Book Notes: May

A Charlotte Mason Companion: Personal Reflections on the Gentle Art of Learning by Karen Andreola:
I thoroughly enjoyed this book; I’d first tried to read a book by Charlotte Mason but didn’t get much past chapter 1. It was helpful to have someone “Translate” her into such a conversational, easy-to-read type of book. I am also happy to have discovered the Charlotte Mason way of homeschooling—homeschooling in general is pretty foreign to me, but I feel much confirmed in our reasons for wanting to homeschool and more informed in how to go about it.

Grace Notes by Rita Dove
For some reason I thought this was a newer book of hers (I sometimes grab books randomly from the poetry section while trying to simultaneously keep an eye on the girls). I liked it mostly except for section Four which was overly self-conscious in my opinion.

And Short the Season by Maxine Kumin
I almost couldn’t finish this book—lovely descriptive language here and there but it seemed to lack…heart or caring perhaps? It felt more like I was reading her writing exercises—none of the poems seemed like there was much invested in them, emotionally.


Imago Dei: An Anthology of Poetry Published in Christianity and Literature: a good anthology for its mix of styles and perspectives, all writing religious poems

Let Go by Francois Fenelon: A slim volume of letters a priest wrote to members of his congregation. Much on suffering and dying to self.

Reading to the Girls:
A Child’s Anthology of Poetry edited by Elizabeth Hauge Sword: Includes Seamus Heaney, Elizabeth Bishop, Robert Frost. Not your typical “children’s” poetry anthology. I’ve enjoyed reading the girls a mix of nursery rhyme poetry with legitimate modern poetry (they liked Bishop’s “The Fish” surprisingly well!)

Uncle Wiggly’s Storybook by Jim Weiss: I read this as a child (in fact, we’re using my childhood copy). Moralistic tales about a rabbit’s encounters with good and sick and well and bad children (who all reform in some way or other). The storytelling is in a charming tone, and I like that the vocabulary is complex for a book of children’s stories.


What have you read this month? Any book recommendations?

(linking up with Modern Mrs. Darcy–check out more book recommendations there!)


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