{July 8, 2014}   Much Belated 101 Books in 1001 Days Update

Hi all! First of all, I’m sorry – this has been a particularly protracted break from blogging, even for me. The first six or so months of 2014 have been particularly busy ones, as not only have I had the usual “busy working mom” stuff on my plate, but for three months that work went from part-time to full-time. And as much of my work is done in my computer, when I have had some leisure time, I’ve been more inclined to put away the screen. Which has been bad news for keeping up with my blog, but good news for progress through my reading list. As such, I thought that would be a good place to wade back into the blogging waters (although by no means will it end here – I promise to be more of a presence in the *somewhat* quieter summer months).

Below, please note that I’ve swapped out “INTERVIEW WITH THE VAMPIRE” for “QUIET: THE POWER OF INTROVERTS IN A WORLD THAT CAN’T STOP TALKING”, by Susan Cain, and “JESUS FOR THE NON-RELIGIOUS” for “TAKE THIS BREAD” by Sara Miles. Jesus for the Non-Religious will probably return to this list (or my next one), it was just the easiest place to make room for this other book on a similar topic (progressive Christianity) of a similar length.Β I will also bold and cross off books I have read since the start of the year, rather than naming them all here. πŸ™‚

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. The Book of Negroes – Lawrence Hill
42. Being Both: Embracing Two Religions in One Interfaith Family – Susan Katz Miller
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.Β Quiet: The Power of Introverts in a World that Can’t Stop Talking – Susan Cain.
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.Β Take this Bread – Sara Miles

This time around I’m not going to review each book individually with any kind of depth, as there are several. But I will say I enjoyed and recommend each of them, albeit perhaps for somewhat different audiences. Briefly, HAVE A LITTLE FAITH is a sweet, short, inspiring book about the presence of God in two faith communities and specifically two clergy members with radically different life experiences. BEING BOTH outlines the experience of living life as an interfaith family like ours, and makes a compelling case that more than a confusing or difficult experience, it can be a very fulfilling and rewarding one.

THE UNITED CHURCH OF CANADA: A HISTORY and TEAM OF RIVALS I actually read some time ago but forgot to strike off here. The former is a collection of essays outlining the history of the United Church of Canada from both a timeline-type perspective and an issues-based perspective. A bit of an “academic” read but a worthwhile one. The latter, similarly, is a bit scholarly in that it was written by a historian, but one who makes Abraham Lincoln’s rise to power and his close work with men who could otherwise have been political rivals during the Civil War amazingly accessible. The man was quite something, and Doris Kearns Goodwin does an exceptional job of illustrating that. Highly recommended.

QUIET: THE POWER OF INTROVERTS IN A WORLD THAT WON’T STOP TALKING is an insightful revelation into the world of introversion, removing a lot of the misperceptions, assumptions, and stigma attached to the introverted, who can in fact be incredibly social, powerful and world-moving if we as a society stop thinking “shyness” is necessarily a defect and can work to see the richness beyond the perhaps quieter facade. And lastly, THE POISONWOOD BIBLE is a sweeping yet intimate story of a troubled missionary family in the even more troubled Congo of the 1960s – not by any means an easy or a light read, but a fascinating one from a literary/poetic perspective, as well as the perspective of history, politics, etc.

If any of these books sound interesting to you, I can certainly recommend any of them highly, even though they are vastly different books that are designed for very different audiences (unless, like me, you aren’t a terribly picky reader in terms of genre and enjoy almost anything). πŸ™‚

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