I didn’t read nearly as many books in February as I did in January, but that is what I have come to expect. January presents new reading challenges and lots of fun reading plans so I generally start off the year plunging headfirst into all of the exciting books I have planned. I let the momentum of a new reading year carry me through as many books as I can read in January. The momentum tends to slow down some in February . . . and then usually by March, I’m plugging along at the goals I set for myself and they don’t feel quite as *fun.* Even though I didn’t read as many books, it was still a good reading month.
- Awaking Wonder: Opening Your Child’s Heart to the Beauty of Learning by Sally Clarkson – This book was such an encouragement to me! This book gave me a vision for what a wonder-filled homeschool could look like as well as pushing me towards making small changes to bring about that wonder. One of my favorite quotes: “May I encourage those who are new to this commitment and struggling with the lifestyle, the immaturity of young children, and the learning curve of finding rhythms and balance: Be patient, as healthy growth is slow growth. Enjoy the days, accept the limitations of young children, and trust that they will grow little by little.”
- A Vow So Bold and Deadly by Brigid Kemmerer – This book is part of the twaddle I let myself read. Yes, I read twaddle. I don’t read a lot of twaddle, but there are times when a big of literary candy so to speak fits the bill. This book is the third and final installment in the Cursebreakers series. I enjoyed all three books. There are definite content considerations for this book. This book is violent and some of the descriptions of that violence are horrifying. (I do tend to be a sensitive reader though so take that for what it’s worth.) Also the relationships in the series go into some physical detail. It’s not overly graphic, but this is definitely not a book for young teens.
- A Sound Among the Trees by Susan Meissner – I enjoy Susan Meissner books for quick and easy reads. I’ve read several of her books; I’ve enjoyed all of them except for one. (Stars Over Sunset Boulevard is the one I didn’t like. None of the characters in the book were likeable.)
- The Adventures of Grandfather Frog by Thornton W. Burgess – This was a book I read aloud to my kids over breakfast. When I start to realize that I’m reading only third grade books and first grade books, I intentionally pick a younger book so that my little kids are engaged and drawn into our reading time as well. Burgess’s books have always interested my young kids. My three-year-old picked this book.
- Of Mice and Men by John Steinbeck – I read this to go along with a book club I’m in with my mom and sister. This was my first Steinbeck book. I enjoyed it although for those of you who have read this know it’s a sad book. (Of course, I’m also the type of person who loves Shakespeare’s tragedies and other books that make me cry.)
Leave me a comment below and let me know what books you’ve been reading lately.