Summer Reading Challenge 2007 Update

June 30, 2007 Categories: Books | 3 Comments  

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Finished:

~Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix by J.K. Rowling

~Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince by J.K. Rowling

~Echoes by Maeve Binchy

~River Rising by Athol Dickson

Still Reading:

~Fondling Your Muse: Infallible Advice From a Published Author to the Writerly Aspirant by John Warner

~Love to Eat, Hate to Eat: Breaking the Bondage of Destructive Eating Habits by Elyse Fitzpatrick

~Pen on Fire: A Busy Woman’s Guide to Igniting the Writer Within by Barbara DeMarco-Barrett

To start and (hopefully) finish:

~Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows by J.K. Rowling

~Emma by Jane Austen

~Night by Elie Wiesel

Quit Reading:

~God’s Politics: Why the Right Gets It Wrong and the Left Doesn’t Get It by Jim Wallis

Continuing to read:

~The Oxford Book of American Poetry

And you? Read any good books lately?

3 Comments

  1. dumboxacademy

    I am just curious at to why you quit reading Jim Wallis’ book? Did you just disagree with him? I have been tempted to read that book as I have read several articles by him. I used to actually subscribe to the Sojourners years ago but I have gotten more conservative as I have gotten older. I wonder what I would think of him now?

    Blessings,

    Faith

  2. carrie

    Faith – good question. Actually, I agreed with him on some things, disagreed on others – which I fully expected going in. What bothered me was his habit of stating things as facts without any footnotes or documentation. One example: he said, “We now know that President Bush intended to go to war with Iraq before the September 11th attacks ever happened.” I looked for a footnote or source citation and there wasn’t one. Now maybe this is true, I don’t know, but I know I haven’t seen any credible proof of it, and if you’re going to make a strong statement like that as if it is established fact, you’d better have documentation to back it up. The subtitle of his book is “Why the Right gets it wrong, and the Left doesn’t get it.” I found a whole bunch about the right getting it wrong, and not a lot about the left not getting it. Now maybe that came later in the book, but it is a very long book, and I don’t have time to look up each statement he makes on the internet to verify if it is true or not. If there had been more footnotes, I might have been tempted to continue reading. Hope this helps. I’m actually coming at it from the opposite of you – I used to be Republican through and through, and am finding myself leaning more toward center. Definitely not on moral issues like abortion, but in other areas. I’m finding myself more and more disillusioned with politics in general – from both sides.

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