On Reading

I've mentioned here before that my reading time went right downhill this fall, and for a minute or four I regretted having been so public about my reading list, as if other people had time to notice or cared to judge whether I had read as many books in 2009 as in 2008 (which I did not, by a long shot).

But I suppose it's not a contest with anyone but myself. I can only pledge to continue reading in 2010. My hopes include reading more fiction, because it enriches me personally, which naturally inspires me in ministry, too. I have some non-fiction on my Kindle, but I think I'll give it a rest for now. 

I finished a book on the airplane yesterday, so that will be my first book for 2010:

The Sweetness at the Bottom of the Pie, by Alan Bradley, a mystery with the marvelous heroine Flavia De Luce, age 11. I read it on Kindle. I thoroughly enjoyed it. It gave me hope that Twitter has not ruined me for reading more than 140 characters at a time.

Robert-downey-jr-sherlock-holmes Next up, Sherlock Holmes. Amazingly, I've never read any Arthur Conan Doyle. I love it so far. 

And that has nothing to do with Robert Downey, Jr. 

I swear.

10 thoughts on “On Reading”

  1. I just spent an afternoon reading–are you ready for this–Heatwave by Richard Castle. It’s sort of surreal reading a novel by a totally fictitous author. Not great literature by any means but good escapism. And it reminded me that I need to give myself permission to do more of that.
    Happy reading! And far from judging, I am inspired by your reading reports.

  2. Ah, that was under the tree for Snowman! He’s enjoying it, and I plan to read it, too.

  3. I just finished reading “The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society”, and it was charming.

  4. I welcome whatever reviews you post — I’m always looking for something new to read. I just ordered The Sweetness at the Bottom of the Pie. It looks to be just what I’m in the mood for right now!

  5. I was thinking that if I made New Year’s resolutions, one would be to always have a novel or book of short stories going. You inspire me to keep reading!
    (And Ruth, I read that book at the beach last summer and LOVED it! I was sad when it ended. Such a sweet novel.)

  6. I just have to say that I went to our local mall today and the bookstore is closing. Boo Hoo.
    The closest bookstore will now be 35 miles away. Double boo hoo.

  7. I got some of my best mystery recommendations for you, so I’ll jump on this one, too. My daughter MJ wants to read Conan Doyle now, so I have to remember to find the old book on one of the bookshelves. Robert Downey, Jr. was excellent in the movie, even though he doesn’t look like Sherlock.

  8. I will forever picture Jeremy Brett as Holmes and Edward Hardwicke as Watson, despite having read all three collections and the four novellas. Fortunately, that particular series was very good at not altering the text any more than necessary. “The Adventure of the Redheaded League” and “The Adventure of the Dancing Men” are my favorites, hands down. I also enjoy Laurie R. King’s Mary Russell / Sherlock Holmes series, starting with The Beekeeper’s Apprentice.
    Kindling is addictive. Just sayin’.

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