{April 15, 2013}   More Reading List Progress

So yes it’s been awhile – the good news is last week was largely taken up with finally shaking that 6 week illness that had ahold of me and I’m feeling far, far better now than I have in almost two months … but it does mean that I barely had the time or energy to keep up with the ‘must-dos’ in life – teaching days, housework, parenting, doctor’s visits … with yes, some downtime but very little energy to do anything productive like blogging with it. I did, through that, manage to kill a couple of books on my reading list though so I thought that might be a good re-entry point to blogging! πŸ™‚ Off my list now are “The Last Week”, Marcus Borg and John Dominic Crossan’s take on Holy Week, and “The Manticore”, the second book in Robertson Davies’ Deptford trilogy.

1. Deadlocked – Charlaine Harris

2. The Last Week – Marcus J. Borg and John Dominic Crossan
3. Speaking Christian – Why Christian Words Have Lost their Meaning – Marcus J. Borg
4. The Spiral Staircase – Karen Armstrong
5. A History of God – Karen Armstrong
6. jPod – Douglas Coupland
7. Beloved – Toni Morrison
8. β€˜Tis – Frank McCourt
9. We Need to Talk about Kevin – Lionel Shriver
10. The Constant Princess – Phillipa Gregory
11. Wicked – Gregory Maguire
12. The SixΒ WivesΒ of Henry the 8th – Alison Weir
13. Eleanor of Aquitaine – Alison Weir
14. Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone – J.K. Rowling
15. The Fellowship of the Ring – J.R.R. Tolkien
16. The Two Towers – J.R.R. Tolkien
17. The Return of the King – J.R.R. Tolkien
18. Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban – J.K. Rowling
19. Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire – J.K. Rowling
20. Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix – J.K. Rowling
21. Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince – J.K. Rowling
<s>22. Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows – J.K. Rowling
23. Dracula – Bram Stoker
24. Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets – J.K. Rowling
25. The Inferno – Dante
26. Towelhead – Alicia Erian
27. Ready Player One – Ernest Cline
28. The Way the Crow Flies – Ann-Marie MacDonald
29. The Robber Bride – Margaret Atwood
30. 1066 and All That; A Memorable History of England – W.C. Sellar and R.J. Yeatman
31. Have a Little Faith – Mitch Albom
32. Anansi Boys – Neil Gaiman
33. American Gods – Neil Gaiman
34. Stardust – Neil Gaiman
35. Tess of the d’Urbervilles – Thomas Hardy
36. The Holy Bible – Various
37. Great Expectations – Charles Dickens
38. Little Women – Louisa May Alcott
39. Jane Eyre – Charlotte Bronte
40. The Bell Jar – Sylvia Plath
41. Deception Point – Dan Brown
42. Digital Fortress – Dan Brown
43. The Five Love Languages – Gary Chapman
44. Lolita – Vladimir Nobokov
45. Atonement – Ian McEwan
46. All the King’s Men – Robert Penn Warren
47. The Hunger Games – Suzanne Collins
48. Catching Fire – Suzanne Collins
49. The Catcher in the Rye – J.D. Salinger
50. Uncle Tom’s Cabin – Harriet Beecher Stowe
51. A Clockwork Orange – Anthony Burgess
52. Scarlett – Alexandra Ripley
53. White Noise – Don De Litto
54. Their Eyes were Watching God – Zora Neale Hurston
55. Mockingjay – Suzanne Collins
56. The Help – Kathryn Stockett
57. Ragtime – E.L. Doctorow
58. Catch 22 – Joseph Heller
59. The Trial – Franz Kafka
60. Fast Food Nation – Eric Schlasser
61. The Man Who Made Us – Richard Gwyn
62. Memoirs – Pierre Trudeau
63. Shake Hands with the Devil – Romeo d’Allaire
64. Team of Rivals – Doris Kearns Goodwin
65. Nation Maker – Richard Gwyn
66. The United Church of Canada: A History – Don Schweitzer (ed.)
67. Eat, Pray, Love – Elizabeth Gilbert
68. The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy – Douglas Adams
69. The Restaurant at the End of the Universe – Douglas Adams
70. Life, the Universe and Everything – Douglas Adams
71. So Long and Thanks for All the Fish – Douglas Adams
72. Mostly Harmless – Douglas Adams
73. Committed – Elizabeth Gilbert
74. The Manticore – Robertson Davies
75. World of Wonders – Robertson Davies
76. The Donnellys – James Reaney
77. Brave New World – Aldous Huxley
78. Atlas Shrugged – Ayn Rand
79. Farenheit 451 – Ray Bradbury
80. Not Wanted on the Voyage – Timothy Findlay
81. A Tale of Two Cities – Charles Dickens
82. Coraline – Neil Gaiman
83. The Crucible – Arthur Miller
84. Mirror Mirror – Gregory Maguire
85. Eats, Shoots & Leaves – Lynne Truss
86. Sorbonne Confidential – Laurel Zuckerman
87. The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo – Stieg Larsson
88. The Silver Linings Playbook – Matthew Quick
89. Hey Nostradamus! – Douglas Coupland
90. The Girl who Played with Fire – Stieg Larsson
91. Memoirs of a Geisha – Arthur Golden
92. The 5 People You Meet in Heaven – Mitch Albom
93. The Poisonwood Bible – Barbara Kingsolver
94. Interview with the Vampire – Ann Rice
95. The Diary of a Young Girl – Anne Frank
96. The Bonfire of the Vanities – Tom Wolfe
97. Guys and Dolls – Damon Runyon
98. The Girl who Kicked the Hornet’s Nest – Stieg Larsson
99. He’s Just Not that Into You – Greg Behrendt, Liz Tuccillo, Lauren Monchik
100. Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close – Jonathan Safran Foer
101. Jesus for the Non-Religious – John Shelby Spong

Starting with THE LAST WEEK, this was a really good and accessible, readable book on the last week of Jesus’ life, from his ‘Triumphal Entry’ into Jerusalem through his Good Friday crucifixion, and the mystery of his resurrection on Easter Sunday morning. It’s a good entry into the use of parable in the bible, and the different points of view of the 4 Gospels on Jesus’ life and – in this case particularly – his death, albeit particularly looking at this story through the lens of the Gospel of Mark, the earliest (in terms of when it was written) and shortest of the Gospels. A really good read that is informative and educational without being overly dry or academic, Borg and Crossan strive to bring difficult theological concepts to the general laity, and do so well; you don’t need an M.Divinity to understand their perspective, and they provide a fresh take on the importance of the death and ‘sacrifice’ concept of Jesus’ execution.

The MANTICORE is the sequel, of a sort, to Roberston Davies’ FIFTH BUSINESS, which I read and reviewed during my last reading list on the old blog (archives can be found here) – and yet sequel isn’t quite the word as it recounts some of the same events and timeline, simply from a different perspective; while FIFTH BUSINESS was told from the point of view of Dunstan Ramsay, this story is told from the point of view of David Staunton, the son of Dunstan’s best ‘frenemy’, Boy Staunton. Upon the (murder? suicide?) death of Boy, David seeks counselling with Johanna Heller in Switzerland, where he also runs into Ramsay, as well as Ramsay’s friends Liesl, and Magnus Eisengrim (a fellow Deptfordian-turned-world-famous-Magician, Paul Dempster, who has his own perspective on the passing of David’s father). It is an interesting followup to the first book, a book that outlines some important growth on David’s part, and I look forward to the third book in the trilogy, WORLD OF WONDER, told from the perspective of Magnus Eisengrim/Paul Dempster. A unique piece of Canadiana, it should be an interesting read.


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