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Currently Reading: Late May/Early June

Currently Reading: Late May/Early June


Hi, so I just wanted to film a quick video
to talk about what I’m currently reading. I’m Jocelyn and this is my booktube channel
– name to be decided. So currently I am reading three books and
all of them are library books. So the first one I have is Gilead by Marilynne
Robinson. I heard about this on booktube when the third
book in this trilogy was nominated for the Bailey’s prize, last year I think, and that
one was called Lila and I saw it on Lauren of Reads and Daydreams’ channel. So I decided to pick this one up because it’s
a book dealing with religious themes and family and those are things I sometimes find intriguing
and I’m definitely enjoying this one. I’m most of the way through – I have I think
50 pages left. So basically this is just a very quiet story
of a preacher in the American Mid-West towards the end of the end of his life writing a letter
to his son talking about who he is and talking about his father and grandfather, who were
also preachers. His son is very young and the preacher, whose
name is John, had his child late in life so he hasn’t gotten to know him very well. So this combines a sort of family history
with lots of musings about philosophy and theology and it’s very quiet but very thought-provoking
and extremely well-written. So I would definitely recommend this one but
I’ll give you more thoughts when I’m completely finished. So that’s Gilead by Marilynne Robinson. The second book I have I just started this
morning and this is an extremely beaten up library copy. This is The Sparrow by Mary Doria Russell. I heard about this on the Overdue podcast
which I’ve mentioned in the past – one of my favourite podcasts in the world. So this is sort of a thought-provoking, sci-fi
type thing about a group of Jesuit missionaries who go to a planet on the other side of the
galaxy to meet the inhabitants and then it’s just basically a history of what happens when
they get there and the havoc they wreak. And I think it sort of functions as a commentary
on colonialism and religion’s role in that and the way societies are structured all through
the lens of this alien civilization. So I’m only about 10 pages in but I’m enjoying
the writing style and I’ll give you more thoughts when I’m done with this one. I’ve heard really, really great things so… So the third book I have I just got from the
library this afternoon. I had requested it and it’s a very, very large
book. It’s Le Ton Beau de Marot by Douglas Hofstadter. Hofstadter is probably most famous for his
book Godel Escher Bach which I have not read but I think it’s having to do with math (???) or
philosophy or something? Something that is probably too complicated
for me. But I heard about this book on the podcast
Radiolab when they were doing an episode about translation and in this book Hofstadter is
doing an examination of the concept of translation but doing it through a whole bunch of people’s
attempts to translate the same poem. So I think there are different versions of
the translated poem sprinkled throughout the text. This is one of them, and I think there are
also just linguistic and philosophical and literary thoughts about translation throughout
this, and in my new job I’m working in an environment that’s mostly Francophone because
I live on the Ontario-Quebec border and there are lots of Francophones and also lots of
Anglophones and I’m having to get back into the French-speaking mindset so I think that
this is going to be really good for what’s happening in my life right now and getting
me to think more deeply about all this stuff that’s going on in my daily life. So this is a huge book. I’m not sure if I’m going to be able to finish
it before it has to go back to the library but I’m very excited about it; I’ve waited
for a few years to read it. Those are the three book I’m reading at the
moment. What are you reading right now? I’d really like to know. And have you read any of the books I mentioned
in the video? So if you have any thoughts please let me
know in the comments down below and I’ll speak to you soon. Thanks, bye!

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