To date I’ve read seven short stories (better than the two per month goal), three full books (a memoir, a novel, and an exchange of letters), and two books of the Old Testament. That’s about on goal, but I’m so well into the currently reading list that a number of those books are near complete. Unplanned addition was a book (84, Charing Cross Road) of letter exchanges over the post WWII years by a New York City writer Helene Hanff and the friends she made at a London bookstore. It was recommended by a friend and I thought it would make a great little read while on vacation.
My Lenten reads are both over three-quarters read: Thomas à Kempis’s The Imitation of Christ and a recent addition that was unmentioned, Happy Catholic by Julie Davis. Yes, the Thomas à Kempis’ is as dry as forewarned, and so I decided to add a pick-me-up for Lent and went with a book from one of my favorite bloggers, Julie Davis at Happy Catholic.
Another unplanned addition was a recently published book (Prue Shaw’s Reading Dante) on Dante’s Divine Comedy that got such good reviews I was enticed to pick it up. I’m two thirds into it. I’m well into the Hopkin’s poetry and only about 15% into Goldworthy’s Julius Caesar. But those books will be stretched out to last the year. I started Les Misérables, and in a flash I’m fifty pages in; it’s good reading! For this year I’m only planning to read the first volume of Hugo’s epic work, titled Fantine, but if it goes this fast I may add to that.
Here’s the status and near term plans.
“The Doom of the Griffiths,” a short story by Elizabeth Gaskell.
The Book of Tobit, a book of the Old Testament.
“Rappaccini’s Daughter,” a short story by Nathaniel Hawthorne.
Life on the Mississippi, a memoir by Mark Twain.
The Book of Judith, a book of the Old Testament.
“The Ransom of Red Chief,” a short story by O. Henry.
Washington Square, a novel by Henry James.
84, Charing Cross Road, a collection of correspondence by Helene Hanff.
“Fifty Grand,” a short story by Ernest Hemingway.
“A Simple Enquiry,” a short story by Ernest Hemingway.
“The Pitcher,” a short story by Andre Debus.
“After Twenty Years,” a short story by O. Henry.
Gerard Manly Hopkins: Poems and Prose, Selected and Edited by W. H. Gardner.
Julius Caesar: Life of a Colossus, by Adrian Goldsworthy.
Reading Dante: From Here to Eternity, a non-fiction work of literary criticism by Prue, Shaw.
The Imitation of Christ, a non-fiction devotional by Thomas à Kempis.
Happy Catholic, a non-fiction devotional by Julie Davis.
Fantine, the 1st Volume of Les Misérables, a novel by Victor Hugo.
“Paul’s Case,” a short story by Willa Cather.
“Wee Willie Winkie,” a short story by Rudyard Kipling.
"Sredni Vashtar,” a short story by Saki (H.H. Munro).
“The Wood-Sprite,” a short story by Vladimir Nabokov.
“Russian Spoken Here,” a short story by Vladimir Nabokov.
The Book of Esther, a book of the Old Testament.
Some Do Not…, the 1st novel of the Parade’s End Trilogy by Ford Madox Ford.