Change of plans…

It is invariable that the moment I solidify my list and order of reading, something else catches my fancy and off I go, tiptoeing through the bibliophile tulips. Two books have recently knocked my previously arranged list out of order.

Florida, A Short History keeps its place as my current read because I need it to build my fall curriculum.  It’s also going to take a while to dig for the gems I don’t know and figure out what to put where, what is worth assigning extra work, and so and so on. After that, the queue gets shuffled as two other books have earned top spots.

I chose not to purchase Jordan Peterson’s 12 Rules to Live By because the reviews -including the relatively positive ones- left me thinking I might regret the investment if I did. As a result, I ordered it from my library, where I was supposedly number 44 on the list of patrons waiting for it. I figured it would take at least two months for me to get it. It didn’t, and I got it yesterday. Since there is a waiting list for it, I won’t be allowed to renew it so I have to get it read over the next 21 days. Easy peasy.

The second book which has moved to the top of my heap is called Barracoon: The Story of the Last “Black Cargo” , which Zora Neale Hurston reportedly penned before her death. reports that Hurston conducted an interview with the last known survivor of a transatlantic slave ship back in the early 1930s but struggled to get the manuscript published. It is finally being released on May 8. I have to read that, and right away.

The best laid plans and all that good stuff. I’ll log this as a reminder of why I shouldn’t publish reading queues and schedules. No one who really knows me would ever call me spontaneous or an improviser (especially if they know my man), but when it comes to my reading habits, both words definitely apply.

h/t: Bike Bubba for the link.


Intriguing Author Zora Neale Hurston

Zora Hurston Confirms Solomon’s Declaration.

Big Ideas Offered in Short Stories

Dust Tracks on a Road

Have a great weekend!



4 thoughts on “Change of plans…

  1. Elspeth says:

    An excerpt from Hurston’s book can be found here:

    It is worth a read, worth laboring through the dialect of Mr. Lewis, which Zora chose not to clean up and rewrite n standard English. If you’ve read any books written in Southern turn of the century dialect (including novels about the life and times of Florida crackers or other southerners who spoke similarly) the dialect isn’t that hard to work out

    If you’ve read my posts and quotes from her on this blog (links at bottom of the post), you know she was as far from an SJW or racial/political agitator as you could get from a black during those times.

    I haven’t read this yet (it comes out May 8), but I take it at face value, typical Hurston: an interview with Cudjo Lewis, the facts and nothing but the facts, no political posturing. And if there is, it isn’t likely to be the kind liberals love.


  2. Robyn says:

    I have to put a plug in for Jordan P’s book. We are fans of his, as in Canada, he’s one of our most outspoken advocates on the dangers of losing free speech (which we’re in the process of losing quickly).

    Jordan P’s climb to “fame” is an interesting one. Tis true, the left hates him and endeavours to besmirch him at every turn.

    I only share because he’s very kind, authentic and humble and speaks truth most respectfully. Although most of his research is done with young men in mind, as that’s who is heart is for; our daughter is reading “12 Steps” and is finding it interesting. She’s been following him for about 2 years now; D is finding his book most appropriate and says it’s desperately needed for the type of “man-boys” the world is churning out through the education system.

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  3. Elspeth says:

    I love listening to Dr. Peterson’s lectures and videos. I like him a lot.

    I just got the impression that if you’ve listened to a lot of his stuff, then the book isn’t going to till any new ground and given my guy’s patience with me and the books, I consider deeply which ones I am actually going to buy vs. using the privilege of free rental from the library.

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  4. Robyn says:

    Yeah, I get that! Us home-makers have to make those choices sometimes. I was blessed in that my daughter bought my ticket to go see him and she purchased a book for me.

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