PROGRESS REPORT: February 2012

Not pictured: The Brothers Karamazov, by Fyodor Dostoyevsky. Which has been on my Currently Reading list for, like, a year.

It’s been a loooong time since I last talked about books. (Wow, was it really back in October? Yikes.) Prime time for a progress report, at the very least. I tweeted last night that my Current Reads count officially hit 6, and honestly I don’t know how I’m going to juggle all six books on my schedule. Very slowly, I suppose. Or, I need to be more realistic and put a few books away for another time. 

Anyway, onto ze books.

The Brothers Karamazov, by Fyodor Dostoyevsky.

I say that I’m still reading this book, but frankly I haven’t touched it since … autumn? I really should just retire it to the To Read list for now, and wait till my CR list calms down just a tad.

Ender’s Game, by Orson Scott Card.

I’m nearly finished with the book, but aaahhh still trying to wrap my head around what just happened with Ender’s final exam. I understand that, really, it can’t have happened any other way, if the story is to remain thematically consistent — namely, a dystopian fiction — but I dunno, the move seemed … cheap, or like a cop-out. I guess I just don’t like those sorts of big reveals.

After Dark, by Haruki Murakami.

Have only gotten into the first chapter, but I like the book so far. Can’t wait to really sink my teeth into it, but at the same time I’m sort of reluctant to jump into another Murakami book, only because I know talking about it afterwards is going to be one heck of a job. Need to curb my emotional responses if I want room in my brain for dissection and analysis, but dang it when you feel things you feel things, y’know?

Counsel from the Cross, by Elyse M. Fitzpatrick and Dennis E. Johnson.

Borrowed this from a friend … this past summer? I’ve forgotten, but I do know that it’s been a while. Whoops. This book has been largely forgotten by me, and while it’s incredibly good I think I may just return it to her for the time being, because I don’t think I have the time to read this — or to read it well, in any case.

A Chance to Die, by Elizabeth Elliot.

Gonna be reading this with Maj and Helen, which I am ever so muchly stoked about. Not only will I be reading this book – which I started but never finished – I’ll be reading this with two of my best girl friends; and more time spent with them is always a welcomed thing.

The Meaning of Marriage, by Timothy Keller.

As excited as I am to read this book, I admit I do feel a twinge of weirdness in having ordered this in the first place, because … well, I’m not getting married anytime soon. I’m not even dating! Am I jumping the gun just a little bit here? But lately, I’ve come to realize that, regardless of your current marital status, it’s never too early to learn and be taught on what is marriage from a biblical standpoint. In the past years, I’ve been blessed to have received a lot of good, sound, Scripture-based teaching on the subject by older men and women in my church, but I feel it’s been a while since I’ve revisited those grounds, so I think it would be good to get a second washing on the subject.

Readers — What have you been reading these days?

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6 thoughts on “PROGRESS REPORT: February 2012”

  1. Nice, Ender’s Game has been on my to-read list forever. >.< I'm currently reading The Lola Quartet[Mandel], Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep?[Dick], Three Drops of Blood[Hedayat], Fahrenheit 451[Bradbury], and Walden[Thoreau].

  2. Ah! I’ve read Ender’s Game, and Walden and Fahrenheit 451 — all highly recommended! :D I’ve been really into poetry lately, namely: W.Whitman, P. Larkin, and Baudelaire. I love love Baudelaire. I wish I had more time to read for fun but school always gets in the way and I have to read other stuff. Things on my reading list: Augustine’s ‘De bono coniugali’ and John Chrysostom’s ‘On the kind of women who ought to be taken as Wives.’ LAWLS.

    1. LAWLS indeed! “On the kind of women who ought to be taken as Wives” sounds like … a medieval dating handbook.

      Aaaaaahhh, Baudelaire! Yes yes yes, need to read his stuff. Is there any particular collection of his that you would recommend a Baudelaire newbie?

      1. oohh! I mean, the obvious is ‘Les Fleurs du Mal’ but nearly all my favorites from him come from ‘Le Spleen de Paris: petits poèmes en prose’… Another that I also love is his little essays on aesthetics/ art criticism in the book ‘Le portrait de la vie moderne’. It is awesome— has a section on “Make-up” and how all women *must* use make-up. :D

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