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What I’ve Been Reading Lately

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!

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  • Sheri Dacon May 15, 2016, 1:57 pm

    You had me at Hannah Coulter. Love that book. Try Jayber Crow next!

    • thisvintagemoment May 15, 2016, 4:14 pm

      It’s on my list! I’m now a fan of Wendell Berry.

  • Kendra May 15, 2016, 2:54 pm

    I love Big Magic and agree that is a book for everyone, even those who wouldn’t call themselves the creative type. I hadn’t heard of The Madwoman Upstairs but it sounds like something I would love; thanks for the recommendation. I might also need to read the bookstore book. I just finished The Storied Life of A.J. Fickry (amazing!!!) and now have dreams of opening a book store of my own!

    • thisvintagemoment May 15, 2016, 4:15 pm

      I loved The Storied Life of A.J. Fickry and Little Bookstore reminded me of it, in certain parts. Wouldn’t a bookstore be fun (and tons of hard work)?!

  • Elena Wiggins May 15, 2016, 10:58 pm

    These all look like great books! I added The Mad Woman Upstairs to my goodreads TBR list. I haven’t read any Bronte books (though I have watched the recent Jane Eyre movie and the BBC versions a few times), so do you think I would be lost in the Bronte history and references? I might save it to read after I have actually read some Bronte. THough I did read THe Bronte Plot by Katherine Reay this month and loved that. It definitely made me curious about the Bronte sisters and want to read their novels (its a crying shame that I haven’t yet!)

    I LOVED Little Bookstore of Big Stone Gap!! I read it a few months ago and it was such an endearing memoir!

    FOund you through QuickLit linkup. Here are the books I read in April: http://elle-alice.blogspot.ca/2016/05/april-book-reviews.html

    • thisvintagemoment May 16, 2016, 2:19 pm

      I’m so glad you found me! If you’re familiar with the story of Jane Eyre, you can read The Woman Upstairs. There’s definitely lots of references to the Bronte novels but nothing that takes away from the plot. Off to check out your reads!

  • GingerG May 16, 2016, 5:46 pm

    The Mad Woman Upstairs was in my latest library haul but I haven’t gotten to it yet. Glad to hear you liked it. I have high hopes. And yes, the cover is great. I LOVED Big Magic. It’s such an inspiring book.

    • thisvintagemoment May 18, 2016, 8:21 am

      I’m sure you’ll enjoy The Mad Woman, it was excellent. I’m so glad Big Magic resonated so well with you!

  • Katie May 18, 2016, 4:42 pm

    I loved Hannah Coulter. I now want to read all of Wendell Berrys fiction. I picked up a few fiction books this morning in hopes of getting stuck into one. One is call “While We Were Watching Downton Abbey” I think. Our current read-aloud is Superfudge by Judy Blume. The kids find it laugh-out-loud funny.

    • thisvintagemoment May 25, 2016, 5:36 pm

      I hope you get stuck in a good fiction book! I’m curious what you think of the Downton one!

  • Mary Kate May 19, 2016, 7:17 pm

    Big Magic is next on my TBR list and I can’t wait!

    • thisvintagemoment May 25, 2016, 5:36 pm

      It’s so great!

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