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Currently Reading

I’ve mentioned before that I like to read different books for different times of the day.  So here’s what I’m currently reading:

Breakfast Book: What Jane Austen Ate and Charles Dickens Knew: From Fox Hunting to Whist, The Facts of Daily Life in Nineteenth-Century England, by David Pool

This is Pool’s first book, and I’m really enjoying it!  I read his second book and couldn’t get through it–it got too bogged down in details of the publishing world.  But this book consists of short explanations of all those details I never completely understood from the Austen and Dickens novels I love to read.  Perfect for reading in short bursts!

Audio Book: Autobiography of a Yogi, byParamahansa Yogananda

I have to admit, I probably started this at the wrong time of year.  It’s long–15 cds long!  I can usually listen to about 5 in a week with my commute, which equal 3 weeks of prime Christmas-music time!  I kid.  This is pretty interesting, a rec from my mom.  I’ll definitely give a full review when I finish!

All-Time Books: The Red Tent, by Anita Diamant

Still reading The Red Tent, which I started in October, and really enjoying the story.  It’s taken me a long while to finish it up with school and all, but I’m almost there.  It’s been interesting to read about the customs of the Biblical days, which are not quite so straightforward as they seem in the Bible.  Really interesting to read about the why’s and how’s of all those traditions that seem strange.  And weird pop-culture link: kinda makes you understand the TLC show Sister Wives!  Although really, you come to understand why multiple wives were necessary for survival in ancient times, but are pretty much unnecessary in modern days because of all our new conveniences.

Next up: The Annotated Persuasion, edited by David Shappard

Excited to start this!  Pool’s book is prepping the way, and I’m ready to get back into Austen’s world.  Also looking forward to Shappard’s next book, the annotated Sense and Sensibility!

Nightly Book: Still reading Journey to the Heart every night, but I’ve also added A Calendar of Wisdom: Daily Thoughts to Nourish the Soul, Written and Selected from the World’s Sacred Texts, by Leo Tolstoy

Sam’s Grandmother sent me this book–what a fun surprise to open up an Amazon package with no idea what’s inside!  Each entry is really thoughtful and thought-provoking.  I’m enjoying it!

And Journey to the Heart still bolsters my journey of getting through all this health stuff while keeping my head up.  Good stuff!

So these are the books that I’m currently reading!  I’d recommend them all!

2 thoughts on “Currently Reading

  1. Wow, bookworm! I’m impressed that you can keep up with so many at one time. I’m definitely a one book at a time sort of girl.

    The book about life in the 19th century sounds really interesting. I always have those kinds of weird questions that aren’t answered by movies or books. I might have to check this one out. And Sense & Sensibility rocks, but I didn’t enjoy it as much as Emma or P&P.

    Do you enjoy The Red Tent? I have wanted to read this since high school. Some one recommended it because I liked The Handmaid’s Tale so much. Do you think it’s a nice read or just kind of interesting?

    And finally, you sound like you might be having a rough time. Please give me a call. You know I’ve had a million health issues. I would love to talk with you, see how you are, commiserate, and catch up.

    Hope you had a nice holiday. Maybe we can see each other over Christmas.


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