More and More Books

I'm en route to Land o'Lakes this morning and thought I'd pre-schedule a post about what I've been reading. I'm leaving my laptop at home–gasp!!–but I'll be able to read any comments on my iPod Touch.

Book 18: The Murder Room, by P.D. James. I love Adam Dalgliesh. This was a good one. I really can't say more.

Book 19: Tears of the Giraffe, by Alexander McCall Smith. This is the second book in the No. 1 Ladies' Detective Agency Series. I remain charmed.

Book 20: The Sunflower: On the Possibilities and Limits of Forgiveness, by Simon Wiesenthal. Light Princess read this book with the advanced reading group at school, during a unit about the Holocaust and more particularly about the way truth is sometimes twisted. This edition of the book contains the responses of 30 years ago as well as more recent essays. LP tells me she was one of a very few students in her reading group who felt forgiveness was possible. The other kids said, "That's because you're Christian." I wonder what it's like to be in 8th grade and know that most other kids *don't* go to church? In my day, which is 35 years ago, I assumed everyone had a religious life. LP is the oddball.

And as far as forgiveness goes, I was given a great deal to think about and particularly appreciated the responses of Harold Kushner and Desmond Tutu.

On my Kindle for the trip, or rather on the Kindle app on my Touch, I have "Morality for Beautiful Girls," "Jesus, Interrupted" (so I don't have to carry the book, I'm halfway through and will review next week) and "Olive Kittredge."

What are you reading?

16 thoughts on “More and More Books”

  1. Just picked up John O’Donohue’s Eternal Echoes, which I’m looking forward to. But first I need to finish Three Cups of Tea. Both are beckoning, so making some time to read soon is essential!

  2. I’m dangerous with books… It’s probably why I’ve mostly been doing audiobooks… for some reason, THOSE I can stop. But give me an actual book with a cover and pages and I’m DOOMED. Last night I read, cover-to-cover (some skimming), “A Pearl in the Storm” by Tori Murden McClure, the first woman to row alone across an ocean. Lucky for me, it was only 1 AM when I finished. But I wanted to say that if you’re getting into Alexander McCall Smith, check out his Isabelle Dalhousie series — those are VERY charming, especially in audio.

  3. I’m trying to read a book about ADD and not getting very far – LOL.

  4. I am reading my high schooler’s transcript and getting frustrated and worried about college possibilities. deep sigh

  5. I’m reading Redeemed by Heather King. It was recommended by a friend who took up a practice that King recommends in dealing with difficult people. Instead of trying to change the other, say to yourself: “Bless them. Change me.” A noble thought and a tall order. I’m working on it! The book is a memoir by a woman who was an alcoholic, stopped drinking, became a Catholic, and writes about her experiences and what they’ve meant to her. That, however, doesn’t do justice to how she tells her story. Her writing is at times humorous and at others insightful… a mixed bag and I’m enjoying it. The book is available on amazon for the Kindle… which I hope to get soon!
    I’ve also finished and highly recommend An Altar in the World by Barbara Brown Taylor. I’ve just started Jesus Wept:When Faith and Depression Meet by Barbara Crafton.
    I enjoy your reviews and the breadth of your reading! Thanks for sharing your thoughts.

  6. In the daytime I’m working at the stack of books in my office that I purchased but never got around to reading. I do this while I’m eating lunch, on hold, and when I don’t have anything “more productive” I am supposed to be doing.
    In the evening and off times I am reading lots of classic (aka free) science fiction from apps on my iPhone. Didn’t know there was a Kindle app – I need to check that out right away so I can buy Kindle books from 🙂

  7. Chuckling about Bad Alice! I know where she’s coming from! I am reading DATING JESUS, by a Hartford Courant reporter who was raised in a very fundamentalist church. Also some mysteries. And I started WIDE SARGASSO SEA by Jean Rhys — it imagines Mrs. Rochester’s (from Jane Eyre) early life and experiences.

  8. This weekend it will probably be The Chili Queen by Sandra Dallas, the fourth of her books I’ve read recently–Iris recommended this one. If it’s like the others, it will be a quick, relaxing read, just right for a holiday weekend.

  9. Currently, I’m re-reading “The Heart Is a Lonely Hunter” as part of the city’s Big Read project. I remember reading this for the first time in high school and not really liking it much. This time around, of course, I’m older and so I hope that I can appreciate the concepts and subject matter better. However, “liking it” still seems like an elusive goal.
    Oh, and I’m also reading “The Death and Return of Superman Omnibus”. 🙂

  10. I’m reading Tears of the Giraffe, too. I picked up the first one in February after years of resistance. I try very hard not to waste my precious reading time on trash and figured that anything popular & a series must be trash.
    But you’re right. They’re charming. Well, the first one was. And halfway through the second one is, too.
    Also reading Lessons from the Fat-o-sphere. Good stuff. And picking my way, a few poems a day, through Garrison Kiellor’s Good Poems collection.
    And sherry, I’m right there with you. –double sigh–

  11. I’m reading PD James’ Original Sin…picked up at church booksale. Thanks for the reminder! 🙂 I am also reading some Spong and the newest two by Susan Wittig Albert and the new Diane Mott Davidson.
    Hope you are having FUN!

  12. Oooh! And I really liked Olive Kitteredge…
    and I bought Brandon Pride and Prejudice and Zombies for his birthday tomorrow. 🙂

  13. I’m reading a book of poetry by Mary Oliver and Where I’m Calling From by Raymond Carver. I want to hear how you liked Olive Kitteredge as I’m thinking I should read that.

  14. I finished the latest of the First Ladies Detective Series Tea Time for the Traditionally Built. And after 7 books I remain charmed! I am reading through Less Noise, Less Clutter by Kem Meyer. I have been carrying around Starting Over by Robin Pilcher too. And the stack holds many more goodies too.

  15. Whoa! you’re on book 20! ok, I haven’t been posting much due to arm, but I just finished Plain Truth, but Jodi Picoult, and am also reading Eat this Book, by Eugene Peterson. and re-reading Orthodoxy, by G.K. Chesterton, which charms me still, at least in parts.

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