A long time ago I used to do monthly updates here. I kind of told what things I was doing in a month- a sort of update on our homeschool life, food life, my writing and book life, and more. I'm not sure that I'll get back to that, but what I thought I would do since books are such a big part of my life (as should they be for all of us!) is share what I'm reading. So we'll see how this goes. Maybe I'll make it a monthly thing.
I keep track of a lot of what I read on Goodreads. And you'll see I usually have a LOT on my list at a time. I used to be worried that this was strange.....then I started reading about Charlotte Mason and her methods and realized I must have been Charlotte in another life.... lol! Just kidding! But really, her homeschool methods teach about taking just small bits at a time from a book and giving the child time to think it over and ponder, if you will, and let it all soak in. And she would have them read from various books each day - history, literature, nature, poetry, etc. Some books a few pages or chapter a day, some only once a week. So pretty much I've been doing 'Charlotte Mason' with myself all along.
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What I'm Reading
Adrenal Fatigue: The 21st Century Stress Syndrome by James L. Wilson - This book is instrumental in understanding the reality of adrenal fatigue. How one's health can be affected by stressors and the importance of how our food, environment and things we do to cope with stress are all important facets to adrenal health and all of this and more are discussed by Dr. Wilson. It is written by an expert but also it a way that is easily understood by the layman without talking down to the patient. It is a good read thus far.
Everyday Saints and Other Stories by Tikhon Shevkunov This is quite the lengthy read and I've been working on it for some time. I'm about halfway through. There is a great number of stories in this work that you will find inspiring and occasionally humorous. And you will certainly know that miracles do happen even today.
Thirty Steps to Heaven: The Ladder of Divine Ascent for All Walks of Life by Vassillios Papavassilliou I've actually referred to this book several times in recent posts. I can't say enough about it. I personally feel that even non-orthodox would benefit greatly from this book as it talks about all of the virtues we must all strive towards as Christians.
A Beginner's Guide to Prayer: The Orthodox Way to Draw Close to God by Michael Keiser I started this book before Lent and actually wrote a few posts in regards to prayer before Lent. Being that I've promised myself to read my bible readings and a few pages of Thirty Steps to Heaven each day before reading anything else and my consumption of adrenal fatigue and other health related selections, I haven't had a lot of time for this one but it remains in my morning devotion pile and will be included in my morning readings again soon!
Blueprints for the Little Church: Creating an Orthodox Home by Elissa D. Bjeletich and Caleb Shoemaker This is the selection my husband and I are reading together. Blueprints discusses how we are to involve our children in the life of the Church from birth onward both in the church and at home.
6 Secrets to a Lasting Love: Recapturing Your Dream Marriage by Gary Rosberg I read another book by Rosberg recently and I really enjoyed his style of writing about very intimate personal issues in a non-threatening manner and with a Christian perspective. I have found some very good guidance in this book. I really think every couple should read marriage books throughout their lives- always keeping discussion of the marriage and the marriage itself front and center to their lives. My husband and I aren't currently reading this one together but I do mark spots and read them to him for discussion along with other books we read together.
The Ancient Faith Prayer Book by Vassilious Papavassiliou - you know I didn't even realize it was the same author as 30 Steps to Heaven until I was writing this out. I'm enjoying using this prayer book. I think it may move into one of my favorites.
The Ascetic Lives of Mothers, a Prayer Book for Orthodox Moms by Annalisa Boyd - I read this book awhile back and even wrote a book review. I just felt that while I often use this as a resource, it was time to read it through again. Books like these always offer more every time
Delicious Blogging: The Ingredients You Need To Create a Better Blog by Debi Stangeland Debi is a book on my Kindle (I seldom use the kindle as I just can't resist a paper copy but it does come in handy ) some great ideas for bloggers, especially those starting out or with smaller blogs who want to have more success with finding readers and interacting with their public.
What I'm Reading With My Son
My son is 7. (Wow- that's the first time I've written that- he just turned 7 last week!). He's techinically in first grade- but I don't go by that. We read what we think is fun and what I think he will be interested in or what I deem important. I don't consider grade level. It's more about age, interests and abilities.
Little Town on the Prairie (Little House #7) by Laura Ingalls Wilder - Actually, we just finished this one last night! My son has been loving the Little House series. And I still have my set from when I was young! We just started with them at the beginning of this school year. Only one or two of them was on the Ambleside list for this year - a source I used last year and the beginning of this year. But while I find their book lists as a handy guide, I find their style too restricting. So while they only have a few of the books listed for this year- I let my son's enjoyment and enthusiasm to read more lead us. These books have lent so many lovely discussions. We have also introduced the TV series- we don't do a lot of TV here, but this is one series I encourage and enjoy right along with him.
The World's Worst Fairy Godmother by Bruce Coville This is just a humerous story by one of my favorite children's authors. We are starting this tonight. I don't necessarily like all of Coville's books, but some of them have been favorites. We recently read Jennifer Murdley's Toad.
Misty of Chicoteague by Marguerite Henry We just started Misty. While fictional, I chose to read it as part of our history type literature as it does talk about legendary history and the story behind the wild ponies of Asateague Island (where I spent my honeymoon incidentally). I wanted to introduce him to the Marguerite Henry books and selected this one to see if he would like them.
Red, White, Blue, and Uncle Who? The Story Behind Some of America's Patriotic Symbols by Teresa Bateman and John O'Brien This is a charming little book to introduce youngsters to the symbols of our country including the Statue of Liberty, The Liberty Bell, The Lincoln Monument and more. I've chosen to use picture books for the most part in our American History studies thus far but am looking to start on some nice biographies soon.
What My Son is reading TO ME
Yes- he has started reading to ME now. This is his choice- his desire and I love it!
The Mystery at the Taj Mahal (India) by Carole Marsh My sister got him about ten of this series for Christmas. I selected to allow him to read them to himself at night while I sit and read in bed. He has read one on his own, is reading another and reads this one to me every now and then.
He also reads from his Children's Bible Reader to me on the way to our Schole class every Tuesday and at other times when I'm cleaning up the kitchen before we start our short lessons for the day.
So-- that pretty much sums up what I'm reading.
How about YOU?