Since last month’s Nightstand:
- I finished Great Expectations (!!!) but never got around to sharing any concluding thoughts. I so enjoy Dickens’ characterization and his insight into Pip’s psychological motivation. What I did manage to do was share lots of quotes: advice for life from Dickens, “Plain contented Joe,” dismal rot, and educated Joe. This book also got me thinking about hosting a Dickens challenge next year, since I obviously need extrinsic motivation to read him. (I read this one for my IRL bookclub.) Would anybody be interested in such a challenge? 🙂
- I read Sarah McKenzie’s Teaching from Rest: A Homeschooler’s Guide to Unshakable Peace and shared a quote here. I wouldn’t call this book a must-read or a real groundbreaking piece of work, but it was a nice, quick, encouraging read.
- I was captivated by I Capture the Castle by Dodie Smith. My thoughts are here.
- Jennifer L. Holm’s The Fourteenth Goldfish took me by surprise.
- I was blown away by new author Esther Ehrlich’s sad, sad juvenile novel Nest.
I’m currently reading:
The first two, Seeing the Unseen by Randy Alcorn and Running Scared by Edward T. Welch (quote here), are Kindle reads that I snagged when they were cheap or free. (The links above are to the paper versions of the books.) Both are good, solid, helpful reads. Deconstructing Penguins is a nonfiction book I’ve had around for way too long. I hope to share my thoughts on it in the next week or two (after I finish reading it!)
Both of these are bookclub picks. If I read anything else, it will be gravy in this busy life o’ mine. 🙂
Be sure to come back on this coming Read Aloud Thursday to check in with your read-alouds for the month of August or what you’re hoping to read aloud in September! I’ll be sharing what we’ve been reading together then.