Missed Reviews

ReadingTime, life, work, and parenting get in the way. My goal in 2013 was to write a review for every book I read. I’ve already failed. Here are five books that I’ve read in 2013 that I don’t have the time to write reviews for:

The History of the Adventures of Joseph Andrews and of his Friend Mr. Abraham Adams by Henry Fielding

A wonderful, if archaic, read. Joseph Andrews is a satirical novel first published in 1742. Fielding described it as, “A comic epic poem in prose.” I would recommend this novel for anyone who watches Downton Abbey.

The Parent App by Dr. Lynn Schofield Clark

This is a scholarly study looking at the way in which media practices are changing family dynamics. If you are a parent who also owns an iPhone, then this is a must read.

The Setters of Catan by Rebecca Gable

Don’t laugh. Yes, this book is based off of the award winning board game. Yes, this book is awesome. Rebecca Gable, apparently, is a prize winning historical-fiction author in Germany. Klaus Teuber, Catan’s designer, contracted her to craft a novelization of his board game. If you like historical fiction, then you’ll enjoy this. It’s set in a time when vikings still roamed the sea and adventurers still had to carve their existence from dirt. What’s better than that?

The Anglican Vision by James E. Griffiss

My wife and I are episcopalians. And while I won’t bore you as to why, I will tell you that the Episcopal Church’s New Church’s Teaching Series is a great entry point into understanding what being an episcopalian means. The Anglican Vision is the first volume in a twelve volume set. My goal is to read a volume a month for the year of 2013. Because, as I figure it, there’s nothing like being informed.

A Voyage to Arcturus by David Lindsay

A philosophical romp into the unknown, A Voyage to Arcturus is both entertaining and intellectually stimulating. Follow the book’s protagonist, Maskull, as he travels to Tormance and encounters various lifeforms. While that might sound a little strange, it creates a setting in which Lindsay can safely explore things like gender, the meaning of life, and god. A fascinating read for anyone who is a Tolkien nerd.

What’s next for this lonely reader? Well, I’m knee deep in Les Miserables and looking forward to finally getting around to Jan Guillou’s Crusades Trilogy. I’ll let you know how they are.

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