Monthly Archives: January 2013

2012’s best…

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My favorite books I read in 2012, in no particular order. Six reviews in sixty words or less!

Not one of them.

Not one of them.

Sophie Scholl and the White Rose– A young group of Christians created a series of pamphlets calling for opposition to the Nazi regime in Munich in 1942-1943. A gripping, incredible tale of citizens standing up for what’s right in the face of almost certain death. One of the members was canonized as a saint in 2012.

The Kingkiller Chronicle (I and II)– SFF at its best. Young gypsy-musician-wizard Kvothe goes out into the world to make a name for himself and stop ultimate evil from destroying the kingdom. Told almost entirely in flashbacks.

A Prayer for Owen Meaney– Classic John Irving tale of faith, family, and self-sacrifice. The title character is one of the most memorable I’ve read in ages (and not just because he speaks in ALL CAPS ALL THE TIME). A beautiful story full of characters who seem to breathe.

Orthodoxy and Heterodoxy– Theology nerd fun for those wondering what, exactly, the difference is between Orthodoxy and other major religions and why dogma matters.

On the Incarnation– Classic must read that spells out many things you’ve tried to say when defending your faith but couldn’t quite. CS Lewis’ introduction in this edition is excellent.

Divergent– It wouldn’t be a “best of” without a YA novel! Divergent introduces us to a new kind of dystopia, with people divided by their primary method of keeping peace. If you think it sounds like a recipe for disaster, then you’re right. Ender’s Game meets The Hunger Games with a compelling protagonist named Tris (whose hot boy friend doesn’t hurt the book’s case one bit).

I would like to note that I only read one of these books on Kindle. Interesting. Once more, happy 2013!

Poem of the Week #13

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Poem of the week is back! Enjoy!

Orpheus

by Robert Kelly

Orpheus can never look back at the real woman trailing behind him out of hell, the woman that anybody could see with ordinary eyes. Orpheus must keep his eyes firmly fixed on the imaginal Eurydice before him, towards whom he has struggled all his life. She is not imaginary, not at all, but realer than any mere apparency, than any momentary act of seeing. He must move always towards that perfect image of his wife, and so sustain himself and his song. If ever he turns back, that is, regresses into seeing his wife as an ordinary woman, she is lost. And he is lost.

2012 Totals

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This blog was, at least in part, an attempt to track what I read. I’ve always been curious about how much I read in a month/year.

Total number of posts: 74 (or approximately 7 per month, 1.5 per week).

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New Year’s Eve Wedding

Total number of books read by month:

December/January- 7ish?

February- 10

March- 7

April- 5

May- 6

June- 11

July- 7

August- 6

September- 2 (I call no way!)

October- 7

November/December- 14

TOTAL- 77

I don’t want to get obsessive about this, but I’m pretty sure I can do better next year. I’d like to read more and do fewer rereads. We all know how much I love my horrible teen novels though, so we’ll see how that goes.

I posted a total of 80 blog posts in 2012. That’s around 7 per month, or slightly over 1 per week. Again, I can do better. I would like to make it a goal to post twice a week in 2013. If I keep up the poem of the week, this is definitely achievable!

Happy 2013, everyone. I hope it was, and continues to be, merry and bright.

Things I’m currently reading- New Year’s Edition!

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New Year’s Day baking

New Year’s Day baking

January has at last arrived. I’ve enjoyed a most glorious break. Though I’m not eager to get back to routine on Thursday, Comedy of Errors rehearsals will be quite delightful.

This is also the time of year when I’ll need to start reading scripts for next year’s productions. I’m also hoping to produce/direct something myself this summer- grad school is ever on the horizon.

Wishing you and yours the happiest of New Years!

Daily spiritual reading-

  1. The Bible (via http://jordanville.org)
  2. Elder Ambrose of Optina, Sergius Chetverikov
  3. On the Incarnation, St. Athansius

Pleasure reading-

  1. Dragonfly in Amber, Diana Gabaldon Cider and Cold Sassy Tree
  2. Cold Sassy Tree, Olive Ann Burns
  3. M is for Magic, Neil Gaiman
  4. The List, Siobhan Vivian

Work-

  1. The Pushcart War, Jean Merrill
  2. The Bronze Bow, Elizabeth George Speare (reread)

Books that have been on hold, but want to finish-

  1. The Shipping News, E. Annie Proulx
  2. To the Lighthouse, Virginia Woolf
  3. The Gulag Archipelago, Aleksandr Solzhenitsyn (but I WILL finish it)

Just finished-

  1. That Summer, Sarah Dessen (reread)
  2. Second Chances, Jane Green (reread)
  3. Adorkable, Sarra Manning
  4. Bad Monkeys, Matt Ruff
  5. Smoke and Mirrors, Neil Gaiman
  6. Death of the Endless, Neil Gaiman

Stopped because I couldn’t take it anymore-

1. n/a

Next up-

  1. Comedy of Errors, William Shakespeare (I’ll be reading this over, and over, and over…)
  2. Everyday Saints and Other Stories, Archimandrite Tikhon
  3. Antonin Artaud Selected Writings, ed. Susan Sontag
  4. Cabaret, Isherwood, Kander, and Ebb (script)