– Jayber Crow by Wendell Berry: a thoughtful and thought-provoking story that made me think a lot about how much of our lives are directed towards buying rather than making.
– Hannah Coulter by Wendell Berry: an exquisitely written story of a woman’s life. Profound and deeply moving. I cried through more than half of the book either because of the sadness of it or because Hannah’s thoughts were so perfectly expressed.
– Green Dolphin Street by Elizabeth Goudge: an engaging story of two women who love the same man who can’t for the life of him pay attention to details, like names. This serves him ill in the most lamentable way, and the rest of the story is about the hard work of day-to-day love. About half the story takes place in wilds of New Zealand – so neat, seeing as my parents and brother and sister-in-law are there right now!
– In This House of Brede by Rumer Godden: a really, really interesting look at the life of nuns. The book focuses on Philippa Talbot, a woman living a posh life in London who gives up her career and home to become a nun. Fascinating!
James (5 years old)
– The Voyage of the Dawn Treader by CS Lewis (again!)
– The Last Battle by CS Lewis
– Excalibur by Hudson Talbott: the illustrations in this book about King Arthur are fabulous!
– My Book House #4 by Olive Beaupre Miller
– Frog and Toad Together by Arnold Lobel (reading with help)
– Dick and Jane stories (reading almost independently!)
June (3 years old)
– Autumn Story, Winter Story, Spring Story, Summer Story by Jill Barklem: June got this set of four books for her birthday and loves the stories of the little mice of Brambly Hedge. The illustrations are intricate and paint such lovely portraits of home life! Wendell Berry would approve. 🙂
– Miss Suzy by Miriam Young: delightful!