What I Read This Week

This week was not quite as spectacular a reading week as last week. However, I did finish three books (and American Demon is almost 500 pages).

I usually post these on Sunday, but I actually forgot yesterday between some work I was doing and well . . . actually reading. . . .

Anyway, here are the books I read:

american demon

The first book I finished this week was American Demon. This is the fourteenth book in the Hollows series, and the first book (that wasn’t a prequel) in six years.  People are attacking those they love and not remembering it. Rachel finds herself also feeling aggression towards those she loves as she sleeps from sleep into wakefulness. They are obviously being attacked by someone, but who? The FIB and IS are both taking a very hands-off approach, and the demons are running scared. Will Rachel figure out what is causing this in time to stop it? Or will she become the latest victim?

It was good to be back in Rachel’s world. It’s been so long since I’ve spent time there, and reading this book was like spending time with old friends. There wasn’t enough of a couple of the main characters in this book, but there were a couple of new characters I really loved.  This was a really good book.  I’ve had thoughts about re-reading the series since reading this book, but I’ve got plenty of other books I want to spend time with first.

what is a mammal?

This barely counts as a book, but my nine and ten year old have been doing a study on mammals over the past five months, and we finished one of the books that we’ve been reading with it today. What is a Mammal? is a brief picture book survey of mammals.  It covers many groups and the basic characteristics of mammals. It’s fairly basic and a great aid for this age group.

We’re drawing close to the end of our mammal study, and I had hoped to celebrate with a trip to the zoo. Unfortunately, I fall under our state’s shelter-in-place law, so I won’t be going anywhere like that. Also, our local zoo has many of their spaces closed, so it’s not worth the exorbitant prices to go right now.

letters to a diminished church

Letters to a Diminished Church is a collection of essays by well-known mid-twentieth century mystery novelist Dorothy Sayers. She, like the others in her writers’ circle, has deep thoughts about Christianity. These essays pertain to various topics in the Christian faith. Her argument is not that we have too much religion but that we have not learned enough dogma. The discusses topics like Christian dogma, sin and the problems associated with contemporary Christian life. Several essays are also on the topics of Christians and the writerly life or Christians and literary genres.

Sayers makes many thoughtful reflections on the Christian faith, and I found myself putting many quotes into my commonplace book as I read. I think there are elements of this book that I will be reflecting on for some time.

I also found this book worthy of my fifteen-year-old’s attention. He is a creative type, and her reflections on allegory, mysteries, and the characterization of the devil in literature will probably be fascinating for him, if he can get past the mid-20th century writing style. I’ll be using this book with him for fall semester as part of his worldview readings. I am not sure at this time whether or not I’ll use the entire book or just select essays from it.  I’m still considering how to approach it with him.

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