May’s reading has been a bit more varied and definitely had some fun elements to it.
In helping Miss J with her history/geography this spring, we have been reading aloud the information from Our Fifty States from National Geographic. It has been sort of fun to read some detailed information about each of the individual states.
Mud & Guts: A Look at the Common Soldier of the American Revolution by Bill Mauldin is a short paperback book at only 74 pages. But the information packed into those pages is so interesting. We tend to feel like we know a good bit about the soldiers of the revolution. But really, what we know is what the textbooks tell us about things like Valley Forge and such. Yes, the soldiers really did have it hard and Mr. Mauldin take a good look at their lives through primary source materials. These source include letters to giving details about clothing, medical care, and food. You will learn even more about the hard lives that the soldier chose in fighting for freedom from England. It is a simple enough read but one that would really benefit any student of American history.
The Candid Life of Meena Dave by Namrata Patel is a fun fiction book about the life of Meena. Meena is a photo journalist who spends her life jetting around the globe to shoot stories for all kinds of high profile media sources. This is suddenly thrown out of whack when she finds she has inherited an apartment in a group owned building in Boston from someone she doesn’t even know. In trying to maintain her life as she knew it and figure out the whole apartment thing, something happens to her and life shifts. Important things maybe are not so much anymore and unimportant things change position, too. This was a really enjoyable fiction read that I can recommend easily.
Confessions of A Proverbs 32 Woman: How I Went from Messed Up to Blessed Up Without Changing a Single Thing by Kerri Pomarolli is a funny, challenging read that I thoroughly enjoyed and recommend! Kerri is a Christian comedian in Hollywood where those two things don’t really go together. But she has made it work through her focus on God and His blessings. This is a hilarious look at life through the eyes of one who knows she isn’t all there and needs the hand of God in her life. Her honest look at her life and how she has refocused her thinking is a refreshing read and one that made me consider much of what she shared. As the back of the book states “If you’re tired of not measuring up, Kerri’s been there and shares how God and His Word will see you through even your most helpless moments.”
Walking Across Egypt by Clyde Edgerton is a strange little story about an older lady who may or may not be crazy but has quite the life regardless. She can’t keep a dog because she’s “starting to slow down” but she sure does a whole lot of things that don’t fit that description of herself. She has a great sense of humor and can laugh at herself while not really making a whole lot of sense in other ways. The town is a small one and word gets around about things pretty quick. The characters in the book are quirky, fun, a bit disturbing, and all around a group that I enjoyed. The title of the book comes from a hymn, as the lady plays hymns nightly, and thinks of this one as she remembers her childhood.
I’m still working through My Life In Him and Your Finances God’s Way. I sort of lost steam on the finances one. Still a good read and lots of interesting information but just kind of got lost with some other reads in the stack. My Life In Him is a year long daily devo reading so it’ll be a while before I finish it.
The last one to add for the month is another that will take me a good bit to finish. It is also a year long read if done according to design, which is read and then take a week to work on the challenge. I am spending a couple days on some of the chapters and considering things well but I haven’t really written anything yet. I may go through this twice and do some of the challenges for real. 🙂 The book is titled Revitalize: Breathing Life & Encouragement into Your Homeschool and it is authored by Chelli Guthrie. I am really enjoying the thoughts of this as each week’s lesson and challenge is rooted in a Bible verse and Bible principles. I really like that and have found a lot of food for thought so far. As I said, I haven’t written anything down yet but have taken some time to consider things such as what frustration vs disobedience looks like, how to consider plans in light of God’s directives, and praying over your homeschool AND each of your children.
All in all, a busy reading month and I have loved it! What have you read?
Lori, At Home.