He ate and drank the precious words,
His spirit grew robust;
He knew no more that he was poor,
Nor that his frame was dust.
He danced along the dingy days,
And this bequest of wings
Was but a book. What liberty
A loosened spirit brings!
—Emily Dickinson, A Book
I was a voracious reader when I was a kid. Once I left school though, I stopped reading for the most part. There were certain Christian living books that I read from time to time, but not a lot and not consistently. Since becoming a part of the homeschooling community online, I have enjoyed seeing what other mums are reading when they post updates on their blogs. This has inspired me to read again and to read more widely. These mums introduced me to the classics and encouraged me to cultivate an atmosphere of reading in our home. So, I made it my goal to read a chapter of something each day.
In the hope that it might encourage you, here are the books on our nightstand this summer.
What Mum Is Reading
Fellowship with God by Martin Lloyd Jones
These are Jones’ sermons from 1 John, to compliment my own personal reading of 1 John
Selected Letters of Jane Austen
I find the everyday life of Jane Austen’s world fascinating. I’m a big Austen fan. I read one or two letters a week just for fun.
Grammar Book For You And I (Oops Me) By C. Edward Good
Can I tell you my deep dark secret? My knowledge of grammar is appalling. It’s shameful, I know. I’m hoping this book will help me with this oversight.
The Living Page by Laurie Bestvater
Loving this book about the power of Charlotte Mason notebooking. It has inspired me to keep my own commonplace book and encouraged me to be more intentional with our nature study notebooking.
School Education by Charlotte Mason (Online)
Gaining a more thorough understanding of the philosophy of education that I love, and how it works out practically as my eldest moves into 4th grade next year.
Emily of New Moon by Lucy Maud Montgomery (Kindle)
I started reading this to see if it would be appropriate to read aloud to my 5,7, and 8 year olds and found that I’d fallen in love with it for myself. I’m only in chapter 3 and it’s wonderful so far.
Hitchhikers Guide to the Galaxy by Douglas Adams, narrated by Stephen Fry (Audible)
Funny science fiction. What’s not to love. And Stephen Fry is brilliant to listen to. Hubby and I are enjoying this one together.
Read-Alouds with the Children
The Faraway Tree series by Enid Blyton
These were my very favorite when I was a kid. I’m glad to be able to share them with my children.
Grandpa’s Box by Starr Meade
Dad is reading this to us. Retelling the biblical story of redemption.
What the Kids Are Reading
Our 7-year-old has just started with the Little Bear books. They are so sweet.
I let the kids pick their own books but they have to bring them to me to approve. There were a hundred Halloween selections for some reason. I picked the nicest looking ones.
Our 8-year-old is a huge Marguerite Henry fan.
My eldest daughter reads so fast and so much that I cannot keep up with her. Because of this she rereads the books on her shelves over and over and over again.
Did I mention my daughter loves horse books?
I’d love to know what’s on your nightstand.