What I’m reading

2-20-2017: The Hidden Life of Trees by Peter Wohlleben; Coyote America by Dan Flores.

2-6-17: Tried to complete “Thru-Hiking Will Break Your Heart” but it was too whiny. Read “The End of College” by Kevin Carey; “Wanderlust” by Rebecca Solnit; “Under the Stars” by Dan White.

1-31-17: Less is More, The Art of Voluntary Poverty – An Anthology by Goldian Vandenbroeck and Introduced by E. F. Schumacher.

6-12-16: At Day’s Close by Roger Ekirch; The Nature Principle by Richard Louv.

5-19-16: The Household Economy by Scott Burns, A Guide for the Perplexed by E. F. Schumacher, and Weapons of Mass Instruction by John Taylor Gatto.

5-3-16: Over the past few weeks, as the eldest and I have section hiked a bit of the Appalachian Trail, I enjoyed Grandma Gatewood’s Walk by Ben Montgomery.  I wanted to hear more about her exploits on the trail, but Ben was equally interested in her relationship with her son-of-a-bitch abusive husband P.C. Gatewood. Gatewood hiked the AT at age 67, telling her grown children that she was ‘going for a walk’ and then two more times before she died in her late 80s. The next book was Just Passin’ Thru by Winton Porter, former owner of the Mountain Crossings hiker hostel in Georgia. Porter is a true storyteller, and the book is a quick read. I’ve gone thru it twice.

2-13-16: Lost on the Appalachian Trail by Kyle Rohrig.  The self-published book’s typesetting and layout are lacking, and there are grammar issues which bother the journalist in me, but he is a natural storyteller.  That makes up for pretty much everything.  It is a great book in search of a great editor, but buy it and read it as-is, if this type of travel documentary is your thing.  Even if it isn’t, you’ll feel like you’re walking with Kyle the entire way.  He draws you in like that.

Since the last time I posted, I’ve basically read my way through a master’s degree in emergency management, and picked over LOTR again a couple of times.  Other than that, not much exciting.

9-9-14: Bears of the Blue River by Charles Major

8-6-14: The Deerslayer by James Fenimore Cooper

8-4-14: Why on earth do I wait so long between posts to this page?  A baby could have been conceived and born in the space of days it has taken me to come back here and update you all (both of you) on what I’ve been reading.  Like you care!  Ha.  Stephen King put out this little “hard boiled mystery” name of “Joyland,” which was an immensely satisfying read, even though it wasn’t a hard boiled mystery.  It was Stephen King writing a very strong novel that didn’t fit neatly into a category, so they called it a mystery.  I re-read Anthony Esolen’s “Politically Incorrect Guide to Western Civilization.”  Esolen is currently one of my favorite writers, nay thinkers.  At the 2014 Indiana Bicycle Summit, I was given a copy of Jeff Olson’s “The Third Mode:  Toward a Green Society” and read it as part of my professional development.  I can honestly say that Dean Koontz’s Odd Thomas character entertained me this past June as I read “Deeply Odd,” bought from the shelf of the Military Exchange at Fort Leavenworth and devoured in a matter of hours.  I’ve bought way more books than I’ve read in the past months, so I guess I have catching up to do, but a lot of that is for professional development and research.  I have committed to writing a page each of fiction and non-fiction every day.  A commitment I have broken over and over again, but if I keep at it and get more serious about it, It’ll do me good.  Or will it do me well?  Also, in an attempt to bite off more than I can chew, I’ve decided, since I took pains to purchase (second hand: eBay) the entire set of “Great Books of the Western World” and the companions “Gateway to the Great Books” and the ten volume “The Great Ideas Program,” to undertake a serious reading of the entire compilation.  That is roughly 75 books.  I want to add this tag to my bio: “Jim committed himself to reading the Great Books of the Western World at the end of his 48th year, and is currently X percent through.”  Wish me luck.

11-10-13: Another Sort of Learning by Fr. James Schall.  Again.  It is a great book.

8-3-13: Mea culpa. Have I really let 25 months pass without informing you on what I’ve been reading? I’ve a bad habit in that regard, you might have guessed.

7-8-11:  Little Women by L.M.A.  Hey, its a classic!

7-3-11:  Strong Fathers, Strong Daughters by Dr. Meg Meeker

7-1-11:  I listened to The Age of Innocence by Edith Wharton on the way to and back from the FEMA Higher Education conference early in June.  Most of the reading I’ve been doing lately is textbooks and research papers from my master’s degree class.  Yes, I have been busy since the last post.

11-30-09: There goes another icy chunk of time.  I’m trying hard to remember everything I’ve read in the past three months!  I’ll try to work my way backward.  I’m re-reading The Wind in the Willows by Grahame.  It is one of those books you should pull off the shelf every year or so, and I haven’t done that lately.  I’m also (still)  invested in The Strange Case of Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde by R. L. Stevenson.  I have also been dipping into Narnia again for research, and along with that a couple of companion books to those works.  I read a lovely collection of correspondence between Hank Nuwer and Fraser Drew called A Long, Wild Conversation which was exactly that.  I listened to some Fyodor Dostoevsky via books on tape during long car rides a few months ago and I’m wondering if that counts.  Hell yeah it counts.  While I’m at it, I listened to Chesterton’s Man Who Was Thursday in that format, too.  I know, I read the book outright somewhere down this list, but the dramatic reading was a thrill, too.  I’ll remember more later.  Three months is a long time.  Its like trying to remember all of your sins after missing confession for a year.

9-06-09: American Babylon by Richard John Neuhaus

7-2-09: The Man Who Was Thursday by G. K. Chesterton

7-1-09: Relentless by Dean Koontz, The Telltale Heart and the Masque of the Red Death by Edgar Allan Poe, The Strange Case of Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde by Robert Louis Stevenson, Duma Key by Stephen King.  Finished the Hobbit by JRRT and that piqued my interest to start back into LOTR again, which I do every 2 or 3 years.

(You see, even though I haven’t been posting for awhile, I *have* been reading.  Notice I even threw in some eye candy.  I just discovered Koontz via an internet pal.)

3-22-09: The Happy Prince by Oscar Wilde

3-15-09: Beware the Ides of March!  Today I’m finishing up Youth by Joseph Conrad and starting Micromégas by Voltaire.

3-11-09: The Two Drovers by Sir Walter Scott

3-8-09: Two Friends, Gerard Hopkins translation, by Guy de Maupassant; The Killers by Ernest Hemingway.

3-6-09: The Battle With the Cannon by Victor Hugo.

3-4-09: Just finished Robinson Crusoe by Daniel Defoe, and starting Mowgli’s Brothers by Rudyard Kipling.  I’m also nibbling away at The Hobbit by Tolkien and The Man Who Was Thursday by G. K. Chesterton.

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