I first came to Madeleine L’Engle via my grandmother, who has always been a big fan. She gave me Troubling a Star, which is excellent but not the book to start with. Fortunately, I was interested enough to keep going. I love the families in L’Engle, the threads that cross from her scifi books to the (mostly) realistic Austin stories. I haven’t re-read the Chairos series recently, but I know that several of the Austin books rank in my favorite books of all time.
L’Engle also wrote several memoirs and other fiction. I’ve mostly enjoyed these without having the same emotional attachment to them that I have to the Murry/Austin series. I certainly don’t always agree with her theology, but other times she puts into words something I have felt very strongly without knowing how to say.
My favorite L’Engle books
1. A Wrinkle in Time
2. Meet the Austins
3. A Ring of Endless Light
4. A Circle of Quiet
5. Troubling a Star
All of my L’Engle reviews
A Wrinkle in Time, briefly (2008)
The Young Unicorns, briefly (2008)
And Both Were Young, briefly (2011)
Love Letters, briefly (2011)
The Small Rain, briefly (2010)
A Severed Wasp, briefly (2010)
Certain Women, briefly (2012)
A Circle of Quiet, briefly (2010)
The Rock that is Higher, briefly (2010)
The Summer of the Great-Grandmother, briefly (2011)
The Weather of the Heart, briefly (2011)
Books I’ve read but haven’t formally reviewed
A Wind in the Door (1973)–read.
A Swiftly Tilting Planet (1978)–read.
Many Waters (1986)–read.
The Arm of the Starfish (1965)–read.
Dragons in the Waters (1976)–read.
A House Like a Lotus (1984)–read. My least favorite of her books.
An Acceptable Time (1989)–read.
Meet the Austins (1960)–read.
The Moon by Night (1963)–read.
A Ring of Endless Light (1980)–read.
Troubling a Star (1994)–read.