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Wednesday, February 07, 2018

Immediate Book Meme: Sick Day Edition

photo by Evan Laurence Bench
There are plenty of memes that want to know all about your book history and your all-time greats and your grand ambitions, but let's focus on something more revealing: the books you're actually reading now, or just read, or are about to read. Let's call it The Immediate Book Meme.

We are all in various stages of recovering from the flu and/or a cold, so there's been plenty of reading and watching going on.

1. What book are you reading now?

The Reader Over Your Shoulder: A Handbook for Writers of English Prose, by Robert Graves and Alan Hodge.

The Four Cardinal Virtues, by Josef Pieper.

The First Four Notes, by Matthew Guerierri
About Beethoven's Fifth. Not always the lightest material, especially when it's covering various Enlightenment and Romantic philosophers, but the author's style is compulsively readable. And then you get gems like this.



1a. Readaloud

Middlemarch, by George Eliot.

2. What book did you just finish?



3. What do you plan to read next?

Christ's Body, Christ's Wounds: Staying Catholic When You've Been Hurt In The Church, by Eve Tushnet.

Letters of Love and Deception, by Emily C.A. Snyder.
A new collection of stories inspired by Austen, by playwright (and my college roommate) Emily Snyder.

Mystery and Manners: Occasional Prose, by Flannery O'Connor.

Essays on Woman, by Edith Stein.

4. What book do you keep meaning to finish?

The Power of Silence, by Robert Cardinal Sarah.

Jesus of Nazareth: The Infancy Narratives, by Pope Benedict.

5. What book do you keep meaning to start?

Nothing on my conscience at this particular second.

EDITED:
Black Lamb and Grey Falcon, by Rebecca West. Our copy was a favor from Leah Libresco Sargeant's wedding reception, and it's been sitting on our library mantel waiting for an opening in the reading schedule.

6. What is your current reading trend?

Re-reads; books I've been given as gifts; WSJ reviewed books.

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And an addition because I have some fine recommendations:

7. What are you watching?

Over the Garden Wall



A ten-episode series from Cartoon Network, about two brothers halfway through the journey of their life who find themselves in a dark wood. Chockful of storybook archetypes, fantastic voicework, and music in various shades of Americana (including some shapenote singing!). We received this as a Christmas gift and have watched it through three times already.

April and the Extraordinary World



A steampunk adventure story set in a world where the Franco-Prussian war never happened (yes, that’s actually a key plot element). Within the first five seconds my daughter sighed, "I  love this." Streaming on Netflix


The Long, Long Holiday (from the French: Le Grandes Grandes Vacances)



A five-episode series about children living in occupied Normandy during WWII. Tintin-style animation against lovely backdrops; exciting and poignant, but not too scary for children. The Canadian dubbing from the French provides some excellent accents. Streaming on Netflix.

1 comment:

Jenny said...

I don't have much to add here except to say I finished a book yesterday. It was a crash reading over two days in preparation for hosting my 4th grade daughter's monthly bookclub today, Wednesday. I picked this book last summer off a booklist for elementary reading after the kids had enjoyed another book in a previous year by the same author. It won a Newbery medal. How was I supposed to know there'd be a (attempted?) rape scene in the middle of the book?!? After discovering this little joy yesterday afternoon, there was a scramble for a new book and bookclub was cancelled for today.

So yall, _Julie of the Wolves_ by Jean Craighead George has a rape scene smack in the middle of it. Funny what people find appropriate for the 8-12 set. #themoreyouknow