Well, so much for making this a monthly event. My last report was January’s, and while my personal reading has sunk pretty low, I don’t want to forget what I’ve read, and especially what I’ve read aloud. This Sunday afternoon Steady Eddie encouraged me to take an hour or so to work on my long-neglected blog. It has thus far been a day of caring for sick children, so it feels good to spend a few moments on something I want to do instead of what must be done. 🙂
What I read in February and March:
- Finished Own Your Life by Sally Clarkson–review here
- Ninety Days of God’s Goodness by Randy Alcorn–I intended to share my thoughts on this very thought-provoking devotional,
but it never happened. I think I got this one either cheap or free for the Kindle, but if you’re into devotional books, this one is definitely worth the price. One thing I really like about it that it’s ninety days instead of thirty–that gave me plenty of time to “sit” with the material. The real message in this book is revealed by the subtitle: Daily Reflections That Shine Light on Personal Darkness. This is no happy-happy-joy-joy, rainbows-and-unicorns promise of nothing but “blessings” in this life; instead, it focuses on trials, tribulations, pain–even the unthinkable–and reorients our perspective. Here’s a snippet from day sixty-nine:
We come into this world needy, and we leave it the same way. Without suffering we would forget our neediness. If suffering seems too high a price for faith, it’s because we underestimate faith’s value.
Suffering uncovers our trust in God-substitutes and declares our need to transfer our trust to the only One who can bear its weight. Richard Baxter wrote, “Suffering so unbolts the door of the heart, that the Word hath easier entrance.” God uses suffering to bring us to the end of ourselves and back to Christ. And that is worth any cost.
- Siblings Without Rivalry by Adele Faber and and Elaine Mazlish–This is a book that came recommended by Julie Bogart in her coaching community, the Homeschool Alliance, of which I am a part. This is another one that I am really glad I read and that I fell like I need to turn right around and read again. The premise of Faber and Mazlish is that the parental response to sibling “issues” is often a determining factor to the health of the relationship between/among the siblings and the parent/child relationship. One thing I like about this book is that Faber and Mazlish share succinct comic strips in which their takeaways are expressed–sort of a “do it this way, not this way” approach. I feel like I need to print those out and hang them up around the house where I can see them. I read this one on the Kindle but would like to have it in print form. Highly Recommended.
- Roller Skates by Ruth Sayer–Oh, how I loved this one.
- The War That Saved My Life by Kimberly Brubaker
Bradley–I couldn’t wait to read this one, a Newbery honor book for 2015. I’m a sucker for WWII books, no matter the plotline. This one is particularly compelling–Ada, a girl with a clubfoot, is neglected and abused at home, so when children are evacuated from London due to the blitz, she takes her little brother and runs away to the countryside. They end up in the home of Susan, a woman with problems of her own, and they slowly become a family. Ada learns that adults can be trusted and that she has something to offer the world. This is a painful read at times, but beautiful because of the transformation Ada undergoes. (For the author’s take on something that is hinted at but never explicitly spelled out in the book, go here.)
What I Read Aloud
- Fair Weather by Richard Peck–review here–this book made me laugh aloud more than anything I’ve read in the past several years
- War Horse by Michael Morpurgo–loved this one
- Anne of Avonlea by L.M. Montgomery–It pains me a good bit that I never shared my thoughts about this one, but honestly, I don’t think I would’ve done it justice. When you’ve lived with a series of books as long as I’ve lived with Anne, well, what else can you say? I will say this: as always, I loved Mr. Harrison, but this time through I loved Paul Irving a little less and Davy Keith a little more than I did in my childless days. 🙂 We’re currently taking a little break from Anne but will be back with her soon.
- Roll of Thunder, Hear My Cry by Mildred D. Taylor–not-to-be-missed
- Cheaper by the Dozen by Frank B. Gilbreth, Jr. and Ernestine Gilbreth Carey–I had never read this classic story that’s so popular among homeschoolers especially, but now that I have, I can see why everyone loves it so.
It feels like I’m forgetting something, but this is the bulk of my reading, at least. I’m going to try to do better in the future about keeping my lists updated. I hope that that becomes easier as our weekly commitments get fewer as the traditional school year wends to a close.