Reads for Mama
Pride and Prejudice by Jane Austen
This was a re-read for me, joining in with the Motherhood and Jane Austen Book Club. We are reading through all of Jane Austen’s novels this year and interpreting them through the motherhood lens. Growing up with 4 younger sisters, I have always felt a bond to the Bennet girls. I am more grateful than ever that my mother is not at all a silly woman like Mrs. Bennet!
Wonder by R.J. Palacio
Ellie and I both flew through this book in less than a day. It is sweet, sad and inspiring all at once.
A Homemade Life by Molly Wizenberg
Molly’s dad reminds me so much of my own that I was immediately absorbed by this book. So did the fact that we both grew up in households where good, real food and friends to share it with were prized above almost anything else. A lovely story about life, love and food. I’ve already made a couple of her recipes and, not surprisingly, they were delicious.
Gift from the Sea by Anne Morrow Lindbergh
Beautiful and timeless. I fell in love with Anne Lindbergh after reading her daughter’s memoir No More Words: A Journal of My Mother Anne Morrow Lindbergh, and can’t believe I’ve waited so long to read anything by Anne herself. I found I was writing down full passages in my commonplace book, I so loved her writing style and the imagery she used in writing about motherhood, womanhood and finding time to be quiet.
Sarah’s Key by Tatiana de Rosnay
Heartbreaking. Jason and I watched this movie a while ago, so I already knew the story. But reading the book was still absolutely heartbreaking. It’s beautiful, but don’t say I didn’t warn you. π
To Kill a Mockingbird by Harper Lee
Oh, how I adore this book! I re-read it this month for book club and loved it even more than the first time. It was especially poingnant for me after the adoption of our sweet Elijah. One of the best stories ever written about acceptance and the inherent worth of all people.
Anne of Green Gables by L.M. Montgomery
This was another re-read for me, but the Anne series is at the top of my all-time favorites list. I adored sharing Anne with Ellie. And now Ellie talks about how “romantic” things are frequently. We read this aloud, but also listened to the audio dramatization on Librivox. We enjoyed it for the most part, but I must admit that a few of the voices drove us a little crazy. Diana Barry was played by an older woman, and it really didn’t work for us. Luckily, we really liked almost everyone else.
What the Witch Left by Ruth Chew
A cute, fun little story about everyday magic. I happened upon this while waiting for Ellie to gather some books at the library, and I’m so glad it did. Both Ellie and Ethan loved it and begged for more chapters each time we read.
Also, check out our Olympics Study for more books we read this month.