Archive | May 2013

A Labyrinth Made from 250,000 Books


Came across this just now and thought it was pretty awesome. A quarter of a million books is a crazy amount! And if collecting and arranging that many books wasn’t enough, this guardian article says that the book titles were meticulously mapped and an audio tour was provided for visitors.

Wish I could have gone and seen it. Would have definitely taken my camera along. Check out this link to see some pretty cool photos.

This Week’s Books #2


A little late, but here are the books I’m reading this week…

Love Does by Bob Goff
Intellectuals by Paul Johnson
Matthew for Everyone–Part One by N. T. Wright
Diary of an Old Soul by George MacDonald

And to help me formulate my thoughts re. Jekyll and Hyde, I will also be rereading much of…
The Strange Case of Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde by Robert Louis Stevenson
The Reason For God by Timothy Keller

Most of these titles are the same as last week, but I’ve decided to be less ambitious and I’ve taken five books off the stack. At the same time, I’ve also added two books (I just noticed the two books I added were written by American authors–totally unintentional, but I think it adds a nice balance. 🙂 )

Below is a photo of  last week’s books. I thought it would be interesting to compare what I intended to read along with what I actually read.


“Your book bill ought to be your biggest extravagance.”

I had some unexpected work last week and, as a result, had no time left to blog. I did, however, manage to squeeze in the time to make a large book order. I have to admit that I splurged a bit, but I’m happy to think C. S. Lewis would have probably approved. 😀  I love this quote because it succinctly states how I feel about about reading and purchasing books.

From a letter dated April 8, 1941 to Derek Brewer from C.S. Lewis regarding the books he should read to prepare for his time at Oxford, where Lewis was to be his tutor.

The great thing is to be always reading but not to get bored – treat it not like work, more as a vice! Your book bill ought to be your biggest extravagance.” (Collected Letters of C.S. Lewis, Volume 3, in the supplement, page 1540-1541)

Over the last year and a half, my book bill has been, by far, my biggest extravagance. And yet, aside from one book, I haven’t regretted a single purchase. What you can get from reading a good book can last you a lifetime and, I believe, it’s one of the best investments of time and money someone can make. 🙂

“If he be Mr. Hyde… I shall be Mr. Seek.”

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Today I finished reading The Strange Case of Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde by Robert Louis Stevenson. I’ve been fascinated by the basic premise and concept of this story for years, and was surprised to find that it wasn’t quite as detailed or black and white as I’d expected–there was plenty of grey. It’s left me with much to mull over.

A post (or posts) on this story will soon follow, but in the meantime I wanted to say: I would highly recommend that anyone interested in reading this story (but especially those who don’t really know the story concept, e.g., maybe the most you know is the phrase, “Jekyll and Hyde”; or perhaps you’re not exactly sure if it’s Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde, or Count Dracula, or Frankenstein), just go and read it. Don’t read any commentary, synopsis, review–anything. Read the story first. Then go and read commentary to your heart’s content. You’ll probably need it too. 🙂

On the other hand, if you have little to no interest in reading it, perhaps some commentary would pique your interest. In that case, I would highly recommend that you go find something on the subject or stay tuned for my upcoming posts. 😉

Ps. Tom, I’m sorry. I reached the above conclusion only after finishing the whole story. I’m afraid I may have spoilt it a bit for you. 😦

This Week’s Books

DSC_1512So here are the books I’m reading this week…

The Strange Case of Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde by Robert Louis Stevenson
Intellectuals by Paul Johnson
Enemies of the Heart by Andy Stanley
Matthew for Everyone–Part One by N. T. Wright
Simply Jesus by N.T. Wright
Diary of an Old Soul by George MacDonald
The Wind from the Stars by George MacDonald (Edited by Gordon Reid)
Selected Essays by G. K. Chesterton
Christian Reflections
by C. S. Lewis

One thing I noticed, after stacking up the books and taking the photo, was all the authors (except Andy Stanley) are from the UK. Over the last few years, I’ve come to realize the majority of my favorite authors are English, but I haven’t yet figured out exactly why.

Most of these books will probably end up on my stack next week, but I’m hoping to at least finish The Strange Case of Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde. When I have more time, I will post about these books individually, but if you’re interested in discussing or want to know more about any in particular, let me know, and I’ll make it my priority. 🙂