A Bookish Update

“Books are the quietest and most constant of friends; they are the most accessible and wisest of counselors, and the most patient of teachers.” ~Charles William Eliot

This is my relationship with books.

My love affair with books has burned slowly over the past few years, and I believe this year it has culminated into a roaring fire - a healthy (albeit all consuming) hobby.

My goal is to read widely, carefully, and out of my comfort zone.

I read to better educate myself and my children.

What I didn’t realize was just what a balm reading would be for my soul - the soul of a mom who is readying children for college, caring for aging parents, and sometimes feeling that escaping into a book might just be the very best part of the day.

A Bookish Update - The Reading Life of a Homeschooling Mom

Can you relate?

When last I left you with a bookish update it was the Quarterly Reading Update. I had read many books I enjoyed - and a couple that reached me in profound ways.

I’ll give you my highlights since then, and a fun reading project I have set for myself this fall.

No matter how you slice it - I’d Rather Be Reading!

Books for Mom

Following are the books I’ve read since the last update.

My five must reads out of this list are:

Small Great Things: A NovelThe 49th Mystic (Beyond the Circle)A Place for Us: A NovelLabor Day: A Novel (P.S.)Mark of the Lion : A Voice in the Wind, An Echo in the Darkness, As Sure As the Dawn (Vol 1-3)Crazy Rich Asians (Crazy Rich Asians Trilogy)The Handmaid's TaleThe Widows of Malabar Hill (A Mystery of 1920s India)Garden Spells: A Novel (Waverly Family)Same Kind of Different As MeThat Kind of Mother: A NovelI Am, I Am, I Am: Seventeen Brushes with DeathA Well-Tempered Heart (Art of Hearing Heartbeats)The Storied Life of A. J. Fikry: A NovelA Practical Guide to Culture: Helping the Next Generation Navigate Today’s WorldI'll Be Your Blue Sky: A NovelThe Almost Sisters: A NovelThe Great Alone: A NovelAn Unquiet Mind: A Memoir of Moods and MadnessThe Road Back to You: An Enneagram Journey to Self-DiscoveryLittle Fires EverywhereThe Mothers: A NovelThe Beach HouseA Tree Grows in Brooklyn (Modern Classics)The Stolen Marriage: A NovelTruly Madly GuiltyUnwritten: A NovelWhat I Saw And How I LiedMy Name Is Lucy Barton: A NovelAn American Marriage: A Novel (Oprah's Book Club 2018 Selection)Bel CantoEleanor Oliphant Is Completely Fine: A NovelHome Fire: A NovelThrush Green (Thrush Green Series, Book 1)Winter in Thrush Green (Thrush Green, Book 2)Beartown: A NovelTell Me More: Stories About the 12 Hardest Things I'm Learning to SayStay with Me: A novelThe Read-Aloud Family: Making Meaningful and Lasting Connections with Your KidsLilli de Jong: A NovelEvery Note PlayedWhere You Go Is Not Who You'll Be: An Antidote to the College Admissions ManiaMalagash


Reading Aloud with Teens

I take such joy in reading aloud - thanks to The Read Aloud Family I have plenty of suggestions!

Reading with older children can be fun, too. It creates a shared time and experience that is of such value in the teen years.

Please don’t give up on reading aloud to them once your children are older. They need it then more than ever!

I heartily recommend each one of these titles!

A Long Walk to Water: Based on a True StoryListening for LionsPeter Nimble and His Fantastic EyesBreaking Stalin's NoseThe Great Trouble: A Mystery of London, the Blue Death, and a Boy Called EelOkay for NowThe WilloughbysThe Graveyard Book


Reading for Fall

This fall I have a fun project - I have recently acquired some of the Puffin in Bloom classics. At the same time, two other books have found their way to me - books that will pair perfectly with the Little Women and Anne of Green Gables. I can’t wait to revisit these classics from my childhood, and then read the contemporary books to go with them!

All of this was inspired through a visit to meet Anne Bogel at The Story Shop in Monroe, GA - if you’re ever in the Atlanta area and have a chance to visit this bookstore, you MUST!

Little Women (Puffin in Bloom)Anne of Green Gables (Puffin in Bloom)Meg, Jo, Beth, Amy: The Story of Little Women and Why It Still MattersAnne of Green Gables, My Daughter, and Me: What My Favorite Book Taught Me about Grace, Belonging, and the Orphan in Us All


Until next time - enjoy all the books!

What have you read recently that you can recommend to me? Leave me a comment below and I’ll add them to my list!

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