May already, can you believe it?
April has been both a difficult and triumphant month personally. I lost my aunt, I finished up my contract at my school, and my immediate family’s recurring issues have been, well, recurring. However, I also sent in a graduate school application, had several interviews, and led the choir/readings for a church service for the first time (Royal Hours- Holy Friday).
Best of all, one of my dearest friends had a baby, and I started a new relationship. He’s lovely and treats me very well, though I have to watch my grammar a bit more now (English majors…).
Looking over the April Edition, I followed through on many of the tasks I set for myself. No, I didn’t get through most of the books I listed. The Pillars of the Earth has proved to be one of those tomes best read in actual book (as opposed to kindle) form. However, I did revisit many of my favorite bookstores, completed the CS Lewis, started to move away from chick lit (thank goodness!), and began reading actual paperbacks again. There are a number of books I’ve been picking up and putting down, but hey, it was Lent.
Not bad, April. Now let’s tackle May.
Daily spiritual reading-
- Elder Barsanuphius of Optina, Victor Afanasiev (this is taking a long time)
- The Bible. (Usually via http://jordanville.org)
- To the Lighthouse, Virginia Woolf
- An Uncommon Education, Elizabeth Percer
- Object Lessons, Anna Quindlen
- Under the Dome, Stephen King
Books that have been on hold, but want to finish-
- With Pain and Love for Contemporary Man, Elder Paisios
- The Private Life of Chairman Mao, Dr. Li Zhisui
- Miracles, C.S. Lewis
- The Red Queen, Philippa Gregory
- Dash and Lily’s Book of Dares, Rachel Cohn and David Levithan
- Along for the Ride, Sarah Dessen
- That Summer, Sarah Dessen
- The Hunger Games Trilogy, Suzanne Collins (yes, again.)
Stopped because I couldn’t take it anymore-
- Black Mass, Dick Lehr (we know what happens, and half my kids are using it to write papers)
- Perfect Match, Jodi Picoult (oh my gosh, I HATED this book.)
- A spiritual book that has a narrative (possibly Beauty for Ashes, as mentioned in an earlier post)
- The Corrections, Jonathan Franzen
- Breakfast at Tiffany’s, Truman Capote
- A Shakespeare- I still have 6 plays left.
- Insurgent, Veronica Roth (Divergent was one of the best dystopian YA novels I’ve read in a loooooong time)