What are you currently reading?

Lawrence87

Woodpecker
Orthodox
I am one of those people who have about 7 books on the go at once.

Right now I am trying to limit it to:

The Art of Prayer by Igumen Chariton Valamo
On the Prayer of Jesus by Ignatius Brianchaninov

I also read a small part from My Life In Christ by St. John of Kronstadt each day
 

OrthoCole

Sparrow
Orthodox Catechumen
I am one of those people who have about 7 books on the go at once.

Right now I am trying to limit it to:

The Art of Prayer by Igumen Chariton Valamo
On the Prayer of Jesus by Ignatius Brianchaninov

I also read a small part from My Life In Christ by St. John of Kronstadt each day
I envy your reading abilities. How are you able to follow and remember from these books at the same time? Got any tips for an amateur reader who is trying to build up this discipline?
 

Lawrence87

Woodpecker
Orthodox
I envy your reading abilities. How are you able to follow and remember from these books at the same time? Got any tips for an amateur reader who is trying to build up this discipline?

To be honest with you I'm not amazing at retaining everything from the books I read, and I have to make a conscious effort to narrow down my reading to a couple of books at a time. It's definitely more of a passion than a virtue that I have loads of books on the go, like a novelty seeking thing I suppose.

One thing that seems to help me retain information for some reason is using a highlighter to highlight passages that stand out as important. I think this might be down to the fact that I re-read it when I'm going over it with the highlighter pen.

Another thing that helps is to have a journal to write in any meaningful quotations that you come across. Both of these things slow the process down though, rather than speed it up. But they definitely help the retention of information.

I'm really not the best person to answer this, I probably gave off the wrong impression in my post. My reading lots of books is mostly because I get excited about new things, and I'm impatient so I end up picking up lots of books at the same time.
 

Mr Gibbs

Woodpecker
Currently working on Revolt Against the Modern World by Evola. Between the translation and the author’s wordiness, it’s difficult. Some interesting ideas though.
I read that a while ago and honestly I love Evolas work but that book tends to drag, the best parts are his criticisms of America and the Soviet Union at the end. If you wanted to check out some more of evolas work id recommend going to counter currents its got a pretty good chunk of his articles over there! https://counter-currents.com/2021/05/remembering-julius-evola-9/
 

ChiefSinnerJohn

Pigeon
Orthodox
1. Spiritual Counsels I: With Pain and Love for Contemporary Man by Saint Paisios of Mount Athos

2. The Religion of the Apostles: Orthodox Christianity in the First Century by Fr. Stephen De Young

3. The Art of Salvation by Elder Ephraim of Arizona

4. The Book of Three (The Chronicles of Prydain Book 1) by Lloyd Alexander
 

ChiefSinnerJohn

Pigeon
Orthodox
1. Spiritual Counsels I: With Pain and Love for Contemporary Man by Saint Paisios of Mount Athos

2. The Religion of the Apostles: Orthodox Christianity in the First Century by Fr. Stephen De Young

3. The Art of Salvation by Elder Ephraim of Arizona

4. The Book of Three (The Chronicles of Prydain Book 1) by Lloyd Alexander

I have the new 3 volume edition of the Jewish Revolutionary Spirit by EMJ waiting to be read as well. I have only read the introduction thus far, I need to wait until I finish some of the other books before I dive into this massive tome.
 

Knight.of.Logos

Woodpecker
Orthodox Catechumen
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Amazing Orthodox book. I'm just under 100 pages in, but I can already tell it is going to be one of my favorites.
 
Just finished "The Truth About Mussolini and Fascism." Was a bit apprehensive at first due to the author's name, but it's a pretty fascinating read. I had know idea about the lengths Mussolini went to in trying to prevent war from erupting in Europe, or his policies towards the Catholic Church. Worth checking out.
 

BasedBaker

Sparrow
Someone mentioned a book about Constantine the Great awhile back here and I thought I had added it my ThriftBooks watch list, but didn't. Does anyone have a recommendation for a book covering him?
 

TheMaleBrain

Kingfisher
Gold Member
Sometimes, Sci-Fi does not need to be about "sometime in the future" or "Radical change".
Kate Wilhelm wrote this book to show how dystopia can arrive even if you find the cure to all sickness.
Hell comes due to human nature.

In this book, Wilhelm describes the 1980s, in which decades before a cure for all sickness was discovered. The discovery was well hidden, and a small group gathered over the year in order to both conceal it and to develop it (50% mortality rate, sterilization). It is almost like the 1980s we know, except that it slowly breaks down until the cure is unleashed to the world.

Not a strong recommendation, but it is a thought provocative book.

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