Books Read in March – Simply Convivial

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Mystie’s Books Read in March

I thought I’d start a monthly feature about books the boys and I have read. For awhile I was posting a review of each book as I finished, and while I like the practice of reviewing books, I’d rather do just a short summary & comment than a feature-length review for most books. So I’ll do that and just combine them, adding in a few of the boys’ favorites of the month, too. Maybe we’ll even get them to give me a sentence or two about what they liked about it — particularly if it is “for the blog.”

March was a sparse month for me. I did more sleeping than reading.

Prince Caspian by C.S. Lewis


A great book, of course. I appreciated not only the way authority is handled (“You’ve had my advice, now is time for orders”), but also how the dwarf incident makes it clear that how you win is just as — and indeed more — important than winning itself.

A Complaint-Free World by Will Bowen

MCL copy. I forget where I saw the recommendation, but I think it was an unfamiliar blog I happened to follow a link trail to one day.

I was up for reading a challenging book about not complaining. This wasn’t it. This was a thoroughly “power of positive thinking,” God=Universe=Neutral.

The basic idea is that you get his purple rubber bracelet and move it to your other hand every time you catch yourself complaining, with the goal to go 28 days without moving it. This might be a useful trick to create awareness, but even according to his story, it started off as a gimmick and it still seems so me to me.

The book is entirely testimonial & pontification, no research, no backing, no authority. He sprinkles in a quote here or there for good measure, but more in a proverbial way than as proof.

Not complaining is a worthy, virtuous, and Biblical concept, but this book won’t get you there.

Hans’ Top 3 Books Read in March

The Box that Watch Found, “by” Gertrude Chandler Warner (Boxcar Children Mysteries)


Burgess Bird Book by Thorton Burgess

“It was more like a story, the birds had names like,Jenny Wren,Winsome Bluebird.”

Betsy, Tacy, & Tib by Maud Hart Lovelace

“good!Nora would like it!”

Jaeger’s Top 3 Books Read in March

History Stories for Children by John Wayland (Christian Liberty Press)


Stuart Little by E.B. White

“it was a good book!”

More Stories from Grandma’s Attic by Arleta Richardson


The boys comments, clearly, are their own typings, taken from their Goodreads reviews — they are now entering their own books.

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3 Responses

  1. Kelly
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    Prince Caspian is my favorite Narnia book and that scene with Trumpkin is my favorite in the book. Well, that one, or the one where we meet Trufflehunter. “I’m a beast, I am, and a Badger, what’s more. We don’t change. We hold on.”

  2. Brandy @ Afterthoughts
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    Nice! I look forward to these and finding more books to add to my list. :)

  3. Emily
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    I like the booklists!! I think Stuart Little might be up next for read alouds here.

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