Weekend Reads: Book Sales, Book Lists, Book Bundles, oh my! – Simply Convivial

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This week was our local library’s giant book sale. Last year I decided not to go because I really don’t need any books (yet I’m always buying more anyway), especially random books picked up on a library reject table. But the trouble is that our library seems to get rid of the old books, the good books, while replacing them with graphic novels and other books that cater to kids’ lowest tastes.

Plus, this year the boys saw the sign and really wanted to go. How can I not encourage their desire to spend their pocket money on books? Seems like a good and necessary part of training their affections to me.

So, we went. The boys got a few Hardy boys (I limited them to 3), some Eyewitness books, a copy of Robinson Crusoe & a Brian Jacques book we don’t have. They also got a couple (with $2 each, they each picked 8 books). They also found a few books on WWII aircraft that look boring to me, but they are enthralled.

I came out with a Shakespeare haul, so I am so glad I went! I found Isaac Asimov’s Guide to Shakespeare, hardback in great condition, for $1. And then there was a set of beautiful blue, slim hardback copies of Shakespeare’s entire works. I bought 9 of them. I thought they’d be $1 each because they were hardback, but the man checking me out thought they were too small to charge $1, so I got them for 50c each! I also got a few paperback copies of different plays. For 25c each, I’d like having some extra paperbacks for kids to use when we study the plays.

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Books Read at Our House This Week

Books I finished in the last two weeks

Story of the Middle Ages - Exodus Books

  • Escape by Sea by T.S. Lawrence. I actually preread a book! My dad picked this up for us at another library sale, and so while I was sick I started reading it to see if it was acceptable. It’s historical fiction set in Carthage right at the time the Romans sack it. I almost set it down after the second chapter because it was very well written and seemed to be heading toward a girl-power message. But then she got validation from her father (and acknowledged as the heiress) and that part settled down and it was really an interesting and well-told story of the differences between the Carthage mind, the Roman mind, and the Greek mind. And the boy/girl dynamics never actually developed into a romance, just a mutually respected friendship. And even I was turning the pages, stuck in its story-grip.

  • Admiral Hornblower in the West Indies by C.S. Forester. And now I am finished with the 11-book series. Overall I did like them, but there were parts (and almost two entire books out of the series) that were infuriating. After the first couple books, I was thinking these would be great for a middle school boy. Then Hornblower’s character took a turn for the worse and revealed an inconsistency in his honor that made several books down the line inappropriate for non-adult audiences (and maddening for those).

  • War of Art by Steven Pressfield. This book came highly recommended from a number of sources, so I dutifully checked it out from the library. Bleh. Vague spirituality plus dogmatic (but inconsistent) instance, plus one paragraph chapters and only half-full pages made this book torturous to read. I kept on (turning to skimming), because I assumed there must be some redeeming part coming up that made the very different sources all recommend this as a “classic.” Nope. It’s a terrible book.

  • Desiring the Kingdom by James K.A. Smith. I’m done! I’m done! Hooray for being finished with this disappointing book.

  • Henry V by Shakespeare. We listened to a dramatized audio from Audible for school this month. I absolutely love Henry V. It’s one of my favorites.

  • Story of the Middle Ages by Christine Miller and H.A. Guerber. We’ve been reading this book during our elementary lesson time and completed it just before break week. Being such a Henry V fan, reading the real history was a little disappointing. I think the primary lesson we learned during our study of the Middle Ages is “Woe to you, O land, when your king is a child” (Ecclesiastes 10:16), and that uncles make bad regents.

Books my 8 & 10 year old sons read recently

Story of the Middle Ages - Exodus Books

Online Reading This Week

I don’t have a life verse, but if I did, this might be it: “Where no oxen are, the crib is clean: but much increase is by the strength of the ox” (Proverbs 14:4).

A must-read if you ever struggle with cleaning and how quickly it’s undone.

If you need the process of finding and subscribing to podcasts spelled out for you (with video!), here’s the post for you.

By definition, to be efficient is to achieve maximum productivity with minimum wasted effort or expense. But relationships don’t flourish or grow that way. Relationships need time, spent lavishly.

Sarah’s Teaching from Rest series has been amazing, and I assure you that the soon-to-be-released book is even better. Plus, she’s recording interviews with Brandy Vencel, Cindy Rollins, Christopher Perrin, and Andrew Kern to accompany the book. If you have any questions you’d like her to ask Perrin or Kern, head over to the comments and let her know!

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More Weekend Reads

If you have a post with a collection of links, a post about what you’re currently reading, or a recommended book list, link it up here! We’ll have our very own “best of the web” & “best of our book piles” right here, every week!

Speaking of Books

The Ultimate Homemaking Book Bundle is on now through Monday only. My own Simplified Dinners is in it this year! Really, if there are 2 or 3 of these books you were considering, the bundle is the time to get them and get a whole lot more to boot. Plus the free gift real stuff is pretty good too! I’m eagerly awaiting my 3 mineral eyeshadows for which I only paid $3 shipping.

4 Responses

  1. Dawn
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    Asimov’s Shakespeare for a dollar? I am jealous. Good for you! I also must confess that I finished DtK nearly 2 weeks ago just to get it over with. While I agree that it was disappointing I am still incredibly glad that I read it, which I would not have done at this time without you hosting the discussion. Thank you!

  2. GaryPaulson
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    Sorry that Pressfield’s War of Art was a flop. I have read some of his historical fictions and really enjoyed them.

  3. Melanie
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    I have “War of Art,” because a lot of artists like it, but I agree. I think people on some weird level like to be berated for not taking their art seriously enough. I think there may have been a quip here and there I enjoyed, but I didn’t find it particularly helpful!

  4. www.aspiredliving.net
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    Sorry Desiring the Kingdom was a disappointing. It’s really got to make it worse when you are blogging about the book too.

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