27 August 2010

My Summer Reading in Review

Remember my summer reading list? Well, I've been working hard on it all summer long. I admit that it was somewhat ambitious, but I like a good challenge.

Since August is almost gone and we start back-to-homeschool in a little over a week, now is as good of time as any to review my list.

Books I finished:
  • Before Green Gables, by Budge Wilson~As skeptical as I was about a different author adding to the Anne stories, I really liked this book. I thought that Wilson stayed with the spirit of L.M. Montgomery's writing very well. I think this story gives great background for the original series and it's worth the read.
  • The Glass Castle, by Jeanette Walls~What can I say? This book was amazing--and unbelievable--but it's actually an autobiography. Even thought there is a little bit of rough language and the story is heartbreaking, I definitely recommend it. It's quite eye-opening.
  • Hinds Feet on High Places, by Hannah Hurnard~This is an allegorical book (think: Pilgrim's Progress) and I have to say I had a hard time getting into it. By the end I was enjoying it somewhat though and there were definitely great lessons woven into the story. I haven't been able to convince myself to start the sequel yet though.
  • The Red Pony, by John Steinbeck~This was my first Steinbeck novel (I know, I know, shame on me). While I enjoyed his writing, the story was completely depressing and unresolved. Call me shallow, but I hate unresolved stories. Especially when they're depressing. I'm wondering if I'll enjoying any of this other, more well-known writings...
  • The Wright and Wingold trilogy, by Lisa Piper~I actually know this author in real life and these are her first three novels. I enjoyed reading them and plan to share more about them soon in a separate post.
  • The Well-Trained Mind, by Jessie Wise and Susan Wise Bauer~I loved this book! It helped to solidify some of my thoughts on homeschooling and give me some direction. It also has great resources listed inside! I really want my own copy since the one I read was from the library (Christmas hint, anyone?:).
With the kiddos:
  • On the Shores of Silver Lake and The Long Winter, by Laura Ingalls Wilder~We are nearly through this entire series. We have really enjoyed them! It'd been so long since I'd read them (and I don't think I ever actually finished the series) that they've almost been like new to me.
Currently reading:
  • A Movable Feast, by Ernest Hemingway
  • The Ministry of Motherhood, by Sally Clarkson
  • A Thomas Jefferson Education, by Oliver Van de Mille
  • The Little Town on the Prairie, by Laura Ingalls Wilder (with the kiddos)
So I guess I haven't done too badly, even if I didn't quite finish my original list. Frankly, I never want to run out of books to read and I'm pretty sure I won't {grin}.

How about you? Did you read anything wonderful this summer? I want to hear about it!!


Carrie said...

Oh, I love, love, LOVE Sally Clarkson ... she inspires me to cuddle my kids!!! ;)

Also, I felt the same way about The Well-Trained Mind ... *had* to have my own copy!! ;)

A friend just recommended The Glass Castle tonight on FB ... maybe I should check it out!! Thanks!

Lisa said...

Sounds like you had lots of happy reading time this summer!

I too think that Budge Wilson really did a great job of keeping the spirit of Montgomery's writing alive.

I did read a Steinbeck novel this summer, "The Moon is Down". It was actually used as allied propaganda during WW2. It is not overtly about Germany and any other allied or occupied country, but all involved knew that it was. It was illegal in any German or occupied country. It is very short and not as depressing as many of Steinbeck's books are.

I attempted to read the Grapes of Wrath, but ugh! it was slow and depressing and boring. East of Eden is better than Grapes of Wrath, from what I remember, although it isn't a happy story.

I'll be posting about my favorite summer reads soon :)

Lora @ my blessed life said...

I love Sally, too! Her books are so inspiring!

Lora @ my blessed life said...

Glad it's not just me when it comes to Steinbeck:)

Michelle M. said...

I love the Little House on the Prairie books! I can't wait to start reading those with my children.

I have to admit, I haven't done much reading recently :( I hope to get back into the habit once our lives are on a better schedule with school starting soon.

Amber said...

Wow. Good job! I can't say I've read a book all summer! Looks like a great list though!

D and A said...

What a great list! I have read many of them too. I use Well Trained Mind and really like Thomas Jefferson Education. If you have not read Leadership Education, I am in that one and it goes along with your other reads

Before Green Gables looks interesting and we are reading Little House here too.

Amy @ Missional Mama

Denise said...

I too love The Well Trained Mind. I would like to read A Thomas Jefferson Education. I am now following your blog & look forward to reading more.

Storybook Woods said...

I have not heard of before anne of green gables, I will have to check it out. Did I read anything? No, I was busy writting a book ;-P xoxox Clarice