April Reading BLog

I want to kick off another list of (mostly) excellent reading with an all important question I’m kidnapping from a classmate: how do you afford and then organize your books? Obviously the library is half the answer to both parts of this. But I tend to write in my books and the library doesn’t like that so then I end up with sticky-notes like porcupine quills. So I’m always on the look-out for used books in lesser-known habitats. And the books pile up in my house and trying to keep them semi-ordered isn’t much easier than herding cats. So what’s your preferred book organizing method? And where to you find the best used books?

33. 4/2/18 Religious Freedom: The Contested History of an American Ideal, Tisa Wenger. Well worth reading and aptly titled.

34. 4/5/18 Spirit Animals: Wild Born, Brandon Mull. Kid 2 selected this one. I have mixed feelings about the depictions of cultural diversity/appropriation but she’s set on reading the next one as soon as she can get it in her wild little book-stained paws.

35. 4/9/18 Culture and Imperialism, Edward W. Said. This is not an easy book to read but still a valuable took for understanding how cultural productions are tangled in imperial projects.

36. 4/15/18 beyond religious freedom, Elizabeth Shakman Hurd. I had questions about this book but think it’s still well worth reading.

37. 4/16/18 Letters and Papers from Prison, Dietrich Bonhoeffer. This is another hard book to read and has the unavoidable ending that Bonhoeffer quit writing those letters when his imprisonment ended in execution. But it’s particularly apt for the times we live in and well worth reading.

38. 4/21/18 Adam, Eve and the Serpent, Elaine Pagels. I’m not sure she quite pulls-off her project here. It’s still an excellent intro-level read on early church history and the formation of Christianity.

39. 4/22/18 Religious Difference in a Secular Age, Saba Mahmood. I loved this book and definitely recommend it. It’s not at all what you might expect for “ethnography” and she subtly and beautifully unseated the legitimacy of both nationalism and secularism.

40. 4/23/18 The Butterfly’s Burden, Mahmoud Darwish. A few of these poems are the sort that linger with you.

41. 4/24/18 The Trumpet of the Swan, E. B. White. Another Kid 2 pick. It inspired us to get online and find bird-call recordings to learn what trumpeter swans actually sound like.

42. 4/26/18 Bad Kitty Takes the Test, Nick Bruel. Also a Kid 2 pick. We always enjoy Bad Kitty books around here and this was especially appropriate as it’s Standardized Testing Season here.

43. 4/29/18 Junie B. Jones Is Not a Crook, Barbara Park. I regret the day I bought these books for my kids. They don’t. But I’d be just fine never to read another of them.

44. 2/29/18 Oprah: The Gospel of an Icon, Kathryn Lofton. I’m not sure what to say about this one.

So have you read any of these? What did you think? And what are you reading today?


About m

My ego wants to think I'm a writer but my heart knows I'm just another one of God's Kids who sometimes has words to say. 2 human kids and 3 feline kids call me Mom. Or Mooooooom. Or mewom, depending which you ask. I'm kinda-sorta busy being a student again; this time I signed myself up for a bizarre torture known as Graduate School. Theoretically in 4ish years I'll have earned some more nice letters to put with my name. Let's face it, I'm addicted to learning and probably need rehab to restore me to sanity and remove the obsession to read books. I don't remember what free time is but I think I like to spend it sleeping or playing in the mud on a river bank.
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