Oop. bassmike tagged me. Like, Thursday. Naturally I only remembered right now because I'm trying to concentrate on grading and am in the midst of a raging 24-hour ADHD attack. Thus bassmike (his version has all the links):
List 10 books you own that you haven't gotten around to reading yet (some I've started but haven't finished yet).
1. Eldest by Christopher Paolini. 2. Brand Name Bullies, The Quest to Own and Control Culture by David Bollier. 3. So What, The Life of Miles Davis by John Szwed. 4. John Adams by David McCullough. 5. 1776 by David McCullough. 6. The Book of Lost Tales by Christopher Tolkien. 7. Last Night's Fun, In and Out of Time with Irish Music by Ciaran Carson. 8. A People's History of the Supreme Court by Peter Irons. 9. Modern Communications Law by Harvey Zuckman. 10. The Da Vinci Code by Dale Brown.
Why I'm not reading them? I've been reading a book I checked out from the library called The End of Poverty by Jeffrey Sachs.
So. This is a hugely normal state of affairs in Theology. You're always seeing things that you have to buy now for fear they'll never be in print again. Or you want it as a reference work. And you can never be sure that the library at whatever college or university you'll be at has everything for your field. Online used bookstores, especially through Amazon, has helped with this a lot, but then you can get outrageous supply-and-demand prices that are far worse than even new books. I'm not going to do Mike's "begun but not finished," because that would be more like my "current reading" list. So... let's walk around and try to be representative....
01. The Grace of Christ and the Grace of God in Augustine of Hippo: Christocentrism or Theocentrism by Basil Studer (A "recommended book" for Barnes' Augustine seminar I never got to.) 02. The Ghost of Dibble Hollow by May Nickerson Wallace (At least, I haven't read it since I was a kid and since getting our old copy back from my cousins so the nieces could read it someday. Total classic.) 03. Julius II: The Warrior Pope by Christine Shaw. (I was totally hyped to read this – I confess I loved Rex Harrison as him in the movie version of The Agony and the Ecstacy – over Christmas Break 2004, but between being really sick and then all the stuff leading up to Kevin and Frannie's wedding, never made it past the first chapter.) 04. Fundamental Theology by Gerald O'Collins, S.J. (He's here holding the Wade Chair this semester, and I can't afford the time to sit in on his seminar! I just looted this one from Fahey's cast-offs upon retiring.) 05. Spirituality and History: Questions of Interpretation and Method by Philip Sheldrake (I enthusiastically picked this up after studying spirituality with him in 2000 and using his Spirituality and Theology, and have never gotten to it.) 06. A Journey to the Center of the Earth by Jules Verne. (Such a long journey. Tired. Dragging. A bit silly. Losing the . . . ability to . . . care.) 07. At the Origins of Modern Atheism by Michael J. Buckley. (I was in a cutthroat battle with the guy who is my fellow Teaching Fellow this year to win this copy from Paul Misner's retirement book sale two years ago. Looking at it now, I have to say that I'm still really hyped to sit down and read it!) 08. Truth and Methodby Hans-Georg Gadamer. (I know this is a big deal nowadays, and that I should read this. I thought I'd join in on The Seminar on Phenomenology and Hermeneutics while I was here. Never got to that, either.) 09. Walking on Water: Reflections on Faith and Art by Madeleine L'Engle. (I adore everything she's done, and I intend to collect it all (I've a three-page Amazon Wish List to remind me!), but this is the only one of hers I own that I've not read, which is extra surprising as I think about and work in this topic quite a bit.) 10. A Confederacy of Dunces by John Kennedy Toole. (I know it's hugely popular; it was given to me with great enthusiasm by my Aunt and Uncle whose taste in such items I trusted implicitly; I could not get into it. Nothing seemed terribly funny, and I'm terribly funny, so what's up with that?)
And now I tag everyone reading this because almost everyone who reads my journal is like this, and y'all love it! Confess! Impress us! Whaddaya got?