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May 30, 2005

More on Books. . .

We're on a roll here. . . Books, books, books. Tracy of The Secret of Living tagged me earlier this week with this book meme. Of course, I couldn't resist!

1) Total books owned, ever: Impossible to answer. Really, I'm clueless. Hubby and I used to joke that the reason we married was to join our two libraries. We seriously stripped our book collection when we moved overseas. I was shocked when we got back to the States to see how many we had kept. Right now we have about 50 shelves in 10 bookcases filled, and some boxes in the garage of books we don't want to put out for young, reading eyes.

2) Last book I bought: A couple of motherhood memoirs at the library book sale in Illinois. Actually, my sis bought those for me because I didn't have a dollar. The last book that I actually purchased was a book for my sister, Bountiful, Beautiful, Blissful .

3) Last book I read: Finished? A Live Coal In The Sea by Madeleine L'Engle. Currently reading books on my booklist.

4) Five books that mean a lot to me.
1. The Bible. Right now I'm sticking in the Psalms. Again.
2. Berkhof's Systematic Theology. It leads my heart to worship.
3. I'm going to come back to this one and answer it more completely later.

5) Tag five people: Camille. Eric. Valerie. Brian. Mollie.


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Would love to know what you thought of the L'Engle. It is the single one of her books that I have not encouraged my daughters to read.

Posted by: Gideon Strauss at May 30, 2005 10:42 AM

I was captivated by A Wrinkle In Time. It was one of the first books I read on my own. Walking On Water is my favorite of her's.

Posted by: Brian G. at May 30, 2005 09:03 PM

You know, Gideon, I really enjoyed and was touched by this particular book. However, I believe the situations involved in it were quite personal and graphic, and really wouldn't want my teenaged daughters to read it either. While your girls are likely aware of the issues of abuse and so on in the book, I would think it is still presented in quite a traumatic way.

I love L'Engle's writing style. Along with AA Milne, I believe she has rhythm and music in her writing like very few modern authors do. However, this one didn't sing like her other books do, stylewise.

The themes of mercy and family and forgiveness and hope were very dear to me when I read it. But, I agree--it's not one I'd necessarily encourage people to read.

Posted by: TulipGirl at May 30, 2005 09:37 PM

As a mother of 4 how do you find the time to read so many books? I'd love to do the same but with my 2 kids, I feel like it's nearly impossible!

Posted by: liza p at June 1, 2005 09:34 PM

Mine's up here!

I'm afraid my lists aren't as impressive as yours, but it was still fun compiling them. Thanks for the tag!

Posted by: Eric at June 1, 2005 11:22 PM

As a mother of 4 how do you find the time to read so many books?

Wellll. . . I only started reading "real" books about a year and a half ago. To be honest, there was a period in which I only had the focus to turn pages in magazines looking at the pictures.

Now that I have the desire and ability to read again, I just seem to work it in. After the kids are in bed, I like to soak in the tub and read. Or sprawl on the bed and read. Or sit near Hubby as he does his projects and read.

Books on tape are great for the car. I listened to The Secret Life of Bees during the solo drive from IL last week. The boys and I are listening to The Hobbit.

I read aloud to the kids. (Though not as much as I'd like.) Little Pilgrims Progress and The Chronicles of Narnia are favorites for that.

I've read books while cooking. Making jam and jelly provides for good reading time as you stir, stir, stir.

When I was nursing, I tried to find good pick-up-put-down books. Elisabeth Eliot's Keep a Quiet Heart was good for that.

Hubby reads everywhere he goes. He doesn't walk outside the house without a book. This gave him a lot of reading time when we were in Ukraine--on the metro, walking, riding in taxis.

I was an avid reader when I was a kid. I think when you're always trying to find more reading time as a kid, it's easier to find time as an adult.

Personally, I'm never able to read and watch the kids at the playground at the same time. I'm not THAT good at multitasking.

Posted by: TulipGirl at June 2, 2005 01:40 PM

Tried to trackback to this entry but got some sort of error. Not sure what's up with that. Anyway, mine's up here


Posted by: brian at June 2, 2005 05:51 PM

I'm glad y'all have joined in, Eric and Brian.

Sorry about the trackback refusal. It's a weird tech hiccup that I've just accepted (along with the every-comment-manually-approved annoyance) because I just don't want to ask my tech geek friends for any more help. *blush*

Posted by: TulipGirl at June 2, 2005 09:31 PM

Now that the insanity is dying down here, I finally have a chance to comment - thanks for accepting the tag :-)

I am curious about the final 3 of your faves. I'll have to check back again.

Posted by: Tracy at June 6, 2005 05:28 PM

I just read A Live Coal ... and Love Letters and re-read the Wrinkle in Time books by L'Engle. I agree with your sentiment she uses the English language more fully and more lyrically than any other modern author. I don't always agree with her, but I love to read her.

Posted by: dawn at June 20, 2005 09:41 PM

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