This year has started well. After the exciting buzz of the challenges, lists, recaps, read alongs, and wonderful activity over the blogs, I’ve settled into what looks a non hurried routine, and stimulating conversation with fellow readers.
The second half of 2019, my reading was becoming rushed, I felt unmotivated, and I ended up focusing on one or two books at the time, dropping the ball for everything else. The same that we need to do spring cleaning, or rearranging of furniture, maybe even some house renovations, to clean spaces, and fall in love with our rooms or homes again, my reading life needed reassessment.
I came back to a plan that never disappoints. A book for my faith, poetry, a non fiction, and one or two fiction books. Within those loose parameters, I’m managing to include whatever books I read for challenges or read alongs.
I’m paying attention to the fiction, I can’t have more than one demanding book at a time. It looks as if I have two, The Iliad and The Unconsoled. But being of very different nature, and with Cleo’s help for The Iliad, I’m comfortable reading both. And The Unconsoled I’m doing mostly by audiobook.
Also, this year, I want to keep up with a good balance of books in Spanish, and in English.
So, my current reading looks like this:
- SPIRITUAL GROWTH:
– The Gospels in the Bible, -Matthew, Mark, Luke, and John-. At church we’re having a Bible study of the life of Jesus. I read the Bible in Spanish.
– Total Truth, by Nancy Pearcy. Most likely, Kim and I will be reading a chapter a month during 2020. Maybe we speed it up in the summer.
– Meditaciones, Marco Aurelio. Meditations is a series of personal writings by Marcus Aurelius, Roman Emperor from 161 to 180 AD, recording his private notes to himself and ideas on Stoic philosophy. Marcus Aurelius wrote the 12 books of the Meditations in Koine Greek as a source for his own guidance and self-improvement.Wikipedia.
As you can see, Marco Aurelio wasn’t a christian writer. However, his Meditations are worth reading, as there’s always an overlap of truth in many of the philosophies and religions of the world. I’m reading Marco Aurelio in Spanish.
I continue reading Diez siglos de poesía española. Spanish poetry.
- NON FICTION:
– The Glorious Adventure, Richard Halliburton. This book is Halliburton’s trip recreating the route of Odysseus. Though I’m reading The Iliad, with Cleo and others, -her read alongs are treasures, full of wisdom, they make the reading much more pleasant and easier-, it’s still a good companion.
– The Iliad. Though a bit of a challenge, thanks to Cleo, it’s proven a very fun book to read this time around. I read The Iliad in Spanish.
– The Unconsoled, Ishiguro. I’m listening/reading it for the Japanese Literature Challenge, and it’s my intense fiction. It’s not difficult, but it absorbs the reader, and it’s long too.
– Follow Me to Ground, Sue Rainsford. This is a 2018 book that Janakay gave me. It’s an easy and intriguing read.