What I’ve Been Reading: September 2020

Short and simple reviews of the books I’ve finished lately.

Introverted Mom by Jamie Martin

This book has been on my radar for a while. I’ve loved other books by Jamie (Steady Days; Give Your Child the World) but I hesitated to pick this one up. I have found that avoiding parenting books is the best option for me. Too many differing viewpoints. But this is different. It’s about helping me, as an introverted Mama, find peace and joy in my daily life and not resent the little people who are constantly draining my energy and gumption. I loved it and have put several useful ideas into place already. This might need to go on the re-read periodically shelf for me because I need constant reminders of how best to replenish my soul.

The Lost Queen by Signe Pike

Loved this book about a strong heroine and the sacrifices we make for family/beliefs set in medieval Ireland. The setting is palpable, I was so taken in. I listened to the audiobook and loved the narrator and found myself wanting to speak in an Irish accent after I listened for a while.

Miracles and Other Reasonable Things by Sarah Bessey

This spiritual memoir was so engaging and beautifully written. I just love Sarah’s insights about living faith in everyday life.

The Silver Chair by C.S. Lewis

Maybe it’s just because I haven’t read this book as often as the others, but I didn’t love it like I wanted to. We listened to it in the car. The kids didn’t really even love it. What is your favorite of the Narnia series?

People of the Longhouse by Joseph Bruchac

This was our read aloud for the first school term. We enjoyed the explanations of daily life of Okwa’ri and Otsi:stia and their clanspeople. My son especially liked the description of the game (similiar to Lacrosse) that they played.

Ten Thousand Doors of January by Alix E. Harrow

Excellent adventure/quest YA book. Magical elements and strong female characters.

Bandersnatch: : C.S. Lewis, J.R.R. Tolkien, and the Creative Collaboration of the Inklings by Diana Pavlac Glyer 

Loved this exploration of the creative relationship between Tolkien, Lewis and the other Inklings. I do feel like it dragged a bit toward the end, but it inspired me to start an accountability/mastermind group with a couple of dear friends. Such an interesting look into the creative process and working in community.

What have you been reading lately?


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