I have finished Harry Potter and the Half Blood Prince, leaving my next reading options open. So I’ll ask you all for your help.

I’ve been doing this with a few friends so I thought I’d open it up to the people who glance at this page occasionally. I’m trying to read through all the books I own that I’m actually interested in without accumulating more everytime I walk into a bookstore (I’ve already failed at this so far this summer, but perserverance is key). So I ask you all to aid me.

My Library.

I haven’t gone through and tagged all the books I’ve already read, so if you choose one and I”ve already read it or I’m not interested in reading it, I’ll have to decline. First person to choose one not falling in the above two categories will have the privilege of saying he influenced Rob’s direction in summer reading, haha.

(By the way, no one choose ‘left behind’ – I have already read them, am not interested in reading them, and put them into my librarything solely for the sake of representing all the books I own =D)

Thanks a bunch!

The Tower We Built

June 27, 2007

If I were Edward from the Chronicles of Narnia, and the Witch were to tempt me with anything, it might just be Netflix. At the moment I’ve spent the summer indulging in books and movies (what more can you ask for?). Last night I watched Babel and the night before I saw An Inconvenient Truth at a rather inconvenient time of night. Both were illuminating and enjoyable.  An excellent review of Babel can be found at The Fire and the Rose.

As far as reading, I am still finishing up the latest Harry Potter. After that I will be working my way through Scaling the Secular City. Though it is not the most riveting read, I’m interested in hearing J.P. Moreland’s case for substance dualism after reading a challenging essay in Harry Potter and Philosophy concerning neurobiology’s attacks on such dualism.

So I’ve recently become obsessed with Harry Potter. I began re-reading the novels in anticipation of the movie release of book 5 and the arrival the final book in the series. I love them all. I’ve also been reading “Harry Potter and Philosophy: If Aristotle Ran Hogwarts.” Surprisingly, some of the essays are very sympathetic to Christian theism, and one very blatanly so. Regardless, it’s tons of good fun learning philosophy and seeing some of the things Rowling has weaved into her tale.

What gives me all this reading time? Well, I’m jobless, and I’m currently in the hospital. The reasons are the same as always: hemoptysis. I hope to be out by Tuesday.

Hope you’re all well.

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Since I am now at home, jobless, I have been reading as much as I can and tryign to avoid excessive amounts of time on the internet. I finished the second Harry Potter today, and began reading Everything is Miscellaneous by David Weinberger.  The main thesi, I’d say, is that now with the digital revolution, we are breaking free from our supposed orders of things and becoming more miscellaneous. This in turn affects all areas of life. It’s quite interesting, even if the writing is kind of boring occasionally. I hope to finish it in the next few days so I can again return to the Harry Potter binge in anticipation of the final volume being released in July.

Pause

May 16, 2007

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So I had to put my How to Read Literature Like a Professor on pause for Mr. Lewis himself. This final week of school we are going over the second book in Lewis’s space trilogy: Perelandra. Since I much despise reading books that come in sequence and forgetting what came before (This happens everytime I get a new volume of death note), I decided to read Out of the Silent Planet once more. I’m also hoping to put some of what I’ve already learned in How to Read Like a Prof to good use.

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Book Meme

May 15, 2007

Yeah, another one that I got from here.

1. Grab the nearest book.
2. Open it to page 161.
3. Find the fifth full sentence.
4. Post the text of the sentence along with these instructions.
5. Don’t search around and look for the coolest book you can find. Do what’s actually next to you.

“Given half the chance, she’d drown the Seventh Fleet.” – How to Read Literature Like a Professor

That was rather uneventful. That book wasnt’ actually the nearest to me, but it had to do because the one that was (Out of the Silent Planet by C.S. Lewis) doesn’t go up to 161. 🙂

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Upon breaking my rule of only reading books I own and not amassing more, I purchased How to Read Literature Like a Professor after browsing through it and hearing some of it from my teacher in AP Lit. So far I’ve thoroughly enjoyed it and learned a bunch. I figure it will continue to give forth more gold as I continue mining through.

While awaiting my ride and reading the book, I got an idea for a short story, and, contrary to previous experience, I actually wrote it down. So we’ll see if any of it comes to fruition.