Bette's Favorite Books

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By Bette's Miscellany

Stages on the Road

Sigrid Undset


Kristin Lavransdatter: With an Excerpt from 'Six Scandinavian Novelists' by Alrik Gustafrom

Sigrid Undset


Wow, you are really and very truly missing out on a masterpiece of historical fiction if you haven't picked up this book. Sigrid Undset is an incredible writer. You will not regret buying this buy. You may even have to read every single one of her novels once you get through the first. I know I did! Her own story is worth looking into as well!

The Way of Beauty: Liturgy, Education, and Inspiration for Family, School, and College

David Clayton


Mathematics, Art, Science, Intuition, Tradition, the mysteries of the universe...what else would you like to learn about? This book covers it all in very basic form. Truly excellent foundational work.

Gaudy Night

Dorothy L. Sayers


Lord Peter and Harriet Vane in an exciting tale of murder and mystery set in Oxford! Love these two and their banter.

The Chronicles of Narnia Hardcover 7-Book Box Set: 7 Books in 1 Box Set

C. S. Lewis and Pauline Baynes

$120.00 $110.40


Elizabeth Cleghorn Gaskell and Coralie Bickford-Smith

$23.00 $21.16

The Habit: A History of the Clothing of Catholic Nuns

Elizabeth Kuhns


This is an excellent survey of the history of the religious habit from the very beginnings of Christianity up to the present day. Fascinating study of fashion and culture and the purpose of our clothing choices according to the times in which we live. Highly recommended.

My Family and Other Animals

Gerald Durrell

$17.00 $15.64

Hilarious historical account of British and Greek culture before the war through the eyes of an eccentric naturalist and his wacky family.


Evelyn Waugh


A fun way to learn about some early Christian history, including Constantine and his mother, Helena, and her finding of the True Cross.

Evelyn Waugh: A Life Revisited

Philip Eade


Read all about an essential satirist and drama king of early 20th century British culture.

Life in a Jewish Family: Edith Stein: An Autobiography 1891-1916

$26.95 $24.79

Edith Stein was a renowned philosopher who studied phenomenology in its beginnings with Edmund Husserl. She eventually converted to Catholicism from Judaism and entered a cloistered Carmelite order, only to be hunted down and gassed by the Nazis at Auschwitz. She has some other excellent philosophical and theological writings, but I recommend her autobiography before anything else. Very good.


G. K. Chesterton

$8.95 $8.23

Man! Alive! This will teach you what's important about living and dying and being a human being.

Grammar 101: From Split Infinitives to Dangling Participles, an Essential Guide to Understanding Grammar

Kathleen Sears

$15.99 $14.71

Best compact book on grammar I've ever come across.

Citizens: A Chronicle of the French Revolution

Simon Schama

$35.00 $32.20

Very entertaining saga of the real events of the French Revolution...a thick read, but well worth the time and dedication.

How to Read a Book (Revised and Updated)

Mortimer J. Adler and Charles Van Doren

$18.00 $16.56

Lord Peter

Dorothy L. Sayers

$16.99 $15.63

Dorothy Sayers is my favorite crime writer. Her Lord Peter stories combine wit and wisdom and make you scratch your head while you wipe your eyes from laughing.

The Adventures of Sherlock Holmes

Sir Arthur Conan Doyle

$14.99 $13.79

Elementary, my dear Watson!

Flannery O'Connor: Collected Works (Loa #39): Wise Blood / A Good Man Is Hard to Find / The Violent Bear It Away / Everything That Rises Must Converge

Flannery O'Connor

$45.00 $41.40

The grotesque and the beautiful are perfectly entwined in marriage in the works of Flannery O'Connor. She is my favorite novelist of the 20th century.

Wise Blood

Flannery O'Connor

$16.00 $14.72

The Violent Bear It Away

Flannery O'Connor

$17.00 $15.64

The Habit of Being: Letters of Flannery O'Connor

Flannery O'Connor

$24.00 $22.08

Flannery O'Connor: Spiritual Writings

Flannery O'Connor

$19.00 $17.48

Everything That Rises Must Converge: Stories

Flannery O'Connor

$18.00 $16.56

Merriam-Webster's Collegiate Dictionary, 11th Ed. Indexed [With CDROM]

Merriam-Webster Inc

$27.95 $25.71

I LOVE this dictionary. Highly recommended.

