(a picture of my living room side table where I read every morning)
A new year and a new year of books. I entered January a little bit stressed about the reading plan ahead of me, but I’m feeling pretty good. There are times when my brain can’t seem to remember where I read something – the hazards of too many books going at a time I suppose. January was a great month and so far I’m excited about all the books ahead of me. Here’s where I’m at with them all.
Uncommon Type by Tom Hanks
I have been on the waiting list at the library for this book for at least 4 months. It’s a compilation of short stories and I’m about half way through it. I’ve never been a short story reader, but this is my second book of short stories that I’ve read in the past couple of months. I’ve found them to be a great thing to read right before bed. Just enough to calm me down before sleep, but over quick so I’m not tempted to stay up reading beyond. I’ve skipped a couple in this book so far that I wasn’t really getting into and there are a few so far I’ve really enjoyed. You can totally read this and hear Tom Hanks speaking in your ear.
12 Ways Your Phone is Changing You
This is for our mom’s book club with our co-op this quarter. I haven’t loved this one as much as The Shallows, but it has been good and refreshing to have a more biblical perspective and reminder of what our phones and all this constant access to technology is doing to us not just mentally, but also spiritually. I’m sure it’s going to make a great book club discussion.
The Princess and the Goblin by G. McDonald
Seriously love this book. I can’t believe it’s taken me so many years to finally read it. It’s so, so good.
A Touch of the Infinite: Studies in Music Appreciation with Charlotte Mason by. M.E.Hoyt
This has been amazingly helpful as I figure out how to incorporate music/composer studies into our Morning Times together. I’ve been a super failure when it comes to how to do this well and make it worth anything.
A Wind in the Door by L’Engle
This is the second in the Wrinkle in Time quintet and the chick and I have been reading it aloud at night. It’s beyond bizarre.
Seaman: The Dog Who Explored the West with Lewis and Clark
Still a great read – we are enjoying this as our biography for this term.
Pride and Prejudice by Austen
I hadn’t read this for a million years and it was our February selection for my other book club. Goodness it’s so good. Emma is my all time favorite, but I totally saw similarities between Elizabeth and Emma that made me smile. While Mr. Darcy is totally awesome, Mr. Knightly is still by guy.
Liturgy of the Ordinary: Sacred Practices in Everyday Life by T. Warren
If there was one book I could already highly recommend this year, it would be this one. I think it will almost end up being a yearly re-read, sort of like Humble Roots. It was beyond great and such a super book. I’m almost leaning towards doing a summer book discussion of it this year because I want to discuss it other so much.
Beauty and the Word by S. Caldecott
I’m glad I persevered through this book, there was a lot to glean from it, but there was also a lot that was over my head. It’s probably one that I honestly need to go back and do it’s own post for in order to really process through the things I jotted down as I was reading. This book made me feel smart and dumb all at the same time 🙂
Murder on the Orient Express by Christie
This was for my January book club and a reread for me; although I had totally forgotten the ending so it was a surprise again who did it.
My next book club read is Alias Grace by M. Atwood (which I just realized is a show, so I’m excited to start watching that after I’m done reading) and I’m getting ready to start that one. I’m also going to start Orthodoxy by Chesterton in the morning. I recently purchased Steven King’s book on writing and I was hoping to start that soon, but it might have to wait till this summer when my school pre-reading slows down a bit.