Summer Reading Lists: What’s On Yours?
We’re back from the last convention of the season, and life is slowing down. It’s a good thing, because I came home with a pinched nerve, and am not supposed to be on the computer for more than 10 minutes in an hour. I don’t know if you’ve ever tried to write in 10-minutes interval, but if you haven’t, I can tell you that it’s not the way to be creative and productive!
I hope to catch up on a bit on my summer reading list during the next few months. I finished Jane Austen’s Northanger Abbey last night (very funny), and am still reading a few other things. The none-too-organized TBR stack beside my chair includes:
- Worldviews in Conflict: Choosing Christianity in a World of Ideas by Ronald H. Nash
- Another Sort of Learning: Selected Contrary Essays on How Finally to Acquire and Education While Still in College or Anywhere Else: Containing some Belated Advice about How to Employ Your Leisure Time When Ultimate Questions Remain Perplexing in spite of Your Highest Earned Academic Degree, Together with Sundry Book Lists Nowhere Else in Captivity to Be Found by James V. Schall (With a subtitle like that, who could resist?)
- The Brothers Karamazov by Fyodor Dostoevsky (Russian novels will never be my first choice for light reading.)
- The Last of the Mohicans by James Fenimore Cooper (I remember reading this as a teenager– rather heavy slogging, with moments of fun.)
- The Man in Lower Ten by Mary Roberts Rinehart (I always enjoy her books.)
- The Year of Magical Thinking by Joan Didion
- Power and Soul: 42 Successful Entrepreneurs Share Their Secrets for Creating the Business and Life of Your Dreams compiled by Alexandria Brown
- A Time for Anger: The Myth of Neutrality by Franky Schaeffer
- Mid-Atlantic Gardener’s Guide by Andre and Mark Viette with Jacqueline Heriteau
- Education’s End: Why Our Colleges and Universities Have Given Up on the Meaning of Life by Anthony T. Kronman
- Sense and Sensibility by Jane Austen
- Principle-Centered Leadership by Steven R. Covey
- Booknotes: America’s Finest Authors on Reading, Writing, and the Power of Ideas by Brian Lamb
- Made to Stick: Why Some Ideas Survive and Others Die by Chip and Dan Heath
- Borden Chantry by Louis L’Amour (He’s an amazing storyteller.)
- The Case Against Adolescence: Rediscovering the Adult in Every Teen by Robert Epstein, Ph.D.
- Poetic Knowledge: The Recovery of Education by James S. Taylor
- Home and Dry in Normandy: A Memoir of Eternal Optimism in Rural France by George East
- Life With Father, Life With Mother, God and My Father by Clarence Day
- Mere Christianity by C.S. Lewis (Reading this yet again…)
- The Abolition of Man by C.S. Lewis
- The Writer’s Art by James J. Kilpatrick (You can never read too much on the art of writing!)
- Angels in the Architecture by Douglas Jones and Douglas Wilson
- Jack: A Life of C.S. Lewis by George Sayer
That isn’t quite all the books in my stack, but I’m already over my allotted ten minutes, and I’d better stop typing. I’d love to hear what’s in your summer reading stack– please feel free to leave a list in the comments section. (BTW- I do know that the titles should be italicized, but I seriously need to get off before I run into my next 10-minute time slot!)
Since I’m so close to finishing the Excellence in Literature project, I’d appreciate your prayers for the easing of this nerve, so that I can have the preliminary e-books ready for the coming school year.
Finally, a bit of Emily Dickinson for you (I was picking blackberries this evening, and thought of this) . . .
Would you like summer? Taste of ours.
Spices? Buy here!
Ill! We have berries, for the parching!
Weary! Furloughs of down!
Perplexed! Estates of violet trouble ne’er looked on!
Captive! We bring reprieve of roses!
Fainting! Flasks of air!
Even for Death, a fairy medicine.
But, which is it, sir?
The Beat-the-Clock Workshop that was previously announced for July 18 has been rescheduled to July 28 in the west end of Richmond. For more information or to register, visit www.EssayWorkshop.com. The information hasn’t been posted yet, but I’ll try to do it in one of my 10-minute spots tomorrow (Thursday).