Monday, April 4, 2011

March Reading

March was a busy month of reading for me. The highlight of which was probably reading Madeleine L'Engle's Time Quintet series for the first time. Though honestly, I read so many great books!

The Guardian's of Ga'Hoole books I'm reading for a program at work. In fact I'm designing a board game for trivia questions about the books. We'll see if 4th/5th grader's can outsmart the game. :)

I checked a couple reading goals off my list this month, namely a fantasy book (read several of those!) and a science-fiction book. I also feel like Mary Beth Chapman's book, Choosing to See could count for a spiritual growth book as it was filled with reminders of God's faithfulness even in the face of enormous pain and confusion about His plan; the Chapman's story of faith following the loss of a little a daughter at five is a remarkable testament to God. Definitely worth reading.

I will draw your attention briefly to Hamlet's Blackberry by William Powers. Such a worthwhile and timely book examining our highly connected lives and what it means to live well when we're attached to everyone and everything through phones, email, social networks, etc. While I am far from the most connected person (hello, I don't even have texting on my phone!), I still found many useful thoughts to ponder and maintain perspective in a world that rarely lets us alone. There is value in being connected, but there is much value in being disconnected as well. Learning to live well while balancing these opposing ways of life is at the heart of the book. I'd highly recommend a read of this book.

Completed reading list for the month:

Guardian's of Ga'Hoole by Kathryn Lasky:
The Capture
The Journey

Time Quintet by Madeleine L'Engle:
A Wrinkle in Time
A Wind in the Door

A Swiftly Tilting Planet

Many Waters

An Acceptable Time

I Capture the Castle
by Dodie Smith
One of Our Thursday's is Missing by Jasper Fforde
Hamlet's Blackberry by William Powers
Choosing to See by Mary Beth Chapman
The Lathe of Heaven by Ursula Le Guin
Two-Part Invention by Madeleine L'Engle


Liz said...

I've been wanting to read Hamlet's Blackberry. The title alone gets me interested.:) It sounds worthwhile. I still have never read the L'Engle series, but it has been highly recommended to me.

jeremy said...

Yeah, I need to read Hamlet's Blackberry, too. Maybe Steph can lead an online book discussion group on the matter!

sam said...

I have to confess I'm a little jealous of your reading list. How do you find the time? My "want to read" list always grows at an alarming rate when compared to my "read recently" list.

stephanie said...

Don't be too jealous, Sam, I get lots of reading time because I have very few social engagements. :) And in truth, my "want to read" list grows at an alarming rate, even though I get quite a lot of reading done.

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