January 03, 2014

Books I need to finish.

I am always reading at least three books at a time. Which is great when accommodating a change in taste due to a change in mood or weather!  However, this does mean that I often leave books unfinished, if, and when I really get into another book.

So, this month I am going to make it my personal reading mission to finish some books that I have lying around.

To start, I have chosen to finish:

The Book Thief by Markus Zusak
Well, we all know what this one is about; especially with the upcoming movie!


Socrates: A Man for Our Times by Paul Johnson
I started reading this one because I love the cover, and I was studying the Peloponnesian War at the time - how fitting! 
Be sure to check out the cover too - I love it! 

A brilliant portrait of the Greek philosopher who personified philosophy Socrates was undeniably one of the greatest thinkers of all time, yet he wrote nothing.

Throughout his life, and indeed until his very last moment alive, Socrates fully embodied his philosophy in thought and deed. It is through the story of his life that we can fully grasp his powerful actions and ideas.

In his highly acclaimed style, historian Paul Johnson masterfully disentangles centuries of scarce sources to offer a riveting account of a homely but charismatic middle-class man living in Athens in the fifth century BC, and how what this man thought still shapes the way we decide how to act, and how we fathom the notion of body and soul. Johnson provides a compelling picture of the city and people Socrates reciprocally delighted in, as well as many enlightening and intimate analyses of specific aspects of his personality. Enchantingly portraying "the sheer power of Socrates's mind, and its unique combination of steel, subtlety, and frivolity," Paul Johnson captures the vast and intriguing life of a man who did nothing less than supply the basic apparatus of the human mind.

 A great starting point I think! Let me know what you are reading for the New Year! 

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