Nobody Likes a Goblin

Ben Hatke

$18.99 $17.47

The Ball and the Cross

G. K. Chesterton and Ben Hatke

$22.95 $21.11

The Legitimacy of the Human

Remi Brague


The Mystery of Jesus Christ

F. Ocariz


This is one of the best books I've come across that attempts to understand and explain the incomprehensible marriage of divine and human in the person of Jesus Christ. A very intriguing and enlightening read.

The Thrilling Adventures of Lovelace and Babbage: The (Mostly) True Story of the First Computer

Sydney Padua

$40.00 $36.80

Absolutely love this, indeed, thrilling adventure through the wheels and cogs of Victorian Britain through the eyes and minds of two eccentric and lovely scientists! Sydney Padua will capture your heart!


George Orwell

$17.00 $15.64

An essential read for all human beings.

The Man in the High Castle

Philip K. Dick

$15.99 $14.71

What the world could have been like if the Nazis had won the war...

Charles Dickens: A Life

Claire Tomalin


A peek into this eccentric and mysterious man of the Victorian age...

Charles Dickens: Four Novels

Charles Dickens

$24.99 $22.99

Bleak House

Charles Dickens

$11.95 $10.99

A Christmas Carol: With Original Illustrations In Full Color

Charles Dickens and John Leech


The Complete Novels of Jane Austen

Jane Austen

$24.99 $22.99

What Jane Austen Ate and Charles Dickens Knew: From Fox Hunting to Whist-The Facts of Daily Life in Nineteenth-Century England

Daniel Pool

$18.00 $16.56

If you love reading 19th century English literature, this is an excellent resource and a witty way to wind through the century!

Mere Christianity

C. S. Lewis

$15.99 $14.71

Till We Have Faces: A Myth Retold

C. S. Lewis

$16.98 $15.62

George MacDonald

C. S. Lewis

$13.99 $12.87

A Noble Treason: The Story of Sophie Scholl and the White Rose Revolt Against Hitler

Richard Hanser

$17.95 $16.51

Sophie and her brother Hans are my heroes.

Fulton Sheen's Wartime Prayer Book

Archbishop Fulton J. Sheen and Fulton J. Sheen

$9.95 $9.15

An essential book for your pocket.

The Story of a Soul - The Autobiography of St Therese of Liseaux

Therese of Liseaux


Live the Little Way...what more is there to say?

Gerard Manley Hopkins: The Major Works

Gerard Manley Hopkins

$15.95 $14.67

This is my favorite poetry book of all time.

The Complete Short Novels

Anton Chekhov

$26.00 $23.92

Forty Stories

Anton Chekhov

$15.95 $14.67

The Metamorphosis

Franz Kafka

$10.95 $10.07

Rainbow Goblins

Ul de Rico

$19.95 $18.35

A favorite childhood book...

The Thief of Always

Clive Barker

$16.99 $15.63

Another favorite childhood novel...

The Best of Philip K. Dick

Philip K. Dick


Archie: 1941

Mark Waid, Brian Augustyn, et al.


In My Hands: Memories of a Holocaust Rescuer

Irene Gut Opdyke

$10.99 $10.11

Breathtaking and life-changing true story of a Polish woman's experience of WWII.

Seeing Blood and Water

Sebastian A. Carnazzo


A professor from my Masters days penned this Scripture study. He's got some incredible insights into the Bible that changed forever the way I read it.

The Life of St. Teresa of Avila

St Teresa of Avila


A life-changer !!


Stephen King

$20.99 $19.31

Interesting look at the murder of JFK. Although fictional, it was very thoroughly researched. Lots to think about here.

The Invisible Rainbow: A History of Electricity and Life

Arthur Firstenberg

$24.95 $22.95

This book will change your life. Please read it. And please explore the bibliography! It's so vast and mind-blowing.