|tom hiddleston as henry v plantagenet, in "the hollow crown"|
This is the part where you ask questions.
This is the part where I tell you about all the books I plan to not read this year.
The Christian Mind by Harry Blamires. For whatever reason, when I tried reading this book years ago, I was never able to push all the way through. Possibly it was the length of the chapters: by the time I was halfway through a section I had forgot what the topic was meant to be. I have now got a number of Blamires' books under my belt, one of my favourites being On Christian Truth.
Practical Religion by J.C. Ryle. I have absolutely no problem with this book, it's just quite lengthy. I've been steadily chipping away at the brilliant pages and loving it immensely. As I only have nine chapters to go, I think I can finish it in the span of 2014.
The Golden Warrior by Hope Muntz. I love this book; it's a great piece of historical fiction covering the people and the events surrounding the Norman invasion. But I know how it ends, so I stopped midway to save myself the grief. That's sporting of me.
The Heir of Redclyffe by Charlotte Yonge. My clearest memory of reading this book is sitting on the metal railing on St. James Road, Glasgow, waiting for the bus. I don't know why that should be so clear to me. I think I must have been particularly incensed at Philip at that juncture. Anyway, I simply haven't finished the book and I intend to.
A Severe Mercy by Sheldon Vanauken. Rachel recommended this autobiography to me and I have simply not yet begun to read it.
The Song of Roland by God Alone Knows Who. I'm in the midst of Charles Scott Moncrieff's translation (there's a Scottish name for you, if ever there was one), but I also intend to read at least the introduction of Dorothy Sayers' work, possibly even her own translation as well, which I did not purchase until after I had begun to read Moncrieff's book.
These Old Shades by Georgette Heyer. Because ever since finishing The Black Moth I have been anxious to know what became of Tracy Belmanoir. I swear he showed up in one of my dreams in a very unflattering light. I think he was going to kidnap me. I feel bad about how my dream depicted him. Sorry.
The Conquering Family // The Magnificent Century // The Three Edwards // The Last Plantagenet by Thomas Costain. I am reading The Conquering Family at present; the lion in winter is king, and trying to make tidy the wreckage of England which Stephen and Maud left behind them in their gingham dog-calico cat war.
That's the bulk of what I have on my list.How about you? Do you have any books you intend to read in 2014?