Monday, March 19, 2012

February reading

When I fell into this current blogging slump I figured I'd at least keep up my monthly reading posts.  Imagine my surprise to discover I'd never posted anything for February.  I think I've set a new p.r. for blog-forgetting.  But I see what happened:  I updated the 2012 reading page, and left it at that.

I'm still not happy with my reading.  I know I could read more; it's not a matter of not having enough time, but rather not making time for good reading.   Just this week I've added more walking into my day, so unless I move to audio books (which is not a great option for me as I can't concentrate well when I'm walking), there will be less time available for reading. 

There is also the problem of scattered reading.  I have so many books out from the library right now, and I've started several.  That is not an efficient way to read.  I need to pick one, and either finish it or reject it outright.  I don't have any trouble rejecting a book quickly; I don't slog through 100 pages or 1/4 of the book or whatever bars people set for rejection.  If it's not a book I need to read for some purpose, why torture myself? There are plenty of enjoyable books to read.  Sometimes they are hard to find, though.  

But, here are my February books.
  • The Invisible Bridge by Julie Orringer. Comments here.
  • The Little Russian by Susan Sherman.  An interesting though not compelling look at the life of a Jewish woman in "Little Russia" spanning the years before and after World War I.  It would have been better if I'd been able to muster any sympathy for the main character.  
  • Heroes of the City of Man by Peter Leithart.  I read only the portion pertaining to The Iliad.  It is a masterpiece.  I had my kids read it when we finished our read-aloud of the epic and they found it challenging but not difficult to read, and agreed that it enhanced their understanding of the story.  I've had several of Leithart's books for years but have not really used them.  I think I got them during a big buying spree at Exodus Books one day.  We will be using Ascent to Love when we read Dante next year.  I wish he had a book on Lord of the Rings, which we'll studying soon.
  • I kept up with my daily Bible reading!  That is not always so easy for me, particularly when I have other good books going.


Sandy said...

I have to limit myself to one book checked out of the library at a time or else I won't finish them before I have to return them. (I don't limit the kids, though.)

kerri said...

I scatter read too much too. I have too many moods. Lately I've been meeting with a few other women and we read through Christian books together, like Spurgeon and the Puritan paper backs. It's so nice to actually FINISH some of these!

Gillian said...

I've started daily Bible reading lately - going through Proverbs first.

Thanks for your comment re; my curriculum choices. While a lot of the activities for Further Up & Further In sound good, I hadn't given a whole lot of thought to the comprehension question part, and I could see that totally being a deal breaker for my kids.

Off to think some more.