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what joey is reading: 2005

I'm usually reading several books at once. It's not my fault I have ADD.

Currently in progress as of 28 October 2005:

On hold right now, meaning they were due back at the library or I temporarily lost interest:

Finished in 2005:

  • Miss America by Day: Lessons Learned from Ultimate Betrayals and Unconditional Love, Marilyn Van Derbur
    If you've ever known someone recovering from sexual abuse, you need to read this book. It helps.

  • Jewish with Feeling: A Guide to Meaningful Jewish Practice, Rabbi Zalman Schachter-Shalomi
    Extraordinary book about infusing your Jewish practice with meaning. I like that it doesn't assume you already believe in God. I really can't describe this book very well (obviously), but I just finished it and I'm going to read it again to let it sink in some more. It's changing the way I think, yet at the same time, it's affirming what I always knew. Yeah, one of those books. Scary.

  • Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince, J. K. Rowling
    I had to; it's the law.

  • The Golden Compass, Philip Pullman
    Very interesting sci-fi/fantasy novel about a troublemaking English girl who manages to get herself in the middle of a battle for the survival of life as we know it. It starts out slow, but picks up towards the middle of the book and by the end I couldn't put it down.
  • Redemption, The Plaid Adder
    The fifth book in the Women on Fire "trilogy". Mmmm, Ideire.
  • Fight Club, Chuck Palahniuk
    Come on, we all know this book. I've been meaning to read it since I first saw the movie, and I'm finally getting around to it.
  • The Woman Who Laughed at God: The Untold History of the Jewish People , Jonathan Kirsch
    Great book about various countertraditions in Judaism. Kirsch calls them "Judaisms", revealing that Judaism has never been a monolithic religion. Covers everything from Caananite goddess worship by early Israelites to modern Zionism. I like it as an antidote to the sometimes tiresome Orthodox view that if you ain't Orthodox, you ain't Jewish.

  • The Portable Henry Rollins, Henry Rollins
    Compilation of Henry Rollins' writings from the early 80s to the late 90s. Pretty decent stuff, although the angst of his younger years gets a bit repetitive at times. Still and all, a good, dark read.

  • Darkness Bright, The Plaid Adder
    The third (and best, in my opinion) book in the as-yet-unpublished Women on Fire trilogy, which is now at five books and growing.

  • My Name is Asher Lev, Chaim Potok
    Written in spare yet descriptive prose, this is a novel about a Chasidic boy who grows up to be a great artist and how his community and family deals with that.