Same old story. I drop by the library for just a moment so I can drop off a few items and the next thing I know I’m walking out the door with a big ole stack of books and yet again feeling like a fool. Someday maybe I will develop greater self-restraint or at least start using the after-hours book drop. But until that happens I’ll never be short of library books. After running amok a few hours ago at my public library here’s what I’ve managed haul away this time:
- Church and State: Opposing Viewpoints ed. by Lynn M. Zott. I’ve had good luck with these books published by Greenhaven Press. I’m hoping this one is good too.
- A Contest for Supremacy: China, America, and the Struggle for Mastery in Asia by Aaron Friedberg. With back cover recommendations from both Robert Kaplan and Robert Kagan, I’m feeling pretty good about this one.
- If the Allies Had Fallen: Sixty Alternate Scenarios of World War II ed. by Dennis E. Showalter and Harold C. Deutsch. After loving the What If? series of books, I’m hoping this one is good too. I guess I’ll find out.
- Exploring Reality: The Intertwining of Science and Religion by John Polkinghorne. This book looks like it could be really good or really awful. I’m hoping for the former as opposed to the later.
- Israel: Opposing Viewpoints ed. by Myra Immell. Yet another book from Greenhaven Press. I’m hoping to read this one for Helen’s Middle East Reading Challenge.
- What Israel Means to Me: By 80 Prominent Writers, Performers, Scholars, Politicians, and Journalists ed. by Alan Dershowitz. Another one for the Middle East Reading Challenge.
- Holy War: How Vasco de Gama’s Epic Voyage Turned the Tide in a Centuries-Old Clash of civilizations by Nigel Cliff. This book looks epic. I just hope I can get to it.
- Why I Am a Catholic by Garry Wills. After thoroughly enjoying Robert Barron’s recent book Catholicism, I didn’t hesitate to grab Wills’s book once I saw it on the shelf. Plus, I’ve had pretty good luck in the past with his other books.
Well, I was hoping that 2012 was going to be the year I really get serious about reading my own books as opposed to ones from the library. Judging by the size of this stack, that might not be easier said than done. Oh well, time for me to start reading…