Reading: September 2017

I honestly don’t know what happened to September and I’m certain that October is about to feel the same way. I feel like a got a fair amount of reading accomplished this past month, but my “to-read” list is super long.

Currently

Johnny Tremain by E. Forbes
The chick and started this as our next bedtime read aloud. It’s on every list I’ve ever seen when studying early American history so I figure we should probably read it. We are only one chapter in so I don’t have much to offer yet.

With Lee in Virginia by Henty
This is a pre-read for my son and his American History list. I haven’t ever read anything by Henty and while I can’t preread all his book for this year, I figured this would be a good one to do. So far it’s been pretty interesting; but again I’m only a few pages in so the jury is still out.

Persuasian by Austen
I haven’t officially started this book yet, but a friend gifted to me and another friend told me last year that I needed to read it if I was ever going to be a true Austen fan. Emma will always be my hands down favorite, but maybe this might change my mind?

Completed

Swallows and Amazons by Ransome
This was a fun book. It’s full of lots of sailing jargon that we kind of had to work through, but the idea of a time of life where you could just let your kiddos loose on a little island and not worry about them is amazing to me. As I find out more about Ramsome and the beginnings of this story I love it all even more. We watched a video of the area where Ransome used to go and this story is based upon and you can even go and take tours. As I come to terms with a little adventure story in my head based on a real place where I grew up, it’s encouraging to me to know he had the same idea.

The Kitchen House by Grissom
This was on my to read this year and I flew through it. It was a great story; just riveting. I’m usually not a huge fan of southern stories on the same topic, but I feel like Grissom handled all the slavery and masters etc really well. She was honest in her treatment of them, but also very sensitive. I highly recommend it.

A Girl of the Limberlost
I’ve been reading this off and on for months and finally finished it. I really did like it and I do think it will be a great book to hand to my daughter when she is 15 or so. It’s a fun story about a whimsical girl who loves nature and about dealing with and overcoming deep heartaches – from mothers to boys.

Dear Mr. Knightley by Reay
This is a pick of our mom’s book club and it’s another book I flew through pretty quickly. It’s an easy sort of read; perfect for the beach honestly. A fun story with a feel good ending. Not a huge thinker sort of book, but not super twaddle either.

The Ghost Map: The Story of London’s Most Terrifying Epidemic
This was another book on my 2017 list and I really liked it. I felt like it was even more applicable as I finished it just about the time Maria and Harvey showed up and people in this day and age were struggling to find clean water. Towards the end I did start skimming through all his observations. The book was written over 10 years ago ago and it’s crazy the advancements in technology (for good and bad) and how that has changed so many things in our lives regarding disease (and the potential for disease).

Eve in Exile
This is our first quarter selection for our mom’s book club and we are getting ready to discuss it next week. Honestly I would never have pushed through this book without having the pressure to have to. It is filled with gobs of historical information regarding women’s rights in the US and in England and while I did appreciate the history, her tone throughout the book was so snarky that I had a really hard time getting into it. There were bits and pieces throughout it that could take away and I wouldn’t say I don’t recommend it. I did find a podcast interview with the author on Sheologians and I’m anxious to listen to it to help me maybe get a better perspective.

Coming Up

I feel like I am so far behind on what I need to pre-read for my children’s schooling and my own “schole” that I can’t even begin to make a list of what’s up next.

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