This summer, survival mode has meant that I’ve been reading less. Until this past month.
This month, I’ve been voraciously consuming old favorites and new finds in search of inspiration for the upcoming school year (we’re doing a little more structured pre-K at home this year–and by a little, I mean a little).
And I’ve been frantically downloading sequels on my Kindle at crazy hours of the day/night so I can just. find. out. what. happens. next.
I’ve read more this summer than is listed below, but these are the ones sticking out in my 20-weeks-pregnant-brain right now. (PS, it’s a boy! :))
What I’ve Read Lately
Oh, Madeline. You were a fascinating lady. I’m not sure how to categorize A Circle of Quiet (Memoir? Writing/motherhood/spiritual manifesto?), but while I expected to enjoy it, I didn’t expect to gain so much food for thought on writing, juggling work and motherhood, and living in community.
Some parts made me go “huh?,” others I hurriedly transcribed in my journal, and others left me in tears.
I told you here that I was afraid to pick this one up (after all, Elizabeth and Darcy’s story is sacred ground). But I’m so glad I did. The story clipped along, the characters were true to Austen’s original–lady Catherine’s lines were my fav–and the ending was satisfying.
Now to figure out how to watch the BBC adaptation.
Anne and Tsh talked about Emily of New Moon here, which prompted me to check it out.
It was the last book in the world I would have expected to not be able to put down. I mean, it’s about a nine year old girl, right? But I seriously could not put it down.
Then I downloaded the next two in the series and finished them all in three days. I’ve never met a fictional character I identified with so closely and I’ve rarely wanted to highlight in a fiction book so much (I couldn’t; it was the library’s).
Also? L.M. Montgomery is now solidly one of my favorite authors and people I would invite to a dinner party. (Do you have a famous people dinner party list? Mine is growing).
The bottom line? Start using your art/gifts/talents. Your skills may never be considered “great” in the eyes of the world, but you’ve got gifts and you should use them, even if it’s simply to enrich your life and the lives of people around you.
It’s a great message, but it could have been said in about half the pages. Ex: I didn’t need the three pages on what you can create with scrap leather.
Also? Maybe I missed something, but I don’t feel like it was the anti-feminist treatise that some have called it.
While I’ve mostly enjoyed the other books in this series, MacNeal’s fourth book felt a little meh. It’s well-researched and the history teacher in me liked the insights into Pearl Harbor and FDR and Churchill’s relationship. But as a mystery/action novel, it fell flat for me.
What have you been reading lately?
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