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What I’m Reading #7

I was looking over my blog a few weeks ago and realised it’s been over a year since I’ve done one of these. A bit of shame, as I’ve gotten quite bit off track as far as my “reading plan” goes. For example, Dostoevsky has been completely neglected. But, at least, it’s not because I haven’t been reading; I’ve just been busy. I suppose another reason is, for the first half of this year, especially when I was going through my Sanderson binge, I was mostly reading e-books and listening to audiobooks, so my paperback stack was rather small. Anyway, this post is a bit of a catch up. I hope I can get back in the groove of doing this regularly.

Here’s a look at the books I’ve completed since my last “What I’m Reading” post.

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The Glass Castle by Jeannette Walls
Tuesdays With Morrie by Mitch Albom
Fahrenheit 451 by Ray Bradbury
First and Second Things by C. S. Lewis
To Kill a Mockingbird by Harper Lee
Franny and Zooey by J. D. Salinger
Animal Farm by George Orwell
T. S. Eliot: Selected Poems by T. S. Eliot
On Love by Alain de Botton
The Consolation of Philosophy by Boethius
Blood Meridian by Cormac McCarthy
The Alchemist by Paulo Coelho
Heart of Darkness by Joseph Conrad
The Woman in White by Wilkie Collins
Paper Towns by John Green
Anam Cara by John O’ Donohue (Not pictured as I was only borrowing it.)

I know I always say I want to review the books I’ve read, but never seem to get around to doing so. Well, this time, this list includes some of the most unexpectedly great reads (e.g. Cormac McCarthy’s Blood Meridian and Alain de Botton’s On Love), as well as, the most disappointing reads (i.e. Paulo Coelho’s The Alchemist and Mitch Albom’s Tuesdays With Morrie 😦 ) I’ve come across and I intend to blog about them. I’ve already started on a post about Tuesdays With Morrie, so stay tuned. 🙂

Aside from the sixteen books listed, I’ve also gone through sixteen e-books and audiobooks.
Wool by Hugh Howey
Far from the Madding Crowd by Thomas Hardy
The
Hunger Games
trilogy by Suzanne Collins
And eleven books and two short stories (which I’m just gonna count as one “book”) by Brandon Sanderson (see my last post). I should probably also mention here that my passion/appetite for all things Sanderson has abated quite a bit since my last post. I guess we’ll see how I feel about him in the long run.

So, all together, 32 books completed in about a year. Not bad. That’s also not including the ten to twenty books I’m going through at the moment. I’m shooting to finish reading 36 books this year. I’ve already read twenty-five; I’m two books behind schedule. We’ll see how it goes.

What I’m Reading #6

I’ve decided to change the title of my “This Week’s Books” posts to “What I’m Reading” as it better suits these posts. These are the books I’m reading, or intend to read, this summer.

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To Kill a Mockingbird by Harper Lee
T. S. Eliot: Selected Poems by T. S. Eliot
The Poems of Gerard Manley Hopkins edited by W. H. Gardner and N. H. MacKenzie
T. S. Eliot: The Waste Land: A Casebook
by Charles Brian Cox (Editor) and Arnold P. Hinchliffe (Editor)
Anam Cara by John O’ Donohue
Paper Towns by John Green
A Beginner’s Guide to Ideas by William Raeper and Linda Smith
Dostoevsky: the Making of a Novelist by Ernest J. Simmons
Sunshine Sketches of a Little Town by Stephen Leacock

Most of these books I’ve been reading for awhile and have already read a good portion of. I’m nearly finished re-reading To Kill a Mockingbird and it’s been every bit as wonderful to read now as when I read it for the first time about fifteen years ago. Actually, it’s even better than I remember it to be. I’m also nearly finished reading Anam Cara, which I’m borrowing from a friend. I’m hoping to finish it this week.

Paper Towns is the only John Green novel I haven’t read yet (aside from Will Grayson Will Grayson which he coauthored). I intend to read it after I finish To Kill a Mockingbird and have high expectations for it.  Sunshine Sketches of a Little Town is the first book I will read by Stephen Leacock, whom I have been wanting to read for over a year now. I’m looking forward to it.

I’ve also decided to take on T. S. Eliot’s The Waste Land and really dig into it, so I’m hoping that T. S. Eliot: The Waste Land: A Casebook will help.  And speaking of poetry, I have been so enamored with The Poems of Gerard Manley Hopkins since I came across his poetry, earlier this year. His poetry will probably end up on every “What I’m Reading” list from now on. You will also, likely, see me blogging about him A LOT, so consider yourself warned. 🙂

What I’m Reading #5: Books I Read This Spring

So my lovely new laptop arrived and I’m now ready to commence with blogging.

