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:
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.
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:
PS - Yes, totally count everything you read in your book total.
Books I Caught the Kids ReadingJaeger 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.