Booking through Thursday asks:
What are you reading now?
Would you recommend it?
And what’s next?
I’m nibbling at several books at the moment: Will Durant’s The Renaissance, which is thus far just about Italian city-state politics; The Illiad, interpreted into prose by Barbara Leone Picard; Marcus Aurelius: A Life, by Frank McLynn; Sharpe’s Gold by Bernard Cornwell; and the Discourses by Epictetus. How on earth am I trying this much at once? Well…I’m taking a devotional approach to the Discourses, reading a chapter or two a night; I read Sharpe’s Gold for leisure, and I alternate between the others when it is time for my serious reading. I know I need to commit to one if I expect to make any progress, but for the moment I’m still nibbling.
The Renaissance thus far is not igniting my interest (petty city-state rivalries are so pre-classical era), but The Iliad is thus far entertaining. People keep getting introduced and killed, but Hector insulting his brother (“Most wretched Paris!”) is almost a running joke. The Marcus Aurelius bio is good so far, and Cornwell is always worth recommending. I’m finding The Discourses surprisingly readable, although right now I’ve slammed into a section on the proper use of reason in thinking which is slow-going.
As for what’s next, I have Your Faith, Your Life: An Invitation to the Episcopal Church, by Jenifer Gamber and Bill Lewellis, which I’m reading as part of my study of Anglicanism.