Organizing the Reading Queue- Again

As part of my September reset, I decided developing a reading plan is as important for an aspiring book blogger to solidify and set a firm agenda for the books I want to read and review for the final quarter of 2019.

My list consists of 7 books I hope to read and review by year’s end. That might not sound particularly ambitious, but my schedule has become quite packed this school year so for me, it’s pretty ambitious. The only reason I even hope to finish is that three of the books on this list are in the process of being read. Two of them are near the halfway point.

Here’s the fourth quarter reading queue (not to be at all tinkered with by distraction or whimsy!):





Nonfiction or Historical

  • Setting the Record Straight: African-American History in Black and White, by David Barton. I’m more than halfway done with this one as well, so expect a review soon.
  • The White Horse King: The Life of King Alfred the Great, by Benjamin R. Merkle. This one is probably going to take the most time and be the last book review of 2019.
  • The Offline Dating Method by Camille Virgina is a soon-to-be-released manual to help women break away from the online dating nightmare and learn how to attract and connect with men in the real world. The early reviews seem to indicate that this author’s approach is helpful when it comes to real world socialization in general, and not just romantic connections. Being blissfully married with a robust social life myself, I’m interested in this book for reasons of curiosity and to examine its viability.

What are you reading or looking forward to reading?




8 thoughts on “Organizing the Reading Queue- Again

  1. hearthie says:

    Good question! I just finished a few good books, and while I’m doing a study book (I think I should start reviewing these) I don’t have anything on my queue, just the things I re-read when bored.

    But reading is 1) something I do when not sleeping 2) fits into my odd corners of time well so … YAY BOOKS. I don’t know what I want right now though. More good nonfiction? More fiction? Hm.

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  2. Crystal Keller says:

    I can’t remember if I’ve already told you this but “In His Steps” was a book God used mightily to speak to me. I have so much fondness for this book. I should reread it.

    I’m looking forward to several of your future reviews.

    Sent from my iPhone


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  3. Elspeth says:

    @ Hearth:

    Your life is far less flexible than mine, and you’re also not particularly interested in reviewing books for the fun of it, so I can totally appreciate the fact that you don’t have a queue. The re-read of Northanger Abbey (the only Austen book that I’ve only done once and that a long time ago), is purely for fun.

    @ Crystal:

    I do think you’ve mentioned a long time ago that you’d been impacted in your younger years by In His Steps. I’m enjoying it in many respects.


  4. hearthie says:

    I don’t mind doing a review here and there, but to review everything I read would be weird. I think I will stir around and start doing some study reviews though. Give some content to HHH.

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  5. Elspeth says:

    Yeah. I actually review about 2/3 of what I read. Sometimes I read a book and it’s either too personal or not generally interesting enough (too niche) to warrant review.

    I’m thinking The White Horse King doesn’t fall into the latter category.


  6. smkoseki says:

    Just thinking about reading IHS leaves me cold but I really need to read MOTM. Suspect Sayers is my true long lost love even though I’ve never read her.

    My list (which I’ve now added Sayers to!):
    1. Activate Your Vagus Nerve (Habib).
    2. On Bullshit (Frankfurt).
    3. Imitation of Christ (Knox translation, best bar none). It just got to Kindle so it’s TTS time! Most. Challenging. Book. Ever. It seriously scares me.
    4. The Jews (Belloc)
    5. The Psychobiotic Revolution: Mood, Food, and the New Science (Anderson)
    6. Steppenwolf (Hesse, Creighton)

    I’ll never get them in a quarter and I may ditch a few after starting. Only two rereads.


  7. Elspeth says:

    @ SMK: That’s a really interesting reading list! I am very tempted to add a couple of them to my list right now…but I won’t. At least not yet.

    From what I have surmised from your comments here, you would absolutely hate In His Steps. There are things I really like about it, and things I could do without from it, but I would be surprised if you liked any of it, LOL. And I do mean any of it. It would kind of grate on what I have gathered are your theological leanings.

    I’m a theological schizophrenic, which is why I can glean much from Gary Thomas, Joshua Gibbs, and Dorothy Sayers.

    I guess you and Hearthie can just pray for my kind, 🙂


  8. smkoseki says:

    You know E I have zero predictive power re: books (makes me a schiz too?). So books as popular as IHS demand a look if I don’t “get it”. Much like LDS it may be easy to mock but not easy to mock the empirical results. So methinks God has severe woe waiting for theological highbrows who don’t trim phylacteries and tassels on their book list, heh. But 10 min of TIOC will be enough to shut me up…


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