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18th-Aug-2010 02:29 pm
Books (Trinity College Long Room 2)
Reading List 2009-2010 School Year:

Note: This is the attempt to revive an old habit of tracking my reading. I had thought that the "books" link on the journal would be sufficient for this, but a few times now when I've tried to use that to backtrack when I was reading a certain book... well, it's just a bit much to sort through. So I thought I'd try to get back to keeping this more accessible list. This is mostly "outside" reading during this school year, not keeping track of what I was "officially" reading for my dissertation-writing at the time, although I noted a few of those books after the (official) new year, when I thought to revive this habit. (Much more of my reading is also now taken up in the form of articles from professional academic journals.) I wasn't really reading lots on the outside until I turned in the dissertation, and then I splurged in fiction with the Aubrey-Maturin series by Patrick O'Brian. Nor do I keep track of my uncouth habit of reading DC comics here and there (from which I'd highly recommend the last year's New Krypton and Blackest Night storylines).

* denotes a re-read **denotes a book I'm teaching in a class
Passionate Sage: The Character and Legacy of John Adams, Joseph J. Ellis
Academics and the Real World, G. R. Evans
The Dynamic Element in the Church, Karl Rahner
Raids on the Unspeakable, Thomas Merton *
Introduction To Theology, Marquette University Department of Theology * **
Mere Christianity, C.S. Lewis * **
Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them, J. K. Rowling
Before Sunrise & Before Sunset: Two Screenplays, Richard Linklater and Kim Krizan
Women in the Days of the Cathedrals, Regine Pernoud *
The Gathering Storm, Robert Jordan and Brandon Sanderson
The Crusades, Christianity, and Islam, Jonathan Riley-Smith
Pentecostal Unity: Recurring Frustration and Enduring Hopes, Terrence Robert Crowe
Jesuits: A Multibiography, Jean Lacouture *
The First Jesuits, John W. O'Malley, S.J. *
Modern Christian Thought, Volume II: The Twentieth Century, James C. Livingston
God, Philosophy, Universities: A Selective History of the Catholic Philosophical Tradition, Alasdair MacIntyre
From Apostles to Bishops: The Development of the Episcopacy in the Early Church, Francis A. Sullivan, S.J.
From Synagogue to Church: Public Services and Offices in the Earliest Christian Communities, James Tunstead Burtchaell
Introduction To Theology, Marquette University Department of Theology * **
Mere Christianity, C.S. Lewis * **
The Pentateuch: An Introduction to the First Five Books of the Bible, Joseph Blenkinsopp
The Life of Thomas More, Peter Ackroyd *
Luther's Lives: Two Contemporary Accounts of Martin Luther, Elizabeth Vandiver, et al
Master and Commander, Patrick O'Brian
A Sea of Words, Third Edition: A Lexicon and Companion to the Complete Seafaring Tales of Patrick O'Brian, Dean King, et al
Post Captain, Patrick O'Brian
HMS Surprise, Patrick O'Brian
Farmer Boy, Laura Ingalls Wilder * (reading along with my sister's reading of this series to Grace and Haley)
The Mauritius Command, Patrick O'Brian
An Ecclesiology of Charisms in the Theology of Francis A. Sullivan, Michael Anthony Novak
Desolation Island, Patrick O'Brian
Communion Ecclesiology: Vision and Versions, Dennis M. Doyle
The Fortune of War, Patrick O'Brian
Song and Memory: Biblical Women in Syriac Tradition Susan Ashbrook Harvey
The Surgeon's Mate, Patrick O'Brian
The Ionian Mission, Patrick O'Brian
Treason's Harbour, Patrick O'Brian
The Far Side of the World, Patrick O'Brian
Santiago Calatrava (Architectural Monographs No 46), Dennis Sharp
The Reverse of the Medal, Patrick O'Brian
The Letter of Marque, Patrick O'Brian
Atheist Delusions: The Christian Revolution and Its Fashionable Enemies, David Bentley Hart
The Thirteen Gun Salute, Patrick O'Brian
Introduction To Catholicism, Lawrence Cunningham
