In the Queue…

Today was a library run day. What started out as a quick trip to pick up a specific book, Thomas Sowell’s latest Discrimination and Disparities, ended with my checking out the Bible sized Feminine Mystique by Betty Friedan.

Friedan’s seminal work is one of those books that I’ve read a lot about, and read a lot of excerpts from, while never actually reading the book to take in the entirety of Friedan’s arguments and the conclusions she drew. I don’t expect the reading to soften my disdain for the havoc she unleashed along with Simone de Beauvoir, author of The Second Sex.

However, I have learned over the years that many of the most notoriously damaging social thinkers and commentators in recent history had their fingers on the pulse of a real problem. It was their prescriptions which were toxic and culturally destructive. So I am reading The Feminine Mystique, but not until I finish with Thomas Sowell. Priorities!

I am also in the final stages of reading through Hippies of the Religious Right by Preston Shires. This is, so far a highly enlightening book and one that I look forward to exploring here.  In other words, there is some heavy reading going on here at present, but not all of the reading is heavy.

I also just finished The Adventures of Tom Sawyer with my kids, who had to read it for school. Whimsical, funny, and astute, it was a fun read and the perfect counter balance to all the weightier philosophical, cultural, and religious writings that have occupied my reading time. Because Tom Sawyer is such a well known and widely read work, I have decided not to review it here, but I will offer one of my favorite quotes from it:

“He had discovered a great law of human action, without knowing it—namely, that in order to make a man or a boy covet a thing, it is only necessary to make the thing difficult to attain. If he had been a great and wise philosopher, like the writer of this book, he would now have comprehended that Work consists of whatever a body is OBLIGED to do, and that Play consists of whatever a body is not obliged to do.”

Lastly, Advent is upon us, beginning on Sunday December 2, and after much research and exploration, we have rested on Dietrich Bonhoeffer’s God is in a Manger as the devotional for this year. Reflecting as we commemorate the Advent of the Savior is important to us, and I am really looking forward to this devotional.

That’s what’s in my queue. Do tell:

What is in YOUR reading queue as the end of 2018 rushes upon us?

13 thoughts on “In the Queue…

  1. Bike Bubba says:

    I just read a volume of excerpts from Sappho, and quite frankly didn’t get what the big deal about her poetry (2500 years back) was. Maybe if I learn Greek. Also am working through Donald Whitney’s Spiritual Disciplines and just finished a few others. Yup, I’m a bookworm when I get the chance.

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  2. Curly sue says:

    I tend to read two or three books at the same time, but one of the books I’m reading now I started back in February: “The Bully Pulpit” by Doris Kearns Goodwin. I’m about half through, so I’m thinking I need to push myself a little more to try and finish that up.

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  3. smkoseki says:

    The Plant Paradox (Gundry 2017)
    Healthy Gut Healthy You (Ruscio 2018)
    Principles: Life and Work (Dalio 2017)
    Fat Salt Heat Acid (Nosrat 2018)
    Why We Sleep (Walker 2017)
    Estimate 5X podcasts/vid by author (or similar).

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  4. Elspeth says:

    @ TPC:

    I blow my queue off all the time. The thing about these three books is that I actually started reading them and since “school” is out for the next month starting 12/8 (well, partially), I should have some time to read more. we’ll see.


  5. hearthie says:

    I need some good books. Working has upgraded my natural introversion to “I’m so tired of the people” and I’m spending a lot of time curled up in the quietest corner of my house when I’m actually home.

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  6. hearthie says:

    It was short, and I don’t think I liked it. But I’m going to have to reread it a time or two to decide. I think my issue is the lack of dependence on faith and the inadequacy of even well-used mortal means of coping with horror.


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