March 9, 2014 — 4 Comments
On Thursday, I talked about how I was giving up Facebook for Lent and also with what I’m replacing it for 40 days besides this blog, Google Plus and Instagram. One of those things is obviously reading, which I mentioned Thursday, with the focus on two things: first the works of Charles Gore and Walter Rauschenbusch that our canon rector mentioned in talks he gave during Epiphany and poetry, with the latter being specifically read on Saturdays.
However, those aren’t the only things I have on the radar for Lent. I also picked up The Universe Versus Alex Woods by Gavin Extence at the library last week. At least, from what I’ve seen about it, it seems to fit in with what I tried in June with my reading: accentuating the positive and not reading crime fiction for the month. So Friday morning I thought I might continue that practice for Lent…
…then I got to my lunch at work and realized I hadn’t brought the Extence book with me and I had to read something. So what did I do? I picked up a book off the shelf and what kind of book was it? Um, yeah, you guessed it, crime fiction. It was Chasing Darkness, an Elvis Cole/Joe Pike novel, by Robert Crais and I read it at lunch and then finished it for dessert Friday night. I only have a few more left in the series now.
As if that wasn’t bad enough, then yesterday instead of reading poetry as planned, I went with my sister, brother-in-law and nephew to the Corning Museum of Glass… For the second time this week. I had gone earlier with my wife on Tuesday. Not that being with family was bad, mind you, but I had intended to read poetry.
That all brings me to today, and this post, for which I had a rough draft started Saturday night but I didn’t finish until late Sunday morning. The time change and heartburn didn’t help either. My plans to read Gore and Rauschenbusch are on hold as now I’d like to read a little poetry – and continue my reading of The Universe Versus Alex Woods.
I’m learning, though, that anything can change so who knows this afternoon I might get put off course by a crime fiction book. In fact, I’m almost betting on it. Like Alex Woods, the universe doesn’t seem to be for me this week.
So what are you reading this week? If of the Christian faith, does Lent affect your reading?