Monday, September 06, 2010

Books, books and more books

Buying books.
Moving books.
Sorting books.
Looking for books.
Loaning books.
Borrowing books.
Arranging books.
Shelving books.
Moving books.
Moving books.
Moving books.

The implied subject is "I" and the helping verb is "am".

History books, literature books, children's books, art books, old books, new books, writing books, coloring books, small books, large books, heavy books, paperback books, music books, map books, used books, new books, musty books, fresh books, funny books, inspiring books, borrowed books, my books--they're all on my shelves at home and at school.

And that is my life right now as another school year comes hurdling toward me. At this time next week I will have completed the first day of the first operating year of Pascal Academy, a brand new Great Books school.

It's a good thing I like books!

While we're on the topic, anyone want to share something you read or enjoyed or hated or re-read in the last six months? I'd like to know what books are in your life.


Anonymous said...

Well, you know me...always reading something! I have just finished the 6th book in the series "The Elm Creek Quilts", and now am reading "GOLDEN RULES, The Ten Ethical Values Parents Need To Teach Their Children" by Wayne Dosik...I am thinking this should be a mandatory read for ALL PARENTS! Other than that, I am reading my Bible faithfully each day and am realizing how lost I am without my daily time with the Lord.

Unknown said...

I just finished a collection of Jack London's autobiographical and political works. It definitely revealed a side of him that does not come out in "White Fang" or "Call of the Wild." He was a bit of a drifter, an alcoholic, and a die-hard communist/socialist. All things I did not realize before. (Incidentally, I do not think he was a racist, as is commonly charged). It's been a good lesson in 1) reading primary sources and 2) reading all of an author's works to form an opinion of him/her.

I'm on to Mark Twain's travel narratives. I'm working through "A Tramp Abroad" right now. I love his comparison of one of Wagner's operas with the sound of an orphanage burning down. I love Wagner, but that's still funny!

Anonymous said...

I've read a ton lately, but one you'd find interesting is The Big Burn by Timothy Egan. It's about the massive forest fire that destroyed Wallace, ID and millions of acres in the early 1900's. It has the history of the National Forest Service too, and it's absolutely fascinating. Egan also wrote an excellent book on the people that stuck out the Dust Bowl in OK/KS that I'd highly suggest.