Reading, reading, reading

I’m thinking about books.

Heidi’s got a good post about the book situation at her house. (Our house is similar…between a pastor an an ex-grad student…but worse because Erik and I are a little less organized and have a little less space than Tim and Heidi.)

And some blogging friends, prodded by Alex,  have been carefully tracking their reading since January.

I haven’t been tracking here, but I’m realizing I’ve done better with reading in the last few months. Maybe not as much heavy duty theology as I think I should be reading, but here’s a rundown of books I’ve read in whole or put away significant portions of in the last couple of months:

Much of my reading has been aided by the reading list for this conference (two weeks and I’m there!).

  1. Open House, Elizabeth Berg
  2. Fieldwork, Mischa Berlinski
  3. Imposter, Davis Bunn
  4. Pearl, Mary Gordon
  5. The Known World, Edward P. Jones
  6. The Miracle Life of Edgar Mint, Brady Udall

I also started reading mysteries again.

  1.  Strong Poison and Five Red Herrings, Dorothy L. Sayers
  2. Three Bags Full, Leonie Swan
  3. A few of the Kate Fansler mysteries by Amanda Cross

And random other things:

  1. A Slender Grace, Rod Jellema
  2. Exclusion and Embrace, Miroslav Volf (and, true confession,about 3 chapters, not the whole thing, but, hey, it has to count for something)
  3. Under the Banner of Heaven, Jon Krakauer
  4. The Return of the Prodigal Son, Henri Nouwen

Since I haven’t been keeping a perfect list, I think there are a few more out there that I’m forgetting.

But 13 books isn’t bad. I feel pretty good about that. If you’re wondering where I find the time, well, I don’t clean my house very well.

I always wonder if I should be reading more heavy-duty theology. But the truth is, I’m still (5 years later) feeling a little burnt out on academic reading since seminary. And, I find that the theology of everyday life is much clearer in novels. I think it keeps my imagination fresher.

One Response to “Reading, reading, reading”

  1. ms rev or not Says:

    thirteen books is great!

    “If you’re wondering where I find the time, well, I don’t clean my house very well.”

    this is pretty much my philosophy, too.