Bookends: May 2015

Well, that’s odd.

It’s the first of the month, and I totally forgot about Bookends. I’m betting it’s because I’m totally consumed by this graduate course I’m taking and have put most all of my pleasure reading on hold. To make myself feel better, I’m going to go ahead and pad the heck out of my “currently reading” list and list most of the books I’m reading for this course. See if you can guess what the class is about just by the titles.

May’s books…

Grown-ups’ Books:

Called to Community by Anita Farber-Robertson, Dorothy May Emerson, and Mary McKinnon Ganz

The Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins

Catching Fire by Suzanne Collins

Mockingjay by Suzanne Collins

Kids’ Books (read-alouds and audiobooks):

The Penderwicks in Spring by Jeanne Birdsall (read-aloud)

The Black Cauldron by Lloyd Alexander (audiobook, re-read)

The Castle of Llyr by Lloyd Alexander (audiobook, re-read)

The City of Ember by Jeanne DePrau (audiobook)

Currently Reading

  • The Histories by Herodotus (for my Cavalcade of Classics, as a read-aloud with my daughter, skipping some of the more questionable parts)
  • Uncle Tom’s Cabin by Harriet Beecher Stowe (for my Cavalcade of Classics and the one I didn’t finish for the Classics Club Spin #9)
  • The Lord of the Rings by J.R.R. Tolkein (read-aloud, re-read, in a single-volume edition)
  • Taran Wanderer by Lloyd Alexander (audiobook, re-read)
  • The Blackwell Companion to the Qur’an by Andrew Rippin
  • How to Read the Qur’an by Carl W. Ernst
  • The Story of the Qur’an by Ingrid Mattson
  • Approaching the Qur’an by Michael Sells
  • Understanding the Qur’an by Muhammad Abdel Haleem
  • The Qur’an: With a Phrase-by-Phrase English Translation by Ali Quili Qar’ai

My To-Read List for June

  • Major Pettigrew’s Last Stand by Helen Simonson (the June SBC Selection. I’m still hopeful about this one even though I didn’t finish the May selection)
  • The High King by Lloyd Alexander

This is one of my smallest to-read lists in history, and unless I build up some serious reading momentum and just can’t stop reading even in between my course reading, I think even this to-read list is overly ambitious.

What have you enjoyed reading in the past month? What’s on your to-read list for June? If you blog your answer, please post a link in the comments (and/or link back to this post, if you’re so inclined).

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