Friday, April 20, 2012

It is a simple question...a business proposition, actually.

I like surveys. I really do. I like hearing statistics and numbers and all that rot. Not that I'm any good and coming up with them on my own, mind you, but there is nothing like a good whump of facts to make me smile.

All that (andacertainlackof ***ahem***writinginthepastfewweeks) has lead to me asking you, dear readers, a question:

 What are you reading?

A simple little question but one that packs a lot of punch when one considers the speculation another could build about your character off of what sorts of books you read. ;) So leave a comment and tell me what literary adventures you've been reveling in or slogging through or otherwise consuming!

As for myself, I've been reading The Portrait of a Lady by Henry James and loving it so far! This could have a deal to do with the fact that I find I resemble Isabel Archer in every single point except that of physical characteristics! :D (So far--I do not know what the end of the book will bring to change that opinion. :)

Comment away! I want to hear all your news.  :D


ashley tahg said...

Oh yes! Score North and South title!!!

Ah hum.

I'm reading Harry Potter, and London Calling by I forget who. We all know who wrote Harry Potter, however.

Rosamund Gregory said...

Persuasion, Wuthering Heights, Mere Christianity, and Kidnapped.

Rachel Hope said...

I have been lost in C S Lewis these past weeks, I just wrote a whole post dedicated to C S Lewis I really love the way he writes, the volumes would be,
Out of the silent planet
Until we have faces
The dark tower and other stories
And lastly The screwtape letters.
And speaking of devouring, Emmanuel's Veins by Ted Dekker is a book like no other, my younger brother and older sister would agree, very interesting to say it lightly.

Marian said...

Several books, but mostly Dracula. It doesn't say much about my character, except that I love classics but have neglected some of the most famous ones. So far, I like it, but there is much unintentional hilarity. ;)

Rhoswen Faerie Wrose said...

Currently, I am in the middle of David Copperfield, and quite a ways through the second Mysterious Benedict Society book.

Carilyn said...

I started again on 'I am Hutterite'. I usually start on it again, then stop for a while, then pick it up again. I should just finish it, since I'm supposed to for!! =)

Miss Dashwood said...

Just finished David Copperfield this very morning, and I'm in the delicious middle of Northanger Abbey and a couple of chapters into a Hercule Poirot mystery.
And I am not ashamed to admit that I squealed NORTH AND SOUTH! when I saw the title of this post. :)

Rachel Heffington said...

:D @Ashley and Amy, I'm proud you caught the reference! *hugs*

Esther Brooksmith (wisdomcreates) said...

1 Samuel (in the Bible) as preparation. I will be reading it with several friends for the month of May (a chapter a day). Join us!
Also I am reading A Tale of Two Cities (for the 4th time).

Joy said...

Good question! Hmm, I am reading:

The Two Towers - J.R.R. Tolkien
The Return of the King - J.R.R. Tolkien
God Knows My Size - Harvey Yoder
The Keys of the Kingdom - A. J. Cronin (I'm actually just rereading my favourite parts!)
The Silver Chair - C.S. Lewis (again =D)
With Christ in the School of Prayer - Andrew Murray

Anne-girl said...

By the Pricking of My Thumbs: Agatha Christe

Ballet Shoes: Noel Streetfield

Eldorado: Baroness Orczy

Lovely Title dear! So excited about watching N&S with friends soon!

Jenny Freitag said...

I'm reading a mix of books. I just finished The Gammage Cup for the nth time (one day I will have it memorized) and A Break With Charity, a novel of the Salem witch trials, which I read years ago and felt like rereading. In keeping with the seventeenth century, I picked up Down Ryton Water again, which I read as a child many times, lost, and found again. I love the colour and style of the narrative and diction in Down Ryton Water; it is easy to follow, written in the first person, but it's not simplistic nor does it coddle the reader. If you have a chance, I recommend it for light, enjoyable reading.

On a more serious note, I'm also reading The Challenge of Jesus by N.T. Wright, The Doctrine of the Holy Spirit by Hendrikus Berkhof, and Thomas a Kempis' Of the Imitation of Christ as a sort of "devotional." I recently finished The Faith of a Modern Christian by James Orr and have been discovering Ravi Zacharis; both authors were and are in the apologetic vein. I hope to pick up A.W. Tozer's Jesus, Our Man In Glory soon: as twelve addresses on the Letter to the Hebrews, I expect it will be short reading, but hopefully true and edifying. It is Tozer, after all...

Unknown said...

I'm reading Remembering You by Tricia Goyer and Elisabeth Sladen: An Autobiography by Elisabeth Sladen.

Colleen Elizabeth said...

I just finished "Christy" by Catherine Marshall (much different than the ridiculous TV series by the same name!). I find most people don't care two-cents for it, I however find the realness of the characters and the blue-swathed mountains steal me (body and soul). Read it and judge for yourself.

Before that I read "8 Cousins" and it's sequel "A Rose in Bloom" by L. M. Alcott-- two lovely little novels. The first actually reminded me of your story Scarlet Gypsy Song (what I've read on here of it that is) with all the children tripping over each other in charm and personality.

Chloe M. Kookogey said...

Oh, delightful idea! I am "reading" all manner of things in that I have many dusty tomes waiting for me to crack their bindings and finally *finish* them (*cough* The Fellowship of the Ring and Les Miserables), but the only title I am actively reading at the moment is Rebecca by Daphne du Maurier. It has a tendency to be rather eerie in places, but it's quite intriguing, and I confess I am enjoying it, if only for the experience of a different writing style. Of course, I will also sporadically pick up an Anne book or Little Women and re-read my favorite passages, but that is a common occurence and not at all out of the ordinary. ;)

I hope you're having a lovely Saturday, dear friend!

Elizabeth Rose

P.S. Yes, I did catch the N&S reference in the title . . . It also put me in mind of Perchiek's proposal to Hodel in Fiddler on the Roof. "There's a question . . . A certain question I want to discuss with you . . . It's a political question." :D

Anonymous said...

I am just starting the Patrick O'Brian novel, Wine Dark Sea, having just finished a book commemorating the 100th anniversary of the Titanic called, Voices From The Disaster. I also am reading Lord Tony's Wife, by Baroness Orczy. Lastly, I hope to be done with the Bible for the second time on my own by the 23rd.

Anonymous said...

P.S. For reasons I can't explain, it didn't put my name. What My Mind Does is yours respectfully,
Wyatt Fairlead

Rachel Heffington said...

Wyatt Fairlead! So glad to hear from you...and what your mind does. ;) Oooh! Haven't read Lord Tony's Wife--you'll have to tell me how you liked it!

As for the rest of you, thanks a million for telling me and leaving me all these comments--your answers are so widely varied they were a pleasure to read!

@Elizabeth Rose, you must tell me how you like Rebecca. The writing is impeccable. The subject made me furious by the end. :P

@Colleen, I loved Christy! It inspired me deeply and passionately. Love it. :)

Bookworm said...

Should I mention that I love North and South? ;)
Over a year ago I was wanting to read The Portrait of a Lady but someone convinced me not to. :P Now that I have heard, from you, that it is actually quite good I shall definitely add it to my reading list once again. :)
Anyway I have been reading The Circle Trilogy by Ted Dekker. I'm on the third book, White. Love the series!
Also I recently finished the Mark of the Lion series by Francine Rivers! I absolutely adored those books! It had some wonderful fictional role models!
Soon, very soon, I shall get back to the classics though. :)
God bless!