The goal this year has been to read widely and well.
I’ve noticed an improvement in my ability to home educate because I am making time to read.
Not only am I improving my knowledge (which can then be passed on through home education), but I’m also improving my general feelings of happiness and well-being. Books are a worthwhile escape - my faithful friends at all times.
(If you’re the bookish sort I’m sure you can relate.)
Let’s get to the update - the last time I updated you was in May - an entire summer has gone by and I’ve done a lot of reading!
I’ll keep the categories the same as I did in the May update - so that you can see my efforts to read widely and well - and my efforts to include more nonfiction in my reading life.
There are probably only one or two books on the list that I wouldn’t recommend to you: The Martian (I just didn’t care for it - and too many f-bombs throughout) wasn’t up my alley. Additionally, I listened to Nora Ephron’s Heartburn on a road trip and have mixed feelings about this one. I’m not sure I recommend you spend your time on it.
This year (9th grade) my son is studying American History.
I’m trying to incorporate some interesting stories from American History, as well as stories of faith.
I had never heard of Steve Sheinkin until this summer, and both of his books have been excellent! You’ll want to check them out (especially if you have older boys).
I also received a huge box of books from Voice of the Martyrs this summer - and in that box was a Christian Heroes book about Adoniram Judson. We have loved all of these missionary biographies, and this one didn’t disappoint us.
A lot of my reading the past few months has centered around my oldest leaving home for college.
The anxiety and grief I felt was surprising to me. I honestly thought I would be “ok” - but her leaving threw me for a bit of a loop. Listening to Anxious for Nothing and then reading Release My Grip were truly helpful during this period of time.
Mere Motherhood was a re-read for me. This is just such a beautiful book. I remember it giving me peace when it first came out, and reading it again instilled that same sense of educational peace in me again.
Boundaries with Teens: When to Say Yes, How to Say NoMere Motherhood: Morning Times, nursery Rhymes, and My Journey Toward SanctificationAnxious for Nothing: God's Cure for the Cares of Your Soul (John Macarthur Study)Release My Grip: Hope for a Parent's Heart as Kids Leave the Nest and Learn to FlyIntroverted Mom: Your Guide to More Calm, Less Guilt, and Quiet JoyGrace Is Greater: God's Plan to Overcome Your Past, Redeem Your Pain, and Rewrite Your Story
My husband challenged me to read Lonesome Dove after our trip out West this summer. Well - I read it. I’m glad I did, but it’s not my favorite thing ever. I would say read it if you ever have time, but it’s not one I will heartily recommend.
I do think, however, that everyone needs to listen to Sissy Spacek read To Kill a Mockingbird. This is probably my favorite literary experience of all time!
I am also very thankful I read The Gown (a Modern Mrs. Darcy book club selection this summer) - such a great piece of historical fiction and just a lovely book in general.
I had a lot of light reads this summer - probably you could categorize them as “fluff”. As I look back I think I was just escaping into my books as I prepared to send my daughter to college. I simply needed easy and fun - and there are a lot of those books in this list.
I think my favorite of the fluff was Jane of Austin - pure enjoyment.
Once Upon a River was probably the best book I’ve ever listened to - Juliet Stevenson is a brilliant narrator and I highly recommend listening to this book if you get a chance!
Susan Meissner is quick becoming one of my favorite authors. I’ve read three of her books now, and I think Why The Sky is Blue has been my favorite. This one tugged at my mama heartstrings and was just such a beautiful story of hope and redemption.
What Are People For?: EssaysHow Not to Die AloneJane of Austin: A Novel of Sweet Tea and SensibilityThe River: A novelThe Story of Arthur Truluv: A NovelHeartburnAsk Again, Yes: A NovelWhy the Sky Is BlueRoomThe MartianEvvie Drake Starts Over: A NovelThings You Save in a Fire: A NovelOnce Upon a River: A NovelThe Rest of the StoryThe Gunners: A NovelThe Atomic Weight of Love: A NovelField Notes on Love