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C.S. Lewis (1898-1963) was a British writer who is best known for his fantastical children’s series “The Chronicles of Narnia,” but also wrote science fiction, moral fiction, and theological nonfiction works. His religious works and musings are often studied as thought exercises in morality, philosophy, and theology and his “Chronicles of Narnia” series has sold over 100 million copies, becoming a staple of classic children’s fantasy. 
To rank the most popular C.S. Lewis novels, we turned to Goodreads members. On Goodreads, over 125 million readers rate, review, and recommend their favorite novels to their friends and the community.  So whether you’re looking for your first C.S. Lewis novel or a new read from the author of your favorite children’s book, here are the best C.S. Lewis books, according to Goodreads members.
The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe,” available at Amazon and Bookshop, from $7.64
With over 2.5 million ratings, “The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe” is the most popular C.S. Lewis book amongst Goodreads members. It’s a fantastical children’s story about the magical, wintry world young Lucy and her siblings discover hidden in the back of a wardrobe. In Narnia, the children find a noble lion, a White Witch, and the terrible spell under which all of Narnia is trapped.
“The Magician’s Nephew,” available at Amazon and Bookshop, from $8.27
Though published sixth, “The Magician’s Nephew” is the prequel to “The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe,” detailing the creation of Narnia by Aslan, the lion. Set 1,000 years before the first magical tale, this story explains the fantastical elements of Narnia and the importance of different histories, and is an enjoyable story for anyone who loved the first classic novel.
“The Voyage of the Dawn Treader,” available at Amazon and Bookshop, from $7.99
Lucy and Edmund are drawn back into Narnia along with their cousin, Eustace, to discover King Caspian is set to board the ship Dawn Treader in search of the seven lost Lords, banished by the previous evil king. The three children board the ship for a fantastical adventure in this third installment of the “Chronicles of Narnia” series.
“The Screwtape Letters,” available at Amazon and Bookshop, from $10.27
The Screwtape Letters” is a 1942 classic religious satire that uses the viewpoint of devils to portray the temptations and sins of humanity. Told through 31 letters from a demon named Screwtape, the story serves as a satirical mentorship from the demon to his nephew as he attempts to secure the eternal damnation of one British man.
“Prince Caspian,” available at Amazon and Bookshop, from $8.27
In this second book in the “Chronicles of Narnia” series, the Pevensie siblings are pulled back to Narnia, where 1300 years have passed in the one English year since their last visit. The children learn that the magic is running out in Narnia, the animals are in hiding, and there’s a prince who desperately needs their help.
“Mere Christianity,” available at Amazon and Bookshop, from $13.69
Mere Christianity” is a theological book by C.S. Lewis, a compilation of BBC radio talks that he gave between 1941 and 1944. First published as three separate books, the transcripts focus on mortality, Christian ethics, and the Christian idea of God. 
“The Horse and His Boy,” available at Amazon and Bookshop, from $8.27
Set during the final chapter of “The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe,” this story is told as the Pevensie children reign as kings and queens in Narnia, though they appear as only minor characters in this tale. In the countries south of Narnia, two children and their two talking horses are each running away from home when they uncover a prince’s plan to attack Archenland and set out to warn the king.
“The Silver Chair,” available at Amazon and Bookshop, from $8.27
In this “Chronicles of Narnia” tale, Eustace Scrubb and Jill Pole are two children pulled into Narnia and recruited to help the elderly King Caspian X help find his missing son and heir to his throne. The lion, Aslan, gives Jill four Signs to guide them on their journey to find the missing prince. 
“The Last Battle,” available at Amazon and Bookshop, from $8.27
The Last Battle” is the emotional and highly-anticipated conclusion to the “Chronicles of Narnia” series, where an evil ape named Shift has deceived the residents of Narnia with a naive donkey disguised as Aslan the lion, leading Narnians astray. Learning of the distress, King Tirian calls Eustace and Jill to Narnia, who are soon joined by the Pevensie siblings to defend Narnia and Aslan. 
“The Great Divorce,” available at Amazon and Bookshop, from $8.99
The Great Divorce” is a Christian allegorical tale about a bus ride from hell to heaven. As the narrator waits for the bus in a cold, grey, rainy town, he listens to the discussions of other passengers before boarding a bus that ascends beyond the rainy clouds into a clear sky in this story about grace, judgment, and redemption. 
“Out of the Silent Planet,” available at Amazon and Bookshop, from $11.19
This novel is the first in a science fiction trilogy where Dr. Ransom is kidnapped and taken aboard a spacecraft set for a planet called Malacandra, better known as Mars. When Dr. Ransom overhears his captors discussing their plans to offer him as a sacrifice, he attempts to escape and, in the process, learns about this new strange planet and the intergalactic history of his own.
“A Grief Observed,” available at Amazon and Bookshop, from $13.49
A Grief Observed” is a painful and raw collection of C.S. Lewis’ grief-ridden journal entries following the death of his wife in 1960. As Lewis mourned his wife, he contemplated profound questions about the role of faith and religion in life and death, exploring the human processes of grief in a candid conversation. 
“Till We Have Faces,” available at Amazon and Bookshop, from $14.49
In this mythological retelling of the story of Cupid and Psyche, possessive Orual is accusatory and suspicious of her younger sister Psyche’s, new love: Cupid. Determined to pull Psyche away from Cupid, Orual begins a journey of moral development in this vivid retelling.
“Surprised by Joy,” available at Amazon and Bookshop, from $14.49
Surprised by Joy” is an autobiographical depiction of C.S. Lewis’ conversion to Christianity in 1931. Though the memoir does not continue beyond that year, the book focuses on Lewis’ search to find joy and how that search guided his path from atheism to Christianity.
“The Problem of Pain,” available at Amazon and Bookshop, from $9.79
In this short philosophical read, C.S. Lewis sets out to answer a huge theological question: If God is all-powerful and good, why does he allow people to suffer? C.S. Lewis argues that the existence of pain is not evidence that God isn’t good through this exploration of theology, morality, and paradoxes.
“The Four Loves,” available at Amazon and Bookshop, from $13.99
Published in 1963, “The Four Loves” is a compilation of radio talks C.S. Lewis gave in 1958 about love through a religious and philosophical perspective. Lewis explores the four types of human love — affection, friendship, erotic love, and love of God — through thoughtful problems and conversations. 
“Perelandra,” available at Amazon and Bookshop, from $9.99
This second novel of C.S. Lewis’ science fiction trilogy is set on the planet Perelandra, or Venus, where Dr. Ransom must travel to stop the dark force that threatens to invade the peaceful planet. In this rich novel that mirrors a retelling of the biblical “Adam and Eve” story, Ransom struggles against the forces of evil in a paradise land.
“That Hideous Strength,” available at Amazon and Bookshop, from $14.99
That Hideous Strength” is the final novel in C.S. Lewis’ space trilogy. Set on Earth, this novel follows Mark Studdock who is enticed to join a sinister organization called N.I.C.E., which aims to control all of humanity. As his wife Jane continues to have strange and eerie dreams, Mark uncovers the meaning behind them in this fascinating science fiction conclusion.
“The Abolition of Man,” available at Amazon and Bookshop, from $11.99
The Abolition of Man” is a thought-provoking philosophical work that explores the values from the texts taught in schools, objective and natural values, and reflections upon a future where a select group of people decides the morality of humanity. Divided into three sections which were once a series of lectures given by C.S. Lewis, this 1943 philosophical book is one that encourages readers to challenge their own beliefs.
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