Whew! It has been a busy month for us! This month we attended two homeschooling conferences, both of which required us to drive a distance from home. We also celebrated a birthday and Mother’s Day, all in one weekend. We spent a good deal of time traveling for other family celebrations. Based on the amount of time I spent in the van this month, I should have read much more than I did (for me, travel time usual means reading time). However, I can only count six books that I finished this month, and nary a one of them was a challenging read.
I read four nonfiction selections in May, and I think they are the ones that will stick with me the longest. I read
- Sacred Parenting by Gary Thomas (my review here)
- Feeding Your Soul: A Quiet Time Handbook by Jean Fleming (my review here)
- God’s Harvard: A Christian College on a Mission To Save America by Hanna Rosin
- The Power of a Praying Wife by Stormie Omartian
The first two of these are quiet, contemplative books–the kind I like best. I would recommend either one of them to any Christian desiring a deeper walk with the Lord. (Obviously, the parenting book is geared toward parents, but I think the principles in it could be applied to any challenging issue in a person’s life.) God’s Harvard is a book I blazed through because I found it fascinating in an almost voyeuristic way (dare I admit that?). In the end, though, I couldn’t review it because I found it so big and unwieldy to grapple with–I didn’t even know how I felt about it after I read it, much less what I should say about it here. I might go back and review The Power of a Praying Wife some time, but I think most people know about it already.
My focus in fiction has been to read juvenile fiction, and it has been refreshing. I have read
I should finish up The Underneath by Kathi Appelt sometime soon, and I might even get the review done before the month’s out.
As for June, I have no specific plans. The Semicolon Book Club selection for June is David Copperfield. Based on my lack of success (failure?) with Les Miserables, I don’t think I’ll even bother to put it on my TBR shelf. I have some kind of mental block about starting a 1000+ page book when I still have 600 or so pages left in the last one I started. 😉
I have ordered a couple of books from Paperback Swap on the recommendation of one of my favorite book bloggers, Janet of Across the Page. Her review of Davita’s Harp by Chaim Potok, which I read many years ago as an undergraduate student in a young adult literature class, rekindled my interest in Potok and encouraged me to read My Name Is Asher Lev. Janet also wrote a review of Girl Meets God by Lauren Winner that really piqued my curiosity; I have seen this book numerous times around book blogdom, but this review made me actually seek the book out. Janet’s good at that. 🙂
As for my readings with the girls, I’m sure we’ll continue on our Little House fixation fascination.