Tuesday, January 4, 2011
This week the Broke and the Bookish expect us to commit to at least ten books, particularly those which have sat meekly in the 'pile of books to read' for a while.
1. Marcus Aurelius: A Life, Frank McLynn
I've had this book for nearly ear now. Probably should get around to reading it, right?
2. A People's History of the World, Chris Harman
I bought this back in the spring intending to read it during the summer.
3. The Age of Absurdity, Michael Foley
Hey, it isn't my fault I haven't read this yet. I ordered it before Thanksgiving, but it vanished somewhere over the Atlantic: I bought it from a firm in England. Either the Royal Mail or the USPS lost it, so they (WorldBooksUSA) sent me another copy. It arrived just recently.
4. The Age of Faith, Will Durant
Reading about the decline and fall of the Roman empire followed by centuries of religious war sounds depressing, but I want to continue in this series.
5. The Confessions, Augustine of Hippo
I did begin reading this earnestly the first two weeks I had it, but then Vikings distracted me. I can't blame Bernard Cornwell completely, though.
6. Paths of Disharmony, Dayton Ward.
Okay, I don't need to make a Most Solemn Oath to read this book. I expect on getting it in some way for my birthday. I don't think I've ever read Dayton Ward, and since this is a TNG book I'm looking forward to it.
7. The Essential Epicurus: Letters, Principal Doctrines, Vatican Sayings, and Fragments.
Same story as Aurelius and People's history, really.
8. The Complete Stories (Volume 2), Isaac Asimov
I bought this in the fall of 2009 for $12 or $15. The remaining copies on Amazon sell anywhere from $60 to $140. I read the first volume in the set this year. The series isn't actually complete-- Asimov kept writing stories, which makes producing a complete collection difficult, and I like to think the publishers threw their hands up in frustration that Asimov had simply written too many stories for them to corner.
9. Over a Torrent Sea, Christopher L. Bennett
Though I've not read many Titan novels, Bennett's Orion's Hounds pleased me greatly. I've enjoyed every book I've read by the author, so this is something to look forward to when I finally buy it.
10. The Outline of History, H.G. Wells
Well, why not? I've walked past it and stared with interest enough times.