What I Read – April

On the heels of a homeschool conference I had a list of books written or recommended by several of the speakers I listened to. Although I do tend to read a mix of fiction and non-fiction this months reading was definitely influenced by these speakers.

This month was a mix of paper books, e-books, and audiobooks as I start to find my way into rediscovering my identity as a reader. I have spent most of the past 6 years reading sporadically or on vacation. In recent weeks I have been finding more ways to incorporate reading into my days more and more.

Educated – Tara Westover (audiobook)

I actually read most of this book in March but it was too good not to include. I don’t normally choose memoirs but the combination of homeschooling and survivalists caught my attention. I was amazing by the barrage of hurdles that the author had to overcome. I can’t imagine being subjected to so many volatile personalities! Although the “homeschooling” methods described in the book are those that give homeschooling a bad, or at least questionable, name; I admire how the author managed to educate herself with the limited resources at her disposal. This was a story that kept me looking for opportunities to keep listening.

Better Together: Strengthen Your Family, Simplify Your Homeschool, and Savor the Subjects That Matter Most – Pam Barnhill

I read pretty much any homeschool book I can get my hands on, especially those that are available at the library. This book had many practical tips to organizing your homeschool and managing your day. Pam also includes a booklist broken down by subject which means it automatically has added value for future use.

I’d Rather Be Reading: The Delights and Dilemmas of the Reading Life – Anne Bogel

In addition to reading books about homeschool I also find myself often reading books on reading. This was a light, easy read that brought attention to part of my reading life that I had not considered before. She justified my general dislike for book intros and has drawn my attention to the acknowledgments.

A Landscape With Dragons: The Battle for Your Child’s Mind – Michael D. O’Brien

This book was recommended at a talk by Andrew Pudewa at the Great Homeschool Convention I attended with some friend in Greenville. The text itself was rather dry and I found myself skimming parts. Discussing the importance of literature and imagination in a childs life while also pointing out how the impact of how magic is portrayed in literature can impact our children. I was enlightened on some history of J.R.R. Tolkien and C.S. Lewis that has lead me to look more closely at their literature. Did you know C.S. Lewis wrote a sci-fi series? Book 1 is currently in my to be read pile…

I’m Fine and Neither Are You – Camille Pagan

I needed to clear some books from my KindleUnlimited queue and this seemed like a light, easy read perfect for a recent trip. I have listened to several books by this author, as much because I liked the narrator (Amy McFadden, BTW) as I enjoyed the books themselves.

A mother feeling dissatisfied with life experiences an unexpected loss. The loss motivates her to make the most of her life and takes initiative to improve her marriage, work-life, and more to bring about greater sense of fulfillment in her life.

Woman Last Seen in Her Thirties – Camille Pagan

I finished I’m Fine and Neither Are You while we were still out of town and this one was already downloaded on my Kindle. This was an especially quick read because I had read most of the book previously but decided to start over from the beginning.

Its a book of loss and new beginnings and all the messiness of the journey in between.

Anne of Green Gables – L. M. Montgomery

I have been a long time fan of the Anne of Green Gables TV Series (circa 1985) but had never read the books. I had bought the audiobook months ago and decided to hit play on a whim. I found the book as delightful, albeit more detailed, than the TV series. Anne Shirley is even more endearing in the book and I look forward to reading (listening to) future installments in the series.

What did you read this month? Anything I should add to my list?