In Death of the Grown-up Diana West explores the decline of Western civilization, the disappearance of adults, the rise of political correctness, Islamic terrorism and multiculturalism. It has been at once a depressing and inspiring read . . .
Alice Thomas Ellis was a fascinating woman, a talented catholic novelist, and an anti-feminist. When she was nineteen she became a postulation but had to leave the order due to health problems. She later married Colin Haycraft. They were happily married and had seven children. Her book, The Serpent on the Rock is a non-fiction work which examines the changes within the church after Vatican II. It has been described as irreverent, spicey, passionate – combative. Well, it is certainly fast-paced, witty and straight-forward. Ellis does not mince her words. I enjoyed her candor and humor although I could see many Catholics taking offence at her tone. As one book review stated, You won’t find this one at your local Catholic bookstore!
It has been a good reading year, half way through and twenty-nine books read. Many of the books I’ve read have been influential: The Gulag, The Lost art of Dress, The War of Art and Jane Keyon’s poetry have all changed my habits, routine, writing and prayer life for the better.
I am currently reading: Antonia White’s Frost in May, (So Good!) Bridget Whipple’s High wages, Daphne Du Maurier’s The Flight of the Falcon, Selected poems of Jorge Luis Borges and for Spiritual reading St. Mary Agreda’s Mystical City of God. I usually read five or more books at a time which seems normal to me until I sit down and actually list them.
I’m always looking for books to add to my reading list. What are you reading? What’s on your to read list? The best book you’ve read this year?
For Spiritual Reading I love Mary Agreda’s “Mystical City of God.” I do not have the complete set but I do have a selected edition called, “Divine Mysteries of the Most Holy Rosary” which I can’t find anywhere but there are other abridgments available
A good Latin/English Traditional Missal is a must. Whether you are able to attend a Traditional Latin Mass or not, it is filled with a wonderful treasury of prayers and illuminations that uplift the soul. You can find older one’s on etsy. The one I have was my Great Aunt’s and it is beautiful!
I was surprised to find a children’s book by Audlous Huxley but he did write one for his niece Olivia as a Christmas gift in 1944. My girls enjoyed the story of Mr. and Mrs. Crow who protect their nest from the evil rattlesnake with the help of a wise old owl.
Brat Farrar by Josphine Tey
I am enjoying this English mystery. Josphine Tey writes without pretense, so clear that it almost reads like a children’s story but with weightier subject matter. She is an excellent writer, said to be the greatest mystery writer of her time. I have not finished it so I couldn’t say just yet.
Mouse House by Rumer Godden
Rumer Godden is one of my favorite writers! This little story book is charming and the illustrations are adorable. My girls just loved the story of the little mouse family and their home.