Books Read in June – Simply Convivial

The Power of Habit by Charles Duhigg

Library. Recommended by Mental Multivitamin.

It was an enjoyable book about the science behind how habits work, how habits are or can be manipulated, why they are important, and, woven throughout, strategies for how they can be changed. It’s not just about “bad habits” or addictions that are obvious, but about how our lives run on autopilot more often than we are consciously choosing what we do — and that that is good, but we need to be self-aware enough to recognize when we need to change our patterns of behavior.

The anecdotal stories told to illustrate the points were fascinating and well told.

Unplanned: The Dramatic True Story of a Former Planned Parenthood Leader’s Eye-Opening Journey across the Life Line by Abby Johnson

Library. Audio (Overdrive download). Recommended by a friend.

I listened to this book while pitting and preserving cherries, and it helped keep the tedium out of the task.

It is an amazing and eye-opening story of prayer and love in unlikely circumstances. I also thought it illustrated how personal sin causes blindness to living inconsistently. Her story testifies to the fact that people on the clearly immoral side of an issue might be sincerely trying to do good and right, and that prayer, love, and friendship win our enemies, rather than hostile conflict.


Wow. I only finished 2 books. Five books still in the “currently reading” stack.

Hans’ 3 Favorites for June

These were all actually rereads for Hans this month.

A Wonder Book by Nathaniel Hawthorne

It has a few stories about the Greek and Roman myths like Hercules, and stories about Odysseus, but there’s more than that. It was interesting and exciting. The book has pretend people telling the stories.

Odd and the Frost Giants by Neil Gaiman

It was about a boy named Odd and he went out to the woods, and using an axe, a large tree fell on him so he had to use a crutch. So he went to the Norse gods’ castle and saved it from the frost giants, more or less. It was interesting because Odd made a rainbow to go to the gods.

Charlotte’s Web by E.B. White

I liked it because it was about animals who could talk. It was funny.

Jaeger’s Favorite for June

A Child’s Story of America by Christian Liberty Press

I liked it because it was about the Revolutionary and the Civil War. There were heroes like George Washington.

Ten Boys Who Made a Difference by Irene Howat

It was about Martin Luther and John Calvin and John Knox and others. 

(Mystie’s note: I actually don’t care for this series much myself. It’s printed in Comic Sans font, and the stories are only a couple pages per biography with the bulk of it on supposed childhood incidents.)

Classic Myths to Read Aloud

I liked the part where the Greek god Hades stole Persephone into the underworld and then Demeter said to Zeus that if he didn’t get her out, she would make the crops not grow. When Persephone was not there the crops did not grow, but when she came back they did grow. 

(Mystie’s note: This book is from my parents’ shelves; it was the primary source for my own knowledge of myths.)

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