Books I’m reading the week of August 14…

As always, I have several books going at once. From my post earlier this week, you know I am reading Deep Work by Cal Newport. My other nonfiction books are How to Read a Book by Mortimer Adler, which I am reading with a group of home educating friends, Openness Unhindered by Rosaria Butterfield for Sunday School class, and Morning and Evening by Charles Spurgeon as my daily devotional this year (I try to read through Spurgeon at least every other year. His words of love and devotion to Christ never get old and are always comforting and challenging).
In fiction, I am slowly working through Deborah Crombie’s mystery series featuring Duncan Kincaid and Gemma James. I finished Necessary as Blood, the 13th book in the series last week and the other day I picked up the latest Isabel Dalhousie book, A Distant View of Everything, by Alexander McCall Smith. I thoroughly enjoy these books as I feel that Isabel and I would get along well. I have the same tendency to think about everything and anything although I’m not as good as getting myself embroiled in other people’s problems the way she does. I’m thankful for that.
What are you reading this week?  I’d love to hear about the books you are loving right now.

2 thoughts on “Books I’m reading the week of August 14…

  1. Right now my main thing the Iliad, for the apprenticeship. Like you, I’ve been having a lot of trouble focusing these last few years. Over the summer I was reading Lang’s Violet Fairy Book. I’m also s l o w l y reading through Dante — most Sundays I’ll read two cantos, and after nearly a year in hell, I’ve finally made it to Purgatory. 😉

    A few weeks ago I started Annals of a Quiet Neighborhood by George MacDonald. I’m mostly enjoying it, but he is very Victorian, so his main character gets on my nerves sometimes.

    The kids and I haven’t started back to school yet, but when we do, the first book on our list is Rosemary Sutcliff’s King Arthur trilogy. Looking forward to that.


  2. Purgatory is my favorite. 🙂 I’ve been wanting to read Annals for a long time but haven’t yet. I have to be in the right mood for George MacDonald. I’d love to hear your opinion on it.

    I’m hoping that if I can carve out really good “deep work” time that I will be able to read more serious stuff (like An Intellectual Life, some of the Puritans, and maybe Paradise Lost, which I’d like to reread, using a copy with Biblical annotations. Also, I’m attempting to write more on this blog and start work on a project I’ve been thinking about for several years.


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