Friday, September 25, 2009

Autumn reading challenge

I may change this to my school year reading challenge, as I have no idea how many hours a week I will have for heavy reading. When life gets crazy, when hospital visits or constant transportation needs arise, I tend to fall back on the list of mystery stories, P.G. Wodehouse and other old favorites. Only time will tell.

Wendell Berry


The Wild Birds
Two More Stories of the Port William Membership
The Long-Legged House
Window Poems
Wendell Berry Life and Work; Edited by Jason Peters
Bringing It to the Table: On Farming and Food



Enslaved by Ducks by Bob Tarte
Katherine by Anya Seton
Rachel Ray by Anthony Trollope
Dante's Inferno
* From Achilles to Christ: Why Christians Should Read the Pagan Classics Louis Markos
* Ironies of Faith: The Laughter at the Heart of Christian Literature Anthony Esolen
* The Office of Assertion: An Art of Rhetoric for Academic Essay by Scott Crider

And continuing to work my way through


Made to Stick: Why Some Ideas Survive and Others Die by Heath and Heath
Christ in the Psalms by Patrick Henry Reardon

* These were inspired by my dear friend at A Quotidian Life.



And a thought to inspire and encourage you as you think of your reading list for the coming season:
"A good book does reward you for trying to read it. The best books reward you most of all. The reward, of course, is of two kinds. First, there is the improvement in our reading skill that occurs when you successfully tackle a good, difficult work. Second - and this in the long run is much more important - a good book can teach you about the world and about yourself. You learn more than how to read better; you also learn more about life. You become wiser. Not just more knowledgeable - books that provide nothing but information can produce that result. But wiser, in the sense that you are more deeply aware of the great and enduring truths of human life."
Mortimer J. Adler in How To Read A Book


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