Hattip to Mrs. Darwin at my co-blogger Darwin Catholic’s eponymous blog, for the following book meme questions:
1. Favorite childhood book?
American Heritage Golden Book of the Civil War
2. What are you reading right now?
Early Byzantine Historians; The Road to Disunion: Secessionists at Bay; A World on Fire; Lincoln’s Sword; Bismarck: A Life.
3. What books do you have on request at the library?
4. Bad book habit?
Buying way, way too many as my basement library can attest.
5. What do you currently have checked out at the library?
6. Do you have an e-reader?
My I-pad is a surprisingly good e-reader.
7. Do you prefer to read one book at a time, or several at once?
I have always read several books at a time. I am a slow reader and a few pages from several books each day suits my pace.
8. Have your reading habits changed since starting a blog?
9. Least favorite book you read this year (so far?)
A series on US Presidents I read through with my autistic son. Even for a kid’s series the research was abysmal.
10. Favorite book you’ve read this year?
A World on Fire, a comprehensive look at Britain’s role in out Civil War, by Amanda Foreman, Phd from Oxford and mother of five young kids.
11. How often do you read out of your comfort zone?
Every day, mostly while browsing the net.
12. What is your reading comfort zone?
Science fiction, alternate history, fantasy, history and politics.
13. Can you read on the bus?
Presumably not, as I have difficulty reading in a car on the rare occasions when I am not driving.
14. Favorite place to read?
In bed. A grand way to end the day.
15. What is your policy on book lending?
Open-handed. I like to encourage people to read.
16. Do you ever dog-ear books?
Never, although my wife does, one of her few imperfections. Continue reading
Judging from our posts, I believe it is safe to say that we at The American Catholic are a bookish lot. I think this applies also to most of our learned commenters. I have always loved books, a trait I inherited from my sainted mother who had a deep passion for the printed page. If I were not married to a fellow bibliophile, and a librarian of course !, I can imagine my love of books perhaps having been a sore point in my marriage. “Another bookstore?” “Can’t we go anyplace without you dragging me to a dull bookstore?” “You paid what for that history of the Peninsular War!?!” “The books are in the dumpster. Say a word and you may end up there too!” Instead, both I and my bride of 27 years view bookstores as homes away from home, to the vast amusement of our kids.
In this post I am going to list ten books I would recommend. These ten books have all had some impact on my life. I invite everyone who is interested to also give their book recommendations in the comments.
1. The Bible-Since my parents gave me my first Bible, at my request, on Christmas Day 1970, I have attempted, and usually succeeded, in reading a chapter from the Old Testament and a chapter from the New each day. The varied type of literature in the Bible I find endlessly fascinating: novels, court chronicles, proverbs, otherworldly prophecies, military history, gospels, letters, an endless literary and intellectual feast. Aside from the spiritual benefits of the Bible, which of course is the main reason for reading the Bible, no one in our civilization can be considered to be well-educated if they are bone ignorant of this book. Continue reading