I thought I’d try something new this year. Up until last spring, I was a fairly faithful participant in What’s on Your Nightstand, and I always enjoyed the community. However, what I did not enjoy was the fact that because this event happens on the fourth Tuesday of the month, sometimes there is a week or more of the month left until the true end of the month, so it always felt premature to me to say “Attention, bloggy world! This is what I read this month!” Sometimes it takes the looming last day of the month to get me to buckle down and really read. Thus, this year I have decided to report in on my reading on or around the last day of the month. This post will help me keep up with that end of year list I’m so fond of sharing, but which I oh-so-often forget to update mid-summer and then scramble to update at the end of the calendar year.
What I read:
- All-of-a-Kind Family by Sydney Taylor–The only thing I disliked about reading this sweet, sweet family story is that I didn’t read it aloud to my girls when they were a bit younger. It’s okay, though–they’ve already read it. 😉 I’m glad to have read this one and to have marked it off my languishing Classics Club list.
- The Scent of Water by Elizabeth Goudge–This yet-unreviewed title, which I finished just today, will most likely make my Best of 2016 list. I hope to share more about it next week.
- The Great Turkey Walk by Kathleen Karr–This was our lunchtime read-aloud for most of the month, and we enjoyed it quite a bit.
- The Story of Doctor Dolittle by Hugh Lofting–I read this one aloud to the boys, and we all enjoyed it.
- Genesis, Old Testament (see below)
- 3 John and Jude–for my Community Bible Study lessons
What I listened to:
- The Chimes by Charles Dickens–I started this free Christmas download from Audible back before Christmas, but just about the only time I listen to audiobooks is when I walk alone. Thus, I didn’t finish until after Christmas. I never feel like I quite catch enough of an audiobook to do it justice in a review (I am not an auditory learner!), but I did enjoy this one, for all the reasons I always enjoy Dickens: characterization, as well as the attention he draws to the plight of the poor. Recommended.
- Henry and the Clubhouse by Beverly Cleary–with the DLM in the van (others were present of course, but I think they were trying to ignore it 😉 ). I can’t say we listened to it in its entirety, but we enjoyed what we listened to.
What I’m carrying over to February (but hope to finish soon!):
- Own Your Life by Sally Clarkson
- Anne of Green Gables, which I am reading aloud to the girls
- Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets–audiobook.
- The Songs of Jesus by Timothy Keller (family devotional)
- Ninety Days of God’s Goodness by Randy Alcorn (my devotional)
- The Narrated Bible–This is a chronological Bible, and I am attempting to read it through this year. I’ve done it once before (though not chronologically), and I’m finding the discipline to be a needed challenge. I did it 5 1/2 years ago, and I’m really trying to do it again.
Of course, this is by no means everything I read. I’m forever-and-always reading online (which is a joy and a curse), and I’m a part of a homeschool coaching community called The Homeschool Alliance where we have articles to read and lectures to listen to and discuss. These are about parenting and homeschooling and personal growth, and I’m finding them vital to my vocation of learning alongside my children.
And now for the promised announcement. It saddens me a little, but I have decided to discontinue Read Aloud Thursdays. For the past year or so posting it has seemed a wee bit redundant since I very rarely had anything new in the way of picture books to share. It occurred to me on Thursday as I thought about it that I could easily just include my read-alouds in my own monthly wrap-up, especially since I read them as much for me as I do for my children. Read Aloud Thursday is truly one of the main reasons I have kept blogging all these years, but it is time. Thank you all who have participated!
And now for February–
I’ve decided to read one book a month for spiritual and personal growth, so for February it will be Hands Free Mama by Rachel Stafford. I’m delving back into my Birthday Project from last year (which was mightily derailed by life and a move) to read A Severe Mercy by VanAuken. February seems like a good month to read that. I’ll also be enjoying some 1930s children’s literature for my Newbery Through the Decades Challenge. Come back tomorrow to find out more about that.
How was January for you? Did you read a lot? I’d love to hear about it!