The Mouse & Mane Book Ledger

Inspired by the book log over at Wilson's excellent (seriously, go follow along) Blog & Mablog, this ledger will follow my reading from year to year. Rather than attempting to reconstruct previous years' reading, I'll simply begin in 2017 with the birth of this blog. 

I'll record every book I read—the good, the bad, and the heretical—so please don't mistake mere appearance on this list as an unasterisked recommendation. As I am a notorious re-reader, you'll also see repeats over time, especially of my favorite works of fiction, which I find refresh my sense of wonder and help me see through the numbing regularity of things and into the Deep Magic of the Emperor over the Sea. No, I'm not just pumping up my numbers (as if this were baseball or something).

That being said, here's the simple format you'll find below. For each book, you'll get the title, author, and an unscientific, licked-finger-to-the-wind, hip-shot rating out of 10. Yes, The Chronicles of Narnia will all be receiving at least 10 out of 10. As you may know, I occasionally review books in more depth. Books for which such a review exists will appear in bold and as a link to its review. Additionally, if it seems as if the books are grouped by author, it is not because I've rearranged them in this way, but simply that I tend to read several books by one author in sequence. Enjoy.

The Year of Our Lord 2017

1. The Looming Tower by Lawrence Wright (7.5/10)
2. The Sorcerer's Stone by J.K. Rowling (9/10)
3. The Chamber of Secrets by J.K. Rowling (8/10)
4. The Prisoner of Azkaban by J.K. Rowling (8.5/10)
5. The Goblet of Fire by J.K. Rowling (9/10)
6. The Order of the Phoenix by J.K. Rowling (7.5/10)
7. The Half-Blood Prince by J.K. Rowling (9/10)
8. The Deathly Hallows by J.K. Rowling (10/10)
9. Desiring God by John Piper (10/10)
10. The Pleasures of God by John Piper 9/10)
11. Five Points by John Piper (9.5/10)
12. Future Grace by John Piper (8/10)
13. 100 Cupboards by N.D. Wilson (8.5/10)
14. Dandelion Fire by N.D. Wilson (8.5/10)
15. The Chestnut King by N.D. Wilson (9.5/10)
16. Darwin's Dilemma by Dr. Stephen Meyer (7.5/10)
17. For Calvinism by Michael Horton (7/10)
18. Empires of Dirt by Douglas Wilson (8.5/10)
19. Confessions of a Food Catholic by Douglas Wilson (9/10)
20. The Magician's Nephew by C.S. Lewis (10/10)
21. The Lion, The Witch, & The Wardrobe by C.S. Lewis (10/10)
22. The Horse & His Boy by C.S. Lewis (10/10)
23. Prince Caspian by C.S. Lewis (10/10)
24. The Voyage of the Dawn Treader by C.S. Lewis (11/10)
25. The Silver Chair by C.S. Lewis (10/10)
26. The Last Battle by C.S. Lewis (11/10)
27. The Fellowship: The Literary Lives of the Inklings by Philip Zaleski & Carol Zaleski (8/10)
28. God's Glory in Salvation through Judgment by James Hamilton (9/10)
29. God's Indwelling Presence: The Holy Spirit in the Old and New Testaments by James Hamilton (8/10)
30. Fit to Burst: Abundance, Mayhem, & the Joys of Motherhood by Rachel Jankovic (9/10)
31. Blood Meridian by Cormac McCarthy (?/10—I'm not smart enough to review this book)
32. Excused Absence by Douglas Wilson (8/10)
33. Loving the Little Years: Motherhood in the Trenches by Rachel Jankovic (9/10)
34. The Contemplative Pastor by Eugene Petersen (8/10)
—Essay: The Poison of Subjectivism by C.S. Lewis (a brilliant, quick read, 10/10)
35. A History of the American People by Paul Johnson (a must-read: 9/10)
36. European Brain Snakes: Postmodernism as a Species by Douglas Wilson (7.5/10)
37. The Seven Deadlies by Douglas Wilson (8/10)
38. My Life for Yours by Douglas Wilson (8.5/10)
39. Live Like a Narnian: Christian Discipleship in Lewis's Chronicles by Joe Rigney (9/10)
40. (Currently Reading) Death by Living by N.D. Wilson
41. (Currently Reading) Finally Alive by John Piper