Great Books - Paper, Digital and Audio Versions
I love books! Old-fashioned paper books, Kindle books, audio books...I love books any way I can get them!
Here are some of my favorites, divided into categories. If you buy these from my links, the cost is the same to you, and I earn a little on the sale, making it possible for me to keep adding more recommendations. Happy reading!
But first, a few tools that have helped me make the most of my reading opportunities:
I used to carry a tote bag full of books with me everywhere I went, just in case I had some free time to squeeze in some reading. Now, with my Kindle, I have a whole library available on one device, without lugging individual books around. My Kindle Fire has been one of my favorite investments - I use it virtually every day. You can try a free subscription to Kindle Unlimited and see if you enjoy Kindle as much as I do.
Audible is another of my favorite resources (which I access either through my Kindle or my laptop). I drive to all of my piano students. That adds up to hours and hours in the car every week, but I love my drive time, because it's built-in, guilt-free time to listen to audio books on my Audible account. I love this service. I listen to great classic literature, inspiring leadership books, careful theology, stirring fiction, relationship reminders, and much more. I make the most of my drive time, and you can, too!
At home, I really enjoy listening to music and audio books, too, but I'm not staying in just one place, which can lead to inconvenient interruptions. This little portable speaker by Anker has amazing sound quality, and is easy to take with me from room to room (or outside, for that matter).
And my family would consider this list of tools incomplete if I didn't include my favorite headphones. I've bought so many sets of headphones over the years, and these headphones are very high quality for a great price ($22).
C.S. Lewis in God in the Dock wrote, "“Every age has its own outlook. It is specially good at seeing certain truths and specially liable to make certain mistakes. We all, therefore, need the books that will correct the characteristic mistakes of our own period. And that means the old books. … Nothing strikes me more when I read the controversies of past ages than the fact that both sides were usually assuming without question a good deal which we should now absolutely deny. They thought that they were as completely opposed as two sides could be, but in fact they were all the time secretly united— united with each other and against earlier and later ages— by a great mass of common assumptions. We may be sure that the characteristic blindness of the twentieth century— the blindness about which posterity will ask, ‘But how could they have thought that?’ … None of us can fully escape this blindness, but we shall certainly increase it, and weaken our guard against it, if we read only modern books. Where they are true they will give us truths which we half knew already. Where they are false they will aggravate the error with which we are already dangerously ill. The only palliative is to keep the clean sea breeze of the centuries blowing through our minds, and this can be done only by reading old books.”