I hereby declare June’s blog theme: BOOKS!
I have a gazillion reviews and lists of various sorts to share.
I’ll admit it, though, I’ve been spending more time watching movies and tv shows than reading books in the past few weeks. Not quality stuff. On one end of the spectrum, I reverted to my teenage years and began watching When Calls the Heart (it turns out my middle son is a romantic at heart and won’t let me watch it without him; he now plans to be a Canadian Mountie when he grows up). This is the first time I have ever paid to watch a series on Amazon streaming (the first season is free on Netflix). On the other end of the spectrum, I’m slightly addicted to Beauty and the Beast (in the middle of season 2 on Netflix). Please don’t judge. I try to balance out these vices with quality flicks like Pride and Prejudice.
But let’s get back to books.
I stumbled upon an article today, and it said something to me, right where I am. The Essential Sadness of Art @ Goins, Writer challenged me once again to see art (including books) as something other than entertainment and escapism. This is not easy for me. Not. at. all.
From the article:
I hope you embrace the fact that you are a wonderful work in progress but still fragmented at the core. And I hope this compels you to make things the world has never seen. Things that are wonderful and true and, yes, even a little sad. Maybe in doing so, you’ll lead us into a deeper story.I like easy. I like happy. I like neat and tidy. I don’t enjoy messy and heartbreaking. I want to enjoy. I want to escape reality—both of the world and of myself.
I’ve read several books this year that are messy and heartbreaking and even unpleasant. Discerning the art is difficult for me. Discerning value is difficult for me. But I will continue reading and thinking and feeling and growing. And I will continue to read a variety of books for a variety of purposes (one of which will still be for enjoyment and escape).
Here’s where I am in my reading so far. I’ve added a few short reviews and ratings, but I hope to add longer reviews and quotes this month. Also, these books are in no particular order and often the lines are blurred between novels, classics, and junk food.
The 2015 Book List Challenge
[*Added to original list]
The Brothers K
Dune [I tried to start it and just couldn’t get going. Maybe I’ll try again later this year.]
The Once and Future King
The Book Thief
Clouds of Witness
The Return of the Native
The Poisonwood Bible: A Novel
The Grapes of Wrath
A Tree Grows in Brooklyn
*Go Set a Watchman: A Novel
*Gone with the Wind (ChocLit Guild)
*The Little Village School [in progress]
Paradise Lost (ChocLit Guild)
The Brothers Karamazov
The Lord of the Rings
Frankenstein [in progress]
No Name (Or something else by Wilkie Collins. ChocLit Guild)
Hamlet (CC Moms Book Club) [deep reading in progress]
Children’s and YA Novels
Where the Red Fern Grows (CC Challenge B)
The Greater Journey: Americans in Paris (ChocLit Guild)
The Hiding Place (CC Challenge B)
A Short History of Nearly Everything
Faith, Culture, and Education
The Pursuit of God (ChocLit Guild) [in progress]
Norms and Nobility: A Treatise on Education (CiRCE Conference) [in progress]
The Soul of Science (CC Parent Practicum)
Wisdom & Wonder: Common Grace in Science & Art (CC Parent Practicum) [in progress]
Invitation to the Classics: A Guide to Books You've Always Wanted to Read
*The Question (CC Moms Book Club) [deep reading in progress]
*A Tale of Two Cities (reading aloud) [in progress]
*The Catcher in the Rye [in progress]
*Heidi by Johanna Spyri