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?