Monday, January 13, 2014

In the Middle of FOUR

Somehow I have found myself reading TOO MANY books at one time.

I've been slowly reading The Deathly Hallows Lectures by John Granger. Slow enough that it has been renewed at the library and is still overdue. I'm about halfway but it was making me want to get back to Hogwarts so.....

...I started listening to Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire a few days before Christmas, but pushed PAUSE on that in favor of beginning....

...Game of Thrones by George R.R. Martin when my library loan of the audiobook came in. Little did I realize it was SO LONG (33 hours). I ADORE IT. I can't wait to keep listening. However....

...James is reading The Fellowship of the Ring (Tolkien, of course!) for his lessons. Talking to him about it made me want to read along with him, y'know, for better discussion. So I decided to read a chapter or two a day along with him. Listening, of course.

All of this has pushed my book club reading aside. I am SUPPOSED to be reading Jane Austen's Sense and Sensibility for our January 25 book club meeting. I haven't even started. Yes, I have read it before, but I bought the annotated version purposely for this re-read.

NOT TO MENTION that my sisters chose a Stephen King book for our annual Sister Weekend Book Club. Thankfully that is more than 2 months away yet, because the title is The Stand and it is 1200+ pages long.

AND I just got the newest Stephanie Plum mystery at the library tonight, which has been on my request list for months!

So, I am in the middle of four books all at once and have 3 more urgently pressing!

Sunday, January 05, 2014

December Reads

The Great Gatsby by F. Scott Fitzgerald - 12/4/2013
Very Good - Classic - 189 pages (Audio 4 hr 38 min)
My book club chose this as our December book. I remember reading it in high school and feeling rather indifferent about it. This is the first time I've read it since then and the intervening years have definitely changed me since the book has remained the same. I appreciated the language and the bleak beauty of the story.

Everything Burns (The Mighty Thor & A Journey into Mystery) by Matt Fraction & Kieron Gillen - 12/14/2013
Good - Graphic Novel - 198 pages (Print)
Surtur, Lord of Muspelheim, has attacked the Nine Realms with fire and war. Will Loki betray Asgard or be its salvation?
I have a hard time visualizing when I read. I don't do it. A few years ago, comic books were recommended to me as a possibility for helping me learn to "see" pictures when I read. Well, with my current Loki/Asgard obsession, I figured this was as good a time as any. I finagled a few recommendations from a fellow Loki fan who is also a comic book reader and set off. This book is a compilation of 9 shorter comic books all from the same storyline. I found it surprisingly hard to follow the storyline as I tended to just read the words and not peruse the illustrations. I am getting better at it. And Loki really is a little brat! (But I like him anyway!) 

The Children of Odin by Padraic Colum - 12/19/2013
Good - Mythology - 271 pages (Audio 6 hr 23 min & etext)
This is Padraic Colum's retelling of the Eddas and the Volsung Saga for young adults.
A selection of Norse mythology. Again, Loki really is a brat!

Journey into Mystery: Fear Itself by Kieron Gillen & Dougie Braithwaite - 12/20/2013
Good - Graphic Novel - 136 pages (Print)
The shadow of Fear Itself looms over Asgard, and only Loki holds the key to stopping the impending war between Odin's army and the Serpent!
Another try at reading a comic book collection. About the same experience as above.

How Harry Cast His Spell:: the meaning behind the mania for J.K. Rowling's bestselling books by John Granger - 12/25/2013
Excellent - Non-fiction - 280 pages (Print)
Granger uses his knowledge of classic literature, philosophy, and Christian tradition to explain how the HP books meet our longings to experience the truths of life, love, and death.
I've read another of Granger's books, but this one is from a Christian perspective. If you doubt that Harry Potter could possibly have any Christian slant at all, this might be the book for you! I LOVED it.

What are YOU reading?