Monday, February 01, 2010

From one book to another book to...

I am sure that most peoples' choice of reading material is linked from one book to another. For example, I know that when I like a series, I will attempt to read the next book or two in succession. But I am not really thinking in terms of series. I am trying to figure out how to follow the influences in my reading.

I want to track the books that help me choose the book I really think I need to read next. For example, recently I read selections in Watch for the Light, all of Kidd's Firstlight and then picked up Running to the Mountain by Jon Katz. If you had read all of these books you would not be surprised that Thomas Merton's The Seven Storey Mountain is now in my reading stack.

The first three books, especially Katz and Kidd owe their existence to Merton. The famous monk is a major influence in the lives of these other authors. This doesn't mean that Merton is about to make a difference in my life. It just means that I would like to see why he is so inspiring.

Sometimes three books suggest one author to me. The opposite is true of Mary Collins' Women at Prayer. This is a short book that I am reading because of the subject matter - prayer. However, by the time Collins is finished, I have three books that I would like to read, fortunately I own two of them. The third, Awful rowing toward God by Anne Sexton will take an ILL to get it.

Well I have written all this down. Now the question is: Will I find this information if I need it?

Monday, January 04, 2010

I can't quite believe I am going to try this again. However, I would like to find a way to post pictures of my weaving. So here goes another try at blogging.

Thursday, June 25, 2009

I am back...

I haven't written anything on this blog since April. I really do want to use it for my weaving projects. I just have to get the pictures I took of my shawls on off the camera and on the blog.

In the meantime, I have read all these books since February:

Becoming Fully Human
Edge of Impropriety
When the heart waits
Monster of Templeton
Cracking India
Seeing Gray
too many cooks
Finding Your Own North Star
Learning from the Heart: Lessons on Living, Loving, and Listening
Into the forest
Psalms: The Prayer Book of the Bible
Speaking of Faith: Why Religion Matters--and How to Talk About It
The Elegant Gathering of White Snows
Puppet For a Corpse
Show Me Your Way: The Complete Guide to Exploring Interfaith Spiritual Direction
To Taste Temptation (The Legend of the Four Soldiers)
Between Heaven and Earth: Prayers and Reflections That Celebrate an Intimate God
The Lay Contemplative: Testimonies, Perspectives, Resources
The prayers of Peter Marshall
Little Girls In Church
death on demand
A Whole Life's Work: Living Passionately, Growing Spiritually
Not becoming my mother
Summer by the sea
Fifty to one
Water from the Well
Nothing to be frightened of
To seduce a sinner
Close her eyes
Bread and wine: readings for Lent and Easter
Life with God
American Eve
Uncommond Reader
Indian Summer
Instant Attraction
Frozen Thames
Lord of Scandal
Ghosts in the Garden
Flat-out Sexy
Case Histories
Murder at the Vicarage
Pilgrim at Tinker Creek

Wednesday, April 01, 2009

more pages read

12 books read this month for 3324 pages. Hurrah!

Total number of pages read so far 8803

At this rate I won't make my goal, but summer is coming and I have two weeks at the beach.

Tuesday, March 03, 2009

Books I read in February:

Dress your family in corduroy 272 pages
Bright side of disaster
Something borrowed 336
Stupid and contagious 317
It seemed like a good idea at the time 334
For the love of Pete 384
Best American short stories 2002
(talking book)
Zookeeper's wife 323
Embarrassment of mangoes 305
Love as a way of life 256

Saturday, February 28, 2009

It has been almost a month since I posted last. Apparently it is not vital to my very existence to post here. However, I really do want to keep this blog going in case I do come up with a reason to use it.

So today I took pictures of the beginnings of a new weaving project. When I get a few more pictures, I will post them here.

In the meantime, here is the review I wrote for my favorite book of this month.

An Embarrassment of Mangoes: A Caribbean Interlude
by Ann Vanderhoof

Ann and Steve work hard at their jobs in Canada. They like what they do and fortunately for them they get to work together as well as be married to one another. They have carved out a good life for themselves. However, they have come up with a plan that will change all that - they are going to escape wintery Toronto with a sailboat adventure.

This is the story of a dream. And it is a book for anyone who worries about whether they should attempt their dream. Without giving away the tale that Ann tells, I think she would say go for it.

I have no desire to do what Steve and Ann do in this book, but it was a fun read. For a couple of days, I got to visit the Caribbean and live the dream of sailing away from "regular" life.

Sunday, February 01, 2009

Since today is the first day of February, I am listing the books that I read this month and the pages read. These are books I started and finished in January. This puts me behind a bit in my total page count, but only seems fair.

Slice of Heaven 400
Last Lecture 206
Perks of Being a Wallflower 213
Not the End of the World 244
Yiddish Policemen's Union 414
Solidier's heart 256
Piano Lessons 250
Nick and Norah's Infinite Playlist 184
Love is a mix tape 240
The Soloist 289

Total 2696 pages!