Organizing the reading queue.

As of May 3, our official school year will be over. Years of homeschooling have taught us, however, the value of year round learning peppered by strategically structured breaks. Although things are slowing down around here considerably, organization, planning, and substantial bits of leisure are occupying most of our time.  With my increased focus on reading and reviewing books, I decided to fly less by the seat of my pants when deciding what to read. I’m going to…plan my reading.

Rather than simply wandering the library, picking up a dozen books which look interesting, and choosing what to read as if I were throwing darts at a map, I have a list of books I plan to read in May and June and a particular order in which I plan to read them. In the interest of -perhaps- finding someone who has read or wants to read one of the books, here’s the list:

  • Miss Maitland Private Secretary, by Geraldine Bonner. Yes. I am currently reading, and thoroughly enjoying,  a novel! You can get this one for free on Kindle. I’m about a third way through it, and it’s exciting without being depressing.
  • Florida: A Short History, by Michael Gannon.
  • His Image…My Image, by Josh McDowell
  • Political Tribes: Group Instinct and the Fate of Nations, by Amy Chua
  • The Bostonians, by Henry James.  .99 on Kindle. The review at Marginalia Bookstore piqued my interest in this one.
  • Hippies of the Religious Right, by Preston Shires. The reviews at The Practical Conservative piqued my curiosity about this one.

Let the season of summer reading begin!


7 thoughts on “Organizing the reading queue.

  1. hearthie says:

    I keep thinking I should read that last one, on the basis that I was raised crunchy AND Baptist. (I know that’s not what it has to do with). I have a feeling it will have more to say about my current denomination, TBH.

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  2. Elspeth says:

    If the sample I had delivered to my Kindle is indicative, it is -to the author’s credit- not a judgemental book.

    I think he may he on to something, but it’s not as if we didn’t know that cultural tides have effects that show up in the church.


  3. hearthie says:

    Ja. I’ve sat through a few “history of CC” films/talks. It was very much a reaction to the times. I don’t feel like that was a bad thing – as long as you are tight with Jesus, I’m not stressed about details. Although I may yet go turn down the master volume switch on the soundboard… they really shouldn’t have shown me that…


  4. Elspeth says:

    Agreed. Faithful, sold out walk totally trumps trying to pretend that we were born in the 1870s rather than the 1970s.

    I do think however that for those Christians heavily invested in political solutions and cultural war victories, it might be instructive to see from where that impulse stems.

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