I’ve signed up for the public library’s adult summer reading program after hearing a rumor that there’s a drawing to win real prizes like airplane ticket vouchers. Wish me luck! And how cool is that, summer reading prizes for grown-ups?! I should also note that we have exceptionally awesome libraries here which include excellent international collections, cake pans, garden seeds, and ukuleles available for checkout. Where many libraries have ten libros en espanol and call it an international collection ours has stacks and stacks of books in lots and lots of languages and I just have to take a moment to brag. What’s the coolest thing at your public library?
56. 6/5/18 Happy Birthday Bad Kitty, Nick Bruel. I’ve mentioned before how much fun the Bad Kitty books are. Thank my kids for bringing them home.
57. 6/8/18 These High, Green Hills, Jan Karon. Yeah, I know. I have a thing for this series and it’s terrible. Judge not….
58. 6/20/18 The Islamic Jesus, Mustafa Akyol. Overall I loved this book and think everyone should read it. But I do have one little complaint in that he cites baptist missionaries as authorities on liberal Christians’ views of Mary and, well, I was raised baptist and trust me, as far as they’re concerned there aren’t any women in the bible. Pet peeve aside, his research is solid and his project is not only admirable but enjoyable and beneficial. Well worth reading.
59. 6/22/18 Disciples and Dissidents, ed. Fred Wilcox. This is another Jesus-y book I highly recommend. Whereas Akyol discusses the way of Jesus as an answer to empire, this book is written by people who’ve been there, done that, and wrote about it from prison. Also well worth reading.
60. 6/22/18 Post-Traumatic Church Syndrome, Reba Riley. I laughed. I cried. Did I mention that thing about being raised Southern Baptist? This is another book well worth reading.
61. 6/25/18 The Tao of Islam, Sachiko Murata. This is the book that clogged up my reading works makes the June-finished list a little short. It’s dense but beautifully so. I can’t recommend it for just anyone, the reading level is high and the information challenging but for me it was well worth reading, if time consuming. It’s a nice perspective-shift and includes lots of long quotes from primary sources rather than relying on second-rate secondary sources.
62. 6/25/18 The Anybodies, N.E. Bode. Kid 2 brought this home. She loved it. I found it entertaining but also annoying. It’s main redeeming value is that there’s a house made of books that’s full of books with hobbits living in the yard.
63. 6/30/18 Palace Walk, Naguib Mahfouz. This is another book everyone needs to read at least once. It’s well-paced and a novel that sucks you in and sticks to you.