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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

The Picture of Dorian Gray

The Picture of Dorian Gray - Oscar Wilde When I began reading The Picture of Dorian Gray, I had a vague notion of what it was about. A friend of mine was reading it and thought we might be able to discuss it. Shortly after starting it I picked up on a certain style that I have come to really enjoy (Edith Wharton had it as well)--a sense of rich description of luxury without weighing down the prose with too much detail.
This book is full of wit and thoughtful reflections on youth and outward beauty. In a narcissistic age, we would do well to think over many of the themes of this novel. I found myself highlighting many phrases and paragraphs for later use. there was a chapter somewhere in the middle where there were several pages worth of description of a book and artifacts throughout history that lost my interest, but once I was past that the story picked back up and kept me turning pages until the end. The characters are intriguing--except for one, who will remain nameless, that felt like more of a stock character. Well worth the time.