Music for Wartime – Rebecca Makkai (Viking, 2015)
The Givenness of Things – Marilynne Robinson (HarperCollins, 2015)
(Truth be told, I only read half of this before I had to return it to the library. But I really enjoyed what I read and I hope to borrow it again.)
When panic on one side is creating alarm on the other, it is easy to forget that there are always as good grounds for optimism as for pessimism – exactly the same grounds, in fact – that is, because we are human. We still have every potential for good we have ever had, and the same presumptive claim to respect, our own respect and one another’s. We are still creatures of singular interest and value, agile of soul as we have always been and as we will continue to be even despite our errors and depredations, for as long as we abide on this earth. To value one another is our greatest safety, and to indulge in fear and contempt is our gravest error.
- Marilynne Robinson
Letters to Malcolm: Chiefly on Prayer – C.S. Lewis (Mariner Books, 2012)
If we were perfected, prayer would not be a duty, it would be a delight. Some day, please God, it will be.
– C.S. Lewis
The High Mountains of Portugal – Knopf Canada, 2016)
Furiously Happy – Jenny Lawson (Flatiron Books, 2015)
We Should All Be Feminists – Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie (Anchor Books, 2014)
A Tale of Three Kings – Gene Edwards (Tyndale House Publishers, 1992)
These were David’s darkest hours. We know them as his pre-king days, but he didn’t.
- Gene Edwards
The God of Small Things – Arundhati Roy (Viking Canada, 1997)
Don Quixote – Miguel de Cervantes
(I swear, I’m so close to being finished. Really, you guys. I think March will be the month! I’m already planning how to celebrate.)
Infinite Jest – David Foster Wallace
(I quickly discovered that Infinite Jest is too large a book for me to hold one-handed while up in the night for Pearl, so it’s semi on hold while I read smaller novels.)
And this time last year…
(Is it overly defensive to explain that February and March are combined from last year because I had a baby at the end of February? Well, I’m going to say it anyway.)