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January was a record-breaking reading month for me.
I finished 13 books admittedly a couple of them were very small but then again a couple of them were very large.
7 were Non-Fiction.
2 were from Morning Time.
3 were Audiobooks.
But the best thing is that ALL of them were very good books.
In order of reading:
1. Telling Secrets by Frederich Buechner
Short but honest autobiographical book about some of Buechner's life secrets such as his father's suicide and his daughter's anorexia. I bought the Kindle version of this book and read it all on January 1st.
2. The Hobbit
Finally finished this during our 1st MT of 2013. January 2nd. Loved this narrator: Rob Inglis.
3. Harding's Luck by E. Nesbit Finished this on our 2nd MT of the year. January 3rd. Kindle Edition. Excellent Read-Aloud if you read The House of Arden first.
4. Over Hill and Dale by Gervase Phinn. Cosy British book about the author's job as a school inspector in the Dales of England. If you like to escape to England sometimes this author will take you there. January 4th. I am on an unprecedented roll.
5. The Sacred Journey by Frederick Buechner The author begins at the beginning in this book which is more chronologically biographical than Telling Secrets. I do not know a lot about Buechner's theology so I am not endorsing him on that level and I see he has teamed up with Brian McLaren which is a concern but his autobiography is well-written and helpful.
I got my copy of this from Paperback Swap, I think. January 5th.
6. The Four Loves C.S. Lewis
Since I read Surprised by Joy in December I decided to keep the book handy to finish up the volume. I had read this book before but it must have been over 20 years ago. As with all Lewis highly readable. I tried to finish this on January 6th but had stayed up too late watching a movie with Emily and so didn't finish it until the wee hours of January 7th breaking my streak.
7. Watches of the Night by Sally Wright. Dawn was reviewing Sally Wright books and it reminded me that I had not looked to see if she had written any more for years. Happy surprise, Wright had written two more which turned out to be just as enjoyable as her earlier books. What a wonderful contemporary writer. January 9th. I bought the Kindle Version.
8. A-Z With C.S. Lewis by Louis A. Markos This was a very short collection offered as an Amazon deal but I found it excellent and I hope Markos with keep compiling his thoughts on Lewis in this way to beef up the this volume or add another. January 14th. Kindle.
9. Talking About Detective Fiction by P.D. James I have mentioned this book before but I am constantly amazed at the depth of James's writing even as she gets quite elderly. If you like murder mysteries you will love this book. I was happy to see James agreeing with me in accusing Dorothy Sayers of being in love with Lord Peter. January 19th. This is a case where the Kindle version is completely over-priced but the hardcover used version is very reasonable.
10. Code of Silence by Sally Wright. Bringing me up-to-date on the Ben Reese mysteries. January 21. Kindle.
11. Fall of Giants by Ken Follett. As longtime readers may remember I have spent years reading my way through WWI. This book was a nice complement to that reading. It is a massive undertaking by Follett and he is a great storyteller if only a good writer. I am not recommending this book though because Follet sprinkles his books with the most embarrassingly ridiculous sex scenes. These are not so much provocative as insipid. I know Brandy mentioned that she could not in good conscience read Pillars of the Earth and I completely understand that. This book is no different. I listened to it on Audio as I did Pillars and I just tune out during the scenes because really they are just so silly. January 22. Audible version narrated by John Lee.
12. The Meaning of Marriage by Tim Keller. Perhaps this is another controversial book. For me it was the best book on marriage that I have ever read and I plan on buying copies for all of my married children. I really should just dedicate a whole post to this book and I will if I have a chance. I have friends who adore Keller and I have friends who think he is the devil. I do not know about any of that. I just know that this book helped me grasp a few ideas about marriage that encouraged me in my own marriage. I bought this last year when it was a Kindle deal and avoided reading it because it had been years since I read a book about marriage because they always seemed to make me angry with Tim or myself. This book really helped me come to terms with the fact that it is OK that we change over the years. We do not have to always be who we were. Marriage is growth not stagnation. Highly recommended. January 24th. Kindle. Looks like it is very expensive right now although the Audible edition is cheaper. Still if you are wobbly in your marriage I think it would be worth the price.
13. Treasure Island by Robert Louis Stevenson. What can I say? A not-to-be-missed family read-aoud. I think we have read it aloud at least 3 times. This time I let the narrator do the reading. When the book ended Alex said, "Wow! that was good." January 30. Audible edition narrated by Fredrick Davison (less than $5.00 on Audible.)
"St Augustine defines virtue as ordo amoris, the ordinate condition of the affections in which every object is accorded that kind of degree of love which is appropriate to it.11 Aristotle says that the aim of education is to make the pupil like and dislike what he ought.12 When the age for reflective thought comes, the pupil who has been thus trained in 'ordinate affections' or 'just sentiments' will easily find the first principles in Ethics; but to the corrupt man they will never be visible at all and he can make no progress in that science.13 Plato before him had said the same. The little human animal will not at first have the right responses. It must be trained to feel pleasure, liking, disgust, and hatred at those things which really are pleasant, likeable, disgusting and hateful."
CS Lewis The Abolition of Man
CS Lewis The Abolition of Man