The first month of 2017 is officially in the books, and now I just need to make it through the darkest, worst month of the year (February) before March slowly starts to usher in Spring. Thank God February is a short month.
I’m off the mark on my reading goals, work has been mentally exhausting so for the last 2 weeks I’ve been coming home and just let my brain go to sleep (aka, binge watching everything). But, I did make some book progress.
To recap, my January reading goals were:
How to Read a Book – Mortimer Adler
The Return of the King – JRR Tolkien
Bearing False Witness: Debunking Centuries of Anti-Catholic Heresies – Rodney Stark
Books I Finished:
The Return of the King: I enjoyed it. I think it was probably my favourite of the Lord of the Rings, which seems to be the standard consensus from people I know. It was still slow going in parts. But, ultimately, I loved it. Probably will never read it again. 4/5
Bearing False Witness: This was great. It gives a solid backing on common Catholic misconceptions and how so much of history got the Church so freaking wrong. I kept forgetting the author was not Catholic and was literally, as he put it, not defending the Church but defending history. Great for Catholics and non-Catholics. 5/5
Books I’m Still working On:
How to Read a Book: I’m still working at this book. It’s more of a textbook than I expected (although, I didn’t really have expectations. It would have been great to have read before I was in university. Gives a thorough explanation on how to effectively absorb what you are reading. I’m 33% of the way through, so I’ll just keep plugging away.
Hostile Witnesses: This is actually a book from my March list, but I started it when I got sick of Adler. I have about 100ish pages left. It’s a good book, and in a similar vein to Bearing False Witness. Except written by a Catholic and about individuals who, through their attempts to discredit the Church, manage to support it.
The World’s First Love: This is the first Ven. Fulton J. Sheen book I’ve started (I’m 2% done) it was a recommendation from my best friend after I told her I couldn’t figure out how to relate to Mary, Mother of God and how a Marian devotion was just not ever going to be my thing. This book was an addition and not part of my 2017 Reading Goals. #IDoWhatIWant
Hush: Oof. This was a spontaneous Amazon Kindle recommendation and it was only $5 so I figured why not. The author, Eishes Chayil (a pseudonym), is telling the story of a girl growing up in a Hassidic Jewish community who finds out her friend is being abused. It’s poorly written and all the characters are 1 dimensional. I’ll probably finish it (I’m nearly half done), but I’ve been skimming a ton because most chapters are unrelated to the bigger story. The book is essentially 2 competing stories.
Books I’ll be Picking up in February:
My February book goals are to finish How to Read a Book, Hostile Witnesses and Quiet by Susan Cain. I also have For Whom The Bell Tolls by Ernest Hemingway on my list which I have to start and finish. I’ll also try to finish my two January additions (Hush & The World’s First Love).
In order to do so, I’ll have to read about 50 pages a day (or 32, if I don’t include the 2 additional books).