As November draws to an end I’m frantically trying to complete a few reading challenges before the end of the year. On top of this I have small stack of a books I’d like to get through before I should even think about starting any more. This means I should probably think twice about grabbing anymore books from the library. Of course, that’s how a rational person with a modicum of self-restraint would act and not me. Therefore, when I recently dropped by the library to return a few items and the next thing I knew I was walking out the door with yet another stack of books. Yes, just what I needed, more books. Oh well, at least they look promising.
- Revelations: Visions, Prophesy and Politics in the Book of Revelation by Elaine Pagels – I’ve always enjoyed her stuff. I loved her book on the Gnostic Gospels.
- Planet of Slums by Mike Davis – I can’t remember how I first heard about this book but when I saw it on the shelf I immediately recognized it-and had to have it.
- The Thorn of Lion City: A Memoir by Lucy Lum- This story of a young girl living in occupied Singapore during WWII was hard to resist.
- The Anglo Files: A Field Guide to the British – Ever since I heard the book’s author interviewed on NPR I’ve been wanting to read this. I hope I won’t be disappointed.
- The Fear: Robert Mugabe and the Martyrdom of Zimbabwe by Peter Godwin – This one has been on my list to read ever since I heard Goodwin interviewed by Terry Gross on Fresh Air.
- Sarajevo: A War Journal by Zlatko Didzarevic – I’ll be reading this as part of two reading challenges, namely the European Reading Challenge and the Eastern European Reading Challenge.
- The Battle for the Soul of Islam: An American Muslim Patriot’s Fight to Save His Faithby M. Zuhdi Jasser- I normally don’t read books recommended by Glenn Beck. But since I like to read things from perspectives different from my own I might end up enjoying this.
- Lost on Planet China: One Man’s Attempt to Understand the World’s Most Mystifying Nation by J. Maarten Troost- One night I was at the pub hanging out with friends and one of those friends happened to be reading this book. I looks hilarious. I can’t wait to start it.
- An Orange Revolution: A Personal Journey Through Ukrainian History by Askold Krushnelnycky – Another book to read as part of those two European reading challenges.
Will I get through all of these books before the end of the year? Probably not. But even though I’m reading a ton of stuff right now I’d like to at least try. I can still dream, can’t I?