Schole Sisters 5×5 Challenge

The Scholé Sisters 5x5 Challenge has an open-ended format: five books in five categories. Because I have fiction covered well with the Back to the Classics Challenge and The Literary Life's 20for2020 Challenge, I decided to pick five non-fiction books that aligned with my vocations. Since I read only one non-fiction book in all of 2019,…

20for2020 Reading Challenge

Hosted by The Literary Life Podcast, this new reading challenge excited me from the get-go, but I was immediately overwhelmed by the ladies in the Facebook group that printed out the list and wrote their selections in ink. I have always done my Back to the Classics Challenge digitally with the expectation that I would…

Jayber Crow

Jayber Crow by Wendell Berry made Circe's list of 11 novels every Christian should read, so I added it to my booklist for the year. I wasn't motivated to actually get it from the library, though, until I saw that the Circe podcast Close Reads was going through the book. I started reading soon after getting home from having…

October Read-Aloud Books

School has slowed down around here, but it's not just that I'm in my last month of pregnancy. We still operate from a "don't offer, don't refuse" perspective when it come to most school activities, especially with Eliza and Miri. The girls have asked for math almost every day, but they haven't noticed that we…

Well-Educated Mind Booklist

Last September, I had a goal to read through the list of novels included in Susan Wise Bauer's The Well-Educated Mind. I set my timer for 10 minutes a day and started on Don Quixote (1605). This year, when I took our back to school pictures, I realized that I had allowed myself to get bogged down…

Rereads: Persuasion

The Crofts are coming to Kellynch tomorrow! I read the Austen canon last year, but after getting bogged down in my other fiction reads, I zipped through Persuasion this week. Anne is my favorite Austen heroine, perhaps because she seems more human with her blushes and subtle maneuvering. Sadly, though, at 35 weeks pregnant, I…

Rereads: Louisa May Alcott

I knocked out five Alcott books this month! (I count Little Women and Good Wives separately, even though they have been published together since the second book was written.) Behind a Mask, or a Woman's Power. I've known for ages that Alcott wrote pot boilers, but I didn't know how to track one down. Behind a…

Summer Books

MacKenzie's participation in The Classics Challenge inspired me to read a new set of books this summer. I waited until she reviewed them so I could skip the duds and couldn't find some for free online or through my library, but I'm proud to say that I read new classics this summer! Links go to a…