Book Meme

From Chris:

“We have a special visitor today,” he said in a booming voice as he reached a young family in the back of the church.
A Can of Peas by Traci DePree

1. Grab the nearest book,
2. open it to page 23,
3. find the 5th sentence,
4. post its text along with these instructions,
5. point back to where you got the idea so that we can follow the threads.

College Board Survey Meme

From a friend’s livejournal:

College Board’s 101 Greatest Works of Literature – bold those you have read, underline those you want to read. (I’m italicizing them because I’m too lazy to code the underlined ones.)

Achebe, Chinua – Things Fall Apart
Agee, James – A Death in the Family
Austen, Jane – Pride and Prejudice
Baldwin, James – Go Tell It on the Mountain
Beckett, Samuel – Waiting for Godot
Bellow, Saul – The Adventures of Augie March
Brontë, Charlotte – Jane Eyre
Brontë, Emily – Wuthering Heights
Camus, Albert – The Stranger (in both English and French)
Cather, Willa – Death Comes for the Archbishop
Chaucer, Geoffrey – The Canterbury Tales
Chekhov, Anton – The Cherry Orchard
Chopin, Kate – The Awakening
Conrad, Joseph – Heart of Darkness
Cooper, James Fenimore – The Last of the Mohicans
Crane, Stephen – The Red Badge of Courage
Dante – Inferno
de Cervantes, Miguel – Don Quixote
Defoe, Daniel – Robinson Crusoe
Dickens, Charles – A Tale of Two Cities
Dostoyevsky, Fyodor – Crime and Punishment
Douglass, Frederick – Narrative of the Life of Frederick Douglass
Dreiser, Theodore – An American Tragedy
Dumas, Alexandre – The Three Musketeers
Eliot, George – The Mill on the Floss
Ellison, Ralph – Invisible Man
Emerson, Ralph Waldo – Selected Essays
Faulkner, William – As I Lay Dying
Faulkner, William – The Sound and the Fury
Fielding, Henry – Tom Jones
Fitzgerald, F. Scott – The Great Gatsby
Flaubert, Gustave – Madame Bovary
Ford, Ford Madox – The Good Soldier
Goethe, Johann Wolfgang von – Faust
Golding, William – Lord of the Flies
Hardy, Thomas – Tess of the d’Urbervilles
Hawthorne, Nathaniel – The Scarlet Letter
Heller, Joseph – Catch-22
Hemingway, Ernest – A Farewell to Arms
Homer – The Iliad
Homer – The Odyssey
Hugo, Victor – The Hunchback of Notre Dame
Hurston, Zora Neale – Their Eyes Were Watching God
Huxley, Aldous – Brave New World
Ibsen, Henrik – A Doll’s House
James, Henry – The Portrait of a Lady
James, Henry – The Turn of the Screw
Joyce, James – A Portrait of the Artist as a Young Man
Kafka, Franz – The Metamorphosis
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Ideajoy has created a new thing for b4G peeps called Who Reads What. Basically, it compiles the links to books in the blogs of b4G people. Since I’m a little overdue in blogging about such things, I thought I’d submit a list of some interesting titles. 🙂

What I’ve Read This Year And Would Recommend
+Lies and the Lying Liars Who Tell Them: A Fair and Balanced Look at the Right by Al Franken
+The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe by C.S. Lewis
+Prince Caspian by C.S. Lewis
+Voyage of the Dawn Treader by C.S. Lewis (in progress)
+Libra: The Cat Who Saved Silicon Valley by Lincoln and Lee Taiz
+The Cat Who Talked Turkey by Lilian Jackson Braun
+The Cat Who Brought Down the House by Lilian Jackson Braun
+ assorted other Lilian Jackson Braun titles
+The Da Vinci Code by Dan Brown
+The Complete Idiot’s Guide to Knitting and Crocheting Illustrated by Barbara Breiter and Gail Diven
+A Can of Peas by Traci Depree

The Best Books I’ve Read on Faith
+Surprised by Joy by C.S. Lewis
+St. Augustine’s Confessions
+The Desert Fathers by Helen Waddell
+The Screwtape Letters by C. S. Lewis
+Mere Christianity by C.S. Lewis
+The Great Divorce by C. S. Lewis
+What’s So Amazing About Grace? by Phillip Yancey (if you read nothing else, read this one)
+The Jesus I Never Knew by Phillip Yancey
+Soul Survivor by Phillip Yancey
+How the Irish Saved Civilization by Thomas Cahill
+Desire of the Everlasting Hills by Thomas Cahill
+A Grief Observed by C. S. Lewis
+The Complete Idiot’s Guide to Prayer by Mark Galli and James Bell

