‘Flu And The TBR Pile

Someone at the day job was kind enough to gift me with the ‘flu. I took it out and about with me yesterday in hopes of being able to regift it to someone else, but managed to return home with it in spite of myself. On the bright side, I did also return with medicine and a simply beautiful belated birthday present.

So today, with the exception of church, I’m staying home and coddling myself. I’ve got a couple of Richard Sibbes books for my Sunday reads (might even get back to Bunyan, if I get the time) and a nice warm cuppa, plus my trusty patchwork quilt wot me Ma made. Also, since Wolfskin is done and dusted (and available to buy as paperback and ebook) I have a greater amount of free time- which means my weekly TBR pile has again grown to a decent size.

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Raising Steam is because- well, Terry Pratchett. What else? Jonathan Strange & Mr. Norrell is because it sounded awfully interesting and it has a cover with one of my favourite actors on it. Backlash is because I’ll be doing another Favourite Authors post on Nicholas Fisk next week (plus I adore his books, and Backlash was one of the first I read and really loved) and Madeleine L’engle is there because this is one of hers that I haven’t read yet. Her A Wrinkle In Time is one of my all-time favourite sci-fi titles, and Charles Wallace and Meg are two of my all-time favourite characters, so I’m always willing to give her books a try. JRR Tolkien’s Children of Hurin is there, oddly enough,because someone gave it a negative review, and everything in that review reminded me of what I loved about Lord of the Rings, so I thought that there was a good chance I’d like this too. Also, I still have The Adventures of Tom Bombadil to read, even if it’s not on the pile.

What I’m not reading, but am looking forward to: A.F.E. Smith’s Darkhaven and Kate Stradling‘s newest book (which, alas, is probably still some time away.) Also the last Tiffany Aching book by Terry Pratchett, which will be published posthumously.

It won’t be all reading and cuppa tea-ing this week, of course. I’ve still got the tiniest bit of Spindle to finish, so there’s that: and since the first two new covers in my Time-Traveller’s Best Friend series are nearing completion, I’ve got to get cracking on the stories for Memento Mori also. Fortunately enough, all of the above can be done from where I am currently: snuggled in my patchwork quilt on a leather recliner, with my cup of tea right beside me, tissues at the ready. And the ‘flu means I have a very good excuse to stay exactly there.

So what are you guys reading?

8 thoughts on “‘Flu And The TBR Pile

  1. At the moment? Jules Verne–20,000 Leagues. Funny you should be reading ‘Jonathan Strange and Mr. Norrell’ though; my mum’s boss is a friend of the author, and I have a signed copy with an interesting message I might post about someday. It can be a bit of a challenge, from what I remember, but I liked it and you can’t help but appreciate the work that went into it. 🙂

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    • Oooh, I keep meaning to read 20, 000 Leauges!

      And lucky you, a signed copy of Jonathan Strange! (so much excite, so many exclamation marks!)
      I skimmed a bit of it in the store, and the prose was elegant enough to interest me, while the plot was intriguing enough to hook me. Plus, it’s set in a period I typically enjoy reading about . . . so really, a no-brainer 😀

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  2. My current book: “The Amateur’s Mind: Turning Chess Misconceptions into Chess Mastery”, by Jeremy Silman. Sounds fascinating, no? 😀

    Also “Beginning at Moses: A Guide to Finding Christ in the Old Testament” by Dr. Michael Barrett (an outstanding read, BTW), and “Carnage and Culture: Landmark Battles in the Rise of Western Power” by Victor Davis Hanson.

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    • Hm, I like playing chess, but I’m very bad at it and probably wouldn’t read books about it 😀

      ‘Beginning at Moses’ is one of the best books I ever read: Michael Barrett was one of the first authors who really made me understand what salvation was. If you haven’t already, ‘Complete in Him’ is a great book to read, too. I prefer it out of the two: having said that, ‘Beginning at Moses’ is the scholarly one.

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      • I’ll have to look up “Complete in Him.”

        I’ve got a lot of books to read… getting married means merging two collections of books; I had a fair number, and Juli’s collection was bigger than mine. Plus my mom unloaded some that she didn’t want on us.

        We were recently amused to discover that our DVD collection could be counted on the fingers of one hand; our books, on the other hand, cover most of a wall, and some of the books are double-parked. Yeah, we’re just a normal young couple, right? 😀

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      • Haha, I have bookcases on EVERY WALL of my spare room/office, and some of the books are still double parked 😀 Only one of said bookcases is for theological type books, however; the rest are strictly fiction (with a tiny amount of interesting non-fiction tucked away in there).

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  3. I’m reading:

    In the Bible I’m reading the deuterocanonical books (the apocryhpa) because I’ve never read it before and the Episcopal Church uses it, I’m most of the way through The Wisdom of Solomon.

    I’m also reading “Rediscover Catholicism” even though I’m not Catholic because I’m basically a liberal Catholic (Anglican).

    “Damaged Goods” by Dianna E. Anderson which is really good.

    “The What’s Happening to my Body Book for Boys” because I have a curious almost eight year old (can you believe he’s almost 8)?

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