I listened to Murder on the Orient Express, -a book I had read already, for my first time with the crew at Close Reads. The first podcast was released last Saturday, and they’ll have four more, two more on the book, and two devoted to questions and answers and to discussing specially the new movie.

I’m reading and savoring My Name is Red. It’s all I want in a book, and all I wanted right now (something different, set in a different place and time.) My best description so far would be Italo Calvino meet Arabian Nights.

And finally, I am reading Surprised by Hope, -after I have had the book for possibly a year in my shelves. (I’m embarrassed, I only have two loans, this one, and Atlas Shrugged, which I may return soon. That second title is easy to come by if I ever decide I want to read it.)

When I cleaned up a bit a week ago, I thought about returning it to its owner, but I said to myself that I still wanted to read it. In a recent conversation with its owner, he made notice of the book, and remembered I had it. I then decided that if I wanted to read it, it was time. I’ve been reading it since yesterday, and I’m glad I started on it.


At the local used book store, A Circle of Quiet was the best finding. I started to read it, but since it’s my own book, I’m also waiting and savoring it. The initial concepts explored by L’Engle dove tailed with My Name is Red. There’s a discussion of what it means to be a representation, a copy, an image. At L’Engle book, from the perspective of the writer, and the person, in a non fiction book, at My Name is Red, what is at stake and discussed, it’s the dilemma or philosophy of art the miniaturists hold as the old and true one, versus the new perversions of that ideal.


These three books are titles I’ve submitted for next year’s book club. If they don’t get voted on, I’m still reading them. I know they are good titles. (I started The Baron in the Trees, and left it, -nothing to do with the book, I just got distracted.) As for Graham Green, I’ve been wanting to read this or any title of his forever.

I also feel in the mood for The Manchurian Candidate, The Firm, by John Grisham,  The Spy Who Came from the Cold, by Le Carré, or even The Minority Report, or other titles by Philip K. Dick. Why? I don’t know, there’s much talk about mysteries, and I also want to keep exploring mysteries as seen by other cultures, such as Confessions by Kanae Minato.


We come to my admired Ishiguro. This summer some of us will be reading The Unconsoled. I can’t wait. I probably re-read The Remains of the Day with a friend who is interested.


I’ve been rediscovering my unread art books. The small pocket book, The Impressionists, has surprised me with its quality and readability. I’m enjoying the journey of the varied artist that conform what we know as The Impressionist movement. I love how the writer ties the paintings he presents in the book with his narrative. It’s quite delightful to read the text, look at the pictures, read the pictures blurb, and pass the page. The pictures tell the story along with the words. It’s quite delightful to lose yourself in the small and intimate pages, and look at the details. Grown up version of Where’s Waldo, with added commentary!

I hope to continue with the other books you see, and more I have but have not read yet. I don’t want to stop reading about art, now that I’ve rediscovered the joys of it.


Something totally unrelated. I had never been able to cook spaghetti squash successfully until last Saturday. I looked up at some recipes, and this one at Empowered Sustenance caught my attention.

Look at the picture of the squash,


The tips of cutting the squash horizontally for longer strands, and salting it for 15 minutes to remove the moisture, made this dish a total success.

18 thoughts on “My reads in pictures

  1. Oooh, you’ve got The Unconsoled! I can’t wait! I’ve also wanted to reread Remains of the Day because it’s been far too long since reading that exquisitely written book!

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  2. So many great books! I read Circle of Quiet many years ago and found it very inspirational. I also loved her book Walking on Water. Have you read it? It’s about Christianity and art which is a topic I am very interested in. I should read that book again soon.

    The End of The Affair is SO good. Greene is awesome. I think you might like The Power And The Glory too.

    I didn’t realize The Unconsoled is so thick! That’s good!

    And Empowered Sustenance has helped me a lot with some of my health issues. Did you just stumble upon her site in search of a recipe, or do you follow her? I love spaghetti squash, but I’m the only one in my family who will eat it!

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    1. Wow, Katie. I appreciate your suggestions tremendously. I have not read any of the additional books you mention, and I am very excited about them.

      I stumbled upon her site, but since you mention it, I will be following her.


      1. She mostly blogs about health and nutrition. I don’t have time to keep up with blogs these days, so I haven’t been on her site for quite some time, but she has certainly been a help.

        I added that NT Wright book to my Amazon list after you posted on FB. Sounds fascinating.

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      2. The friend who loaned it to me says the last part is not as good, (I may disagree with it, but so far I found it worth reading. He has some astute observations derived from Scripture that are a pleasure to read.)

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  3. Murder on the Orient Express is a fun read! I remember loving My Name is Red when I read it about 10 years ago, and some of the images still come to mind. I started reading Snow by the same author, but got distracted away from it.

    I agree with Katie that I think you would appreciate The Power and the Glory. It had an impact on me when I was discerning the priesthood, and I have liked it better than anything else I have read by Greene.

    I would be interested to hear what you thought of the Wright book. I’ve found that his popular work is generally decent, but always contains points I can’t agree with. His scholarly work, although much more dense, is always very impressive when I find time to sit down with it. Some day I want to read his many volumed series on Christian Origins, especially the 1000+ pages on St. Paul.

    Right now, most of my reading is directly related to studies, so I have been far slower in going through literature. Thank you for sharing your reading!

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    1. Maximilian, it’s always so surprising to me how you have read many of the “obscure” -as in not well known- books I’m reading, or interested on reading.

      The Power and the Glory just made it up to the top of my TBR list.

      Like you, I don’t agree in full with Wright. but his book, specially the second part, was quite a wonderful surprise, a true “Surprised by Hope”. I just wrote my review at GoodReads, https://www.goodreads.com/review/show/2161597217

      And I know you are so busy with studies, that’s why I’m always so tickled and appreciative of any single comment you make here. Even when you simply like my posts, I appreciate it. (I’m glad for Internet, I truly enjoy having you, Katie, and others, as my reading friends. It’s very enriching to me.
      No need to thank me for sharing my reading. It’s more like I must thank YOU and others here, for being interested about my reading. (I am interested in what you all are reading as well.)

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  4. I’ve been meaning to read Murder on the Orient Express for ages. Really need to get that done before the movie.

    I loved The End of the Affair. I listened to the Audible version that was narrated by Colin Firth, and he did an amazing job.

    Love this post!

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    1. You will like Murder on the Orient Express. If you can, get the Dan Stevens audio, it’s simply fabulous.

      I’m getting to Greene very soon. Your review of The End of the Affair prompted me to want to read this author.

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