Break is two weeks away. Two. 2. TWO!!!! My brain has either stopped registering the cortisol hormone or stopped producing it altogether. I’m impervious to stress, which also, unfortunately, means that I’m an impenetrable fortress against all attempts at achievement. Life involves many such trade-offs, I suppose.
So, instead of doing anything scholastically productive, I’m planning out my reading schedule over break. Yes. I read on a schedule. Nerdiness: it’s a calling.
1) “The Cello Suites: J. S. Bach, Pablo Casals, and the Search for a Baroque Masterpiece.”
Selected because: I started reading this little gem over Thanksgiving break, courtesy of my insanely musical older brother. I had no intention of getting into it; it looked somewhat dry and way over my far-less-musical head. But I was hooked after the first chapter, and have been counting down the days until I get to finish it. A reviewer (‘tova’) on Amazon sums the book up well: “This book is a wonderfully crafted combination of biography, history, musicology, detective story and personal discovery. . . .It’s neither a heavy tome nor a heavy read but it is nourishing entertainment.”
Seriously, do yourself a favor and pick this book up if you get a chance.
Author: Sheldon Vanauken
Reason: This little book has been on my ‘to read’ list for ages now. I know nothing about it, except that C.S. Lewis is somehow involved in the thing, which means I have to read it if I ever hope to have relevance in the Christian college student culture. . .you know, the one I’ll be leaving in May.
Author: Richard A. Swenson
Chosen because: I apparently still believe that reading a book about giving yourself margin equates to actually acting upon the principles found therein. Ah, the optimism and insanity of youth.
4) “The God of All Comfort.”
Author: Hannah Whitall Smith
Reason: A lot of the quotes I’ve read that have been attributed to this woman indicate that she may be the bombdiggatizzle. Time to find out.
Author: George MacDonald.
Selected: . . .at the recommendation of many of my ‘read-y’ friends. I trust their judgment, and really wanted a fun-but-not-garbage (hello, chick lit) read to give my mind a bit of a rest. This is my literary dessert for the break.
Author: Jeremiah Burroughs
Reason: From what I hear, this is one of the most significant hidden treasures of Christian literature. Everyone I’ve ever known who has read it has recommended it enthusiastically. Furthermore, in reading it I may or may not be working on a specific character issue with which I deal; but I don’t want to say much more. . .don’t want to be indiscreet, or anything.
There are a few more I’d like to get around to, but I suppose I need to leave time to eat and sleep and hang out with my family, too. So there you have it, folks. My break in literary form. Y’all have any fun holiday goals/plans?