At least it hasn't been a whole month since I last posted. It's only been 27 days.
So far I have spent this summer just reading as much as I can. Now that school's out of the way I can actually get down to learning! (Or at least, that's what it feels like.) The problem is that I add about 5 books to me To Be Read list for every book I finish. There's just not enough time to read everything I want to -- and, to top it off, I've come to the conclusion that I ought to be reading slower than I normally do so that I can absorb things more fully.
This past week I finished reading The Man Who Was Thursday by G.K. Chesterton and Pretties by Scott Westerfeld. Both of them were quite good, and both of them kept me in a dreadful amount of suspense. More complete reviews for both those books are coming shortly.
There are a couple books that are currently balancing on the top of my currently-reading pile:
Scribbling in the Sand: Christ and Creativity, by Michael Card. This book, recommended to me by a writer friend, comes right on the heels of having read Walking on Water: Reflections on Faith and Art by Madeleine L'Engle. While on the outset it looks like the books represent two different voices saying the same thing, I am already finding a number of differences. After finishing Walking on Water, I couldn't get over the nagging feeling that L'Engle's approach to art was just not Christ-centered enough. In many ways, she still bought into the age-old cop-out, "Do art for art's sake." For me, that is a pitiful excuse of an idea. There has to be a greater reason for doing art -- a reason that leads back to God in the end, as all true ideas do. And I think Scribbling in the Sand is addressing that. I'm only three chapters in, but Card's ideas are already shown to be substantially different. He says that art is an act of worship -- a response to the beautiful nature of God. That is an answer I can believe in.
My Utmost for His Highest, by Oswald Chambers. I can see why this devotional is such a classic -- I have only read five days so far, and yet those five days contained more wisdom and insight than most of the books I have read. I think I understand why it is in a devotional format: I don't think it would be possible to read the book without taking an entire year to do it. Needless to say, I'm going to be requesting a copy for my birthday.
When God Writes Your Love Story, by Eric and Leslie Ludy. For those of us who want to do romance differently than this culture, this is a call to trust God with everything in your life, especially your future marriage. I've read other books about 'waiting' and 'courtship' before, but this one is a classic, and it emphasizes that romance ought to be about God first and foremost.
And now, the books on my TBR list for the rest of this summer:
1. Pride and Prejudice, by Jane Austen. (I've watched three movie versions of the story but never read the book. I know, it's silly.)
2. Blink of an Eye, by Ted Dekker.
3. Specials, by Scott Westerfeld.
4. Lord of the Flies, by William Golding.
5. Animal Farm, by George Orwell.
6. The Face of a Stranger, by Anne Perry.
7. Looking for the King, by David C. Downing.
8. Saint Thomas Aquinas, by G.K. Chesterton.
9. Ender's Game, by Orson Scott Card.
10. How to Write Science Fiction and Fantasy, by Orson Scott Card.
11. Phantastes, by George MacDonald.
12. Dismantling America, by Thomas Sowell
Of course, knowing my ADD self, I'll probably finish only half of these, along with half a dozen other books that I don't yet know about.
OH, and on the topic of books, I have a site that you absolutely must check out: The Escapism Project, a collage of thoughts on reading and writing by a group of teenage bookworms and bookwriters, all in pursuit of a more complete idea of what make a 'live-in' book. Yes, I am a contributor. :)