my spring reading list

Ahhh, I’m terribly behind on updating you all on my reading list. Reading hasn’t been a high priority these last few months, but it’s still a small part of my daily routine, usually between ten minutes or a half hour. This amount of time doesn’t help me finish books quickly, but as I haven’t updated you since February, I have quite a few books to tell you about. 🙂

Fireproof, by Eric Wilson: After reading the novel Courageous by Randy Alcorn, I saw the book Fireproof on my cousin’s shelf. I enjoyed reading it and learning details about the background story. Although the scenes follow closely with the movie itself, I really enjoyed it.
Tales of Larkin: Larkin’s Journal, by Alan Harris: I can’t recommend this book enough! As a twelve-year-old, I loved Dr. Harris’s first Larkin book, Hawthorn’s Discovery. The second book is the prequel, and even more exciting than the first. The story describes the adventures of Larkin and his friends, a group of inch-tall people. Their lives are filled with wild animal confrontations, battles with their enemies, and encounters with big-sized people. A fun romance between Larkin and the Princess spices up the story. Definitely a must-read! (And no, I’m not just saying that because my sister-in-law’s dad wrote it–although that’s an extra good reason to read it!) 🙂
Surprised by Joy, by C. S. Lewis: I always knew I loved C. S. Lewis. The Narnia books are the best series ever (no question there…although Laura Ingalls Wilder would be my second series choice!). Mere Christianity taught me to appreciate Lewis’s spiritual teaching. Surprised by Joy gave me a glimpse into his life. Although not an autobiography, Lewis uses experiences from his growing up years to document his journey to discovering true joy in Jesus Christ. A post with some favorite quotes is coming soon!
Pride and Prejudice, by Jane Austen: Shock. Surprise. Unbelief. I know you must be feeling those emotions right now over the fact that until 2012, I had never read this great classic. I’ve seen two screen versions of the book countless times, so I somehow thought that the book wouldn’t be an exciting read. But as I devoured the pages 12,000 feet up in the air (or however high an airplane normally flies!), I found myself laughing over details and conversations the movies omitted. I absolutely loved it.
Thirteen at Dinner; The A.B.C. Murders; Funerals Are Fatal; by Agatha Christie: Please put away your smelling salts after reading three such morbid titles in a row. No, I am not a huge murder mystery fan, but I am a finish-all-the-books-in-the-three-in-one-edition person. I’d never read Agatha Christie before, but during my last month of school, I desperately needed some mindless reading material. Since Agatha Christie is supposedly the best-selling novelist of all time, and the number of editions of her books is only behind the Bible and Shakespeare (according to this Wikipedia article), I decided to taste her writing style. She mastered the detective genre, if my observations are correct. At least, I never could pinpoint the guilty party in any of the three books. Her writing is engaging and exciting, an interesting study in reader captivation. Books rarely scare me, but hers certainly made me shine a flashlight around my room more than once!

How Ronald Reagan Changed My Life, by Peter Robinson: Written by one of Reagan’s speech writers, this book was a fascinating read. I’ve never understood the responsibilities of presidential speech-writing, and this book cleared up many of my questions. Robinson learned many lessons from Reagan’s life, and he shares them in a systematic and insightful manner. I don’t believe the author is a Christian (although he seems religious), so his observations about Reagan’s faith particularly interested me. (Warning: a few inappropriate words in direct quotations from certain individuals.)

2 Comments (+add yours?)

  1. Chantel
    Jun 18, 2012 @ 23:00:56

    Oh, loving your new look and so excited that you are finally a wordpress-ite. 😉

    I’ve read about two paragraphs since mid May. I guess I’ll get back on the reading wagon sometime around January when it is nearly time to start writing stuff for the March of Books! 😛


  2. nmetzler
    Jun 19, 2012 @ 00:05:43

    I finally read Pride and Prejudice a couple years ago (started it in an airplane as well!) and was astonished at how desperately I loved it.

    Enjoyed hearing about each of these books. 🙂


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