Friday, July 2, 2010

On Fabulous Intentions

I’m curious—what book are you trying to slog through that you just can’t bring yourself to finish? Why do you want to read it? And when do you decide that life is just too short to keep reading this particular book?

For me right now, there are two books:

1. Parzival, by Wolfram von Eschenbach. I’m on page 148. Here's the thing:  I want to read medieval narrative poetry and be entranced by it. The story is fascinating, and Parzival is an interesting character. I want to know and love this book! But the style is daunting, and the effort it takes to keep going is starting to overshadow my desire to be able to say I’ve read the book. Even if nobody ever asks. I haven’t given up on it yet, but I keep finishing other books first.

2. The Shack, by William P. Young. My mother-in-law was curious to know what I thought of it. Honestly, I didn’t like it. (She didn’t either.) Sorry. I know there are lots of people who love this book, and it’s supposed to be life-changing, but it really, really, really didn’t do it for me. I got annoyed enough with it to quit reading it.

How about you?

On a related note, is there anything floundering in your stack of books to be read that somehow just never makes it to the top? How come?


  1. Shack=really terrible book! It was extremely slow in the beginning, but I made myself finish it. And then to be rewarded with such skewed theology. . .NOT WORTH IT! There is nothing to redeem it--just put it away and focus on something else, my friend! :)

    Medieval poetry. . .ummmm, you go girl, but I have no desire to plow through that! chuckle I have a literal BOX of books I want to get finished this summer. I'm trying to finish Barbara Shelton's book on home schooling high school (I *will* finish, I *will*. . .). It's good, but long. And I've been trying to read A Thomas Jefferson Education for a couple years now, but just can't seem to focus on it and prioritize to finish it. Another one I am determined to finish this summer is Jeff Myers' book on communication "From Playpen to Podium" I think. It's okay, I just started it last summer and then put it away, so I started over this summer, about one third of the way through. All of these books, I am sure, will improve my home school if I can just finish them--that's why I'm determined to prevail! chuckle

    And then I want to read 'Amusing Ourselves to Death' and 'Seven Men Who Rule the World From the Grave' for my own education. . .but they just keep sitting in that box. Why? Because I keep reading fiction instead! LOL

  2. Amusing Ourselves to Death--that's Neil Postman, right? I thought that was a fantastic book--much to think about. But it's also been a while since I've read it, and it may be a good one to revisit.

    I'm not planning to finish The Shack--I knew about the theology issues, but I was curious to read it for myself and make my own decisions about it. But the fact that it was extremely slow (boring!) in the beginning when the subject matter was so potentially gripping, and then I thought the writing was just annoying...I couldn't make myself continue.


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