Booking through Thursday: Queue

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.

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9 Responses to Booking through Thursday: Queue

  1. Whew…I was worried I was the only one crazy enough to try four books at once! LOL

  2. Anonymous says:

    Whew…I was worried I was the only one crazy enough to try four books at once! LOL

  3. SammyDee says:

    Wow! I can't believe how many books you get through in one month! How do you find the time?

  4. Anonymous says:

    Wow! I can't believe how many books you get through in one month! How do you find the time?

  5. I've been a big reader all my life, so my reading comprehension is pretty quick. It helps that I don't watch a lot of TV! 😉

  6. The Illiad sounds interesting. Might have to look into that.

    Lisa
    Lisa's World of Books, Booking through Thursday

  7. The Illiad sounds interesting. Might have to look into that.LisaLisa's World of Books, Booking through Thursday

  8. jlshall says:

    That's quite a line-up! I like to “nibble” too, so I usually have several books going at once. Think I'd get bored with just one book at a time.

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