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Book 14

  1. Pohl, Frederik — Gateway (278 pages)
  2. Clement, Hal — Mission of Gravity (193 pages)
  3. Benford, Gregory — Timescape (499 pages)
  4. O'Hare, Mick (editor) — Why Don't Penguins Feet Freeze? and 114 Other Questions (232 pages)
  5. Dos Passos, John — Number One (218 pages)
  6. Heller, Joseph — Catch-22 (457 pages)
  7. St. John of the Cross — Dark Night of the Soul (119 pages)
  8. Day, Dorothy — The Long Loneliness (286 pages)
  9. Allen, Ted, Kyan Douglas, Thom Filicia, Carson Kressley, and Jai Rodriguez — Queer Eye for the Straight Guy: The Fab 5's Guide to Looking Better, Cooking Better, Dressing Better, Behaving Better, and Living Better (250 pages)
  10. Whittemore, Carroll E., ed. (William Duncan, illus.) — Symbols of the Church (59 pages)
  11. Hardy, Thomas — Jude the Obscure (507 pages)
  12. Lee, Harper — To Kill a Mockingbird (278 pages)
  13. Mann, Thomas (Helen T. Lowe-Porter, transl.) — Death in Venice (73 pages)
  14. Kempis, Thomas à — The Imitation of Christ (165 pages)

Page count: 3,614 of targeted 12,500.

Thus ends my Lenten reading. I did not want to race through The Imitation of Christ as I felt it would be better absorbed a little at a time. In a way, my timing is very fitting: the last of The Imitation's four books is a treatment on the Eucharist, and yesterday was the Feast of Corpus Christi.

I'm no scholar, but clearly The Imitation of Christ was written by more than one author. Each of its four books differ markedly in style. I don't think it's known whether Thomas à Kempis compiled this treatise from other sources or whether he was one of the contributing authors. It matters naught. This slim volume is filled with insight and illumination into Christian ideals.

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