Book #14 of 2018 was Henri Nouwen's Life of the Beloved and book #17 was Jonathan Martin's How to Survive a Shipwreck. I wrote here in this post from 2016 about how I reread both of these books frequently. I don't add them to my total every time I reread, but this is the first time this year for both, so here they are.
Book #15 was Grief Cottage, by Gail Godwin. While I didn't love this quite as much as some of her other books, I did appreciate the full-circle quality of it and the reminder that the villains in our lives are often just people whose full stories we do not yet know.
Book #16 was The Last Battle, by C.S. Lewis. My friend Marilyn Gardner blogged the other day about what good Lenten reading this book is. It struck me that she was right, and also that it had been a very long time since I had read any of the Chronicles of Narnia. I used to read them all through once a year. I see that since I started this blog, I haven't done that. I went to my daughter's room to look for a copy, and couldn't find one. By the time I was done searching, I had located five of the seven books (and two copies of one of them) and put them all together on the shelf, but no Last Battle. Oh well. I was pretty sure I had it in my classroom, and sure enough, the next morning I found it. Marilyn was right: this is perfect Lenten reading. I have a student who is reading Pride and Prejudice, and I told her I was envious of her, reading it for the first time. This was clearly not the first time I read this book. It was not the tenth time. It's possible it was the twentieth, but likely I have read it even more than that. It's an old friend. "This is the land I have been looking for all my life, though I never knew it till now. The reason why we loved the old Narnia is that it sometimes looked a little like this."
Plainsong, by Kent Haruf. I enjoyed it, and now I have to find the second book in the trilogy. The library, from which I downloaded the first one, has the third one but not the second.
This post is linked to the February Quick Lit roundup at Modern Mrs. Darcy.
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