July in Books

We all need more book posts in our lives, don’t you think? I thought so. Here’s a new monthly series – and I hope you’ll share your July reads in the comments, too!

My book budget, bookshelves, and husband might not thank you for participating, but I do. ;)

Books I Finished

Well, this is a poor way to start.

Unless you count Acts and Romans, I didn’t finish any books in July.

Was it July when I finished Deep Work, or June? I can’t remember. Presumably journaling my reading like this will help.

Books I Started

I did, however, start quite a few.

I felt the need to tackle Aristotle for real and finally began. He says all men desire to know – so it seemed like an argument I needed to, well, know, before writing my Scholé Sisters talk on Learning Well.

I suppose I won’t be able to actually get very far before I’m compelled to begin writing (really, I should have started that already), but a scan of the introduction has at least helped me bookmark a few places to read before I wax eloquent above my pay grade.

I am almost a 1/4 through Pieper’s Four Cardinal Virtues. I went on a Pieper-collecting spree a year or two ago and finally started digging in. I wasn’t expecting it to apply to my current weight-loss plateau (because I don’t keep any disciplined plan – I only make them), but it totally did. The cardinal virtues are prudence (yeah, that’s where he nailed it), and temperance (I am guessing that more zingers are coming my way).

Books I Bought

Class this one under #ihomeschooltobuybooks and #itsnothoardingifitsbooks

Turns out my Pieper collection was still lacking, but not anymore!

Michael Arnaud is a retired pastor who now attends our church and he just published his books – so we were excited to buy it!

Favorite Commonplace Entry

This is about as fancy and elaborate as my commonplace journals get:

I’m a little smitten with paraphrasing now, after beginning the series at Scholé Sisters, paraphrasing (loosely) Leisure the Basis of Culture. So I decided to incorporate it into my Aristotle notebook.

Books I Caught the Kids Reading

Knox has been smitten with this book, which I think was either a thrift find or a library sale book: The Fall of Camelot.

I know the Vos Story Book Bible is one of the best out there, but I’ve never managed to consistently read it to my kids. So, I have Ilse reading it to Geneva and they both love this time together and love the book. Score!

My teens are at the point where they’re navigating their own book choices. My mom lent them Boys in the Boat, which they’re reading. My oldest loves to listen to Wodehouse on audio – I can tell when he is because of the snickering. My second will listen to Tolkien on endless repeat, but also is always on the hunt for another World War II book to read. Any suggestions?

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  1. Books Goodreads says I finished in July: How to Manage Your Home Without Losing Your Mind, The Wahls Protocol, 12 Rules for Life, and Decluttering at the Speed of Life.
    I didn’t buy any books in July!
    What my kids have been reading: It’s summer, so there is no assigned reading except that I just told my 10-year-old to read Made for Work everyday, which means they read the most random books ever and “twaddle.” Warrior Cats, Wings of Fire, Foxcraft, Survivors, etc. for my oldest, my middle was reading ALL of the Magic School Bus books, and other random science and nonfiction/”weird but true” type books, and I think my youngest has mostly been reading Lift the Flap math books (multiplication & fractions & decimals). Whatever. In a few days, it will be Emily of New Moon, 21 Balloons, and Stuart Little… and still those other random books when they are bored. LOL

    1. Stefani: What did you think of 12 Rules? I checked it out from the library but never cracked it open.

      1. I enjoyed reading the book, and I liked the psychological insights. I honestly don’t know if you’d like the book, Mystie. Maybe my Goodreads review (cut and pasted) would help.

        This book is worth five stars, but only if you understand what it is and isn’t.
        It is NOT a logical or philosophical argument or treatise. It is more like a storyteller weaving common sense, wisdom of the ages, rationality, and reality, with a good dose of a kick in the pants.
        It is NOT a Christian book. Anyone who thinks that Bible references make this a Christian book are sorely mistaken (and probably misunderstand anything even close to traditional Christianity’s teachings and beliefs). The Bible just happens to be the book of collective ancient wisdom that he is most familiar with, so he uses it more. I myself AM a traditional Christian and had to take some chunks of his Biblical interpretation with a grain of salt, though it was interesting to see it interpreted in the light of psychology.
        It IS a book you should probably already know the content of, yes, but that’s his whole point. Our current culture does not understand what culture is, does not value any of the good that comes from it (read the book and you’ll see!), and does not transmit it properly, making a book like this a necessity that never should have been a necessity.

