The immediate book meme

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. [H/T to Mrs. Darwin.]

1. What book are you reading now?

The Templars: The Dramatic History of the Knights Templar, the Most Powerful Military Order of the Crusades by Piers Paul Read

Dissent from the Creed: Heresies Past and Present by Richard M. Hogan

Treason’s Harbor by Patrick O’Brian

2. What book did you just finish?

The Ionian Mission by Patrick O’Brian

The Wright Brothers by David McCullough

Nicholas Nickleby by Charles Dickens

3. What do you plan to read next?

Dispatches from Pluto: Lost and Found in the Mississippi Delta by Richard Grant

4. What book do you keep meaning to finish?

Summa Theologica

5. What book do you keep meaning to start?

The Brothers Karamazov by Fyodor Dostoyevsky

6. What is your current reading trend?

Fiction by Charles Dickens and Patrick O’Brian (escape to the past to avoid contemplating the distressing present?)

How about you?

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13 thoughts on “The immediate book meme

  1. Presently Reading: ‘Hail Holy Queen: The Mother of God in the Word of God’ by Scott Hahn and ‘The Overton Window’ by Glenn Beck.

    Just read: ‘Libido Dominandi: Sexual Liberation and Political Control’ by E. Michael Jones. ‘God, Robot’ – a Sci-Fi anthology by various authors.

    My Next Reads: ‘The Converts’ by Rex Warner and ‘Return to Order: From a Frenzied Economy to an Organic Christian Society’ by John Horvat II.

    Hoping to Finish Reading: ‘The Suma Theologica’ by Saint Thomas Aquinas.

    Mean to Read: The multi-volume ‘Civil War’ by Shelbey Foote.

    Reading trend: Apologetics, sci-fi and historical thrillers make up the bulk of my reading.:

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  2. 1. What book are you reading now?
    “Wisdom and Innocence: A Life of G.K. Chesterton” by Joseph Pearce

    2. What book did you just finish?
    “Edmund Campion: A Life” by Evelyn Waugh
    “Evangelical Exodus: Evangelical Seminarians and Their Paths to Rome” edited by Douglas M. Beaumont

    3. What do you plan to read next?
    Either “The Servile State” by Hilaire Belloc or “Out of the Silent Planet” by C.S. Lewis

    4. What book do you keep meaning to finish?
    “Theology and Sanity” by Frank Sheed

    5. What book do you keep meaning to start?
    “The Arians of the Fourth Century” by John Henry Newman

    6. What is your current reading trend?
    Apologetic and history, though I’m beginning to appreciate more literature

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    • Yes, we must think a lot alike. Excellent! In fact, Patrick O’Brian is on my own “eventually list” but haven’t quite gotten around to him yet. Naval fiction and history is a small pleasure of mine. In high school I read several of the Hornblower books by C.S. Forester.

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  3. If you haven’t seen the “Master and Commander” movie I highly recommend it, and it will probably spur you on to read the books. Rather than trying to portray the plot of a single book, it’s sort of an amalgam of the plots of a few of the books. I think that’s a good thing since it spares you from feeling like they spoiled the story by not following the book. But in any event, it captures the spirit of the books very well.

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    • I own that movie. 🙂 I love the friendship aspect between Aubrey and Maturin. And I read somewhere (Lewis maybe?) that male friendship was considered the greatest love in the ancient world. From what little I’ve looked into it, the Aubrey/Maturin friendship seems in keeping with this theme. Wow! Am I talking myself into reading one? Haha!

      I’m assuming to start with the first novel, “Master and Commander” but if you think another one would be a better start, let me know.

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      • I own it too. : )

        Yes, I would start with “M&C”. I’m not sure that it’s the best one in the series, but it shows how the two met and became friends so that’s probably the best place to start. In fact I would suggest trying to read all of them in order. You don’t have to, each book stands on its own. I read them out of order after the first two or three, and had no problem following the storyline in any of them. However this year I have started re-reading them in order (which has meant taking time and effort to locate copies of the ones that I don’t have and are not in my local library), and it is better that way, since the story continues from one book to the next.

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  4. By the way when I say the story continues from one book to the next, I don’t mean that you are left hanging after each book. The story in each book is complete in itself. But what happens in one book follows chronologically from what happened in the previous book, and sometimes later books mention incidents that happened in earlier books. However the author always explains what you need to know in order to follow the story, he doesn’t assume that you have read all the prior ones.

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  5. You may as well know that I tend to beat dead horses. : )

    But seriously, while reading one of the later volumes I was reminded of this passage from an earlier one, which I posted under the heading “The Mass in Literature”:

    https://agellius.wordpress.com/2013/08/31/the-mass-in-literature-part-2/

    You may know that Stephen Maturin is an Irish Catholic. The stories don’t dwell on it, and he’s not a deeply fervent type of Catholic, but once in a great while the author throws in a passage like this, which lets you know that his faith does mean something to him.

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  6. Due to our last conversation, I changed my “next book” to “Master and Commander” and I must say I was delighted. It was a very enjoyable read. O’Brian must have been very educated because his characters would randomly slip other languages into their conversation and even his English required me to keep a dictionary handy. And of course his knowledge of the age of sail is obvious. Thankfully this particular landlubber also had a copy of Dean King’s book “A Sea of Words” to bring more fullness to the enjoyment.

    Now there is a whole new series of books on hand whenever escape from the modern world is needed.

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    • That’s great to hear, thanks for letting me know. It’s a good point that you raise: O’Brian evidently had a very broad-based knowledge, not only about sailing ships and languages, but also the sciences of the time, specifically medicine and entomology (Maturin is an entomologist as well as a physician), various geographical locations, the cultures and religious practices of various peoples that they encounter in their travels, species of animals, their appearance and behaviors, weather, currents and the behavior of the sea under varying conditions and locations, and on and on. And he pulls it off seemingly without effort, though I’m sure a lot of research went into his writing. I find myself admiring Stephen Maturin for his erudition, and Jack Aubrey for his nautical skill, forgetting that both are the fruit of one mind.

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