Please see separate posts for Conversion Stories and Memoirs that I've read recently. This post encompasses "everything else".
C.S. Lewis' Space Trilogy: Out of the Silent Planet, Perelandra, That Hideous Strength
John and I and Ria all re-read the whole series last summer and enjoyed it very much - especially as a fun group project, so we could chat about it. Last time I read them, I was in eighth grade, and some of it definitely went over my head.
One Summer: America, 1927 by Bill Bryson
This was a fascinating slice of history in a connected format. So many things were intertwining at this point: Charles Lindbergh, Babe Ruth, the Model T, Prohibition, the Ponzi Scheme, and much more. I especially appreciated the remarks about eugenics. A fair amount of mature content.
Living Your Strengths: Discover Your God-Given Talents and Inspire Your Community by Albert L. Winseman, Donald O. Clifton, and Curt Liesveld
This is a companion book, with a religious flavor, to the Gallup Clifton Strengths-Finder. A good read, but not as important as the Strengths-Finder itself, which is worth a look!
Praying Our Goodbyes by Joyce Rupp
The Practice of the Presence of God by Brother Lawrence
Whose Body (A Lord Peter Wimsey Mystery) by Dorothy Sayers
My husband and I went through an extensive Lord Peter Wimsey phase early in our marriage. There was a paperback book exchange near where we lived, and we got several of these and kept trading them in. Just decided to jump back in and finished Whose Body last night. It's a somewhat gruesome murder mystery, but engaging, thoughtful, and funny as well. Not for the faint of heart. At first, Lord Peter struck me as a smart Bertie Wooster. In the end, he turned out to be more thoughtful and more human too. I really appreciated the discussion/theme on what we would call "confirmation bias" today. First published in 1923!
North and South by Elizabeth Gaskell
North and South was originally a serialized novel, published in 1854 and 1855 in an English weekly magazine edited by Charles Dickens! It's an engaging novel, heavy on the quirks of human relationships and interactions and perspectives (with a pleasing romantic thread), with a strong social commentary undercurrent relating to the Industrial Revolution. I was left unsatisfied by the BBC Adaptation from 2004. Some of it didn't make sense to me as there too many jumps. So, I decided to go and read the original book and was not at all disappointed.
Books I'm Still Working On:The Seven Basic Plots: Why We Tell Stories by Christopher Booker
Self-Esteem without Selfishness by Michel Esparza
Quiet: The Power of the Introvert in a World That Can't Stop Talking by Susan Cain
Weight of Glory by C.S. Lewis
The Sunflower: On the Possibilities and Limits of Forgiveness by Simon Wiesenthal
The Arabian Nights by Andrew Lang
Watching Baseball Smarter: A Professional Fan's Guide for Beginners by Zack Hample
Saving Italy: The Race to Rescue a Nation's Treasures from the Nazis by Robert M. Edsel