Editors’ Picks: October ’17

Want to know what we’ve been reading, listening to, and browsing lately? Here are some favorites from this month that we recommend.


Jonathan

This podcast covers myths, tales, and urban legends. It’s the perfect amount of spooky as that time of year rolls around, especially if you need some inspiration for your stories, monsters, and bad guys.

John Donne helped me fall in love with poetry. His works always reignite my faith, reinvigorate my spirit, and rekindle my love for God. You should be reading him all the time. Read “Death Be Not Proud” to get a taste, then get thee to a bookery and pick up a copy of his collected works.

The Iliad
Homer (or some poets like him) tells the epic story of the last 40 or so days of the Trojan War. Spoiler alert: Achilles spends most of that time crying in his tent. Read, and meditate on the cost of pride, lust, war, and rage.


Rob

The Eye of the World by Robert Jordan
If you’re ready to enter a world that will keep you enthralled for thousands and thousands of words, The Eye of the World is a great place to start.

LeVar Burton Reads Podcast
That’s right — the host of Reading Rainbow has a podcast where he reads some of his favorite short stories. Enough said.

Walking on Water by Madeleine L’Engle
This book by the author of A Wrinkle in Time addresses the question, “what does it mean to be a Christian artist?” As one of the greats of the Christian literary tradition, Madeleine L’Engle is a good person to ask.


Madeleine

Grammar Girl Blog and Podcast
Mignon Fogarty’s blog and podcast cover every kind of grammar rule under the sun, from proper apostrophe usage to important differences between British and American English, with plenty of examples to help the rules stick.

Brave New World by Aldous Huxley
I read this classic every year, and it seems less like fiction every time. The outrageous predictions Huxley made in 1932 are our present and near future, and this book paints a vivid picture of how slippery the slope is. A free audio version from Audible is available here.

Writing with Style: Conversations on the Art of Writing by John R. Trimble
“Books on writing tend to be windy, boring and impractical,” Trible writes in the introduction to this volume, “I intend this one to be different — short, fun, and genuinely useful.” And so it is. This concise guide on style is wonderfully readable and full of practical tips that will help you improve your writing.


Have any suggestions for what we should read or listen to next? Let us know in the comments!