Theology: A Very Short Introduction, David Ford
Final Crisis, Grant Morrison
Catholicism: A Very Short Introduction, Gerald O'Collins, S.J.
Christology: A Biblical, Historical, and Systematic Study of Jesus, Gerald O'Collins, S.J.
The First Christian Hymnbook: The Odes of Solomon, James H. Charlesworth
The Gathering Storm, Robert Jordan and Brandon Sanderson *
By the Shores of Silver Lake, Laura Ingalls Wilder (read to the nieces) *
Christianity 101: A Textbook of Catholic Theology, Gregory C. Higgins
Brideshead Revisited, Evelyn Waugh (The last book read in Milwaukee, by the fountain in front of Joan of Arc at Marquette University, where I'd first read it.) *
1776, David G. McCullough
American Creation, Joseph Ellis
Shadow Divers: The True Adventure of Two Americans Who Risked Everything to Solve One of the Last Mysteries of World War II, Robert Kurson
American Sphinx: The Character of Thomas Jefferson, Joseph Ellis
Creole: The History and Legacy of Louisiana's Free People of Color, Sybil Kein, editor
The Odes of Solomon (Hermeneia: a Critical and Historical Commentary on the Bible) by Michael Lattke
The Trinity, Karl Rahner
Otherwise, I've spent the last day trying to perfect the putter, as I putter around the house. As usual, I crashed pretty hard yesterday, which is normal for me after returning from any kind of trip. I hadn't gotten much sleep the previous two nights, and so that caught up with me, much as the lack of sleep the few nights before the retreat had caused me to crash hard during the retreat, with some glorious nine-hour stretches of slumber. My house is half-covered in what amounts to a giant plastic tent, as the painting crew vigorously sand the blazes out of the sides of the house with giant rumbling electric sanders, making a sound as if they are trying to saw the structure in half. They were absent yesterday, I suppose due to the intermittent rainstorms marking the end of Tropical Depression #5. Today they are set up outside my bathroom area, among others, with its bizarrely not-entirely-opaque blinds, making it impossible for me to take a shower, and making any other use a matter of quick and tactical timing. So, more joys of unpacking for me today....
18th-Aug-2010 07:52 pm (UTC) - odes of solomon
is that commentary on the odes of solomon a new one?
is it interesting? the last thing I got on them...
I think it was by...charlesworth is it the fella from
princeton, or maybe Im confused, was boring and useless
as far as I could see.
19th-Aug-2010 04:28 am (UTC) - Re: odes of solomon
The Odes commentary is quite new – just out last year, I think, and is way more exhaustive than any other resource on the text I've yet to hear of. Charlesworth is the most regular publisher on the text, and his new popular edition of them is quite attractive: I hope it gets the Odes into more people's hands. That has a good introduction, which can be skipped, and then keeps the scholarly paraphernalia to a minimum.
18th-Aug-2010 08:08 pm (UTC)
Always a fan of Patrick O'Brian...though I prefer Bernard Cornwell's Sharpe series. Anything J. Riley-Smith writes is pretty much golden.
19th-Aug-2010 04:22 am (UTC)
Hey John. I've heard of the Sharpe series, although more from hearing of my Mom's enthusiasm for the television adaptation, I think. I'd love to wander through one of Riley-Smith's full Crusade histories at some point. Any recommendations?
21st-Aug-2010 05:29 am (UTC)
The television series is wonderful, and perhaps better than the books .
The Crusades: A History is probably a good place to start.
19th-Aug-2010 04:30 am (UTC)
Angie Brunner DeWeese commented on your post.

Angie wrote:
"Ohhh...I tracked my book reading (by hand) for nearly 8 years; then moved to live journal. But I have fallen behind, and now find myself reluctant to begin again, knowing some have been forgotten. Silly, I need to restart."

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