Here’s the roundup of books that I read this month. Pardon the fact that I haven’t reviewed all of these. (It takes a lot of time for me to review a book, so I don’t always get around to it.)
The Books I Read
This is a highly informative and eye-opening book. After reading this book, you’ll never think about water the same way. Water is, as the subtitle states, the defining crisis of the twenty-first century. Keren has an excellent review at her blog.
A Wrinkle in Time, Madeleine L’Engle
Keren and I both read this book and are mulling over its meanings and implications. It is Lewisesque in its style, but markedly unique at the same time. Essentially, the book presents the classic theme of good vs. evil, where good ultimately triumphs. I’m still thinking through the details.
With Morning Comes Mistfall, George Martin
I read only one of the short stories in this collection (free from Audible). It seemed to have sort of an environmentalish kind of moral, but I can’t be quite sure.
This is a collection of readings from the writings of the Buddha. There are just a few explanatory notes along the way.
The Middle Way: The Story of Buddhism, Jinananda
If you’re researching Buddhism, this work is a helpful starting point. The doctrines of Buddhism are laid out in a readable and understandable way, especially for the western reader.
This Is the Story of a Happy Marriage, Ann Patchett
Another short free story from Audible. Patchett is a skilled writer. I’m glad she has a happy (2nd) marriage, but I’m not impressed with the themes she communicates about love and endurance.
Sundown Towns: A Hidden Dimension of American Racism, James Loewen
This book is flat-out remarkable. I highly recommend it for its thorough history, profound implications, and thought-provoking content. I’ll share some thoughts on it in a future post.
Catching Fire (The Hunger Games #2), Suzzanne Collins
The Hunger Games Trilogy was a fun read.
Mockingjay (The Hunger Games #3), Suzanne Collins
Loving the Little years: Motherhood in the Trenches, Rachel Jankovic
This is a short, light, and easy read, providing tips on mothering. The audience is mothers, and Rachel has five young children, which she often reminds you of in the book. It has some helpful bits of advice, albeit mixed in with some not-so-helpful stuff.
Knowing God, J.I. Packer
This book is a classic, and warmly devotional doctrine of God (theology proper).
I reviewed this book here.
Frankenstein, Mary Shelley
Believe it or not, I’d never read Frankenstein, nor seen any movies about it. Finally, I got around to reading it.
Flow, the Psychology of Optimal Experience, Mihaly Csikszentmihalyi
An amazingly insightful work on positive psychology. This isn’t a three-steps to boost your happiness kind of book, but it is thoughtful.
“The Elephant Vanishes,” short story by Haruki Murakami
This guy can write! I only read one of the short stories, from which the title of the book is drawn, but now I want to read more. (I love the cover of this book.)
The Blue Parakeet: Rethinking How You Read the Bible, Scot McKnight
The Art of War, Sun Tzu
Another age-old classic book that I’ve wanted to read for a long time. The book is sort of a how-to manual for military generals. I am not a military general, but there are some helpful gleanings for the non-generals among us.
My Favorite Book: Sundown Towns
If I had to pick one favorite books from my reading this month, I would pick Sundown Towns, by James Loewen. The book is eye-opening and surprising, but true. Thanks to Nikku for his recommendation based on books that I read in 2011..