As I’ve been perusing the web for inspiration and ideas that I would be interested in writing about (and somebody else might be mildly interested in reading), I’ve come across some blog link-ups for sharing about books one has read or is reading. Sounds doable.
There have been many things that have humbled me since I began homeschooling a year ago, but my newfound awareness of my rather anemic reading history has been the most surprising. After all, I have always loved to read. However, I have come to realize that I had a fairly steady diet of twaddle as a child and adolescent. Sure, I read my fair share of E.B. White and Beverly Cleary, but there were very few classics–if any–outside of school assignments. But there was a lot of other junk.
twaddle [twod-l] n. trivial, feeble, silly, or tedious talk or writing (source)
This has put me on a path of course correction. I have been attempting to be very intentional to choose quality books as read-alouds and also have made a point to intervene in my 8 year old’s super hero and graphic novel bent (Jamie Martin style). A couple of weeks ago I went to the library and came home with a stack of books for Tank to pick from. He didn’t complain too much. I’m also making a point to choose more books for personal reading that will feed my soul or inform me in my current vocation–homeschooling and homemaking.
What I read (but not necessarily finished) in September…
Teaching from Rest by Sara Mackenzie
A huge blessing to this new-ish homeschool momma. It will be a quarterly or bi-annual read. And, yes, I linked only this book. She’s awesome. I totally want to be her friend in real life. You can google any of the other books yourself. :-)
The Phantom Tollbooth by Norton Juster
Even The Roadie read this is a kid. What was my deal? I must catch up!
Heidi by Johanna Spyri
This is part of Tank’s language arts program and I have never read it–better late than never!
Seven by Jen Hatmaker
So much good stuff. Convicting. Rich. Thought provoking. Very popular at the library, since her newest book just came out.
Made to Crave by Lysa TerKeurst
I started this with some friends over the summer. Life got crazy. Who knows when we will finish? I think I may just do it on my own before I forget what I’ve already read.
The Mists of Avalon by Marion Zimmer Bradley
I read this for a class in high school and am slowly rereading it to determine if it’s worth keeping on the shelf or if it should go. I have several of the prequels, as well. I think the series may be destined to move on, once I’ve reread them all.
Coming up soon…
For the Children’s Sake by Susan Schaeffer Macaulay
This is waiting for me on the hold shelf at the library. I’ve heard so much about it on homeschool blogs & podcasts, I feel like I have to read it.
Fantastic Mr. Fox by Roald Dahl
Again, one I feel I should have read in childhood. I grabbed it as a possible read for Tank, but plan to read it myself before it goes back to the library. It even may end up being a read-aloud.
I’m not going to overcommit. My Goodreads lists are exceedingly long, so there’s plenty for me to choose from, should I finish all the things I’ve started, plus these two. I’ll certainly let you know next month how things really go.
So how about you…