Friday, January 6, 2017

The Immediate Book Meme

Mrs. Darwin is playing The Immediate Book Meme again, and I thought I would join in this time, particularly as I've added a new side category to my blog for what I've read.

1. What book are you reading now?

The Gospel According to Matthew, The Divine Comedy by Dante, and Les Miserables by Victor Hugo

2. What book did you just finish?

Yesterday I finished Spiritual Passages by Fr. Benedict Groeschel on the psychological aspects of the spiritual journey. For Advent I finished Made for Love, Loved By God by Fr. Peter John Cameron, O.P. And before that I finished Roses Among Thorns by St. Francis de Sales and The Big Sleep by Raymond Chandler.

3. What do you plan to read next?

There are always many books I want to read and it hard to say, especially after I finished the Divine Comedy and Les Miserables, which book I'll be in the mood for more, but some possibilities are Evelyn Waugh's Brideshead Revisited, Lord of the World by Benson, The Three Conversions in the Spiritual Life by Fr. Reginald Garrigou-Lagrange, O.P., Who Does He Say You Are? by Colleen Mitchell and Willa Cather's Death Comes for the Archbishop.

4. What book do you keep meaning to finish?

I rarely start a book without finishing it but once upon a time I had begun The Brothers Karamazov and it was long enough ago at this point that I would have to restart it but I still want to finish it. I also want to finish reading the whole Bible, which I am slowly working on while I read Matthew. I also read the first chapter of Brideshead Revisited, so that one I want to finish as well.

5. What book do you keep meaning to start?

See #3.

6. What is your current reading trend?

I generally bounce back and forth between classic literature and spiritual formation or writings of Saints and I usually try to have one of each going at the same time. I was late coming to enjoy reading so I feel like there are many great books I never read and I try to read those but also keep myself spiritually focused at the same time. Occasionally I'll throw in a children's chapter book, a biography or other nonfiction or mystery books, but those are more rare.

Reading goes slower with 6 young kids. :)

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