What I’m Wanting to Read
+Girl Meets God by Lauren F. Winner
+Rumors of Another World by Phillip Yancey
+Days of Laura Ingalls Wilder/Boxed Set by T.L. Tedrow
+Cubed Foot Gardening by Christopher O. Bird
+Mudhouse Sabbath by Lauren F. Winner

Recent Acquisitions

I really should be blogging more about what I’m reading, given that I read at least 1500 pages a month…

Today’s Christian Woman
One of my neighbors back in San Jose (who read me the Christmas story when I was 6 and planted the seed of the Gospel in my heart) gave me a gift subscription to Today’s Christian Woman for Christmas. I’m pretty thankful — I need something that even hints of female fellowship to read. I haven’t had decent fellowship with women my age since I graduated from college and I really miss it. I’m usually pretty skeptical about the inanity of most women’s magazines; but this one is published by the same people that do Christianity Today, which is tempering some of the skepticism. I know that some of my beliefs on issues might be different, but it would be nice to have a faith-based perspective on some of what I’m dealing with that I don’t have to take with a grain of salt as far as its orthodoxy.

Getting My Al Franken Fix
My wonderful mother-in-law sent me Lies and the Lying Liars Who Tell Them: A Fair and Balanced Look at the Right by Al Franken as a Christmas present. (She gives me the best presents. The first year I was dating Jon, she gave me an afghan in my favorite colors. The next year, it was a phatty gift certificate to Lands’ End.) I’m 100 pages in and I’m not ready to assassinate anyone in the Bush administration (flog perhaps but not assassinate) but Franken does expose some of the lies of Ann Coulter, Bill O’Reilly, and Sean Hannity. He actually has people R-E-S-E-A-R-C-H the claims made by the right-wing media and it’s amazing how the story changes when you can see what the actual sources are. If nothing else, this is making me more aware of what I read and more determined to read the articles quoted if I can get my hands on them.

The Da Vinci Code

After listening to my brother (who is spiritually somewhere between being a deist and a Unitarian-Universalist/Lutheran hybrid) and I talk about theology and early Christianity (well… that and Sean having to act it out during our “friendly” family game of Charades on Christmas night), my mom decided that I needed to read The Da Vinci Code by Dan Brown. I had three hours of air time yesterday (and a 15 minute sprint across MSP to my gate because we were 30 minutes late leaving Great Falls due to the crew needing to sleep in and the airport taking its sweet time in de-icing the plane) so I read it. Did I enjoy it? Immensely on an intellectual level. Did it wreck my faith? No… but it did cause me to really ponder some of the things in there.

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Al Franken’s New Book

I absolutely love the title of Al Franken’s new book: Lies and the Lying Liars Who Tell Them: A Fair and Balanced Look at the Right. It’s almost as good of a title as Rush Limbaugh Is a Big Fat Idiot: And Other Observations. I mean… how can you not laugh at titles like that???

I also found the lawsuit by FOX News to be hysterically funny — I mean… Rush Limbaugh didn’t sue over the title of the last book which could count pretty well as slander. FOX News is also hardly fair and balanced. They show freaks like O’Reilly and Hannity and Colmes. Franken’s book is eminently more of a balanced view than that of those jokers.

I think the subtitle of ::Meditatio:: is going to become “fair and balanced”.

Anyone who sends me a copy of the newest book will have my perpetual gratitude. 🙂

The Complete Idiot’s Guide to Prayer

I was looking at this book on Amazon.Com and I was amazed at how cool it is. It is now at the top of my wishlist. (HINT)

Part of the Amazon.Com review:
The Complete Idiot’s Guide series that has taught us how to do everything from making beer, playing bridge, and fishing to gambling, and living with a cat now ventures into the arena of prayer. Although this may seem like a crass and commercial undertaking, it is certainly true that many people feel unworthy or inadequate when trying to give voice to a prayer. As a primer on Christian prayer, this could be the boost that helps a beginner or a doubter take the leap of faith and start a dialogue with God.

**UPDATE** I broke down and ordered the book.