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My Current Reading Pile(s)

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I used to limit myself to one book at a time, but then sometimes I would borrow more than one book at a time. Then there is my own little collection of books to read too, and while I prefer non-fiction I’ve been finding interest in the occasional novel too and have found that I can juggle between the two without my brain getting confused… one is for absorbing, the other is for being entertained with (roughly speaking).

Then the piles grew.

I therefore felt it was necessary to document the current my piles and think about what I’m currently reading and why. And where better to do this than on my blog?!

Firstly, in the left pile. From top-to-bottom. We have my non-fiction:

Jesus Died in Kashmir by A. Faber-Kaiser. Actually I’ve finished reading this one but it’s staying out on the table for now (more on this below), it was pretty short thanks to the author opting for a layout similar to how I would format my old college essays, and the use of thick paper. Lets just say the physical dimensions could have been half the size. It was in my collection for a while but I don’t recall how it got there.

The Second Messiah by Christopher Knight and Robert Lomas. You may be sensing a theme here. This was one of a collection of books I bought from a carbootist who was selling off a number of titles of interest to me at a good price, and since my brain has been filled with all this Jesus stuff lately thanks to my visiting Jehovah’s Witnesses I thought there is no better time to start reading this one… but it’s going to take me a while. I have read a number of Knight and Lomas’ books.

Pyramid of Secrets by Alan F. Alford. This was the first of my two synchronicitus titles that presented themselves to me recently when visiting a charity shop in search of a completely different book – it was on the shelf to the left of the one I was scanning. Synchronicitus because I had recently read and commented on Argus’ blog about the Great Pyramid [link] and he had mentioned author Chris Dunn – I’d not read any of his books but his areas of expertise were of interest to me and I was certain I had read other authors quotes of his. I scanned the index of this one by Akfird and found him mentioned. Back in 2007 I read Gods of the New Millennium by Alford, and The Phoenix Solution the following year, so it is perhaps here that I read of Dunn’s work.

The Israelites by B. S. J. Isserlin. This was the second of my two  charity shop synchronicities, occurring at the same time as the one above. The Israelites has been one particular topic that has intrigued me since the Jehovah’s Witnesses have been visiting so I’m looking forward to reading some more about this.

In the middle pile… my non-fiction:

Chaucer’s Canterbury Tales. I’ve been reading since last year – it’s a bit of a slog with it dating back to oldie English times and I usually have to read a translated version to enable me to follow it.

The Pickwick Papers by Charles Dickens. I also started reading this last year, but it’s easy to just delve in for a chapter at a time and many are pretty amusing, a completely different tone to Bleak House which I read a few years back and thoroughly enjoyed.

The Children’s Encyclopedia by Arthur Mee… Volume 3. I set myself the task of reading a volume a year and I’m keeping up well.

Around the World in 80 Days by Jules Verne. When I suddenly discovered it was World Book Night recently I had to make a quick decision about what to read for the rest of the evening. I felt it had to be a novel, but I was already reading The Pickwick Club, so it was a toss-up between reading this or re-reading Coot Club by Arthur Ransome which I read many years ago and was my first and favourite Ransome book. Jules Verne won-out. I was a little too eager though, wondering if perhaps I could read all of the book in the evening… no chance. I read about 1/4. I even tried reading it aloud and recording it, but that only made it to chapter 5 of 37.

Finally, the right pile… borrowed non-fiction:

Nature Spirits – A Guide to the Elemental Kingdom by Susan Raven. I’ve just finished this one and has been quite insightful although a little “wishy-washy” all about “Elementals”.

Pointers to Eternity by Dewi Rees. Again, due to my interest sparked by the Jehovah’s Witnesses I figured this book might give me a little more insight into the whole life after death and heaven stuff. Actually though, I’ve found it shares a lot with Jesus Died in Kashmir (see above) – both authors outline a perspective of the ‘Crucifixion tale’, the Kashmir one “siding with” the Muslims’ view whereas PtE is from a typical Christian one; I’m with Muslims on this.

Thor Heyerdahl’s Autobiography – In the Footsteps of Adam. Back in 2010 I read Green was the Earth on the Seventh Day and found it to be deeply insightful; the plot, if there ever was one in non-fiction was like that of Paul Theroux’s The Mosquito Coast (the film stars Harrison Ford).

Too much to read perhaps?!

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3 comments on “My Current Reading Pile(s)

  1. bribikes
    11 May, 2016

    Oh my, you do have quite the pile of books to read through, and now you also have the shrink wrapped Bible 😀

    You already do have quite the number of books to read so I feel terrible for saying this…but if you want to read a book with a traditional Christian view of Jesus’ death and resurrection, The Case for Christ by Lee Strobel is a great one and not too lengthy.

    My favorite Christian author is C.S. Lewis and he wrote some wonderful books on Christianity- like Mere Christianity, The Case for Christianity, Miracles and The Problem of Pain. From reading your blog, I have a feeling you would really enjoy his style of writing.

    • Brian
      11 May, 2016

      Ahh thank you for your suggestions! More to add to my list of books to get! – I say this both sincerely, and with a with a grumble!

      C. S. Lewis… he’s one of those names I’m learning there is so much more to, and need to read more of. My first thought was Lewis Carroll and now a little coincidence I have had to write about! (https://bmhonline.wordpress.com/2016/05/11/the-lewiss-and-2520-years)

      • bribikes
        11 May, 2016

        The problem is that are too many great and interesting books out there! People need to stop writing them until we can catch up 😀

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