My favorite book meme from Darwin Catholic. Mrs Darwin is playing again and I thought I’d join in again. What are you reading?
1. What book are you reading now?
I’m bouncing between many books right now, but mainly The Drovers Road Collection. It’s a trilogy of middle grade novels from Bethlehem books about life in New Zealand. I pulled them off my shelf while thinking about friends in New Zealand, I’m pondering them as a read aloud and planning at least to hand them off to Bella and Sophie when I’m done.
And The Discoverers by Daniel Boorstin, which I think I’ve been plugging away at for a year now. I’m in the section about dictionaries and printing and it’s really fun stuff so I’m making a bit of headway.
And I’m sort of re-reading Guy Gavriel Kay’s Children of Earth and Sky. I was vaguely disappointed when I finished it but felt like maybe I wasn’t doing it justice, like I might have missed something because I read it too fast. So I decided to sit on it awhile and re-read it slowly with some questions in mind to see if I didn’t like it better on second reading. So far I am liking the first chapter much better, so that’s promising.
Also, I keep picking up books of poetry and essays on poetry and so there’s lots of that floating around in my head.
2. What book did you just finish?
I just finished re-reading the Tiffany Aching series by Terry Pratchett. Five novels set in Pratchett’s Discworld universe, that tie in with many of those books but also make a little stand-alone sequence. They’re aimed at younger readers, though I think the final two, I Shall Wear Midnight and The Shepherds’ Crown are much darker thematically, much too dark for my younger readers. I’m pondering how Pratchett, an avowed atheist, writes about religion but also how his worldview, even where he’s not writing about explicitly religious themes, shows a grappling with religious problems: good and evil, life after death, what a good life looks like. I think the witches are fascinating because they are very much a depiction of a life lived in service and self-sacrifice.
3. What do you plan to read next?
I’m still pondering. I have a lot of books I want to read, but none of them are grabbing me. I really, really want to finish The Discoverers so as to have that mental space clear for other things. But I keep getting distracted by lighter fiction.
4. What book do you keep meaning to finish?
Too many to even list right now. There are a lot of abandoned half-read religious books that I really want to be more deliberate about finishing, you can go back to the last several times I did this meme to find lists of them. I need a reasonable plan, or something to knock them out. Maybe I’ll make that my goal for Lent.
5. What book do you keep meaning to start?
Well, I really want to acquire and read a copy of Ron Chernow’s Alexander Hamilton, but I’ve told myself I can’t get it until I finish the Discoverers. I’ve not let myself buy any new books in the past month because I was sort of hopeful that someone might get me some for Christmas or Epiphany.
6. What is your current reading trend?
Trying to finish up loose pieces while also getting distracted by young reader novels. And reading and re-reading books for a longish literary sort of essay I’m working on that I don’t want to write about until I’m actually writing it, if you know what I mean.