This Week’s Books #3

It’s been a little over 3 weeks since my last “This Week’s Books” post. I’m starting to think my weekly posts should perhaps be biweekly or monthly. It may be more realistic for me and make these posts more interesting since my reading list doesn’t change much over a one week period. This month, I’m going to try different time frames and hopefully figure out what works best.

On to this “week’s” books. First of all, here’s what I said I would read (bottom) compared with what I actually read (top) over the last three weeks. Of the six books I said I would read, I read four. I also added four more (two of which I finished and will be posting about).

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There’s nothing like the arrival of a book order to disrupt one’s reading plans. The books I ordered in May arrived in batches over a three week period and I ended up spending plenty of time poking around in and being distracted by each new arrival. 🙂

I’ve also been trying to re-read The Strange Case of Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde, but it’s been difficult to motivate myself, especially with the arrival of a bunch of new books that I haven’t read.  I’ve discovered that re-reading a story immediately after I’ve read it is a lot harder than I thought it would be and generally not something I’d recommend. In this case, though, I’m determined to plough through it, albeit at a slower pace than I’d originally intended. Hopefully, I’ll have a post on it ready by the end of this month.

In a addition to last “week’s” books (see the second picture from the top) which are staying on my reading list,  here are the books I’m planning to read.

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Altogether it looks something like this:

When Life Hurts Philip Yancey
Soul Survivor Philip Yancey
The Elements of Style William Strunk Jr. and E. B. White
Charlotte’s Web E. B. White
A Mind Awake: An Anthology of C.S. Lewis by C. S. Lewis and Clyde S. Kibly (Editor)
The Inklings Handbook Colin Duriez and David Porter
Three Men In A Boat (Annotated Edition) by Jerome K. Jerome (annotated and introduced by Christopher Matthew and Benny Green)

And from my previous post (see “Week #2”)

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
The Strange Case of Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde by Robert Louis Stevenson
The Reason For God by Timothy Keller

I’d say I have a nice balance of UK and American authors this time around. 🙂 I’m especially looking forward to reading Soul Survivor by Philip Yancey and A Mind Awake: An Anthology of C. S. Lewis edited by Clyde S. Kibly.

I haven’t read any Philip Yancey books yet, but I’ve been interested in reading his books after seeing some interviews with and talks by him on YouTube,  earlier this year. Last month, I decided to order some of his books. I was especially intrigued by Soul Survivor, a book about Philip Yancey’s own journey through faith and, in essence, a collection of essays on the lives of thirteen notable people (mostly writers) and their influence on his life and faith. A few of the well-known names he covers in this book are: Dostoevsky, G.K. Chesterton, Martin Luther King Jr., Mahatma Gandhi, Leo Tolstoy, and the list goes on. This book should be right up my alley. 🙂

A Mind Awake has been sitting on my shelf for about half a year now but I never really looked at it until this week. I was thinking about which C.S. Lewis book to read next and took this one off my shelf, started reading it, and wished I didn’t have to put it down. I’m not the biggest fan of anthologies, but every quote I read in this one had so much food for thought. I’ve decided to go through this one as my next C. S. Lewis book and I think it’s gonna be really good.

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5 responses to “This Week’s Books #3”

  1. tomoko (@tokosmo) says :

    Ooooh! I love your list of “planning to read” books. Meg, yesterday I went to an awesome used bookstore. It would make you weep to see it. It had soooo many books. I tried to take a picture of one of the stacks, but my iPhone was having a focusing problem. Anyway, I think I felt a little overwhelmed, because I only walked out of there with one book. I definitely didn’t do that store justice, and I wished you could have been there with me. 🙂

    • Meg says :

      So very sorry, for the extremely late response 😦 (and especially because this comment made me feel all warm and happy.) 🙂
      I wish I could have seen it and been there with you too! Yeah, I also find that it’s a bit overwhelming when you have SO many options. What book did you end up buying?

  2. Angela says :

    I’m interested in what you thought of “A Reason for God.” I love your posts, by the way. We seem to have opposite reading styles too. After reading a book, I usually read it again immediately at a slower pace. It’s hard for me to be relaxed when reading a book for the first time because I’m so eager to find out what happens or what the point is! So I enjoy it more the second time around.
    I haven’t read any of those except for “The Elements of Style” (a must-read) and a few Stevenson’s (Treasure Island, The Black Arrow). You put me to shame, I’ve got to start reading on a regular basis again!

    • Meg says :

      Angela, I’m so sorry I never replied to this comment. 😦
      In answer to your question, I read “The Reason for God” about three years ago and loved it. At the time, I was very interested in apologetics and theology, and slightly interested in philosophy. It was one of the first more philosophical apologetic books I read. It had a big impact on me and it was shortly after, that I realized I was more interested in philosophy and theology than apologetics.
      Since I read it a while back, I can’t remember the actual content that well, so I don’t feel I can say whether or not I completely agree with all of Timothy Keller’s reasoning (although, for the most part, I would say I agree). But I know that, regardless of whether or not you agree with him, his book is definitely thought-provoking.
      It’s divided in two parts: the first half is an argument for God and the second an argument for Christianity (real Christianity–the gospel, not religion). I especially liked the second half, but the whole book was engaging from start to finish. I would highly recommend it to anyone interested in the intellectual arguments for Christianity and God and/or philosophy and theology.
      I also highly recommend Timothy Keller’s “Counterfeit Gods” as fundamental/foundational for any Christian. And the third of what I would call Timothy Keller’s “God Trilogy,” “Prodigal God,” is really good too. Actually all three books of I just mentioned (aka: Timothy Keller’s “God Trilogy”), have had a profound influence on my faith and the way I understand Christianity–probably more than any other combination of three books by a single author that I’ve read so far.

    • Meg says :

      Oh, and about our reading styles, I have a sister whose reading style sounds similar to yours. She speeds through a book and then goes back and reads it over and over and over.
      I find that, generally, I have to give a book at least a year or more in between reads. And even then, I have so many books that I’ve never read to get to that, unless it’s an outstandingly good book or I feel I didn’t fully “get it” the first time but it’s about a subject that fascinates me and I want to fully understand it, I usually won’t read it a second time.
      There are some writers that are exceptions. In that case, it would have to be the writer is so good that I just love reading the selection and combination of words they used or the humor is so good you can read it repeatedly and it doesn’t get old. Off the top of my head, I would say Wodehouse is one of those exceptions. He combines both of those things and his writing often gets funnier with every read.

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