book report

I'm doing pretty well with my New Year's Resolution to read a new book every month. Although, I suppose it's considerably more easy now that I'm not teaching. Anyway, I thought I'd just give a short book report on each of the books that I've read during the new year.

The Abolition of Man - C. S. Lewis.
The subtitle of the book is "Reflections on education with special reference to the teaching of English in the upper forms of schools." I mentioned reading this book in a previous blog entry, and summed it up by saying it was dense & intense. I hold that opinion. It's basically a defense of natural law and value.
Rating: 4 out of 5 stars. It'd be a 5 out of 5 if I was smarter and could keep up with Clive.

Love in the Time of Cholera - Gabriel Garcia Marquez (or, as I like to call him, GG Marks)
I read 100 Years of Solitude by GG and loved it, so I figured LTC would be equally engaging. I was not disappointed, although it was a little more sexually explicit than I had anticipated. I will admit that I did look with disdain upon the glaring "Oprah's Book Club!" sticker on the cover.
Rating: 4 out of 5 stars.

Sex God - Rob Bell
Shares some very poignant thoughts about the integration of sexuality and spirituality. Rob writes the way he talks, which is great for making difficult concepts clear, but it's hard for me to stay focused with that style (even though I write the way I talk in most of my blogs! ha). Kind of cool sidenote - I'm going to be helping my friend Sara with her small group and she told me that the girls are about to start reading this book! So I'm glad I've got it under my belt already - hopefully I'll have more to contribute to conversations.
Rating: 3 out of 5 stars.

For March, I'm reading Teacher Man, by Frank McCourt. Kind of fitting for St. Patrick's day. I should also read Angela's Ashes, which I'm embarrassed to admit - as an English major and former English teacher - that I've never read. So many books, so little time.


  1. I also enjoy your blogs! I wish we could write with a sense of humor in the DOCs. DHS might not appreciate that though. The answer to the riddle is last name. I do not know all the answers to the riddles, just so you know, but I ennjoy them, so I post them .

  2. Rachel, I love you blog (although I think you are incorrect in saying Doug is the best husband). I am in the middle of Love in the Time of Chlorea and totally agree with your thoughts on it. I think someday we should plan on accidently bumping into eachother downtown. What do you think?