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Inklings

I'm addicted to books. According to Umberto Eco I am building an anti-library, meaning I own way more books than I have read. I love good fiction, literature, theology, Biblical studies, philosophy, children's books, and lots more.

Currently reading

Crazy Love: Overwhelmed by a Relentless God
Danae Yankoski, Francis Chan
The Kingdom New Testament: A Contemporary Translation
N.T. Wright
The Theology of John Wesley: Holy Love and the Shape of Grace
Kenneth J. Collins
Progress: 244/331 pages
House of Leaves
Mark Z. Danielewski
Progress: 50/662 pages
The Hound of the Baskervilles (with Illustrations by Sidney Paget)
Sidney Paget, Arthur Conan Doyle
Progress: 35 %
The Dead Zone
Stephen King
Progress: 52/402 pages
Holiness
J.C. Ryle
Help! I'm a Small Church Youth Worker: Achieving Big-Time Success in a Non-Mega Ministry
Rich Grassel
Progress: 57/115 pages
How God Became King: The Forgotten Story of the Gospels
N.T. Wright
Progress: 69 %
The Hound of the Baskervilles
Arthur Conan Doyle, Anne Perry
Tortilla Flat - John Steinbeck Not my favorite Steinbeck so far, but I did like it. Funny and largely episodic. I struggled with the pacing because there were no hooks--no over arching mystery to pull me along. I struggled to differentiate between many of the characters because they were similar with common traits, namely they were a likable group of wino ne're do wells that were constantly finding trouble. I just finished Cannery Row not long ago, and I have to say I felt that it was a similar group of characters except better. However, the last two chapters add another half star to my rating because some of Steinbeck's lines were pure magic. Suddenly I cared. Suddenly I was flying through the pages to see what would happen. I just wish the rest of the book could have been that way.
3 1/2 stars. I look forward to seeing what else John Steinbeck has up his sleeve.