Thursday, May 17, 2007

Spring reading challenge update

I have been a very undisciplined reader this spring. I haven't even looked at my list of books I posted in March. Of course I have kept reading, just not necessarily what I put on my list. have I done? Let's see:


Amazing Grace in the Life of William Wilberforce, John Piper
Amazing Grace: William Wilberforce & the Heroic Fight to End Slavery, Eric Metaxas
Reading Like a Writer, Francine Prose
Whose Body?, Dorothy Sayers
Clouds of Witness, Dorothy Sayers
Crocodile on the Sandbank, Elizabeth Peters (and two others. Enjoyable, light reading. Funny characters.)

Broken Vessels by Andre Dubus (HT: Wittingshire)
Much Ado About Nothing, Shakespeare (added since we got to see the play last week-end...a remarkably well-done high school production!
We Shall Not Sleep, Anne Perry (fifth and final volume in her World War I series)

Good Poems for Hard Times, Garrison Keillor (editor)
Given: Poems, Wendell Berry
The Oxford Book of English Verse Edited by Arthur Quiller-Couch

IN PROCESS (yes, still):
Great Expectations, Charles Dickens (still listening.)
Henry IV, Part One, Shakespeare
Henry IV, Part Two, Shakespeare
Peril and Peace: Chronicles of the Ancient Church, Withrow and Withrow
The Intellectual Devotional: Revive Your Mind, Complete Your Education, and Roam Confidently with the Cultured Class, David Kidder, Noah Oppenheim

Orthodoxy, G.K. Chesterton
The Canterbury Tales, Geoffrey Chaucer
Monks and Mystics: Chronicles of the Medieval Church
Courage and Conviction: Chronicles of the Reformation Church (both by Withrow and Withrow)

Just a reminder: it's not about finishing a stack or checking off a list. It's about letting the books soak in and change our lives. I make lists to remind myself to keep reading and to make sure I include books that I might not reach for without thinking.

I have been so happy with my choices this season. Each and every one is a keeper!

This week-end, the scouts are heading to Big Sur for a three-day backpacking trip, which means I'll have some free time. I've got some household projects desperately begging me to give them much-needed attention (think decluttering on steroids and vacuuming as an extreme sport), but I plan to listen to Great Expectations as I work, and to curl up with Henry IV when I collapse at night. I'm glad I reviewed my list before the week-end came. It makes me look forward to the hard work rather than dreading it.

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