Immediate Book Meme

Immediate Book Meme

Playing along with Darwin Catholic— just like the old days!! One of my favorite blog-alongs.

1. What book are you reading now?

A Journey with Two Maps: Becoming a Woman Poet by Eavan Boland.
Boland was one of the poets I read while I was doing my MA in Irish studies. She died in 2020. I stumbled across a reference to this book recently and decided I needed to read it. It’s a challenging book Boland was born in 1944 and her concerns feel so foreign to me, not just because she’s Irish but mostly because she’s of a different generation. But I think it’s challenging in a good way. At least I’m enjoying the exploration of a foreign land.

The Warden by Anthony Trollope. A rollicking good time. Who knew Anglican ecclesiastical politics could be such fun!

Kristen Lavransdatter by Sigrid Undset. A reread. It’s even better the secnd time, knowing where the story is going.

Beowulf translated by Seamus Heaney and The Word Hoard Beowulf translated by Peter Ramey. I got the latter book for Christmas. And realized I’d never sat down and read the former. So here we go.

Winters in the World: A Journey Through the Anglo-Saxon Year by Eleanor Parker. Since we seem to be on an Anglo-Saxon theme this year, I decided to go all in.

Charles de Foucauld by Jean-Jacques Antier. My spiritual reading begun in Advent when I felt inspired to read about this great saint whose spirituality centers in Nazareth.

Jane Austen: Her Life by Park Honan. One of those books I bought ages ago and decided it was time to read. Sophie and I have been reading all the Austen together.

Hope: An Invitation by Sister Josephine Garrett. A friend sent it to me. I’ve been following Sr. Josephine on Facebook and listening to her podcast– she’s a fellow UD alumna.

Culture Care: Reconnecting with Beauty for Our Common Life and Art and Faith, both by Makoto Fujimura. He’s a Japanese-American evangelical Christian and painter. Heard a few talks he’s given and really like how he thinks about art and faith and culture.

Tolkien’s Modern Reading by Holly Ordway. Kinda sorta been reading. I did pick it up again this week and read a section.

A Century of Poems: 100 Poems for Searching the Heart by Rowan Williams. Really lovely anthology.

Where Horizons Go poems by Rhina Espaillat. Just received in the mail.

Jesus and the Jewish Roots of the Eucharist by Brant Pitre. Free giveaway at our parish at Christmas. I’ve been wanting to read it for forever.

1a. What is your current readaloud?

with Sophie: Persuasion by Jane Austen
The Discoverers by Daniel Boorstin
God is Love by Pope Benedict XVI
You Can Understand the Bible by Peter Kreeft
and an anthology of medieval poetry and prose whose name I cannot recall

With everyone else:
The Iliad trans by Caroline Alexander
Salt by Mark Kurlansky
The World’s Story by Elizabeth O’Neill
Captain John Smith’s World by Genevieve Foster
The Wild Muir

2. What book did you just finish?

Strong Poison by Dorothy Sayers. Nice to revisit
Ivanhoe by Walter Scott. Read aloud to the kids. Much more thrilling than I remembered.
Emma by Jane Austen. I liked it so much more when read aloud. It redeemed this novel which I disliked so much I couldn’t finish it last time I picked it up.

3. What do you plan to read next?

The Road by Cormac McCarthy
The Bethrothed by Alessandro Manzoni
What Monstrous Gods by Rosamund Hodge

4. What book do you keep meaning to finish?

Omeros by Derek Walcott. I love it. I can’t believe I’ve never finished it. I just got sidetracked. Plus it’s a summer book, I think.

also: Leisure the Basis of Culture by Joseph Pieper
The Mind of the Maker and Are Women Human by Dorothy Sayers
(all of these are really just too philosophical to me and too hard to read. I want to read them but I can’t make myself)

5. What book do you keep meaning to start?

Pilgrim at Tinker Creek by Annie Dillard

. What is your current reading trend?

I guess Anglo-Saxon lit
Plus Jane Austen
and following the Close Reads podcast so I have a perpetual book club
and lots of poetry

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  • So many good reads! I reread Kristen Lavransdatter in bits and pieces when I wrote the article for Plough a few years ago, and it’s so compulsively readable, even though Kristen herself just drives me nuts.

    It’s been so long since I read any Trollope. I always enjoy him when I sit down to him, but sometimes I don’t feel ready to commit.

    I read What Monstrous Gods in an ARC (sheer nepotism!), and I can’t wait to hear what you think of it.

    • Kristin definitely improves on re-reading. Not that I disliked it the first time, but I’m seeing so much more. I’ve got a post percolating on a close reading of a particular passage that resonated with one in Brideshead Revisited. If I can find time to get it all down.

      I’ve only read one Trollope before, Can You Forgive Her, with Brendan’s Facebook group. I tried to read another of the Palliser novels and gave it up because I just couldn’t get past the first bit. But The Warden is delightful from the first pages. Maybe I’m just more interested in Church politics than British parliamentary politics?

      I probably could have wheedled an ARC of What Monstrous Gods, but I was juggling a lot and decided just to wait for publication. I’d have felt beholden to write a review, wouldn’t have done it because of the pressure I was putting on myself, and then felt guilty. My mind is a twisty place, but at least I can foresee some of the twists better and avoid them? I’ll enjoy it very much when it arrives on my doorstep.

  • I appreciate hearing your thoughts on books, and the chance to add some to my pile πŸ™‚ but especially wanted to cheer for your “READ ALL THE THINGS!” Yes!!