books

Readers who follow me on Instagram will be aware that every two weeks, I compile a list of books I’ll be reading and reviewing for the blog. I choose a book to fit each of the following categories or genres:

  • Memoir
  • Theology
  • Friend Recommended
  • Make Me Think
  • Current Events

I rate my books on Goodreads (and you’re welcome to “friend” me there if you’re an avid reader like myself) but will give a short summary here on the blog so readers can pick and choose what books to add to their own lists. For those who may not be aware, I do not read fiction, so all of my books will be biographies, memoirs, or works on theology, social issues, history and the like.

I am super excited for this new list, and even better – it’s not complete because my amazing readers have been sending me some great recommendations! Keep them coming – if they don’t make the list this time I’ll add them for the next one!

I reviewed the last list in Biweekly Booklist Review #1, as I’d been finishing up Who Stole Feminism?, Hyper-Grace, and had started The Story of Christianity, the last of which I’ll be working on for the next month. It’s a slow read, one I pick up between the quicker books. So without further ado:

Memoir: Between You & Me: Confessions of a Comma Queen by Mary Norris

  • I am super excited about this one because it is written by Mary Norris, who spent almost thirty years in the copy department of The New Yorker. Readers and writers alike – especially grammar Nazis – would appreciate this book. What is even better is in the last year, I finished The Receptionist by Janet Groth, who spent thirty years in administration at The New Yorker. I hope to see some cross over between the two books.

Theology: The Story of Christianity by Justo Gonzalez

  • As I stated in the previous booklist post, this was a textbook for one of the church history classes I took for my undergraduate degree. I loved it then, but was on such a hectic schedule with the class I didn’t get to really soak up what was written (I was definitely just reading what was needed to pass those quizzes!). This book and its sequel are written in a very conversational yet informative style and better yet – they have pictures! (I sound like Gaston from Beauty and the Beast, but it really is a selling point) I highly recommend this to anyone who wants to learn more about the early church, the canon of Scripture, or how we got to where we are today with the churches across the world.

Friend Recommended: Kierkgaard in 90 Minutes by Paul Strathern

  • My sister recently started reading some of Kierkgaard’s works, so when I was in the philosophy section of the library (where I usually start) I grabbed this thin little piece out of curiosity. I studied Kierkgaard in high school but haven’t seen much of him since Philosophy 201 in college. I’m using this as a re-introduction to his work; if I like it, I might follow my sister’s example and read more.

Makes Me Think: Kant in 90 Minutes by Paul Strathern

  • Conveniently located right by Kierkgaard in the philosophy section was this summary of Kant’s work. In my last job I sat next to a philosophy professor who loved Kant, but what he told me about him went further over my head than a United flight. Hopefully this book will help me grasp some of those concepts in plainer English than philosophy class.

Current Events: So You’ve Been Publicly Shamed by Jon Ronson

  • I spotted this in the psychology section (my go-to after philosophy and before economics and biography). This book title hits home for me because as a writer, “public shaming” is part of daily life on the internet. I am interested to see Ronson’s research behind this relatively new term and phenomenon, as I already have preconceived ideas about “shaming”.

Random: The Vaccine Book by Dr. Robert Sears

  • This was lent to me by a friend as I make decisions about Adeline’s vaccine schedule. I am loving how organized and straightforward it is in explaining what is in each vaccine, the risks and benefits, and what alternative schedule options are available. In addition to this book I also read Babywise, What to Expect in the First Year, Nursery Rhymes and Best Remembered Poems throughout the week. Nursery rhymes are for Adeline. Poems are for me.

Again, I am loving the recommendations I’m getting from readers on Goodreads as well as via email (one lovely reader is even sending me a book to try!) and as best I can, I will incorporate them into each list.

What are you reading? As usual, share in the comments!

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