a reading list.

sundays are good for reading.
so here is some of what i've started reading, have read and am reading with the kids.
(from top to bottom)
1. (wind in the willows) BEAUTIFULLY written. i love this one. the kids, not so much. but i'm pressing on and forcing it on them. i guess there just aren't enough wizards or lions or battles in it for their tastes. ;)
2. started on mother's day. crazy that it's set right here in OR. i became unsure about the story half way through, but i am sure i keep hearing "jesus is fond of you." in my head which seems like a good thing.
3. i love me some anne lamott. wish she was my friend. just started this one...
4. great little diddy from susan schaeffer macaulay on our responsibility to educate our children... at home or school. (highlights charlotte mason's thoughts on education) helpful and encouraging.
5. Going Public is a book written to encourage christian parents that their kids can thrive in public school. i am really thankful to be reading this one. their example as parents is really encouraging.
6. (world without end) what to say about ken follett? Pillars of the Earth was another world that i LOVED to visit for the month or so that it took me to read... this one is his sequel. i started it, but then took too long of a pause, so i will probably start it again once life settles a bit. (HA!)
7. a book given to me by another pastor's wife in seattle. written by jerram barrs (love him) about God's perspective on women in the bible. i haven't gotten far enough to comment about this book, but i am passionate about women having value and a voice in the christian community... maybe the book will speak to that. (anyone read it?)
8. and a goodwill find for a few bucks. great stories, nice pictures and crowd pleasing at our house. ;)
9. (not pictured) Death by Suburb... started today... LOVE it and feel that it's going to make me think. ironically, we have moved out of the suburbs and into city life here in portland, but i still think this book is going to speak to the "american way of life" in general regardless. i'm looking forward to reading more.

i'd love to hear any book recommendations you have or thoughts about any of the above that you've read!!


amy said...

thanks...i was just looking for something good to read! :)

april said...

would love to know what you think of number 7 as you go along...I worked for him when he was writing it so I got to read some chapters before hand and helped him research some things from time to time. love that man. i don't know all of what it says, but i can only guess what he says in it based on the way he treats and interacts with women.

Elizabeth Dark Wiley said...

Love this idea. I might steal it. My blog has been dead for awhile now. Like April, I'd love to know more about #7, or just your thoughts on women's voice in the christian community. Thanks for posting. I'm glad to know these things.

Jean Joiner said...

i'm reading water for elephants right now and i'm really enjoying it. allen stole my copy from the library so i just requested a new one. i guess we're both reading it now. it's been out for a while so everyone else has probably already read it. i'm behind the times. i'm planning to read the shack next.

Amanda said...

Where do you find the time to read that much??? I haven't read an entire book from cover to cover since AC was born almost 3 yrs ago! Hoping to read something at the beach in a couple of weeks...:)

jess said...

so excited you told me about going public the other day. i'm sharing that rec w/ a friend and will start it soon. i'm still 1/3 of the way through the follett book. i want to read some jerram barrs, too. doesn't margie haack like him?
thanks for this list. you know i love your recs!

Lizard said...

we love wind in the willows. I suggest that it makes a great audio CD, because of all the voices. Thats how my kids listen to it and they like it.

Lizard said...

Oh and I would love to know your thoughts on Death by Suburb. Thought provoking, but didn't love his writing style.

BKicklighter said...

I went to the class based on Jerram's book - good stuff. Love to hear what you think of it.

Can you post the story of how you ended up where you are???

travelingstacey said...

One of my all time favorites is Jane Eyre. It's about time for me to pick it up again. I mostly read Christian fiction right now, but I look forward to being able to read some fun chapter books with the kids when they get older...Chitty-Chitty Bang Bang, Hatchet, The Westing Game are all good! :-)

Angie Davis said...

nice list. looking forward to world without end, and now i've added 4, 5 & 9 to my "to read" list. just need to put down this silly teen fiction that someone just gave me. did i just say teen-fiction? surely i'm kidding.