a reading list, part duex

14 Jun

The Great Divorce by C.S. Lewis –  I suppose the best question to ask about Lewis is: What is there not to love?  I read this book, over the course of several weeks, for my Wednesday morning study. Set as an allegory depicting the difference between Heaven and Hell; this story takes the narrator, and reader, through Hell and then on to Heaven.

“But Heaven is not a state of mind.  Heaven is reality itself.  All that is fully real is Heavenly.  For all that can be shaken will be shaken and only the unshakeable remains.” p. 70-71.

“But you and I must be clear.  There is but one good; that is God.  Everything else is good when it looks to Him and bad when it turns from Him.”  p.106

Oh, that I could live an unshakeable life.

The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo by Stieg Larsson –   Hmmmm.  This was a page turner and I found myself staying up late just to find out what was going to happen.  There are only a few books that can keep a pregnant momma up into the late of the night.  It is a Swedish best seller and Larsson has crafted a complex tale which interweaves three story lines into one master plot.  I was intrigued, and I love books which bring seemingly separate stories into one complex story line.  The mystery surrounding Harriot’s disappearance was well written, and I did not solve it on my own.   All of that being said, I have trouble giving this book a  full-fledged “read right away” without a caution.  Interwoven into solving Harriot’s disappearance is another story line which has a couple parts that are quite dark and upsetting.  If someone had told me what the underlying plot was I am not sure I would have read the story, however, by the time I discovered it on my own; I was hooked and had to know what happened.

What are you guys reading?

My other reading list is here.

{This post is linked up with other reading recommendations at Life as Mom.}


6 Responses to “a reading list, part duex”

  1. Carrie June 14, 2010 at 9:04 am #

    Visiting from Life as MOM. “The Great Divorce” was one of my Booking It reads earlier this year and I enjoyed reading it. Thanks for the heads-up on the second book – I don’t enjoy dark underlying plots (I’m in the middle of a book like that right now – I don’t want to stop because I’m sucked in, but I probably wouldn’t recommend it).

  2. xo.sorcha.ox June 21, 2010 at 1:38 am #

    Exams and assignments have led to my reading flow being interrupted. I started ‘Mr Darcy takes a wife’ by Linda Berdoll, but didnt like it. Now I’m reading ‘House of Spirits & Whispers’ by Annie Wilder – a nice quick read to get me back into my routine, after which I’ll probably read ‘Darcy & Anne’ by Judith Brocklehurst.
    I have heard wonderful things about ‘The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo’ by Stieg Larrson, although I’ve not yet read it myself. It is on my wish-list though.
    ~S. xo

  3. cornel June 21, 2010 at 2:55 am #

    Great of you to share. I become comletely obsessed when I start reading a book (I literally don’t do anything else). For this reason I don’t read that often anymore. I save it for the really good ones! Love to read Lewis’ book. The quotes you gave are intrigueing. C x

  4. Bethany July 21, 2010 at 9:37 am #

    See, that’s why I couldn’t give Dragon Tattoo a 100% beach reading recommendation! Glad to hear it was entertaining though. Definitely steer clear of the second and third books, I would say; they continue to be on the dark side.

    • theladybird July 21, 2010 at 10:14 am #

      B. – You know me so well! I read the amazon reviews of the second book and I was worried about the underlying plot of the second book. I will take your advice even though they are SO WELL WRITTEN!


  1. a reading list, the fourth « - February 11, 2011

    […] ***As an aside, the crime solved throughout these two books did not upset me like the one in The Girl with the Dragon Tatoo, however, if these were movies, they would be rated R.  I wrote about the first one here. […]

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