Despite my out-of-date reading list I have continued to read this semester. My reading was stunted in January and February due to excessive vocab in Hebrew. I have read several books since then, however.
A Tale of Two Cities
This is another (some would say his best) classic by Dickens. It took me a while to get into it, but about when they finally arrived in Paris towards the end of the book it was came together. I have found that true with many "classics" that they urge you to give up half way through, but if you persist you are greatly rewarded. My favorite scene was a fight to the death between an English maid and a French woman. The English maid, though she had lived in France for sometime, refused to learn French because she hated the French (I love it). When the two of them fight they yell back and forth at each other but neither understands the other, and yet they communicate perfectly. There were so many redeeming qualities about this book, but most were saved until the very end. I doubt most readers would have the patience to wait.
A Wrinkle in Time
I read this book when I was young and didn't understand a word. Reading it this time around it was better, but not a favorite. The author deliberately raises questions and then doesn't answer them (I know this because they interviewed her about it) and she had this obsession with intuition. She seems to enjoy mystery herself and so she left much in her work unexplained. Even though this was deliberate I felt it just lazy. The questions wouldn't annoy me if they related to life in general, but they didn't. They were limited to the realm of her story so they create interest then offer no outlet for exploration.
I enjoyed this book from cover to cover. This was similar to 1984 in that history was always being re-written. It showed a very natural progression from liberty to bondage. Everything is about controlling information and the one who can do that will rule. Highly recommended.
I Shouldn't Even Be Doing This!
This was a comedy book by Bob Newhart about his life. I became interested in this comedian when he was celebrated on TV with some lifetime achievement award. I saw some of his old routines on the program and loved them. I have been interested in improving my comedic affect in my writing so I picked up his book. I imagine if a humerous writer tried stand-up comedy he would be about as successful as this book was. It had its moments, though.
This was a book about writing by Stephen King. If you fancy yourself a writer and have not read this book, I highly recommend it. I have read several books on writing and the only I have enjoyed as much is The Elements of Style.
I also read some theology on the side, but I will not bore you with the details. I just finished watching Charlotte's Web (better than expected), Little Women (I may have to read the book now) and the original Parent Trap 1 (funny enough) and 2 (what were they thinking). I am currently reading The Wind in the Willows, but I'm not sure I buy the whole animals in clothes thing if they are not trying to take over the farm.