It’s been almost three months since I’ve caught my reading plans posts. For shame. Way back in July I made a few reading goals and I had about a 50% success rate with what I planned to read.
My goals were:
- to participate in Carrie’s Narnia reading challenge. I’m planning on reading one of the Narnia books out loud to the girls. I had to go back and look at old blog post, but apparently we started The Magician's Nephew last summer, but didn’t finish it. Must rectify this. (This is also the book selection/theme for July in the Reading to Know bookclub, fyi). We read and finished The Magician's Nephew at the very beginning of August, blogged here.
I’m considering picking up The Narnian: The Life and Imagination of C. S. Lewis , and reading it for myself. We shall see.I moved the book to my to-read pile, but that’s as far as I got. Ha.
- I started Wildwood: The Wildwood Chronicles, Book I on our way home from vacation on Saturday and have been dying for a pocket of time to get back to it. The cover artwork on this book drew me in when I spotted it at the library (and I think I remember a mention of this title on Melissa Wiley’s blog months ago.) Delicious. Fans of The Mysterious Benedict Society and The Incorrigible Children of Ashton Place series would be delighted by this book as well, I predict.
- I’ve also been slowly reading through The Well-Educated Mind: A Guide to the Classical Education You Never Had and want to keep plugging away at it. I’m getting inspired to read all sorts of classics. Still unfinished. Need to get back to this one.
What was actually read:
- Wildwood: The Wildwood Chronicles, Book I
- Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone (Book 1) (N1 asked if she was old enough to read this and I read it myself to remember – it had been a while. Then I was sucked into book 2).
- Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets (Book 2)
- Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban
- The Sweetness at the Bottom of the Pie: A Flavia de Luce Mystery (Flavia de Luce Mysteries) Enjoyed this light mystery. This was my 2nd attempt at reading it and got into it a bit more this time.
In August my only reading goal was The Girl Who Circumnavigated Fairyland in a Ship of Her Own Making for the Reading to Know bookclub. I made it somewhere between 1/3 and 1/2 way through the book before I fizzled out. The book itself wasn’t bad (i.e., bad language, inappropriate) but it was more non-sensical that I was able to focus on. Someone else may love it. I just couldn’t follow it.
I also read:
- Bloom: Finding Beauty in the Unexpected--A Memoir by Kellie Hampton
- Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire (Book 4)
- Harry Potter And The Order Of The Phoenix
- 7: An Experimental Mutiny Against Excess by Jen Hatmaker
As you can see, I continued the trend of being sucked into HP. To be honest, those made the list because I have read them enough that I can pick them up and read 1-2 pages (if that’s all the time I get) and still stay with the story. For the most part, the month was just too crazy.
That said, of the two new books that I did read, I am glad that I fit in time for both of them. 7 was good. Really good and hard and gave me much to think about. I read this in three days while we were in Chattanooga, in the evenings when we sat in the hotel room. I couldn’t put it down. Still process on this so much and what I will be taking away from it. Hopefully I can blog more on it later. The incourage book club (bloom) is reading through this right now, and on my to-do list to it get over and watch the video discussions of the book.
For September, I would like to read:
- A Million Miles in a Thousand Years: How I Learned to Live a Better Story. I purchased it for my Kindle for a song and it’s waiting for me to dive into.
- I still want to read Animal, Vegetable, Miracle: A Year of Food Life by Barbara Kingsolver … not sure this is the month, but…
- finish Little Town on the Prairie with the girls and start a new chapter book. I’m thinking we may return to Maud Hart Lovelace and a little Betsy-Tacy, but not sure…
Right now, it is hard to make a reading list (for myself) when the days have been so full (and good) that I have had next to zero minutes to sit and read. It just been a busy season! I’d love to participate in Katrina’s Fall into Reading Challenge and may to spur me on a bit more. This Saturday we have zero events on the calendar, besides the normal home-upkeep, pick up a few groceries, etc. I have grand plans of sitting on our patio during a little boy’s naptime and just reading something this Saturday, even if only for a few minutes. We’ll see how that pans out for me. : )