Paula and I are in the middle of The Lord of the Rings and will not finish till mid-summer. I’m not sure what we’ll read together next, but it will probably have at least one female character. My private reading ambitions lie below. (Since I’m a slow reader, I suspect I’ll not get to more than a few of these–but I thought I’d aim high.)
1. The Fellowship: The Literary Lives of the Inklings: J. R. R. Tolkien, C. S. Lewis, Owen Barfield, Charles Williams, by Philip Zaleski and Carol Zaleski. Two of my favorite authors and two of their interesting friends. Looks delicious–and it has two subtitles!
2. Desiring the Kingdom: Worship, Worldview, and Cultural Formation, by James K. A. Smith. This may not make me any smarter, but it will probably make me feel smarter.
3. Augustine: A New Biography, by James J. O’Donnell. I thoroughly enjoyed my rereading of The Confessions a few months ago, and hope to dig around further into his fascinating and influential life.
4. On Christian Teaching, by Augustine. It’s been a few decades since I read this, and I’m looking forward to this newer translation.
5. Music at Midnight: The Life and Poetry of George Herbert, by John Drury. Yum.
6. Words Alone: the Poet T. S. Eliot, by Denis Donoghue. Since I named a son after him, I’m curious about his life.
7. Something by P. G. Wodehouse.
There are more I’d like to add to the list, but I’ll never even get this far.