Ready, Set….Read!

I guess I’m not really a good writer (I already knew this).  In my last post (“Bad Pagan Me”), a few folks took what I said as a statement that I was stepping off the OBOD path or putting my OBOD lessons on hold.  Neither are the truth.  What I was attempting to get across, was that I was attempting to marry my Spirituality into my History degree — and had come to the realization that it just wasn’t working for me.  The post was about separating the two – not stopping one in favor of the other.  Which leads to an admission, of sorts.  I’ve been working on my Bardic grade material for nearly three years at this point.  I’ve been reassured by many OBOD members that this isn’t that uncommon.  The problem for me hasn’t been time, but going backwards in lessons when I finally “get” a concept that I previously had trouble with.  So, there’s been a lot of forward and backward motion along this Path.  I actually consider that to be a good thing, since it allows me to be far more serious about the lessons – rather than galloping through them at break-neck speed and only picking up bits and pieces along the way.  As with the podcast – all of that is “Just One Pagan’s Opinion”…

Going through my degree program has really altered my reading habits.  For instance, I usually pick up one book (typically some work of fiction) and read until I am finished.  I’m a SLOOOOOW reader.  I like to savor and experience the story-lines as I read them.  Thus I tend to take my time.  Currently I am reading “Storm of Swords” from the Game of Thrones series.  I started this back in December – and I still have a good fifty pages to go.  That should last me another two weeks or more.  However, with the degree program in motion – I have found myself spending far more time reading History texts during the day – relegating my “fun” reading to the period prior to bed-time.

Currently, I am reading:

  • Storms of Swords – George R.R. Martin
  • The Druids – Ronald Hutton
  • Historiography:  Ancient, Medieval, and Modern – Ernst Breisach
  • From Reliable Sources – Martha Howell & Walter Prevenier
  • Modern Historiography – Michael Bentley
  • The Information-Literate Historian – Jenny Presnell
  • Going to the Sources – Anthony Brundage
  • The Story of Civilization III:  Caesar and Christ – Will Durant

For me…this is a LOT of books at one time.  And I have a ton of other books that are gathering behind these.  Which is getting me to look into an eReader of some sorts – particularly for some of the trips I have planned for this year (my long Summer trip to Minneapolis, Mt. Rushmore, and Glacier National Park – as well as the shorter Spring Break trip to Carlsbad Caverns).  Peeking into all the options, I finally settled on getting an iPad – nothing over-the-top, most likely the 16gb retina-display version.  Utilizing this option will be useful for me, since I can (where possible) utilize an eBook copy, and carry far more books with me.  The utility of the device will also be helpful for me – as well as paperless aspect.  I like my physical books, but I also like my trees too.

For those interested in the queue…it is as follows (in no order whatsoever):

  • Widdershins – Charles deLint
  • Hood – Stephen Lawhead
  • Wolf Moon – Charles deLint
  • A Druid’s Tale – Cat Treadwell
  • Journeys of the Soul – Philip Carr-Gomm
  • The Druid Renaissance – Philip Carr-Gomm
  • The Path of Druidry – Penny Billington
  • Blood and Mistletoe – Ronald Hutton
  • The Mount Haemus Lectures (Volume 1) – Order of Bards, Ovates and Druids
There’s a whole lot more than this (some of which I have and some that I don’t)….

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