WWW Wednesday: April 11, 2018

This week, I am participating in WWW Wednesday, a weekly meme hosted by Taking on a World of Words. My friend Brittany participates each week, and I thought I would take a week to do it as well! It’s pretty easy. You just write a post answering the three questions (written below), and then comment below with a link to your post! If you don’t have a blog, that’s okay – just answer the questions in the comments.

Here are the questions:

What are you currently reading?
What did you recently finish reading?
What do you think you’ll read next?

What are you currently reading?

I have two books that I am actively reading, and two that I am passively reading. By actively reading, I mean that I am reading so as to finish the books as soon as possible. By passively reading, I mean that I am taking the books one chapter or so many pages a day or week, taking a leisurely stroll through them.

My actively reading:

Mistborn by Brandon Sanderson: this book has been recommended to me numerous times over the years. It came back on my radar recently, so I decided it was time to give it a go. I have loved reading it so far! I hope to have it finished and reviewed soon. Here is the Goodreads summary to help pique your interest:mistborn

The Mists rule the night.
The Lord Ruler owns the world.

Once, a hero arose to save the world. A young man with a mysterious heritage courageously challenged the darkness that strangled the land.

He failed.

For a thousand years since, the world has been a wasteland of ash and mist ruled by the immortal emperor known as the Lord Ruler. Every revolt has failed miserably.

Yet somehow, hope survives. Hope that dares to dream of ending the empire and even the Lord Ruler himself. A new kind of uprising is being planned, one built around the ultimate caper, one that depends on the cunning of a brilliant criminal mastermind and the determination of an unlikely heroine, a street urchin who must learn to master Allomancy, the power of a Mistborn.

The Everlasting Man by G. K. Chesterton: I first read this book during my senior year of college as part of the requirements for my Philosophy of Religion class. This is part of this year’s bookshelf challenge, and I am once again enjoying Chesterton’s colorful narrative! Here is the summary from Goodreads: everlastingman

What, if anything, is it that makes the human uniquely human? This, in part, is the question that G.K. Chesterton starts with in this classic exploration of human history. Responding to the evolutionary materialism of his contemporary (and antagonist) H.G. Wells, Chesterton in this work affirms human uniqueness and the unique message of the Christian faith. Writing in a time when social Darwinism was rampant, Chesterton instead argued that the idea that society has been steadily progressing from a state of primitivism and barbarity towards civilization is simply and flatly inaccurate. “Barbarism and civilization were not successive stages in the progress of the world,” he affirms, with arguments drawn from the histories of both Egypt and Babylon.

As always with Chesterton, there is in this analysis something (as he said of Blake) “very plain and emphatic.” He sees in Christianity a rare blending of philosophy and mythology, or reason and story, which satisfies both the mind and the heart. On both levels it rings true. As he puts it, “in answer to the historical query of why it was accepted, and is accepted, I answer for millions of others in my reply; because it fits the lock; because it is like life.” Here, as so often in Chesterton, we sense a lived, awakened faith. All that he writes derives from a keen intellect guided by the heart’s own knowledge.

My passively reading:

Holiness by J. C. Ryle: This book is a collection of essays by Ryle on sanctification and the process of it. I believe they were originally published individually over the course of several months. But now, they are assembled together as a cohesive book. I originally tried to actively read this book, but quickly realized this is not how this book was meant to be consumed. Holiness is best consumed a chapter per day, as each chapter is thick and heavy with difficult concepts.

Institutes of the Christian Religion by John Calvin: This book is fairly self-explanatory. Translated from French, it is Calvin’s single most important work. He writes not just on doctrine, but also on the daily living out of one’s theology. A great work from a great reformer, that cannot just be rushed through. Whenever I sit down to read this, I do about ten to fifteen pages at a time, depending on section breaks. I hope to finish this long before the end of the year, but it’s a long one!

What did you recently finish reading?

My two most recently finished books are Surprised by Joy by C. S. Lewis and Ready Player One by Ernest Cline. Both were rereads, and I have a great love for both of these books. Lewis’s book is the telling of how God brought him from atheism to theism to Christianity. And Cline’s is a fast-paced, fun dystopian novel about a race through puzzles and 80s pop culture to find a mysterious Easter egg hidden in a virtual reality game.

I would highly recommend both of these books as great, quick reads if you’re looking for your next read. They sum up my main reading interests very well: theology and science fiction.

What do you think you will read next?

I have two books that I would like to read next, once I finish my two active reads.

The Sky Drifter by Paris Singer: This book is this month’s buddy read with Brittany! I’m looking forward to reading this one. The description made it the for sure pick for the month!

Wandering in the vastness of space, is the Sky Drifter; an academy reserved for the best students in the known universe. Seven is just such a student. Gifted in strategy and Sphere, he lives happily on-board with his friends Iris and Pi, taking on his rival, visiting planets for exploration and competition. Everything is the way he likes it, until he sees a mysterious girl in a red coat, who will reveal to him a secret that will bring everything he thought he knew crashing down around him.

Just So Stories by Rudyard Kipling: This book is another reread for me. Growing up, my siblings and I had a tradition of visiting both sets of grandparents for a week or two each over the summer. At my mom’s parents’, my Nana and Grandpa, my Nana would always have me read stories out loud in the evening. I have loved to read since I first learned how, and my Nana loves hearing me read, so it was perfect. My favorite stories to read from were the Just So Stories. They gave me my love of short stories! A couple years ago, as a tribute to these fun childhood memories, my Nana gave me this book for Christmas. I look forward to reading these stories and reliving wonderful childhood memories!

 

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