I get an absurd amount of pleasure from making plans and ticking to do boxes. I joke that list making must be one of my love languages.
It struck me as I made plans for a much needed 30 day digital declutter that I should be just as intentional about what I will be doing more of (quality leisure) as I will be about what I will be doing less of (mindless scrolling). So I thought I’d start by compiling a list of all the lovely books new and old that are on my radar and that I would love to tuck into over the summer months.
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I am well aware this is an ambitious pile – particularly when stacking them for a photo – but I’m feeling optimistic! I’m aiming to read 12 over three months. Anything I don’t read can make the cut for Autumn.
In a season of more pronounced frugality courtesy of Covid-19 I have resorted to “shopping the house” and scouring our bookshelves. So technically the list below is not of new books, just books that are new to me. The only exceptions are ‘Extraordinary Parenting’ (written by a local home-schooling mum I’ve connected with who has very kindly offered to drop her book off for me to read!) and Reni Eddo-Lodge’s book (which I picked up on Kindle in the wake of George Floyd’s murder).
- Beauty in the Word: Rethinking the Foundations of Education (Stratford Caldecott).
- Why I’m No Longer Talking to White People About Race (Reni Eddo-Lodge)
- Habits: The Mother’s Secret to Success (Charlotte Mason)
- Extraordinary Parenting: the essential guide to parenting and educating at home (Eloise Rickman)
- How to Teach Your Children Shakespeare (Ken Ludwig)
- Hints on Child Training (Henry Clay Trumbull)
- How to Raise a Wild Child (Scott D. Sampson)
- Surprised by Joy (C.S. Lewis)
- Pride and Prejudice (Jane Austin)
Sometimes a title looks promising, but I can’t connect with it at the time of reading it, or it gets bumped for a more pressing read. These books have been sitting in my ‘unfinished’ pile on my bedside table for months. I’d love to dive in and read all the way through to the end this time.
- A Philosophy of Education (Charlotte Mason)
- The Whole-Brain Child: 12 Proven Strategies to Nurture Your Childs Developing Mind (Dr Tina Payne Bryson and Dr. Daniel Siegel)
- The Celebration of Discipline (Richard Foster)
- The Laws Guide to Nature Drawing and Journalling (John Muir Laws)
- Blessing or Curse: You Can Choose (Derek Prince)
Re-reads and Refreshes
I am about to immerse myself in planning for our third home schooling year. These are some of the books that have been most inspirational and encouraging as a home-schooling parent thus far that I would like to brush up on. I will skim through some and read others more thoroughly as needed.
- Loving the little years. Motherhood in the Trenches (Rachel Yankovic)
- For The Children’s Sake (Susan Macaulay Schaeffer)
- A Woman After God’s Own Heart (Elizabeth George)
- The Call of the Wild and Free: Reclaiming Wonder in Your Child’s Education (Ainsley Arment)
- A Charlotte Mason Companion: Personal Reflections on the Gentle Art of Learning (Karen Andreola)
- Educating the Wholehearted Child (Clay and Sally Clarkson)
- The Brave Learner (Julie Bogart)
- My Kitchen My Classroom (Jennifer M Bly)
It’s been helpful to see how biased my booklists are towards parenting and education. I’ve made mental note to branch out more into novels and other subject areas once I’ve devoured this pile. If you have any recommendations in the way of education, parenting, marriage, discipleship, historical fiction and quality novels, do pop them in the comments below!
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I’ll leave you with a quote I found recently that made me smile…precisely because I constantly juggle three or four books at any given time!
“A wise woman…when asked how, with her weak physical health and many demands upon her time, she managed to read so much said, “Besides my Bible, I always keep three books going that are just for me – a stiff book, a moderately easy book and a novel, and I always take up the one I feel fit for.” That is the secret: always having something “going” to grow by”.Karen Andreola, The Charlotte Mason Companion
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