I just edited the "Books in the Pile" section, over there to the right. Some of those titles had been on there for a while!
I still haven't finished reading "Uncle Tom's Cabin".....ugh. It just hasn't been a "page-turner" for me. I still want to finish it, but I think I would be somewhat more interested in reading about the affect/influence the book had on the whole slavery issue, and even possibly on the whole African-American/black experience in the U.S.
I just started reading Lonesome Dove - yes, this is the book upon which the t.v. show (? or movie?) was based. I think there was also a "Return to Lonesome Dove" which was definitely a t.v. show. I'm not too far into it, but I already like it. Very vivid. It is a western, which is a genre I'm not very familiar with; it is also a really long book, so we'll see how I last with this.
You'll also notice, on that list, a few titles with an obvious working on my faith life emphasis (The Jesus I Never Knew, Women of the Bible). Do not be scared, do not be alarmed - I am not what is stereotypically called a "Bible thumper". I'm just in the middle of a very difficult process, called "trying to figure myself out". And, folks, I have tried to depend only on myself, and my knowledge of myself up to this point - and it has not been successful. I am a regular church-goer and have been my whole life. I grew up Catholic, and B and I made the choice in 2003 to search out a church where, to put it very simply, we could both partake of Communion. Thus we are currently attending an Episcopal church; and over the past 6+ years, whether because of the intensity of our life experiences, or because of this church specifically, or both, my faith has been greatly enriched. I also am part of a Bible-study group which is just starting the Women of the Bible. I can already say I have learned from/been affected by this book...and we are only into week two. All I can say is, God was there at my beginning and he'll be there when my days here are done....it is a good thing to get to know Him. It has helped me deal with my life already.
More books later!