Wednesday, July 01, 2020
I thought July 1st would be a good time to give you a snapshot of my recent reading, listening, and watching. We have been in a midst of a high humidity heat wave and staying inside most of the time has been a welcome relief! I only walk in the yard to water the plants (before the recent monsoon), feed Mouse, and walk out to get the mail.
My reading is different now than it was before the sudden problems with my right eye caused first by an allergic reaction to the medicine injected into my eyes and then a severe infection in my right eye two years ago this week. The surgery I had late last year helped me see overall much better but it is still difficult to focus in that eye so I have to limit my hold-in-your-hands book reading.
For that reason, I use my Kindle a lot more since I can increase the font and I made the decision to join Audible last Fall. I told my husband that I'd like to subscribe for a year to develop an audio library of various kinds of books and he agreed it could be squeezed into the budget.
My criteria for using the monthly Audible credit is that it must be a book I'd be interested in reading, anyway, and I use credit mostly for those audio books that are kind of pricey. Since one Audible credit usually can be spent on books of any price. I have added inexpensive on sale audio books from time to time but I don't use Audible credit for them.
So... what have I been "reading" lately? Let me tell you...
I love listening to the Irish brogue instead of trying to read it. I also like the Celtic music that plays briefly at the end of each chapter. I knew the story line already since I started reading it years ago but it comes to life in the audio book.
Some people have complained that it is a long book and the story line can be hard to follow. That is true compared to most Mitford books but if you begin reading or listening realizing it is a little deeper than the others, it won't surprise you. I read that this is one of Jan Karon's favorites of the series.
This was Peterson's last book before he passed away and the sermons in it were collected by a friend of his. Peterson thought his friend and colleague would be more objective than he could be.
He did an excellent job of choosing different sermons given by Peterson throughout his very long career as a pastor... and if you think these would be boring, think again! Each chapter is like listening to a master teacher and story teller, which he was.
As Kingfishers Catch Fire is my "slow re-read", something I learned about by watching Russell Moore's Reading in Exile videos on Facebook Live. I thoroughly enjoyed watching them and had to catch up since they had been going a couple months before I found out about them. They are purposely short, about seven or eight minutes each to make them easy to watch.
In his video where he answers the question of how he chooses what to read (I think that's the one), he said he is always re-reading one of his favorite books very slowly. He's always surprised how much more he gets out of it and doesn't get concerned if he can only read a few pages at a time. There is no time limit on finishing these books.
I loved that idea and there is so much in each chapter of this book that I thought it a good choice for my first "slow re-read". Usually when I read a book again, I actually read faster than the first reading. This is a new experience that I'm appreciating. No pressure!
Yes, it does follow the usual formula of her Tea Shop Mysteries but it is very enjoyable. I'm glad I set it aside for hot weather reading. One could call it a beach read if I actually went to a beach these days. Stephanie took Homer with her to read at the beach. Crazy but she is preparing for the upcoming school year.
I'm linking below to the Kindle version on Amazon because it is reasonably priced. The hardback and paperback versions are third party and very expensive. Stephanie bought it through a website that sells Classical Connections type material.
These are all the highlights. Except I am slowly reading through the Book of Acts in the Bible, which I began on Pentecost, along with as always the Book of Psalms. Probably too slowly!
Mentioned in this Blog Post
In the Company of Others audiobook... here.
As Kingfishers Fly... here.
Lavender Blue Murder... here.
The Liberal Arts Tradition (Kindle)... here.
For Richer or Poor... here.
The Winds of War... here.
An Amish Murder... here. (Amazon video)
Saving Sarah Cain... here. (Amazon video)
Saving Sarah Cain... here. (DVD)
Russell Moore Facebook page... here. (Scroll down for videos)
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