I have not, for the past year or so, spent nearly enough time reading. I get busy and sidetracked by craft projects, but I really miss books. So I straightened out whatever had gone wonky with my library card (because I’d walk past a library think, oh I miss libraries and then go home and buy books on Amazon) and got a Kindle to make commute reading easier.
I’ve also decided to use Goodreads more to help track what I’m reading; I’m over there as quirkyknitgirl so if you’re on Goodreads, add me!
Some of what I’m reading now:
Beyond Outrage: What has gone wrong with our economy and our democracy, and how to fix them (Kindle Single) by Robert Reich — Read this. Right now. It’s a great use of the e-book format, because he’s able to include recent events and it doesn’t feel stale. It’s also a really understandable case laid out for what the hell is wrong with our country economically.
Alone Together: Why We Expect More from Technology and Less from Each Other by Shelly Turkle — This one hits a bit close to home, but is really thought-provoking. It also makes me want to unplug my electronics and go sit in a park with people or something.
The Story of Mankind by Hendrik Willem van Loon — My mom and I have started a project to read all the Newbery award and Newbery honor books. This was the 1922 Newbery award winner and it’s really fascinating to read a history book written in the 1920s. Some of it still holds and some of it..yeah. I shake my head.
Rescuing the Bible from Fundamentalism: A Bishop Rethinks the Meaning of Scripture by Bishop John Shelby Spong — I feel weirdly unqualified to evaluate books on theology, but I’m enjoying this. It’s very readable, and I’ve gotten some valuable context for keeping in mind the historical and social context in which the Bible was written and compiled.
Shamanic Wisdom in the Pyramid Texts: The Mystical Tradition of Ancient Egypt by Jeremy Naydler — So help me, I will finish this book. It’s interesting, in terms of examining the idea of Egyptian religion as shamanic in nature rather than funerary based but it’s extremely dense. Extremely. BUT I WILL TRIUMPH.
There are a few others I’ve started, but those are the main books I’m working on. What are you reading these days?
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