What a crazy two months! Last month my computer died on the day that I was going to work on my September Nightstand. I was also sitting down to do my big homeschool planning for the year. When I finally got a new computer homeschool planning took precedence. I decided to just wait until this month to put up my post. Thankfully, homeschooling is going well even though my reading life feels kind of lost. Right now I'm just picking up books that look interesting that are sitting around my room. It is not very purposeful, but I am reading!
From July's Nightstand I read:
- Boundaries with Teens by John Townsend - This was a good read. It really is loaded with how to deal with a lot of different scenarios and if I read again I would probably just pick the parts that I felt I needed help with. Definitely a resource book.
- Curricle and Chase by Lizzie Church - Well vacation calls for Kindle reads and this was mine. I'm sure I got it free and it was worthy of free!
- The Bronte Plot by Katherine Reay - Kathrine Reay's book are quick reads. I can't say I enjoyed this book as well as Dear Mr. Knightley, but it helped me through a reading rut.
- The Most of P.G. Wodehouse by P. G. Wodehouse - I love P.G. Wodehouse, but short stories aren't my favorite. The golf stories and the Jeeves and Wooster stories were the best in this book.
- Once Upon a Prince by Rachel Hauck - So I love a good love story with the perfect ending. This book along with the others in the series (see below) were exactly that. Pure twaddle and deeply satisfying no matter how unrealistic they were!
- Princess Ever After by Rachel Hauck - see above
- How to Catch a Prince by Rachel Hauck - see above
- Miss Julia Inherits a Mess by Ann B. Ross - I am a big fan of Miss Julia and had to delve into the latest book. Miss Julia come to the rescue again and does it with her lovely southern charm and perfection.
- Caught Up In a Story: Fostering a Storyformed Life of Great Books & Imagination With Your Children by Sarah Clarkson - This was a encouraging read though some chapters seemed way to long and lost the focus of the chapter. I'm not sure if this was due to the author's writing or to just reading it on my Kindle.
- Hope for the Heart of the Homeschool Mom by Jamerril Stewart - Another Kindle free read that I've been reading on and off for a couple of months.
- Mere Motherhood: Morning times, nursery rhymes and my journey toward sanctification by Cindy Rollins - This was probably one of my favorite reads. From a mom who has been there and done that. Very encouraging for me in this season of life.
- The Reader's Odyssey: An Individualized Literature Program for Homeschooling Middle and High School Students by Dena Luchsinger - I was getting some ideas for my kids' literature lists. Of course, that is probably something I could work on until they graduate and still feel like I have missed the mark. I gained a few ideas so we'll call it good.
- The Royal Road to Romance by Richard Halliburton - After reading The Complete Book of Marvels we have become big fans of Richard Halliburton. I was pre-reading this to see if it was something that could be used for geography in the coming months which it passed the test. You can't beat learning geography while laughing, right?
- The Grand Sophy by Georgette Heyer - I decided to listen to this after listening to way too many podcasts and I just needed a break. Many people claim The Grand Sophy to be one of Heyer's best books, but while I find it enjoyable I believe there are others that are better.
- North and South by Elizabeth Gaskell - This story really reminded me of Pride and Prejudice in many ways though it dealt with way deeper issues. I'm glad I read it, but I have to admit I find Wives and Daughters by Gaskell more to my liking.
See what others have read over at 5 Minutes for Books.