Reading: June 2017

Currently:

The Curious Charms of Arthur Pepper by P. Patrick
So far this is probably one of the most clever storylines I’ve ever read. It is a bit sad (reminds me of the movie Up!) in the first few chapters, but I’m super intrigued to see where this story goes.

Walking on Water by M. L’Engle
Still plugging along and doing a horrible job journaling about this book – as in I’m not. But I do love it.

A Girl of the Limberlost by G. Stratton-Porter
Still plugging along on this one in between other reads. I’m still not sure if I like it or not.

The Core by L. Bortins
This is the handbook to get your started with classical education; especially Classical Conversations. I finally started reading it last week and honestly I need to get busy and set aside time during the day to focus on it…instead of Pinterest.

Uninvited: Living Loved When You Feel Less Than, Left Out, and Lonely by L. Terkeurst
I picked this one up from the library and while I’m slowly reading through it, I’m still not sure if I’ll read it cover to cover. I feel like this subject has been beaten to death lately when it comes to blogs and books for women and moms.

Abandoned:

I decided to start a new category this month…

The Fringe Hours by J. Turner
I wanted to read this book for years, finally found it at a used bookstore and started reading it a few months ago. I got about half way through it and realized that this was exactly the book a friend needed to read. So I abandoned it and gifted it to her.

I’ll Take You There by W. Lamb
I love Wally Lamb and have poured through some of this other books in years past, but I didn’t make it 2 chapters in with this one before I was done. The story was silly and the language was awful.

Finished:

The One in a Million Boy by M. Wood
This was a sweet book. I feel like there was so much I missed because it took me so long to get through it. It would be a great book club discussion book.

The Handmaid’s Tale by M. Atwood
I got this on Overdrive as an e-book and poured through it in like 2 days. It is the second time I’ve read it and I still love it but seriously hate, hate the ending. Once I got towards the end of the book I started remembering why this book frustrated me so much the first time I read it. I wish we had Hulu though because I would love to watch the show.

Commonwealth by A. Patchett
This was great, but I can’t even remember now what it was about. So…maybe it wasn’t great.

When Hitler Stole the Pink Rabbit
This was a great book. My daughter and I have been reading this aloud for a few months and it’s a great story from the perspective of an 11 year old girl of what it was like to be a refugee. It’s a sweet story about family and making due. We both loved it.

What’s Next?

We start school in 1 month and I’ve got loads of pre-reading I need to start in order to get ahead of both my kids. Yep, I said both. We are homeschooling both children next year so that’s double the words I need to choke down and double the boxes of wine I probably need to invest in 😉

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Reading: May 2017

Currently

Commonwealth by Ann Patchett
This book was nowhere on my radar, but if the author is Ann Patchett then I’ll just grab it and read. It’s a family drama with the amazing character development that Patchett is so good at. So far, so good.

When Hitler Stole the Pick Rabbit by J. Kerr
This is a leftover book from our school book list and it really is the sweetest (if that word can be used when talking about WWII and Nazi’s) book. It follows a family that has been forced out of their home in Germany. The father is an author that is very unsympathetic to the Nazi’s and obviously they don’t like that. It doesn’t help that the family is Jewish. It’s a super read aloud.

A Girl of the Limberlost by G. Stratton-Porter
I’m about half way through this book and put it down for another read and I haven’t yet picked it back up again. It’s been on my to-read list for ages and it’s a bit reminiscent of Anne of Green Gables (strong willed young girl, unappreciated, dreamy and lover of the outdoors).

Moths of the Limberlost by G. Stratton-Porter
This is a coordinating book with the fiction story and describes all the moth life in the Limberlost. It’s actually been a fairly interesting read. I’m becoming a bit of a lepidopterist and I’m slowly researching moths and butterflies for a couple of different reasons. This book is a great introduction to my study.

Walking on Water by M. L’Engle
I’m still plugging along slowly this book and falling more and more in love with L’Engle. I never read any of her books growing up and just read a Wrinkle in Time this past year. The next in the series is on our read aloud list for this summer and I can’t wait. I’ve loved this book in so many ways and when I’m finally finished will be worth of it’s own post.

Finished

Olive Kitteridge by E. Strout
This book was on so many “must-read” lists that I quickly added it to my 2017 master list. The whole layout and voice of this book was so different. It wasn’t until I was finished that I realized she approached this book as a collection of short stories all about this one character. Basically giving you a different perspective from all these different people while telling a whole collection of stories from characters in this small town. From the beginning I really didn’t like Olive and so it was hard for me to keep going when the titled character was just so frustrating to me. But I plugged through and honestly I think the further away I am from this book, the more I realize Strout is a brilliant writer (clearly – she won the Pulitzer) and I’m glad I pushed through and finished it. I wouldn’t say it’s my favorite book, but I am glad I read it.

Upstream by M. Oliver
Finally finished. It was good and I’m glad I read it. I’m not a big memoir person.

Atonement by I. McEwan
Another one from my list. It was a bit of a slow read. Another one I kind of had to push through and another one where I wasn’t totally fond of the main characters and the writing style.

Hind’s Feet on High Places
Truly one of my favorite allegorical stories ever. I’ve read it twice on my own and my daughter and I just finished reading it aloud together. There’s not a time I’ve read this where I haven’t gleaned something new.

Up Next

I had great plans to read through (or at least start) The Making of a Story this summer and work on some writing goals, but I’m honestly not sure that’s going to happen. My mind is so fractured with so many other things I just don’t know that I can take on another goal. Right now I just want to finish the books I’ve started and then I’ll figure out where to go next.

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