These are good books. They are some of my favorites, stories that I revisit time and time again and that always welcome me back with open arms and new insights. They are stories full of good examples to follow, both in the stories themselves and in the way that the authors crafted these stories.
In this class, we will discuss these good books together, focusing on themes and the craft of writing good stories. We will read stories that inspired other stories and study how authors “borrow” elements and make them their own.
If students have previously read any of these books, all the better! A “second coat” is an advantage which allows the students to better grasp the deeper themes of each book. These are all books that warrant multiple reads.
Grade will be calculated based on timely completion of the readings, class participation, and writing assignments.
Good Books I, 2019–2020 Books:
- The Hobbit by J. R. R. Tolkien
- The Voyage of the Dawn Treader by C. S. Lewis
- The Wanderings of Odysseus by Rosemary Sutcliff
- Leepike Ridge by N. D. Wilson
- The Boys of Blur by N. D. Wilson
- The Phantom Tollbooth by Norton Juster
- The Silver Chair by C. S. Lewis
Instructor Q/A and Interviews:
My Ideal Good Books Student
What’s up with the Phantom Tollbooth?
Is Beowulf a “great book” or a “good book”?
Why do we need good stories?
Good authors steal
What Makes a Good Story?