This is my landing post for the books I am currently reading. Every year I delete the books I have been recording here, move them to a post with all that year books, and I start new. That is why you can see old comments relating to books you may not see here.


  1. Slaughterhouse-Five, Kurt Vonnegut ★★★★✫
  2. The Divine Conspiracy: Rediscovering Our Hidden Life in God, by Dallas Willard, ★★★★★
  3. The Death of Ivan Ilych, Tolstoy ★★★★★
  4. Midnight’s Children, Salman Rushdie ★★★★
  5. Ten Poems to Change Your Life, Roger Housden ★★★★
  6. The Baron in the Trees, Italo Calvino ★★★★
  7. World Enough, (and Time), Edmund Jorgensen ★★★★
  8. Speculation, Edmund Jorgensen, 2x around, ★★★★
  9. The Spy Who Came in from the Cold, John Le Carré ★★★★
  10. The Prime of Miss Jean Brodie, by Muriel Spark ★★★★
  11. Ethan Frome, Edith Warthon ★★★★
  12. Temor y temblor, Kierkegaard★★★✫


I’ve changed my reviewing method. This is a full star, , and this a half star,

The half star, , would make it closer to the higher category, an in-between of sorts.

★★★★ Not to miss, worth re-reading
★★★★    Books that surely have stayed with me.
★★★       Very enjoyable read, recommendable.
★★          Meh. Nothing remarkable.
★             Run.

Currently Reading:

  • Don Quixote Book II, Cervantes
  • Pilgrim’s Progress, Bunyan
  • The Best American Essays 2006, by Lauren Slater
  • Gaudy Night, Dorothy L. Sayers
  • Diez siglos de poesía castellana, by Vicente Gaos (Editor)


  • The Only Problem, Muriel Spark
  • The Rector of Justin, Louis Auchincloss

Slowly working at:

  • On Reading Well: Finding the Good Life Through Great Books, by Karen Swallow Prior,
  • Alfanhuí (2x), Rafael Sánchez Ferlosio

Somehow Parked:

  • Choosing Civility, by P.M. Forni
  • The Pursuit of Holiness, by Jerry Bridges
  • Icons of Art: The 20th Century, by Jürgen Tesch
  • Sand: The Never-Ending Story, by Michael Welland
  • Looking at Philosophy, Donald D. Palmer
  • The Constitution, Michael Stokes Paulsen

Books I want to buy:

  • Cath Barton: The Plankton Collector
  • Entanglement, Katy Mahood

My list of Classics Club 5 Year Challenge

Non Classics I want to read:

  • Cath Barton: The Plankton Collector
  • Entanglement, Katy Mahood
  • The Only Problem, Muriel SparK
  • The Plotters, by Un-Su Kim
  • The Seeds of Time, by John Wyndham
  • Vive La Revolution: A Stand-Up History of the French Revolution by Mark Steel

18 thoughts on “Ongoing Reading Log

  1. I thoroughly enjoyed Glimpses of the Moon when I read it several years ago. After a certain point in the reading I had mixed feelings about moving ahead. What if it ended the way I was afraid it would end? But maybe it would end the way I'd hoped it would end. I became so involved in the characters lives that I was afraid to move on! LOL But I did… I'll be anxious to read your take on it.

    I'm having trouble making decisions on the books I'll read in this challenge. Some of the categories are difficult for me, like the volume of short stories. All of my volumes are humongous! I wonder if we can read individual short stories from several books or from online and have it work for the category.


  2. So you're reading Paradise Lost. That one intimidates me for some reason. I don't know why. Maybe it's because it's epic poetry…and long. 🙂 What do you think of it so far?

    I tried to read Emma once and ended up setting it aside. At some point, I ought to pick up another Austen book.

    I've read To Kill a Mockingbird. There is some difficult content matter as well as some language…but it is very well-written. I'm glad I read it. I read this when my oldest daughter read it for high school reading and we discussed it together. I'd like to read the follow-up called Go Set a Watchman. It's on my to-read list for this year.


  3. Linda.

    I bet your plan would work, if you read an x number of short stories, why not?
    (I just finished with a contact seller email, because my betterworld book order of three books, -one of them five short stories from different Spanish Golden Era authors-, is not arrived yet, and it's over the expected time. The other two books are Makioka Sisters -the one for non Western category, and Historia de la Eternidad by Borges, an essay about time -I have not placed that one in any category, but I might, 🙂

    So you loved Glimpses… that's what Karen at Books and Chocolate says. So far I'm just at the beginning (since the first local book club, The Winter Sea, -such a wonderful title too-, is a lengthy book and it's for February). But I'm loving it, and it reads familiar. Not the rich style, but the plot. Karen is right, it's a bit like Breakfast at Tiffany's, even like Gatsby. I did not know there was a time in which some people lived a lot from other better positioned and richer friends. Not servants, but surely patronized companions.

    I hope to see your 2016 list up soon.

