- Pilgrim at Tinker Creek by Annie Dillard
- The Dangerous Act of Worship by Mark Labberton
- Western Christians in Global Mission by Paul Borthwick
- Out of the Saltshaker and into the World: Evangelism as a Way of Life by Rebecca Manley Pippert
- Gulliver's Travels by Jonathon Swift
- War of Art by Steven Pressfield
- Seven: An Experimental Mutiny against Excess by Jen Hatmaker
- You Learn by Living by Eleanor Roosevelt
- How to Read a Book by Mortimer Adler
- The Search for Delicious by Natalie Babbit
From the List
From my original "2013 To Read" list I was able to cross off three books: Pilgrim at Tinker Creek, Out of the Saltshaker, and The Search for Delicious. You can find excerpts from Pilgrim here and a review here. I reviewed Out of the Saltshaker in the March edition of What I'm Into. The Search for Delicious was a great children's read, and I would definitely recommend it, but it probably isn't a good airport/airplane read: I finished it on my first trip before I even got off the plane (on the way there, just to clarify).
In addition to those three, I added Unseduced and Unshaken (find my brief review here) and East of Eden, both of which I finished. So I guess you could say I have finished five books from my list of seventeen.
East of Eden
East of Eden may be one of my favorite fiction reads of the year so far—it's in a close tie with Gilead and Miss Pettigrew Lives for a Day. Steinbeck's thoughtful examination of the struggle against evil and the idea of free will was so good that I was copying entire sections into my journal. And if you're a Mumford & Sons fan, it's definitely a must-read if you want to understand Timshel! I would highly recommend this book, but not for the faint of heart. It has a lot of mature elements and quite a few disturbing sections, but the themes of redemption and human choice that shone through were well worth sticking it out. I read this book in eight days, so it's not a slow read! If you've thought about reading it, my vote is, "Go for it!"
Apart from the list
Apart from the "2013 to read" list, I've finished a grand total of fourteen books since January 1st. Those not already mentioned include :
- Brideshead Revisited by Evelyn Waugh. ( * * * * : I had mixed feelings about this book. It was well written and had a great ending, but I felt as if I didn't quite get it. I'm going to have to re-read it.)
- For Time and Eternity and Forsaking All Others by Allison Pittman (* *: These were an interesting read, but weren't very well written. They fit nicely into my easy/"junk" fiction category. )
- Miss Pettigrew Lives for a Day by Winifred Watson (* * * * * : I went out and bought this book; it was that good. Laughing-out loud witty, whimsical and touching. I already loaned this out.)
- When You Reach Me by Rebecca Stead ( * * * : This was great as far as YA fiction goes. I loved the time travel element and how she referenced A Wrinkle in Time.I had a little trouble getting used to the writing style, but I would pass this one on.)
- Gilead by Marilynne Robinson ( * * * * * : I bought this one too; it was just too good not to be able to underline in it. Highly recommend.)
- The Fault In Our Stars by John Green (* * *: This was a great read, though it does come with a crying warning! It's a "not-your-typical cancer book", and is also YA, though, so if that's not your particular piece of cake, you may not enjoy this.)
- Beauty by Robin McKinley (* * * *: this YA read is a re-telling of the story of Beauty and the Beast; but not the Disney version—the original French fairy-tale version. I thought it was well written especially for a YA fantasy book, and was a wonderfully faithful retelling of the spirit of the story. It fed my fantasy craving just perfectly. )
- Love Walked In by Maria de los Santos (* * *: This is my "junk fiction" lately, and slightly more satisfying than the usual. I also read the sequel Belong to Me, which I enjoyed as well. Not incredibly profound, but I loved when Clare, a young girl in Love Walked In, discovers that each person is the main character in their own story, just as she is the main character in her story. I remember that moment from my childhood when I first realized that profound truth, and I'd never knew that anyone else understood. As far as I'm concerned, it was worth reading just for that part!)
I'm currently in the middle of Cry, The Beloved Country (re-read), A Severe Mercy (another re-read), The Suburban Christian (I've been in the middle of this for a while. I may not finish it, it's sort of boring and really slow), Uncommon Decency (almost done with this one!) and Tale of Two Cities. I've got also got an armful of books out from the library too that I'm hoping to read soon: By the Pricking of my Thumbs (Agatha Christie), Macbeth and Merchant of Venice, The Once and Future King (T.H. White) and In This House of Brede (Rumer Godden). In addition, I found a beautiful copy of St. Augustine's Confessions at Half Price Books (I need to stop going there, seriously) and I'd like to start reading that sometime soon as well!
What are you reading? Any recommendations? Anything I should add to my list?