Tuesday, April 6, 2010

Bookmarks

Y'all probably know by now that I read a lot (remember, no Netflix). Time to catch you up on the current stack of books with bookmarks in them which are laying around my house.

1) Still pecking away at Robert Jordan's "Wheel of Time" series for the third time. Kind of like background noise, or comfort food. I'm up to #7, "A Crown of Swords." These are really fun, although the cover art is pretty splashy and it's a little embarrassing to be seen carrying them around.

2) "Zodiac" by Neal Stephenson. I adore his writing, and thought I had read everything by he'd ever written twice already, but then spied this on my friend Charles' bookshelf. It promises to be an "eco-thriller" on the front cover. I've just started it, and so can't say much about it yet...but I've already laughed out loud at a couple of delightfully wry twists of phrase.

3) The crown jewel of my little stack of reading materials is "Three Cups of Tea" by Greg Mortenson and David Relin. It's about Greg's mission to build schools in Pakistan in the isolated rural mountain communities, and how that story came about. His work in kindness and education stand out as an example of promoting peace, especially as the story moves through the post 9/11 era...he's in the countries that are being bombed and blamed, working with the regular people who are simply living their lives in the midst of chaos. It's very moving and riveting and real. One quote from Greg stood out to me:
"In times of war, you often hear leaders–Christian, Jewish, and Muslim–saying, 'God is on our side.' But that isn't true. In war, God is on the side of refugees, widows, and orphans."

So what are YOU reading? I am always looking for recommendations.

3 comments:

Brewers Union Local 180 said...

... to do justice, to love mercy, and to walk humbly with your God ...

nickisnook.net said...

Loved "Three Cups of Tea." Mortenson has a second book out - the title escapes me at the moment - but I am sure it is as good.

Currently, just finished a collection of Roald Dahl short stories. Have a Jen Lancaster book - fluff but a nice escape - that I started ages ago that needs to be finished. Also have a new book for work that I MUST finish so I can write the web site content for the book.

JE said...

I've completed Michael Pollan's "Omnivores Dilemma" and "In Defense of Food" and am currently working on "Botany of Desire".

I also have "Scripture, Culture and Agriculture" by Ellen Davis going - forward by Wendell Berry - reading for my job I guess. There's also "Climate Justice - Ethics, Energy, and Public Policy" by James Martin-Schramm that is waiting on my desk at work to be read.

And a friend of mine sent me a self-published children's book of tales he used to tell his kids when they were young, text and illustrations his own, called "Mr. McGoofy". My bedtime material.

And I've yet to finish Olivia Judson's "Dr. Tatiana's Sex Advice for All Creation" and "How to Be an Adult" by Nerissa Neilds.