I thought I’d start with a little update on what I’ve been reading these past months. Altogether, I’ve read about 25-30 books, but these are the ones I completed.

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Listed, they are:
The Four Loves by C. S. Lewis
Nineteen Eighty-Four by George Orwell
Nine Stories (aka For Esmé—with Love and Squalor) by J. D. Salinger
The Catcher in the Rye by J. D. Salinger
Oscar and the Lady in Pink by Éric-Emmanuel Schmitt
Matthew for Everyone–Part One
 
by N. T. Wright
Searching for God Knows What by Donald Miller
Looking for Alaska by John Green
An Abundance of Katherines by John Green
The Little Prince by Antoine de Saint-Exupéry

Just about all of these books were first-rate reads and went straight to my list of favorites. I hope I can get around to blogging about about them, because I have so much to say.

Going back to what I’d planned to read in my last “This ‘Week’s’ Books” post, I read all except one. As you can see, the four books on top, in the pictures, are also on my list of completed books, including N. T. Wright‘s Matthew for Everyone–Part One (finally!).

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I read the Crime and Punishment section in Characters of Dostoevsky: Studies from Four Novels by Richard Curle, but didn’t read the entire book as the rest of the book (as the title suggests) deals with other Dostoevsky novels. I’m still reading Dostoevsky: the Making of a Novelist by Ernest J. Simmons. It’s a fascinating read, but difficult, as I’m trying to mainly read the parts that pertain to Dostoevsky, the man and writer, and the parts that specifically relate to Crime and Punishment without reading spoilers or parts that pertain to his other novels. It’s harder than I thought it would be.

The one book I didn’t read was The Young Dostoevsky (1846-1849): A Critical Study by Victor Terras; I didn’t even crack it open. I plan on reading it once I’ve finished reading Ernest J. Simmon’s Dostoevsky book.

This “Week’s” Books #4

It’s been ages since I’ve done one of these, but I’m hoping to resurrect my “This Week’s Books” posts again. Here’s a peek at the books I’ve been reading and plan to read in the next few weeks.

Red books: 🙂

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Books that aren’t red:

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I find it amusing that the red color theme just happens to coincide perfectly with Valentine’s day. You could say The Four Loves fits the Valentine’s Day theme too. 🙂

The complete list looks something like this:
The Four Loves by C. S. Lewis
Matthew for Everyone–Part One by N. T. Wright
Searching for God Knows What by Donald Miller
The Catcher in the Rye by J. D. Salinger
Crime and Punishment by Fyodor Dostoevsky
Characters of Dostoevsky: Studies from Four Novels by Richard Curle
Dostoevsky: the Making of a Novelist by Ernest J. Simmons
The Young Dostoevsky (1846-1849): A Critical Study by Victor Terras

As you can see, right now, I’m focusing on Dostoevsky. I’ve finished Crime and Punishment, but it’s on the list because I’m re-reading parts and comparing my Richard Pevear and Larissa Volokhonky translation with the Constant Garnett translation that appears in the books I’m reading on Dostoevsky.

Speaking of lists, I’m ashamed to say, N. T. Wright’s Matthew for Everyone–Part One is still on the list. It’s been on every “This Week’s Books” post so far. 😦 Obviously, I haven’t made it a priority. I’m determined to have moved on to Part Two, by my next “This Week’s” post

I’m looking forward to tucking into C. S. Lewis’ The Four Love’s and J. D. Salinger’s The Catcher in the Rye. They’re books I’ve been wanting to read for a long time. It was actually a toss up between Salinger’s The Catcher in the Rye and John Green’s Looking for AlaskaI settled on The Catcher in the Rye, but I plan on devouring the rest of John Green’s novels (except for Will Grayson, Will Grayson, which I don’t have) as soon as I’m finished.

Happy New Year and Reading While Sick in Bed

Been away for awhile, but not without good reason. Had a very busy but happy Christmas and New Year and was blessed to spend it with family and friends. Unfortunately, all the busyness and merrymaking (likely also the caffeine, alcohol, sugar, and cold) from the holiday season took it’s toll and I ended up stuck in bed for most of January with a kidney infection. 😦

Thus, I was unable to blog. But being in bed gave me plenty of time to read, namely these two books that have been at the top of my reading list for a while now. 

John Green TFiOSJohn Green’s The Fault in Our Stars

Crime and PunishmentFyodor Dostoevsky’s Crime and Punishment

Both books have main characters who are suffering from illness and reading them while I was sick in bed added another dimension to the reading experience.

I’m hoping to dedicate at least one blog post to each book, in the near future, so stay tuned. 🙂