  2. The British writer Michael Morpurgo who wrote The War Horse has also written many other books for children some of which are also about the Wars. I suggest Private Peaceful but there are others.

  3. I am currently reading Teaching From Rest and Consider This. I have started several others, ? but I have only read an intro or something and had to put them down because of overwhelm. My dear friend and I are doing a FB book club (just us, two is a club, right? ?) for Consider This! I am so pumped about this! I have someone who buys books like me and needs accountability to read them ? I am also greateful to be reading Teaching From Rest with her and another friend before school starts. I need to read How Should We The Live for my daughter finishing up Challenge 2 Western Cultural History. Can you read the excitement! ?

  4. I LOVE book posts! Books I finished in July: The Tech-Wise Family, The Lion, the Witch, and the Wardrobe (Yes, I’ve never read the Chronicles of Narina–finally getting to it now!), Prince Caspian, Salt Fat Acid Heat, Eve of Exile, and Sacred Marriage. I decided to only check social media once a week for the month of July–obviously it’s helped me ;) Books I started: Peace Like a River, Studying the Historical Jesus, Chronological Aspects of the Life of Christ, Voyage of the Dawn Treader. Books I purchased: Fit to Burst, Mere Motherhood, and Total Truth.

  5. This summer I have read or listened to all or part of: “Move your DNA”, “Decluttering at the Speed of Life”, “168 Hours”, “The Happiness Project”, “Dorthy and the Wizard in Oz”, “French Women Don’t Get Fat”, “The Jesus Storybook Bible”, “For the Children’s Sake”, “Grimms’ Fairy Tales”.

  6. Morpurgo is great! I, like you, did a lot of reading in July but not much finishing ;-). Books which I actually finished: Newport’s So Good They Can’t Ignore You, The Lost Books (Prineas), Code Word Courage (Larson), The Planets (Sobel), Of Men Microscopes and Living Things, Hidden Art (Schaeffer; re-read), Geronimo (Kjelgaard), and?? I should check my goodreads feed! There are lots of in progress books…. Finished Tom Sawyer with kids and started Circus Mirandus AND Railway Children with them. Oh–and the whole family is listening to Ender’s Game. #allbooksallthetime By the way, I really liked Tech-Wise Family. I’m going to do the Rabbit Room readalong of Culture Makers (also by Crouch) in August.

  7. What did I read in July? Let me grab my planner and I can tell you. Mostly Christian Fiction, I enjoyed Among the Poppies as it was WW1. I read lots of WW2 but this was the first WW1. It was good. When we were in the Imperial War Museum last year they had a trench that you could go through — that made it real. In addition, I finished Why We Sleep and Essentialism. I am currently reading Precious Remedies, Snow on the Tulips, and Disability and the Gospel. I am not sure I can tell you what I bought in July.

  8. Ooh, I love book discussions! In July, I finished skimming The Well-Trained Mind (again) and a fluffy book called The Centurion’s Wife. I rarely buy books as we have a large library system near us; but I started reading Surprised by Joy (and loving it!!!), the first book from Charlotte Mason’s series (can’t remember the title off-hand), Simply Clean, and Spiritual Disciplines for the Christian Life. My daughter staunchly declares that she doesn’t like any books but the “princessy magic books” (as I call them), and I have informed her that she needs to broaden her experience a bit; we’re trying to compromise by working a few mom suggestions into the mix but it’s been an uphill battle. She read one of the Upside Down Magic books – sigh! – and we’re reading Caddie Woodlawn aloud.

  9. I finished Our Island Story, The Life-Giving Home, and The Lion the Witch and the Wardrobe (this last one being a family read aloud). And then there were several others I spent some time in: Where the Red Fern Grows (insisted upon very strongly by my son), The Reasonableness of Christianity, A Wonder Book, The Bronze Bow (new family read-aloud), Archimedes and the Door of Science, and I’m slowly going through the New City Catechism (via app), if that counts as a book. I’m chomping at the bit to finish Ravi Zacharias’ autobiography (audiobook), but seeing as how my husband and I started that in June on a road trip and haven’t had another road trip together since, we haven’t found time for it. :-P It’s been a great read (or rather listen) so far.

    Have you read Unbroken by Laura Hillenbrand? It’s the story of Louie Zamparini and it’s a fantastic WWII read. It’s a rough/traumatic POW story and contains some harsh language, but it’s gripping and redemptive. Maybe not appropriate until the late teen years, but it’s a good one to be sure.

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