November 2021

November proved to be a reasonably productive month!

Classics Club Strikes Back:
The Great Gatsby, F. Scott Fitzgerald
Watership Down, Richard Adams
The Metamorphosis, Franz Kafka

Climbing Mount Doom:
Enough Already: Time to End the War on Terror, Scott Horton
When Harry Became Sally: Responding to the Transgender Movement, Ryan Anderson
Lewis Agonistes, Louis Markos

Southern History / Literature:
…nichts. Callahan is technically a southern writer, but her Lewis book had nothing to do with the South.

November theme/special series: “A Week with Jack”
The Reading Life: The Joy of Seeing New Worlds through Others’ Eyes, C.S. Lewis. (Anthology)
The Narnian: The Life and Imagination of C.S. Lewis , Alan Jacobs
The Problem of Pain, C.S. Lewis
Lewis Agonistes, Louis Markos
Once Upon a Wardrobe, Patti Callahan

December Plans:

December will be a housekeeping/catch-up month, with a focus on Mount Doom and the CC challenge. I’m expecting one book in via ILL, one named Brothers and Friends: it’s an edited diary from Major Warren (Warnie) Lewis, C.S. Lewis’ brother. I also have a few Kindle Unlimited titles that I’ve had checked out for weeks and never gotten around to, so now’s the time to either read or return. I’ve already taken care of two (The Naked Man and How to Live in a Car, Van, or RV). The remainder include:
[*] Runaway Masters: A True Story about Slavery, Freedom, Triumph, and Tragedy. A history of the “black Seminoles“, escaped slaves who became members of the Seminole tribe.
[*] Carrying the Fire, Michael Collins. The memoir of Apollo 11’s third man, Mike Collins, who circled the moon alone while Armstrong and Aldrin explored the surface.
[*] Dangerous Passions, Deadly Sins: Learning from the Psychology of Ancient Monks, Dennis Okholm

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5 Responses to November 2021

  1. Cyberkitten says:

    With your Lewis reading recently you reminded of a book I added to my Wish List a while back which I think should be right up your street: Tolkien and the Great War: The Threshold of Middle-Earth by John Garth. Plus I’ll have a review of a Southern based book that I know you’ll like in about 2 weeks…

    • Oh, absolutely. I’ve been looking for more Tolkien related books, both for general reading and for RoE. Almost tempted to tip into some of Tolkien’s Middle Earth legendarium but those are deep, murky waters.

      Intriuged by the southern mention! I’m hoping to do more southern history / lit next year. It’s a niche in the book-blogging community that needs filling, I think.

      • Cyberkitten says:

        You won’t have long to wait for the Southern novel – only 3 books ahead of it to review. I *really* enjoyed it and will be scheduling the sequel in early next year.

        Speaking of Middle-Earth… I can recommend ‘The Real Middle Earth – Magic and Mystery in the Dark Ages by Brian Gates. Definitely one for your RoE reading [grin]

      • Sounds cool! It might also fit for a general medieval theme. I’ve been toying with the idea of doing one month on just the medieval period — history, historical fiction, etc. A bit like RoE but focused around medieval Europe instead of England.

  2. I’ll be reading for the first time all the Narnia books. I’m looking forward to that.

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