Current and recent reading

"Anthony Trollope Vanity Fair 5 April 1873" by Leslie Ward - Published in Vanity Fair, 5 April 1873.Downloaded from Licensed under Public Domain via Commons -

“Anthony Trollope Vanity Fair 5 April 1873” by Leslie Ward – Published in Vanity Fair, 5 April 1873.

My recent reading life has been very active but it’s all been on the go, squished in between other things and done in breaks and at lunch or listening to audio books while driving or walking. Here is a rundown of what I am reading at the moment. You will see I am all over the map.

    • The Duke’s Children by Anthony Trollope. I figured I might as well hop right in and finish up the Palliser series since I’ve been on a roll. This one has slowed me down a bit. There have been a few changes in the Palliser family, and so far not necessarily for the good.
    • A God in Ruins by Kate Atkinson. I loved Kate Atkinson’s Life After Life about Ursula’s Todd’s multiple lives and this next novel  focuses on Ursula’s younger brother Teddy. I’m just a few chapters in but so far it seems compelling. It brings us into the lives of Teddy’s descendants, right smack into my own time on the historical timeline.
    • The Kingdom of God is Within You by Leo Tolstoy. Okay I’ve been reading this one for several months, a few pages at a time. I just can’t seem to make much headway with it but I know I want to read it. Tolstoy starts with a review of various attempts by big important organizations at establishing world peace. I am at the part now where Tolstoy explains why these high-minded resolutions, papers, and speech-making will not work. (Because governments exist to feed on power over people and other nations.) Since these attempts at establishing world peace occurred just a few years before the first world war, we know Tolstoy was correct. So the reading the book is a little discouraging, especially considering the current state of our world.

A few books I’ve recently finished:

  • Accidental Saints by Nadia Bolz-Weber. I read this one with my book club. It’s a book club club in which all the books we read are ones that explore faith. This book definitely fit the bill. Nadia Bolz-Weber, who also wrote the bestselling Pastrix, is pastor at a Lutheran church she started in Denver called House for All Sinners and Saints. She definitely is not your stereotypical pastor and her congregation is not your stereotypical church-going crowd. I’ll write a review soon but I want to read Pastrix first as Accidental Saints seems to be a sort of continuation of that book.
  • The Mastery of Love by don Miguel Ruiz. I picked this one up because I’ve been running into this author’s name everywhere. He writes books on spiritual themes based on the Toltec tradition. I found it an interesting take on loving others, what love really is, and the false fear-based feeling that is often mistaken for love in our world. I found it a strange book. I may review it, but I want to read something else Ruiz has written first.
  • Big Magic by Elizabeth Gilbert. I absolutely loved the audio book of this read by the author. I listened twice and have a feeling it will be one I go back to repeatedly. It is about the nature of creativity and inspiration and gives lots of funny, irreverent and well….creative…suggestions for living a creative life. I will surely be writing something about this one soon.

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If you look at the Goodreads list on the side of this page you can always see the books I have in progress at the moment.

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