Thursday, June 10, 2010

Interests, reads, etc.

My latest "obsession" is the documentary Grey Gardens and the HBO movie Grey Gardens. I'm such a sucker for memoirs, true life stories and history. Once I find something I enjoy, I am fixated on it, trying to find out all I can about it. 

I also read the latest book on the Columbine massacre Columbine by Dave Cullen. Heaven knows why I picked this out at the library when I saw it. It was troubling, fascinating, of those books I was up until 1 a.m. reading. 
Also read The Long Emergency. Another fascinating, troubling, yet not surprising read.
A funny, light read: I Was Told There'd Be Cake by Sloan Crosley. I liked it because she grew up in the county I live in now, and her stories of living in New York City were entertaining.
In true form, I have not read anything on my 2010 book list: 2010 book list. Best I better get to reading.....
What are you enjoying lately?


Prairie Chick said...

just finished re-reading Sense and Sensibility (don't ask me how many times I have read this book in my lifetime, it's a true favorite).

The Daily Discipler by Neil T. Anderson (plan to be reading this one daily for the rest of my LIFE, love, love, LOVE it.

Just finished The Life You've Always Wanted (Spiritual Disciplines for Ordinary People) had borrowed this one from our church library and found myself spending weeks digesting each simple yet transformational chapter so I went out and bought my own copy and plan to make this a chapter a month discipline as well.

Reading In Search of Delicious to my kindergartner and Anne of the Island to my girls and Dear Canada books to discuss with my girls who are reading them as readers for Canadian History this year.

Aimee said...

"The Bleak House" series is great to watch...Mike and I loved it.

Enjoyed the books Made from Scratch, Ella Minnow Pea, and Traveling with Pomegranates. Am currently reading Evangelical Is Not Enough and Superfreakonomics.

Sheila said...

I enjoyed the movie The Young Victoria. It inspired me to find a few biographies of Queen Victoria at my library.

I read most of the book The Happiness Project and found it interesting. Her lifestyle is very different from mine (New York City, works full time, wealthy) and she isn't a Christian so I didn't relate to everything.

Right now, I'm obsessed with thrift stores, Craig's List and painting things I find there. Anyone have 2 Queen Anne style night stands they want to sell me cheap? :)

Laura said...

I loved Grey Gardens! It was so fascinating, and the story just stays with you.

I just finished reading The War of Art and loved it!

Currently, I'm reading a biography on Lewis Carroll (The Mystery of Lewis Carroll) and snippets of a very large book called A New Literary History of America.

Natalie said...

I LOVE true stories, biographies and autobiographies, too. You know my recent reads but I'll share them here,too, if anyone commenting might be interested:

Bonhoeffer: Pastor, Martyr, Prophet, Spy by Eric Metaxasis an exhaustive biography of this German pastor and leader of the church's resistance movement in Nazi Germany. I learned so much and am inspired to read some of Bonhoeffer's original works.

I Dared to Call Him Father: The Miraculous Story of a Women's Encounter with God by Bilquis Sheik. Sheik was a well to do, divorced Muslim woman in Pakistan who came "face to face" with Jesus through a series of dreams and supernatural experiences. She decided to find out more out this Jesus and begins to study the Bible side by side with the Koran to decipher which is truth. I Dared to Call Him Father is Sheik's autobiography and her testimony spills onto the pages with beauty and palpable imagery making it difficult for the reader to tear away from the story.

Chasing the Dragon: One Woman's Struggle Against the Darkness of Hong Kong's Drug Dens was the perfect follow up read. In the book, Jackie Pullinger describes her transformation from a nominal Christian young woman living in middle class England to an empowered, zealous lover of and evangelist to the desperate inhabitants of Hong Kong's infamous Walled City. I loved this book- I feel like it is a must read for American christians!!!

I'm reading Life of Washington now, a biography written by his niece, Anna Reed. Only on Chapter 1 but fascinating so far!

Anonymous said...

Bleak House...we love the line, "Shake me up, Judy!" for whatever reason it's so highly appropriate for so many situations! :)

I just read The Magic of Ordinary Days after watching the Hallmark movie of the same title. It was so good...beautiful, lovely and simple.

I'm also enjoying The Weed that Strings the Hangman's the same author that wrote The Sweetness at the Bottom of the Pie.

Loved this post...always looking for a good read!


Christine said...

I just finished Beverly Lewis' series "Abram's Daughters". I just love the Amish/Mennonite's one of my getaways, truthfully. I'm also reading "The Pursuit of Holiness" by Jerry Bridges and it's wonderful, very meaty. I picked up "The Pilot's Wife" for my vacation and I can barely put it down each night to go to sleep.

Alison said...

I just finished Beautiful Boy by David Sheff. I could not put it down! A must read for all parents.

Also read They like Jesus but not the church a few weeks ago. Along with unChristian=heavy stuff especially for a 33 year old new Christian :)

Right now I'm reading The Shack, Going Rogue, and Game Change.

children of eve said...

Putting Grey Gardens at the top of my Netflix.
I just finished Kristen Lavransdatter...great, great book. Just received the movie version.

Anonymous said...

A great non-fiction biography is "The Peabody Sisters" One sister married Nathaniel Hawthorne, one married Horace Mann. The eldest sister never married but was hugely influential in the Unitarian movement and philosophy in the very early 1800's.

The Peabodys were relatives of Abigail Adams and it's such an informative and interesting book!


Tracey Monroe said...

I'm not a frequent commenter but I enjoy following your blog.
I love that you shared what you're reading. This is one of my favorite pastimes so I really enjoy hearing what others are picking up.

What you said about the Columbine book is how I felt when I recently started Another Man's War by Sam Childers which is about the civil war in Sudan and an American pastor who goes right into the middle of it to save children who would otherwise be kidnapped and forced to be soldiers. It is enthralling and hard to put down.

I'm also reading There is No Me Without You by Melissa Fay Greene. She writes about a woman in Ethiopia who goes through major loss in her life. She begins to take in orphans and the book chronicles her life from there.

I also started Down Came the Rain by Brooke Shields. It's a book about her journey of postpartum depression which was given to me 2 years ago when my son was born and I walked through that darkness. Now I'm finally able to read something like this.

Thanks for asking!