Tuesday, June 5, 2012


I haven't posted a reading list for a while.  Here is what I've been reading lately- but let's start with a few books I got into, but never finished.  Sometimes that happens.  You start a book and then for whatever reason you're just not into it, even if it had potential to be good.  Maybe you go back later, maybe not-  I was in a very busy season this spring and didn't have time to finish books just to say I'd done so.  

Here are the books I didn't finish but might someday:

Poisonwood Bible: A Novel, by Barbara Kingsolver

King’s Cross: The Story of the World in the Life of Jesus, by Timothy Keller

Into the Silence: the Great War, Mallory, and the Conquest of Everest, by Wade Davis

Here are the books I read:

State of Wonder, by Ann Patchett

My Own Two Feet: A Memoir, by Beverly Cleary

Anam Cara: A Book of Celtic Wisdom, by John O’Donohue

Girl Walks into a Bar: Comedy Calamities, Dating Disasters and a Midlife Miracle, by Rachel Dratch

The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society: A Novel, by Mary Ann Shaffer and Annie Barros

To Bless the Space Between Us: A Book of Blessings, by John O’Donohue

No Man is an Island, by Thomas Merton

One Thousand Gifts: A Dare to Live Fully Right Where You Are, by Ann Voskamp

Throughout the summer I am working through a twelve week course with this book, and I'm really enjoying it:

The Artist’s Rule: Nurturing Your Creative Soul with Monastic Wisdom, by Christine Valters Paintner

I'm also working through this book, in small bites- it's better that way:

Refractions: A Journey of Faith, Art, and Culture, by Makoto Fujimura

And right now I'm reading:

Les Miserables, by Victor Hugo, translated by Julie Rose

Just a little something interesting: A month or so ago I read The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society, and I learned in the foreword to Les Miserables that Hugo wrote the book while exiled on that island during a long exile.  Also, this translation is really amazing!  It flows so well, the language is beautiful, and though Hugo felt any translation was censorship, translations are, in this world, necessity.  I'm loving this one, and am glad I do not need to learn French to enjoy it.  Moving on.

I'm also reading:

Love Does: Discover a Secretly Incredible Life in an Ordinary World, by Bob Goff

And that is all.

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