7 Book Takes

I’ve never done one of Jen Fulwiler’s 7 Quick Takes before, but I see that Leah Libresco has turned Darwin Catholic’s Immediate Book Meme (and BTW, Darwins, your pizza recipe CHANGED OUR ENTIRE LIVES!) into a quick take thingie, and I know an idea worth stealing when I read one, so…

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What book are you reading now?

As always, I’m reading a few at a time:

The History of the Catholic Church (James Hitchcock) as a quick review for upcoming comps for my masters. A good one volume overview.

Doctor Thorne (Anthony Trollope): Third of his Barsetshire novels.

Strange Histories: The Trial of the Pig, the Walking Dead, and Other Matters of Fact from the Medieval and Renaissance Worlds (Darren Oldridge) is a fascinating attempt to understand the medieval mind as it encountered the world, without condescending or assuming people were ignorant because they hold views many no longer accept. Beware of the Kindle version, which is missing text.

Old Testament Pseudepigrapha: More Noncanonical Scriptures (by various hands) is a suppliment to the landmark collections by James Charlesworth, and includes more Jewish and Christian texts.

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What book did you finish last?

Pickwick Papers (Dickens) was a treat to myself after finishing all my classes in December.

Eifelheim (Mike Flynn). I took a break from Pickwick after Sean Dailey and Mark Shea badgered me to read Mike Flynn. An absolutely wonderful novel about aliens encountering a medieval village during the plague years. The way he completely understands the working of the medieval mind is astonishing.

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What do you plan to read next?

Church History, Volume One: From Christ to Pre-Reformation: The Rise and Growth of the Church in Its Cultural, Intellectual, and Political Context (Everett Furgeson ) is more comp review.

Dombey & Sons (Dickens). Because Dickens

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What book do you keep meaning to finish?

The Way of a Pilgrim and The Pilgrim Continues His Way are wonderful works of Eastern Christian spituality, but I stopped midway and haven’t gotten back to them yet. Try the sample and you’ll be impressed. 

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What book do you keep meaning to start?

Don Quixote (Cervantes). I’ve never read it, and consider it a gap in my education. I picked up a new translation on Kindle, but I keep putting it off. 

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What is your current reading trend?

Theology, history, 19th century literature. 

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Bonus question to bring it up to 7: What is the most important book you’ve ever read?



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  • Darwin

    Thanks for the link, and glad that you’ve enjoyed the pizza! (Come to think of it, maybe we should get some of that rising for dinner tonight…)

    I also really enjoyed Flynn’s Eifelheim. He did an interesting job capturing a medieval mentality towards the questions the book brought up.

  • http://www.godandthemachine.com/ Thomas L. McDonald

    We’ve made that pizza most Fridays (movie night) for a couple years now, using that recipe, more or less. (We do 2 teaspoons salt and add 2 tablespoons gluten.) If we skip a week, the kids get ornery.

    Loved Eifelheim. It was the first contemporary novel I’ve read in years.

  • Elizabeth McD

    Yes, we love the pizza recipe! As Tom mentioned, since we don’t keep bread flour in the house, we use AP and add TB vital wheat gluten. I’ve even snuck in some whole wheat flour once in a while and we like that too.

    I think this dough recipe may be the very first we can both do “by heart” whenever we need to. Now the kids are disappointed if we don’t make pizza every Friday!

  • Darwin

    That’s so cool. The pizza is definitely a family favorite at our place as well. We make is most weeks, though there’s not a set night for it.

    It’s been fun the way the book meme caught on. I didn’t realize that so many people still read us.

  • http://www.patheos.com/blogs/duffy/ Elizabeth Duffy

    The Darwin pizza is delicious, isn’t it?

    I’ve bought two translations of Don Q (including the Grossman), and the audible book. There is no reason why I haven’t finished it–but I’m making the book publishers happy, maybe.

  • Heather

    I remember hearing about Eifelheim. Reminds me I need to get around to checking it out, because the premise sounds awesome.

  • http://www.godandthemachine.com/ Thomas L. McDonald

    I also recommend the 5-minute-bread techniques (there are some books and a website). Great way to get good fresh bread fast.

  • http://ashesfromburntroses.blogspot.com/ Manny

    Yeah, I lived off of Bartletts Quotations as a young man myself. I would spend hours at a time going through it. I think I remember Churchill saying you can get an entire education going through that book.