FRIDAY FINDS… is where you share the book titles you discovered or heard about during the past week. These can be books you were told about, books you discovered while browsing blogs/bookstores online, or books that you actually purchased. This event is hosted by MizB at Should Be Reading.
This is my first week of Friday finds. I just discovered the Should Be Reading blog this week and am enjoying participating in some of the events hosted there and elsewhere.
MizB asks the question:
What great books did you hear about/discover this past week? Share with us your FRIDAY FINDS!
This week our local library was having one of its fairly regular used book sales. The prices are always good and I picked up the following 6 books for $4.50:
- ‘We The Living’ – Ayn Rand. I enjoyed ‘Anthem’, which I had to read a few years ago for a course and I thought I’d try this one for $0.50.
- ‘Scots Wha Hae Tae! Wha’s Like Us? Damn Few and They’re A’ Deid’ – Alasdair Anderson. This one looked like fun. Can’t go wrong at the price.
- ‘Jewel’ – Bret Lott. I have a couple of collections of short stories of his and enjoyed them. Hopefully this one will be good, too.
- ‘Chocolat’ – Joanne Harris. Loved the movie, looking forward to reading this some time!
- ‘The Bean Trees’ – Barbara Kingsolver. I bought this based purely on the author’s reputation.
- ‘Something Wicked This Way Comes’ – Ray Bradbury. His ‘Fahrenheit 451’ is one of my all-time favourites. Sorry to admit I haven’t read this one. Hope to rectify this soon!
I also got a few books in the mail that I had ordered from bookcloseouts.ca
including ‘An American Childhood’ and ‘Living by Fiction’ by Annie Dillard
, another of my favourite writers. I’m looking forward to a long winter of reading, hopefully.
Today, Booking Through Thursday asks the following questions:
1. What do you think of reading aloud/being read to? Does it bring back memories of your childhood? Your children’s childhood?
- There are certain times when I think it is great – poetry readings, author’s reading from their own work, listening to Scripture in worship, are some of these times. But there are also times when I want to go off to a quiet place alone and read by myself, which would still mainly be my preference. It does bring back memories of being read to as a child as well and some of those books are still quite dear to me.
2. Does this affect the way you feel about audio books?
- Audio books have their place, but I’m not a huge fan of them. They are good for listening to on a long journey if I’m the one having to drive, but other than that I prefer to have the words before me.
3. Do you now have times when you read aloud or are read to?
- I have recently started reading to my son each night. Currently we are working through a chapter of ‘The Chronicles of Narnia’ each night. It’s been an enjoyable experience so far.
This is another weekly book event hosted by ‘Should Be Reading’.
To play along, just answer the following three (3) questions…
• What are you currently reading?
• What did you recently finish reading?
• What do you think you’ll read next?
Here are my answers for this week:
What are you currently reading?
‘Persepolis: The Story of a Childhood’ (Marjane Satrapi) – interesting, intriguing, inspirational, informative account of growing up in Iran during the Islamic Revolution. It’s a graphic novel and it won’t take long to get through, but am finding it worth the read so far.
What did you recently finish reading?
‘The Man Who Created Narnia: The Story of C.S. Lewis’ (Michael Coren) – I’m finishing off my undergrad degree at the moment and one of the last courses I am working on is ‘The Apologetics of Lewis and Tolkien’, so I’ve been reading a lot of C.S. Lewis stuff recently to help me with the final paper for that course. This is a fairly brief, but informative, biographic sketch of C.S. Lewis. It’s not a hard read, but worth a look.
What do you think you’ll read next?
‘Ezekiel: The NIV Application Commentary’ (Iain M. Duguid) – the other course I’m doing to finish off my degree is on Ezekiel. This is the main text for the course, so I need to get on and get it read in order to write the final couple of papers for this. Once I get these courses done I have an ever-growing pile of book I want to read for ‘fun’!
Teaser Tuesdays is a weekly bookish meme, hosted by MizB of Should Be Reading. Anyone can play along! Just do the following:
- Grab your current read
- Open to a random page
- Share two (2) “teaser” sentences from somewhere on that page
- BE CAREFUL NOT TO INCLUDE SPOILERS! (make sure that what you share doesn’t give too much away! You don’t want to ruin the book for others!)
- Share the title & author, too, so that other TT participants can add the book to their TBR Lists if they like your teasers!
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