Sharing what I’ve been reading lately, fiction and non-fiction as well as our current read aloud which has been a favourite. I’d love to hear what you’re reading lately in the comments and then head over to Modern Mrs. Darcy for many more titles!
Every year or so I like to read a book on childhood and parenting to remind myself of the direction we are choosing to go with our family and because I find the study of people so fascinating. This book I picked up on a whim when we were in Lunenburg , I’ve read Honore’s first book In Praise of Slow, years ago and it inspired some big changes for us. I don’t think our children are under pressure, we’re pretty big fans of slow and simple living but this book was a good read nonetheless. I appreciated his current take on kids and screen time, the reality of balancing activities with free play and reading stories of forest schools around the world.
I love a good twist on a classic or fairy tale and this book did not disappoint. Samantha is the last of the Bronte family and is heir to a legacy by her father, if she can figure out the treasure hunt he laid out for her with clues in the Bronte novels. There is much speculation as to what this legacy is and Samantha is constantly finding herself the centre of attention as she tries to find out just what her father actually left her. It’s a great read of a girl who grieves the loss of her father and life as she knows it and comes to embrace her family’s history. It’s littered with references to all the Bronte novels (obviously) and quite a few other classic works as well. And I would be lying if I didn’t say that the cover art moved it to the top of my to-read pile.
It is rare for me that I take nearly a month to read a fiction book but Hannah Coulter had me re-reading passages, copying poignant paragraphs, wishing I could travel to Kentucky and renewing my library copy a few times. It is at its heart, a simple story of one woman’s life but it is also the story of an era in American history using Hannah Coulter and her family as the main players. This was my first Wendell Berry but it’s definitely not my last.
I read this book in two stages- the first time I read as much as I could in the seven days I had it from the library in a quick read loan. I finished it after a friend handed me her library copy and offered up her thoughts on it. It’s a book that is for everyone because I believe firmly that everyone is a creative of sorts, everyone has something that fires them up. But just as everyone has something that they are passionate, they also have fear or negative emotions about that thing. This book speaks right to that fear and it is hugely inspiring.
I think every book lover at sometime or another has a daydream to open a bookstore, I’m no different and so I loved reading this memoir of one couple who did just that. It’s an honest read telling of the uphill climb to make a bookstore work in an unlikely sort of place. But it’s also the memoir of people who really like books and the community that came from opening a bookstore.
This is the book I’m currently reading aloud with the girls, I grabbed it on a whim based on the cover (sense a theme yet?) thinking it was by A.A. Milne. It’s not but it’s a delightful collection of stories of the characters of the 100 Acre Wood with some new friends for Piglet, Pooh and Rabbit. It started us on a treasure hunt of the true story of Winnie the Pooh and anytime a book sparks a whole new world of exploration, it’s a winner. Plus the illustrations are beautiful and plentiful.
I’d love to hear what you’re reading lately and what books you’re reading with your little ones!