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rd95  ·  19 days ago  ·  link  ·    ·  parent  ·  post: Gosh darned bookthread time.

Curently Reading

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Locking Up Our Own by James Forman Jr. is interesting so far. It's a pretty weighty book and I don't feel like I have the proper insight to discuss it, but it's both dense and briskly written, touching on many ideas at once. It feels like if he wanted to, the author could have stretched everything out to multiple books.

While gathering up books to donate, I stumbled on The Phenomenon of Religion by Moojan Momen. I didn't know I had it and I don't ever remember buying it. I'm suspecting it was my father's and it somehow ended up in my book collection and that it's one of those things where I've seen it on my shelf so many times that I've somehow mentally overlooked it for years. It looks pretty big and imposing, but I think I might thumb through it. Edit: Just cracked it open and read the introduction. Looks worth perusing. Edit 2: Actively reading it now.

Might Read

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I was pretty excited when I picked up Mustard and Passage's translation of Parzival because I didn't know it existed at the time and thought it would be great to read. I've yet to crack it open and I keep on admonishing myself about that every time I glance at it on my book shelf. Honestly though? Because they're drenched in metaphors and symbolism, these kinds of books require a certain mood and receptiveness to enjoy them and I'm just currently not in that frame of mind lately. So I think I'll hold onto it, until I am. Maybe if I stumble on a reading guide for it, I'll be motivated to read the two together.

An Aside

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Anyone ever tempted to write in the margins of their books? Ideas or emotional responses to what they've just read? References to what's going on in life or other things that they've read that relate to what's in the book? Do you?

On the one hand, I think it would make reading more interactive and almost journal like. On the other hand though, I worry about ruining the book.




spottedzebras  ·  18 days ago  ·  link  ·  
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tacocat  ·  18 days ago  ·  link  ·  

    Anyone ever tempted to write in the margins of their books? Ideas or emotional responses to what they've just read? References to what's going on in life or other things that they've read that relate to what's in the book? Do you?

Depends on the book. I'm generally one who won't even dog ear pages. BUT I have (had maybe at this point...) an AA Big Book that I heavily annotated with how much I thought it was a crock of shit. More academic reads or self helpy stuff? Yes maybe sometimes it depends. Novels?NEVER!