Pieper
Our Life Together: A Memoir in Letters by Jean Vanier
Milestones: Memoirs 1927-1977 by Joseph Ratzinger
My Name is Asher Lev by Chaim Potok
What is Marriage: Man and Woman: A Defense by Sherif Girgis, Ryan T. Anderson, and Robert P. George
The Gift of Asher Lev by Chaim Potok
“Catholicism, Ecology, and the Environment: A Bishop’s Reflection” by Dominique Rey
The Return of the Prodigal Son by Henri Nouwen

Read August 2013 to present:
The Promise of Politics by Hannah Arendt
Wise Blood by Flannery O’Connor
And Then There Were Nuns: Adventures in a Cloistered Life by Jane Christmas
The Seven Storey Mountain by Thomas Merton
Adam by Henri Nouwen
Radical Chic & Mau-Mauing the Flak Catchers by Tom Wolfe
Rahel Varnhagen: The Life of a Jewess by Hannah Arendt
Excerpts from: The Constitution Under Social Justice by Antonio Rosmini, Democracy in America by Alexis de Tocqueville, A Theory of Justice by John Rawls.
The Last Interview and Other Conversations by Hannah Arendt
Hannah Arendt: For Love of the World by Elisabeth Young-Bruehl
Inferno by Dante
Adam Smith’s Marketplace of Life by James Otteson
The Theory of Moral Sentiments by Adam Smith
The Opposite of Loneliness by Marina Keegan
Purgatorio by Dante
I Am Charlotte Simmons by Tom Wolfe
Both My Houses: From Politics to Priesthood by Sean O’Sullivan
Love and Responsibility by Karol Wojtyla
Excerpts from: A Conflict of Visions by Thomas Sowell, Law, Legislation, and Liberty by F.A. Hayek, On Liberty by J.S. Mill, Capitalism and Freedom by Milton Friedman, Two Treatises of Government by John Locke, The Noblest Triumph by Tom Bethell, Essays: Moral, Political, and Literary by David Hume, The Collected Works by James Buchanan, and Liberalism by Ludwig von Mises
The War on Fun by Ezra Levant
Simone Weil by Francine du Plessix Gray
The Symposium by Plato

Read September 2012-August 2013:

Homo Ludens: A study of the play-eleme​nt in culture by Johan Huizinga
“The Playfulness of the Liturgy” by Romano Guardini
The Book of Her Life by Teresa of Avila
“A Refutation of Moral Relativism” by Peter Kreeft
Henry V by William Shakespeare
Becoming Human by Jean Vanier
Storm of Steel by Ernst Jünger
Radical Hope by Jonathan Lear
Excerpts from: Hayek, Hume, Smith, Experimental Economic Studies
The Warriors: Reflections on Men in Battle by J. Glenn Gray
With the Old Breed by Eugene B. Sledge
Tolstoy and the Purple Chair: My Year of Magical Reading by Nina Sankovitch
Black Hawk Down: A Story of Modern War by Mark Bowden
Excerpts from Lord Acton and Alexis de Tocqueville
Essential Writings: Selected & Introduction by Annemarie S. Kidder by Etty Hillesum
The Salamanca School (Major Conservative & Libertarian Thinkers) by Andre Azevedo Alves and Jose Moreira
A Grief Observed by C.S. Lewis
Excerpts from: Anarchy, State, and Utopia by Robert Nozick and Matt Zwolinski, Jason Brennan, Will Kymlicka, David Sobel, and John Tomasi, Herbert Spencer, John Rawls.
A Student Guide to Political Philosophy by Harvey Mansfield
“Liberalism and Its History” by Eric Voegelin
“Hiero” by Xenophon
On Tyranny by Leo Strauss including the Kojève correspondence
“Declaration of War against the Professors of Political Economy” by Frédéric Bastiat
“How to Begin to Study Medieval Philosophy” by Leo Strauss
The Origins of Totalitarianism by Hannah Arendt
The Human Condition by Hannah Arendt
The Revolt of the Masses by José Ortega y Gasset
On Hunting by Roger Scruton
Hitler and the Germans by Eric Voegelin
Political Religions by Eric Voegelin
Leisure, the Basis of Culture by Josef Pieper
Letters to a Young Poet by Rainer Maria Rilke
The Phenomenon of Life: Toward a Philosophical Biology by Hans Jonas
Memoirs by Hans Jonas
Excerpts from The Imperative of Responsibility and Mortality and Morality by Hans Jonas
Theogony and Works by Hesiod
Letter to a Priest by Simone Weil
Books and the Founding Fathers by George H. Nash
Inferno by Dante
Interior Castle by Teresa of Avila
Gulliver’s Travels by Jonathan Swift
Notes from Underground by Fyodor Dostoyevsky
Waiting for God by Simone Weil
Guarded by Mystery by David Walsh
Disorderly Notions by Tom Darby
Witness to Faith: An Introduction to the Life of Joseph Chiwatenhwa by Fr. Myles Gaffney
The Concept of Justice: Is Social Justice Just? by Thomas Patrick Burke
“In Search of the Ground” by Eric Voegelin
An Interrupted Life and Letters from Westerbork by Etty Hillesum
Gravity and Grace by Simone Weil
De Regno by Thomas Aquinas

Read August 2011-August 2012:

Treasure in Clay
by Fulton J. Sheen
The Unaborted Socrates by Peter Kreeft
In the Light of Reason: A brief introduction to St. Thomas Aquinas by Michael T. Ryan
Letters to Malcolm: Chiefly on Prayer by C.S. Lewis
Utopia by Thomas Moore
Infidel by Ayaan Hirsi Ali
Euthyphro by Plato
Apology by Plato
Gorgias by Plato
Words that Work: It’s Not What You Say, It’s What People Hear by Dr. Frank Luntz
The Political Mind by George Lakoff
The War Room by Warren Kinsella
Harper’s Team by Tom Flanagan
Orthodoxy by G.K. Chesterton
God, Philosophy, and Universities by Alasdair MacIntyre
Reading Lolita in Tehran by Azar Nafisi
The Prince by Niccolo Machiavelli
Mandragola by Niccolo Machiavelli
History of the Peloponnesian War by Thucydides
Excerpts from Aristotle, Augustine, Aquinas, Hume, Burke, Paine, Hayek, Popper, Smith, Founding Fathers, Nisbet, Kirk, Tocqueville
Ordered Liberty by Samuel Gregg
Science, Politics, and Gnosticism by Eric Voegelin
The Law by Frederic Bastiat
The Restoration of Political Science and the Crisis of Modernity by Barry Cooper
The Man Who Was Thursday by G.K. Chesterton
Ex Libris by Anne Fadiman
The Abolition of Man by C.S. Lewis
Crime and Punishment by Fyodor Dostoyevsky
Anatomy of the State by Murray N. Rothbard
The Four Loves by C.S. Lewis
Meno by Plato

I invite you to comment, especially with your recommendations.


1 thought on “Recent Reads

  1. Amanda,
    The breadth of your reading is very impressive. Congratulations. May I recommend the Australian monthly, QUADRANT MAGAZINE. I am sure you will like Quadrant.
    Paul Dole

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