September in Books

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So I have a new rule for these monthly book posts. I can’t include any book in my “currently reading” stack that I haven’t actually read in that month. Sometimes books get put on hold, and that’s ok, but I’m not really “currently” reading it if I’m not picking it up.

I think it will force some honesty, which is always good!

Books I Finished

So back in April Pam raved about Louis L’Amour’s novel, Lonesome Gods. While we were recording the last Scholé Sisters podcast episode (yes, while), I bought a cheap paperback copy as airplane reading.

An airplane is the best place for story grip.

Between the flights to and from Chattanooga, I finished the novel.

It’s worth raving about.

I also finished Donald Miller’s Building a Story Brand. Several people in a short amount of time – including my Dad – recommended it to me, which I always take as a sign (excuse?) to move a book to the top of the stack. It was surprisingly helpful and not gimmicky – part of the message was actually humility, which I appreciated. Turns out being truth-oriented is good long-term strategy for any business. Whoduthunk?



Books I Started

Besides starting (and finishing!) Lonesome Gods, I also finally began Eve in Exile and the Restoration of Femininity by Rebekah Merkle and The Golden Booklet of the True Christian Life by John Calvin (excerpted from The Institutes).


Books I Bought

I didn’t even buy any books this month!! It’s a miracle.

Favorite Commonplace Entry

At the Scholé Sisters retreat, someone asked if we commonplace from novels. Not most, but Lonesome Gods had some very pithy bits worth adding to the collection:

lonesome gods quotes in commonplace

he who ceases to learn is already a half-dead man

There were so many thoughts in this novel that were affirmations of everything I said in my Scholé Sisters talk about scholé that it was a delight and comfort and confirmation to read it going to and from that event.

Read All.The.Books

Here is the scary list of all the books I’m currently reading (or supposed to be reading) that I’ve been avoiding listing out:

My Rotating Stack

 

My Long-Haul Stack

My Pre-reading Stack

I should probably call it “co-reading” or “post-reading,” really.
 

School Read-Alouds



PS - Yes, totally count everything you read in your book total.

Books I Caught the Kids Reading

Jaeger finished Eric Metaxas’ Bonhoeffer. It was a birthday present back in May, and he started it but then put it aside for several months. With a loss of screen privileges came greater motivation to read a hefty paper book (go figure), and he picked it up again. He said that the beginning was interesting, but then it was slow for awhile, which is why he stopped reading. However, as soon as the Nazis came on the scene, it was a page-turner again.

Ilse discovered Encyclopedia Brown this month. She says his cleverness always surprises her, and she does peek ahead to see answers. Her piano teacher commented, “Oh, yes, those are funny books, aren’t they?” when she saw her reading one after her lesson, but Ilse replied, “Oh, no! They’re really interesting!”

Last week Knox bemoaned the fact that he was bored of reading. He’s read and reread every fantasy book in our possession (and there’s no shortage). He rarely branches out of his preferred genre. So I suggested that maybe he needed a little genre change-of-scene and offered a non-fiction pick for him: Practical Happiness: A Young Man's Guide to the Contented Life by Bob Schultz.

“But mom,” the 8-year-old said, “it says it’s for young men.”

“I know,” I replied, “but I think you’re close enough - and you’re definitely smart enough - and I think you’ll find it interesting.”

He visibly stood up a little straighter and went straight to the couch with it.

My personal opinion is that by the time boys are within the target audience age range, they’re either not going to read it or they’re not going to be receptive.

My advice: Get these ideas in those heads before the hormones hit.

What have you been reading?
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  1. Stefani Mons
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    I didn’t buy any books either!

    Books I finished in September:
    A Latin-Centered Curriculum (Lots of religious resources that are sorely lacking in Well-Trained Mind, and other good tidbits, so a very good read)
    Treasury of Egyptian Mythology (aloud, for kids’ Literature)
    Gilgamesh the Hero (aloud, for kids’ Literature)

    Books I read in September, but haven’t finished yet:
    Convict Conditioning
    On Calvinism (so close to being done on this one!)

    Goodreads tells me I’m “3 books behind” my goal for the year (24/36) so I have got to pick up the pace here!

    I’m also reading Familia Romana with my oldest for Latin (supplemental), but we’ve been reading it for a long time, and I doubt the end is in sight for this year either.

    What my kids are reading:
    8th grader: Emily Climbs, “Rat books” (research for Speech and Debate), Ecclesiastes (also for Speech and Debate), and some slew of “Erin Hunter” books that I can’t keep track of.
    5th grader: Alexander the Great and Ancient Greece, The Silver Chair, Lots of Magic School Bus books, Speak up and Get Along, Weird or What, and Lego magazines/books
    3rd grader: Trumpet of the Swan… and who knows what else… this one seems to be allergic to reading sometimes….

  2. Betsy
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    That Calvin book is so good! I need to reread it because it is packed with powerful sentences.

    I won’t list all my September reads here, but I did just finish re-reading Peace Like a River by Enger and loved it more the second time. I also just finished My Name is Asher Lev, a book that has been on my mental to-read stack for approximately 20 years. Loved it and loved the feeling of finally reading it!

    • Abby Wahl
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      Betsy, I love Chaim Potok’s writing and the richness and depth of the Jewish culture, I haven’t read Asher Lev but I’ve read many of his other novels.
      I finished 6 books in September, most were audiobooks. I also walked a lot. Best book of the month I read with my teen and pre-teen, Okay for Now by Gary Schmidt we all couldn’t stop talking about it.
      We are reading Created for Work (by Bob Schultz) as a Morning Time read aloud, my kids all like his stories. I try my very best not to moralize or look at anyone, so as to call attention to certain character traits. Letting the book talk is a better choice.

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