I've been tagged by Peter for a meme about books! This is a tough one!
Three works of non-fiction everyone should read:
Hmmm...so many wonderful books to choose from!
1. Mere Christianity - C.S. Lewis
Having grown up in a church where any books about Christianity other than the Bible were essentially verboten, this book was an amazing read for me. It helped me to appreciate and understand the Christian faith in a way I never had before.
2. The Science Before Science - Anthony Rizzi
Anyone who is even remotely interested in science, philosophy, or theology should absolutely read this book. It explains the importance and necessity of "right thinking," and the dangers we will inevitably fall into if we don't practice "right thinking." I made a short review of it here.
3. The Catechism of the Catholic Church
Ok so this may be kind of an obvious pick, but I think everyone should sit down and read through it cover to cover at least once. It really is a wealth of information, and I think that we're so used to it being there that it is easy to forget how fortunate we are to have this wonderful compilation of Church teaching filled with scriptural and historical references. Again, coming from a background where we were tied to "the Bible alone," it is a wonderful tool to have as a Catholic!
Three works of fiction everyone should read:
1. Pride and Prejudice - Jane Austen
Ok...if I could, I would just say every Jane Austen novel is a must-read, lol, but I'll choose this one as it's one of the most popular. Her wonderful novels prove to our over-sexed culture that gratuitous sex and detailed descriptions of intimate moments (basically porn in written form) are absolutely unnecessary to have a gripping love story. Mainly, they remind us that love is so much more than sex.
2. Frankenstein - Mary Shelley
This is a beautiful and heartbreaking and penetrating masterpiece that has been mostly overshadowed by the horror film versions of the tale. The real story is about so much more than a "scary monster" (whose name is NOT Frankenstein, btw, the man who created him is Frankenstein.) Definitely a must-read.
3. Brave New World - Aldous Huxley
For obvious reasons, I think this book points to so many of the dangers of our current society.
Three authors everyone should read:
So I already cheated and said Jane Austen, lol...but I'm going to add three more!
The man was a genius. His writing is simply wisdom and wit rolled into one!
Yeah...pretty much ditto the above!
For pretty obvious reasons! He didn't stand the test of time on accident!
Three books no one should read:
Hehe...well, even when I don't like books, I often read them so that I'm aware of what's in them, or why people do read them. But if there were some books I think either do more harm than good or aren't worth much, I'd say...
1. The DaVinci Code - Dan Brown
I don't have to explain this one, do I?
2. Mrs. Dalloway - Virginia Woolf
I admit it, I simply don't like Woolf in general. Certainly it's important to read her work if you're in a literary field to know what it's about, but I just really don't think she has much to offer, contrary to much of the hype that surrounds her. Mrs. Dalloway was one of the worst, IMO.
3. The Left Behind series
I have to steal this one from Peter, because I couldn't agree more!
Phew...that was really hard!!!
I would LOVE to hear what Jennifer's answers would be, and also Kasia's, if y'all are up to it!