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About meWhen I joined LT I was 17 and the username applied. Now I am 22 and it doesn't. I left this site for a few years and now I'm back.
In fiction I tend towards graphic novels, sci-fi and books that interest the religious imagination, especially mythology and religious allegory. I also read a lot of books at the intersection of religion, philosophy, and psychology. At 19 I became Catholic - I'm still becoming. I attend Santa Clara University for religious studies and ancient Greek. I'm hoping to go to graduate school and immerse myself in Biblical Studies and Tibetan-Christian comparative theology and interreligious dialogue.
My reading journal.
My 2013 13 in 13 Category Challenge.
"One can always reason with reason." -Henri Bergson
About my libraryI used to have a rather large collection of college English textbooks. Then I realized that I didn't want to lug those around the rest of my life.
A friend told me recently that when one does the math on every book ever published, for every book one reads one is passing up dozens (if not hundreds) of others. This keeps me avoiding too much fluff.
When I mark a book as "finished," it just means I've spent some time with the book, including having read it for a class. So if I read half the articles in an anthology, I might read the rest later, but for now I'm finished with it. Of course some books (like Bibles and dictionaries) are never "finished."
My library is only in spots and patches. I mostly enter in only the books I've read, as those give a better reflection of my reading zeitgeist than what I've bought.
Also, I count textbooks for courses towards my annual reading quota.
1. The Roman Empire and the New Testament: An Essential Guide (Essential Guides) by Warren Carter
2. The World is Charged: The Transcendent with Us by Francis R. Smith
3. The Critical Meaning of the Bible by Raymond E. Brown
4. The Anome by Jack Vance
5. The Christians as the Romans Saw Them by Robert Louis Wilken
6. An Introduction to Theology in Global Perspective by Stephen B. Bevans
7. The Sandman, Volume 1: Preludes and Nocturnes by Neil Gaiman
8. The Giver by Lois Lowry
9. The Book of Daniel (Cambridge Bible Commentaries on the Old Testament) by Raymond Hammer
10. Prisoners of Shangri-La: Tibetan Buddhism and the West by Donald S. Lopez Jr.
11. The Twelve Caesars by Suetonius
12. Megillat Esther by JT Waldman
13. Space Opera by Jack Vance
14. The British Discovery of Buddhism by Philip C. Almond
15. Passionate Enlightenment: Women in Tantric Buddhism by Miranda Shaw
16. King David by Kyle Baker
17. The Red Tent by Anita Diamant
18. Saints and Society: The Two Worlds of Western Christendom, 1000-1700 by Donald Weinstein
19. Autobiography of Charles Darwin
20. My Life with the Saints by James Martin, S.J.
21. On Justice, Power, and Human Nature: The Essence of Thucydides' History of the Peloponnesian War by Thucydides
22. The Clouds by Aristophanes
23. Being Upright: Zen Meditation and the Bodhisattva Precepts by Reb Anderson
24. The Unconscious Christian: Images of God in Dreams (Jung and Spirituality) by James A. Hall
25. The Innocence of Father Brown by G. K. Chesterton
26. The Diaries of Adam and Eve by Mark Twain
27. The Perks of Being a Wallflower by Stephen Chbosky
28. The Life of Blessed Francis by Thomas of Celano
29. The Life of St. Francis of Assisi by St. Bonaventure
30. Lives of Roman Christian Women (Penguin Classics) by Carolinne White
31. Flatland: A Romance of Many Dimensions by Edwin A. Abbott
32. Minding God: Theology and the Cognitive Sciences by Gregory R. Peterson
33. Naturalism, Theism and the Cognitive Study of Religion: Religion Explained? by Aku Visala
34. The Descent of Man by Charles Darwin (read parts)
35. How to Cook Your Life: From the Zen Kitchen to Enlightenment by Eihei Dogen
36. Lilith, A Romance by George MacDonald
37. On Heaven and Earth: Pope Francis on Faith, Family, and the Church in the Twenty-First Century by Jorge Mario Bergoglio and Abraham Skorka
38. Truth and Fiction in The Da Vinci Code: A Historian Reveals What We Really Know about Jesus, Mary Magdalene, and Constantine by Bart D. Ehrman
39. Daring to Cross the Threshold: Francis of Assisi Encounters Sultan Malek al-Kamil by Kathleen A. Warren
40. Saint Francis and the Sultan: The Curious History of a Christian-Muslim Encounter by John V. Tolan (partially read)
41. Collected Public Domain Works of H. P. Lovecraft by H. P. Lovecraft
42. Love's Executioner & Other Tales of Psychotherapy by Irvin D. Yalom
43. The God Delusion by Richard Dawkins
Groups1001 Books to read before you die, 2013 Category Challenge, A Pearl of Wisdom and Enlightenment, Amazon's Kindle, Ancient History, Arthurian Legends, Author Theme Reads, Beowulf, Biblical History, Books that made me think —show all groups, Buddhism, Californians Who LT, Catholic Tradition, Christianity, Classical Music, Club Read 2012, Club Read 2013, Cognitive Science, Dictionaries, Existentialism, Faith and Reason, Faith, Reason, Religion and Science, Gospel Talk, Hebrew Literature, Homer, the Trojan war, and pre-classical Greece, I Survived the Great Vowel Shift, Jewish History, Language, Le Salon du peuple pour le peuple, Learning Ancient Greek, Let's Talk Religion, Lingua Latina, Literary Centennials, Livejournalers, Mac Users at LibraryThing, Mahābhārata Anyone?, Medieval Europe, Monks, Monasteries and Monasticism, Mythology, Non-Fiction Challenge / Journal, Non-Fiction Readers, NPR Listeners, Patrick White 100th Anniversary Challenge, Philosophy and Theory, Philosophy of Science, Progressive Christianity, Psychology, Reading Globally, Religion Studies, Reviews of Early Reviewers Books, Sandman, Science Fiction Fans, SF Bay Area Librarythingers, The Chapel of the Abyss, The Hunger Games, World Religions
Favorite authorsRobert Alter, Beowulf poet, Karen Armstrong, Peter L. Berger, Raymond E. Brown, Shūsaku Endō, Neil Gaiman, Hermann Hesse, William James, Carl Jung, H. P. Lovecraft, George MacDonald, J. David Pleins, Jack Vance, Elie Wiesel (Shared favorites)
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Favorite bookstoresBookBuyers - Mountain View, Feldman's Books, Fitz-Gerald Manor Shop, Friends of the Palo Alto Library Bookstore at Cubberley Community Center, Jim Reed Books / Museum of Fond Memories, Leigh's Favorite Books, Pilgrims Book House, Recycle Book Store - San Jose
Favorite librariesFoothill College Library, Mountain View Public Library, Santa Clara County Library - Los Altos Library, Santa Clara University Library, Sunnyvale Public Library
Account typepublic, lifetime
Member sinceJul 9, 2007
Currently readingThe New Oxford Annotated Bible with the Apocrypha, Augmented Third Edition, New Revised Standard Version by Michael D. Coogan
Introduction to Greek, 2/e by Cynthia W Shelmerdine
The Sandman Companion by Hy Bender
Studying the Life of Saint Francis of Assisi: A Beginner's Workbook (Second Edition) by William Hugo
When a Woman Becomes a Religious Dynasty: The Samding Dorje Phagmo of Tibet by Hildegard Diemberger
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