Sunday, July 01, 2018

Immediate Book Meme

(ht: The Darwins)

There are plenty of memes that want to know all about your book history and your all-time greats and your grand ambitions, but let's focus on something more revealing: the books you're actually reading now, or just read, or are about to read. Let's call it The Immediate Book Meme.

1. What book are you reading now?

Jules Verne, Journey to the Center of the Earth
Jules Verne, The Underground City
I am reading through Verne this year; Journey is the Fortnightly Book, and I'll have a note up sometime this next week about The Underground City.

David Daube, Law and Wisdom in the Bible
The second volume of his Gifford Lectures, as part of my long-term project of Gifford Lecture reading.

Kathrin Koslicki, The Structure of Objects
Only just started this.

John C. Wright, Titans of Chaos

2. What book did you just finish?

Mary Hesse, Forces and Fields
David Daube, The Deed and the Doer in the Bible
John C. Wright, Fugitives of Chaos
John C. Wright, Orphans of Chaos

Michael Flynn, In the Country of the Blind
I read this one pretty much every year.

3. What do you plan to read next?

Lady Mary Shepherd, Essays on the Perception of an External Universe
Edith Stein, Potency and Act
Pierre Hadot, The Inner Citadel
These will be re-reads.

Frederick Douglass, Autobiography
Booker T. Washingtom, Up from Slavery
These will probably be the next Fortnightly Book, unless something cuts in line in front of them.

4. What book do you keep meaning to finish?

Cyril of Alexandria, Commentary on John
Xunzi: The Complete Text

The Thousand and One Arabian Nights
I did Volumes 1 and 2 for the Fortnightly Book, and have been waiting for a good time to do Volume 3.

5. What book do you keep meaning to start?

Lady Mary Shepherd, Essays on the Perception of an External Universe
Henrik Ibsen, Three Plays
Edmund Husserl, Idea

6. What is your current reading trend?

Of course, as noted above, I'm reading Verne this year; I have been reading more Scotland-related works because of my trip to Scotland; I have been reading quite a bit of Rosmini's moral and legal philosophy, although I'm in a slight pause on that; and my philosophical reading has slowly been spiraling back to things at least marginally related to the topic of the external world.

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