Sunday, June 20, 2010

currently reading...

* Parenting Beyond Belief -- I'm having a hard time with this one. I've long questioned whether I feel I belong in an organized religion and I've never really felt I've belonged in one, but I'm not sure that I'm 'beyond belief.' Although I'm not sure I believe in a god, I find I'm having a hard time reading some of the contributors so easily assert that Science holds the Truth and that there is no God (I added the capitals for emphasis). I think I personally have to at least accept that there might be at least one god. And, I cannot believe that science holds all the answers because it provides us with evidence (see: 'Good and Bad Reasons for Believing' by Richard Dawkins, in this book and A Devil's Chaplain). I wonder what all this means about me?

* Voluntary Simplicity, revised edition -- I read about this book in The Story of Stuff. I've figured out that I've been on this long, slow-going path to voluntary simplicity, or enoughism, for a bit now. I have a long way to go. This is an interesting read so far (about a third of the way in), but it's kind of preaching to the converted (or whatever that phrase is). Actually, I don't feel that it's preachy, I just feel that I'm reading about my life as I'm already living and envisioning it.

* Spoken Here: Travels Among Threatened Languages -- I'm not zipping through this as quickly as I thought I would, but I'm definitely interested. I once took History of the English Language and I was fascinated. This book, obviously not about English, is making me want to go back to school and learn more about languages themselves. Might I have another lifetime to be a linguist? Hmm.

A line that will stick with me from this last book: '...modern English is the Wal-Mart of languages: convenient, huge, hard to avoid, superficially friendly, and devouring all rivals in its eagerness to expand'(56).

* Green Eggs and Ham -- Pic and I are loving reading this. It has us giggling every time. It took us a long time to embrace Dr Seuss (Theo LeSieg, Theodore Geisel, Ted), but I think he's here to stay.

* The Lorax -- Or, as Pic was calling it when she requested this book last night, The Lormax? (she knew it wasn't quite right, hence the question mark). I never read this when I was younger. I love this book. There are so many discussion opportunities presented. I'm glad Pic enjoys this book as well.


I am *really* hoping to finish the first three books before they're due back at the library. I'm tired of not finishing books and giving up on them. Although, I have to say, I had no trouble finishing (once again) the Harry Potters late last month/early this month. :)