I’ve been pretty sporadic in the past about it, no real discipline. But right now I am reading a lot of books via inter-library loan, so I have needed to track this so I know which is worth re-reading and more study. (Important as its all in a field I don’t know anything about.)
Books I like, that are more mainstream, I blog about. Otherwise it goes into a book journal. I post where I read it, when I read it. Plus any quotes I felt struck by etc. And my “review” of it, for myself for later reference. The last part is important as some of the books are way over my head right now, and I want to try to re-read them in a year to see if I have a better understanding of the topic then.
This past week read:
Orthodox Spirituality – An Eastern Monk
Icons – Richard Temple
Sacred Doorways – Linette Martin
Fathers of The Eastern Church – Robert Payne
Collected Poems – Dylan Thomas
In the process now, or at least in the process of starting the process. A cradle Catholic, it seems similar (parts of the Liturgy) and so vastly different! I meet officially tomorrow with my priest to begin the conversion process.
I’m in the middle on the world’s longest self-paced semester. I am also learning modern Greek at the same time. I don’t recommend the combination (since native Greek speakers despise how Koine is pronounced and aren’t very shy about letting you know this. And they are very different in pronunciation, starting from the Alphabet up. Modern Greek is recent for me, in the last three weeks.
Ironically my tutor for Koine doesn’t do Koine, she has a classics degree which means she reads Attic, but we muddle along. I mainly have her to clarify grammar, odd-ball declensions and verb help.
PS: HisExcellency – that’s what I am using. I have the full set of Audio CDs and his graded reader as well. Highly recommend the CD lectures, his “cheat sheet,” and his flashcards. I’ll be posting all the vocab to iFlipper soon (an iphone/ipod touch flashcard program.) I’ve just been swapped at work and it has to wait til next month