Sunday Salon: Currently Reading

As I tweeted the other day, there are entirely too many books vying for my attention. I started reading a couple of books for fun last week due to a snow day on both Tuesday and Wednesday. Of course, school quickly picked back up and I started two more nonfiction books for my classes.

I am not planning on watching the Super Bowl as football has never been an interest of mine nor do I really have the time. I imagine I’ll be spending the rest of the day working on my essay about Henry’s book and the maps for my Geographic Information Systems (GIS) course. Hopefully, I will finish a large chunk of both assignments and be able to read for pleasure this evening. But first, I thought I would spend some time discussing where I am in the books I’m currently reading.

Lady Anna by Anthony Trollope:

Not pictured because the book was a free download from Project Gutenberg for my iPad, I am currently on page 76 of 682 (roughly 11%). This was one of the books I recently added to my TBR List thanks to Becky’s Book Reviews’ review, and I am really loving this foray into my first Trollope. Trollope also made the rounds for The Classics Circuit so if I continue to love this book I will definitely be picking up more recommendations from the Circuit’s readers.

The Poisonwood Bible by Barbara Kingsolver:

Although I have had this book on my shelves since January 2008, I did not start reading Kingsolver’s novel until Erin of Erin Reads selected it for February’s Reading Buddies. I posted twice last week about parts of the book that stood out to me — diamonds and colonialism — and I’m frustrated with myself for letting the book languish on my shelves for so long. I am currently on page 222 of 546, which means I’ve read 40 percent of the book so far. Erin will be posting the halfway discussion post on Friday, and I’m looking forward to sharing my own thoughts and hearing what other people think so far.

Refuge in Hell by Daniel B. Silver:

I figured I would not read this book for a while simply because I am reading several books about the Holocaust this semester, but I wound up picking it up because the assigned book for last Thursday was not satisfying. I’ve been hooked since reading a single sentence in the introduction — “Our determination to do so was strengthened when we discovered that the only Internet reference we could find was on a scurrilous neo-Nazi, Holocaust-denial Web site where the fact that the Berlin Jewish Hospital operated throughout the war was adduced as ‘proof’ that the Nazi atrocities had never occurred” (pg. xiii). I haven’t gotten very far (pg. 46 of 352, or 13%), but I will be reading more as soon as I finish my homework.

We Only Know Men by Patrick Henry:

I am actually almost done with this week’s assigned book for my Holocaust class as I am on page 200 of 216 (92 percent read). The last few pages are hard to read because the chapter is a literary criticism of Albert Camus’ The Plague. I have not read Camus’ novel and, unfortunately, Henry is ruining the book for me. Other than this complaint, I think the book has some interesting things to say about religion and rescue on the Holocaust, especially in relation as to who qualifies as ‘Righteous Among the Nations‘. I will be working on a paper about this book today.

Food, Inc. by Karl Weber:

Admittedly, I have not actually started this book. I will be starting it later this week and decided to include it in today’s post based on that fact. It will be interesting to read this ‘participant’s guide’ after seeing the film several times, and I doubt I will be able to avoid comparisons. There is also a lot in the film I wanted to learn more about and my hope is that the book will address them.

Mitzvah Girls by Ayala Fader:

I wanted to read more about Hasidic girls after first reading about them last month in Mystics, Mavericks, and Merrymakers by Stephanie Wellen Levine. I had to request the book through InterLibrary Loan and I received yesterday from the library so I haven’t had much time to read it. I am on page 5, which is only the middle of the introduction, but I can tell you that Fader’s book is much more academic in tone and structure than Levine’s.

The Sunday Salon:

The Sunday The Sunday Salon encourages bloggers to get together –at their separate desks, in their own particular time zones– every Sunday and read. And blog about their reading. And comment on one another’s blogs. Salon participants are encouraged to blog about their time spent reading, pages read, information about current reading, discuss a reaction to a book, state what they plan to read the following week, or make suggestions for a group read.

Photo © Me. Currently reading in February. Taken: February 6, 2011.


  1. The Poisonwood Bible is one of my favorite books. It was the first Kingsolver I read. I can see how it would bog someone down, though. Can’t wait to hear what you think of it when you’re done!


  2. I’m glad you’re enjoying the Trollope. I don’t know anything about that particular novel, but I do look forward to more Trollope myself now! I haven’t read POISONWOOD BIBLE for a long time but I’ve been thinking of a reread.


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