Friendship is born at that moment when one person says to another: "What! You too? I thought I was the only one."Whenever people start talking about C. S. Lewis, my heart surges with joy and affection, thinking "My dear old friend!"
- The Four Loves by C. S. Lewis
But then they start talking about all these books I've never actually read. Mere Christianity, The Abolition of Man, The Screwtape Letters: if you can believe it, I have never read these, his major and beloved works. Mostly, I've read the obscure stuff. Studies in Words is one of my favorites; his collected Letters to Children I re-read every year or so. I've dived into his literary criticism, and based by literature thesis in college very heavily on his fine and overlooked essay On Stories. I've read most of his fiction, too, but there are a couple major gaps. And I know I need to re-read Till We Have Faces; I clearly didn't get it the first time, since everyone loves it, and I merely liked it.
So this year I have decided to get to know C. S. Lewis better. Those major works I haven't read, I will dive into. I'll also revisit the works I barely remember (A Grief Observed, Surprised by Joy). I also hope to read some of the works of his friends and contemporaries. This won't be hard, since mid-century anglo-catholic authors are clearly my favorites (but, if that's so, why haven't I read any Charles Williams?). I won't exclusively read Lewis and the Inklings, but I will focus on him.
I would love to know your favorite Lewis books, and why you love them. And what about the other Inklings? What should I read of Lewis' friends and contemporaries?
P.S. You can track my progress by clicking the "bookshelf" button in the sidebar (though, not yet...I need to update it still!).