Sunday, June 26

And the livin' is easy

Ah! summer reading. It really is the ideal hot weather pastime; all the activity is in our minds and imaginations, leaving us free to wander without breaking a sweat. Here are some of the books I’ve finished recently:

Shadow of the Almighty: The Life and Testament of Jim Elliot
by Elisabeth Elliot
I must confess that I’ve struggled with the story of Jim and Elisabeth Elliot since reading Passion and Purity for the first time when I was a teenager. I think I’m beginning to come around, but it’s been slow going; I’m still convinced we should view their story as the exception, rather than the rule, of how to go about a romantic relationship.

Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix
by J.K. Rowling
Or Harry Potter and the Overemotional Trauma. Harry pitches temper tantrums and acts like the teenager he is. It’s understandable, but I hope he grows out of it in The Half Blood Prince.

Blue Like Jazz: Nonreligious Thoughts on Christian Spirituality
by Donald Miller
This is certainly not a perfect book, but I enjoyed it immensely. Donald Miller writes in a conversational style that some find annoying (I did, at times), but by the end we feel as if we are friends. There’s good stuff here.

The Grim Grotto
by Lemony Snicket
Mr. Snicket’s dry humor is so refreshing. I laugh and gasp with horror all through these books.

The Making of Pride and Prejudice
by Sue Birtwistle and Susie Conklin
Chapter 9 is entirely devoted to an interview with Colin Firth.

Pigs Have Wings
by P.G. Wodehouse
“It’s pig-stealing time in Shropshire,” and Wodehouse makes the idle rich of England amusing as usual.

In progress:
Eats, Shoots & Leaves: The Zero Tolerance Approach to Punctuation
by Lynne Truss
Ministries of Mercy: The Call of the Jericho Road
by Tim Keller

What have you been reading?

3 comments:

Leigh said...

Hey Caroline! I watched the first half of Pride and Prejudice and thought of you when Mr. Collins came to visit. I hope you are having a wonderful summer! Have a great fourth of July! Leigh

paula said...

where are you? Are you well? I've been reading, too. Pride and Prejudice, The complete works of _the Borrowers_, _Everyone_Can_Know_ (schaeffer), _Uncle_John's_Bathroom_Reader (weird, I know), _Christy_, and _The Song of Albion_. Except for P&P, I read all of these books in the past two weeks. Life is good.

Caleb said...

Caroline, where did you go?