Dining on Books: What I’m Reading Now

I have been reading voraciously the last week or so–as if I had been locked in some bookless prison the last few months, though that cannot be true. I teach literature after all!

Even though I seriously enjoy the texts I use in the classroom, that reading list is not for me. It’s for students–the texts I think best speak to the people, the milieu, the genre and will best prepare them for work beyond their degrees. After so many readings, those texts no longer feed my soul, fill me up or shake something up inside.

So what have I been reading? And what’s on my reading list for the next week or so?

  • As I mentioned last week, I completed Denis Thériault’s The Peculiar Life of a Lonely Postman. Immediately afterwards, I quickly devoured The Postman’s Fiancée, the (stand-alone) sequel. Both are excellent reads–particularly if you are into haiku. These novels were passed on to me by my friend Cy and I think it’s a good idea to keep them moving. I have in mind who should read the books next, but I’d like to figure out some sort of tracking system, so as the books change hands, we know where they land.
  • Poetry! Thériault’s novels guided me back to my daily readings of the haiku masters. But I’ve been reading other poetry as well:
    • rupi kaur’s the sun and her flowers. Finally, finally I have time to savor every raw and simple line of her poetry.
    • I’m also reading Fractal Song: Poems by my friend (and retired? colleague), Jerry W. Ward, Jr. He signed and gifted the book to me when he came to my university to deliver a lecture in October. An incredible gift! Jerry’s poetry is a bit more heady, so it requires early morning reading and contemplating in silence.
  • At the recommendation of one of my besties, The Gifts of Imperfection by Brené Brown. The chapter titles alone have me on the edge of my seat.
  • Max Lucado’s Be Anxious for Nothing: Finding Calm in a Chaotic World. The book seriously parses Philippians 4:6-7, a Bible verse I know backwards and forwards and in various translations because I repeat it constantly.
  • A couple of books I rescued from Cy’s toss heap:
    • The Dance: Moving to the Rhythms of Your True Self by Oriah Mountain Dreamer. Love her name!
    • The Simplicity Reader which combines in one volume three of Elaine St. James’ bestsellers–Simplify Your Life; Inner Simplicity; and Living the Simple Life. The book is a little dated, but I love the short, common sense, no nonsense readings.
  • And to balance the list a bit more I’m going to hit the public library tomorrow to pick up some “Shakespearesque” novels and the last book in Francine Rivers’ series, Lineage of Grace.

This should keep me busy till the middle of next week. Then, I’ll shift gears and start thinking about spring semester. 😉

What are you reading for the long holiday weekend?

4 thoughts on “Dining on Books: What I’m Reading Now

  1. dawningdiscernment says:

    I re-read p’Bitek’s Song of Lawino and Song of Ocol. I re-read Fanon’s Black Skin White Masks, Morrison’s Home, and Adichie’s collection of short stories: The Thing Around Your Neck. I am currently reading Blanche Ferguson’s Countee Cullen and the Negro Renaissance.
    I do love Francine Rivers’ books.

    • Chandra Lynn says:

      That is a great list! I am adding p’Bitek’s and Ferguson’s works to my list. I’m behind on my Morrison reading, but I can only handle her works during the summers when I can read/mull a bit slowly. Love Adiche! The only Rivers book I didn’t like (so far) was The Atonement Child. The anti-abortion agenda overwhelmed the novel. I think she could have gotten her “message” across without all the “preachiness” and the science of abortion.

  2. Dr. Mon says:

    Not much reading for me on deck. I’m more of a summer binge reader lol. But I do try to read a couple books outside of school each month. Currently reading about Brother Lawrence and a Priscilla Shirer book.

    • Chandra Lynn says:

      Love Shirer! I’m trying to find balance again with “extracurricular” reading. When my kid was younger I managed to read one or two novels a week. I can’t figure out why I feel busier now with “a little less’ to do!

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