It’s probably a couple hundred items long. I have a worrying tendency to get more books than I have time to read – everything from classic sci-fi to chemistry textbooks (yes, I plan eventually to snuggle up with a mug of cocoa and read about valence shells and chemical reactions, I’m trying to make up for my awful college chem classes that I’ve blocked most memories of) to Dickens to the Thousand and One Nights and more.
I’m reading Chris Abani’s The Virgin of Flames right now, and it’s excellent.
Captain Blood by Rafael Sabatini
Robinson Crusoe by Daneil Defoe
I also hope to add in Huckleberry Finn before the summer is over. I told my daughter I was going to try to read 8 books before she went back to school. All of them have to have pirates involved in some way. I’m on #2, with a month and a half to go. It’s not looking good for me.
I have a ton of books at home that I’ve never read that I want to get to eventually. Most of them are modern action novels. Nothing really profound, but there are several classics in there that I want to get to.
Summa Theologia (on vol. 1 now)
St. Augustine’s City of God
Re-read his "Confession"
Scott Hahn’s Lamb’s Supper
others of Hahn’s
Mary at the Foot of the Cross (forgot author)
More of Hilaire Belloc
Any Early Fathers I can get my hands on (newadvent.org has many)
Far From the Madding Crowd
The Chosen ( a many-multiple read, along with all Chiam Potok books)
a book about Pope BenedictXVI, by somebody who works with Vatican Radio…not entirely complimentary on him, but with a lot of interesting “inside” views and stories. With a big grain of salt, very interesting.
Calvin’s Commentary on Daniel
The Children of Hurin (the “new” Tolkien)
Most of the “History of Middle Earth” series
Gibbon’s Decline and Fall of the Roman Empire
Walter Miller’s "A Canticle for Leibowitz"
Chang & Halliday’s life of Mao
Randall Zachmann’s "The Assurance of Faith"
Philip Mansel, "Constantinople"
Caroline Finkel, “Osman’s Dream"
Bultmann’s Commentary on John
Barth’s Church Dogmatics
St. Athanasius on the Incarnation
St. Irenaeus Against Heresies
"The Case Against Q”
"Free From All Error"
The anti-Pelagian writings of St. Augustine
Luther’s Commentary on Galatians
"An Antonio Gramsci Reader"
Catholic Social Teaching and the Market Economy
If I read all the books I hoped to, I would have little time for anything else. I have just finished reading “The Memoirs and Confessions of a Justified Sinner” - which, despite the title, is a (19th-century) psychological novel: & a gripping one at that. (“Osman’s Dream” is a history of Ottoman Turkey from 1300 to 1923.)
Just now I am reading:
*]Luther’s “On the Bondage of the Will”
*]Thomas Boston’s “Human Nature in its Fourfold State”[/LIST]Time for something Catholic, perhaps - like “The Catholic Controversy”, by St. Francis de Sales.
Half a day, huh? Do you know that I have read each of the Harry Potter books out loud to my kids. It takes days and days, and I always end up with a hoarse voice because I can always be talked into reading “just one more chapter.” Yeah right.
:rolleyes: I always have to avoid the temptation of reading ahead on my own too, since that would be sort of like cheating on my kids I think. I know they agree. It’s more fun to read it for the first time together.
Now the challenge is going to be to keep my 16 yo daughter away from it while we wait for my 13 yo son to get back from summer camp tomorrow.
I got home with the book around 1 am, read until about 3 am, slept until 10 am, got up, and read on and off until 1:45 am. I finished the book in 25 hours total. I didn’t get much housework done, but I managed to keep the kids alive while I read it!