    Paradise Lost, yes, reading with Ambleside Online book club ladies. I've read book 1, and it's not “that impossible”. With my bit of biblical knowledge, I'm happy I get some references to Leviathan, Goshen, Baal, Moloch… he is simply talking about the fall of men. I think school has put in our heads some reads are unattainable. That's because PL is so rich, but I'm reading for pleasure and to learn, not to exhaust or haunt for all the possible references college like. Tee hee.

    At the local book club, the new Emma version was suggested, and our leader, wisely, said, “if we are reading the retelling, we are reading Emma first”. I had heard it goes to a point that it drags, so I thought, “what better time than to read supported by a book club”. And I voted then for both books.

    To Kill a… I've always wanted to read. It was along with the Watchman book suggested for our local book club, but it did not get voted on. Our leader said it's interesting in order to compare them two, etc., but that it's just an ok book, not a great title such as To Kill. People get disappointed, but she wasn't, just because she understands the place Watchman had in Harper's life. I'm also excited about To Kill because out of my 4 proposed books, only In Cold Blood made it, but I think they say Harper made it in the book, because she was friends or acquaintance of Capote.


  4. I was just recently made aware of this series of books of Austen's works rewritten in modern context. One of Anne's (of Modern Mrs. Darcy) books that she's reading this year is the modern retelling of Pride and Prejudice. Reading her post with her picks for this year is where I first heard of this series of books. I've read part of the original Pride and Prejudice and of course, I've seen I think every movie production of the novel. I tried to read Emma, but I couldn't get into it. It seemed, ummm, maybe a bit wordy? I'm thinking of trying to tackle an Austen novel this year. I've watched movie productions of I'd say most of her works (maybe all?).

    Regarding Go Set a Watchman…after I left my comment here, I've been hearing more reviews of the book and there's those saying that not only did they not care for it much, but I've heard some say it kind of ruins their views of characters in To Kill a Mockingbird. So I'm torn….do I read it and see for myself? Or do I not read it since I liked To Kill a Mockingbird??? Decisions…decisions…..


  5. Yes, that's right (Anne is re-reading one of those called fan fiction books). Ahem, I am not that fired up for Austen, cough- but nothing like a book club to make it to Emma and the retelling. I'll let you know. I don't shy from wordy, but I'm not sure what I will think. I'll be sharing.

    It's not “ruining” it, but I also heard it's a more realistic and different view of the character. The character in Watchman was not developed, it was a different view. I'll see it for myself. If you are a To Kill a M… fan, knowing more about the author, etc., cannot be a bad experience. But I could also give you arguments not to read Watchman, ha ha ha. I'm a people's pleaser (have you noticed? heh!), and I also adapt and change my views according to what others I love think.


  6. Sillvia, you will love, love, love Sweetness at the Bottom of the Pie. And then you will want to give it to your girls. Plucky pre-teen heroine solving mysteries in Victorian England. If there's a YA series I can get behind this decade it's the Flavia de Luce mystery series. Enjoy!

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  7. I LOVE looking at book lists Sylvia…thanks for sharing! I just finished reading The Hobbit and intend to link it under category #7 in the Back to the Classics Challenge.


  8. Kathy W. My girls are already head over hills with Flavia de Luce. I bought the first book, and we are half way there. I adore the book and I'm so glad it's a series. And they are quality. I dig ALL the references to books, art, life! It's charming, sassy, so good.

    Melissa, good link! You have #7 already! (I am reading Paradise Lost in a few months, with the AO bookclub, and I'm half way with Glimpses of the Moon -a short one-). I also love book lists, tee hee.


  9. I loved Cry the Beloved Country & Catch 22 ~ 2 very different novels. I am really interested in Daughters of the Samurai ~ only I want someone else to read it first & give me an opinion before I go to all the bother of tracking it down. 🙂 I liked Mann when I read him but read Machiavelli in college & sad to say cannot now recall a word of it.


  10. You will love Daughters of the Samurai, I am half way there. It's non fiction very well written. East and West, two codes of living, a remarkable era (1820-end of century)


  11. The Great Divorce is one of my favorite Lewis non-fictions. I love, Love, LOVE that book. Lewis' image of a soul being too light to feel at home in heaven combined with a scene from Anne of (Green Gables? the next one in the series?) where her giddy, silly young friend is dying and she confesses to Anne that she doesn't want to go to Heaven, because she can't imagine feeling at home there. Anne goes home very somber, thinking about what it means to live a life that would make us at home in heaven. Those two images have shaped something precious in my soul.

    What did you think of it?



  12. I also LOVE LOVE The Great Divorce. My life changing scene is the woman who loves the child more than heaven, and little did I know that was going to take this added dimension after the health crisis of my precious girl. I need to read number two in the Anne series.

    I also read An Experiment in Criticism. It was Lewis is a wonderful writer of fiction, non fiction, and in between.


    1. You know what? Go back to blogging on your own terms! I love it, if only for the lists, (and you all comment frequently, but even if I never got comments, I’d still love to pour my thoughts AND lists in here, ha ha ha).


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