I just love to read and collect books! In addition to trying my best to keep up with my learning of Torah and Talmud, I always seem to have another book I want to read (or many times re-read again). I also love to see what others are reading as well. Here are some favorites of mine along with some that I am currently working on. I'd love to hear what others are reading as well :)
What I am reading these days:
Wise Men and Their Tales / Four Hasidic Masters and Their Struggle Against Melancholy by Elie Wiesel
I had the great privledge of taking Professor Wiesel's class when I was a student at Boston Univeristy. Each year he would give three lectures to the public. Some of the lectures during my time at BU are included in "Wise Men". It has been a lot of fun revisiting in my memories these lectures given back in the early/mid-90's. And in my opinion, you will not find a better teacher of Chassidut then Elie Wiesel. Four Hasidic Masters is a very short but fascinating book on four lesser known Chassidic masters.
Undaunted Courage by Stephen Ambrose - Great insight into the Lewis and Clark Expedition! When my sons get older I would love to take them on a "cowboy adventure" and see some of these places mentioned in the book. Someone told me that there are places along the Lewis and Clark trail that more then likely look exactly like it did when they were scouting and hiking it. I hope to read the actual diaries of Lewis and Clark as well.
What I am looking to reread:
A Place Among The Nations by Bibi Netanyahu - Whether you like him or not, Bibi Netanyahu and his family have dedicated a good portion of their lives to the defense and building of the State of Israel. His knowledge of Middle East history is impressive and it would be interesting to re-read this book which came out in the 90's.
As A Driven Leaf by Milton Steinberg - Great novel that is taken from a story in the Talmud/Gemera. I have always been fascinated by stories of how heros fall from grace and their struggle. This book tells the famous story of Elisha ben Abuya. On a semi-funny note, I remember getting into a very long conversation with a friend comparing this book to the story of Anakin Skywalker-Darth Vader from the Star Wars saga. I am a big fan of both :)