What We’re Reading


I began an Audible subscription this summer and absolutely love it. I am able to “read” something on a regular basis that is not related to homeschooling – this feels beyond luxurious. And because of a well-timed sale on children’s audio books, I have been using Audible for homeschooling as well. We began the year with the Swallows and Amazons series by Arthur Ransome. We immediately fell in love with the Walker children and their adventures with Peggy and Nancy on Wildcat Island and finished the first book before I left for Wyoming. We are currently about half-way through the second, Swallowdale, and it is just as good as the first. Highly recommended!

On my walks, I am currently listening to Longing and Belonging by John O’Donohue. It’s 31 hours (!) of his books and lectures – all narrated in that lovely Irish brogue. John O’Donohue’s voice speaks directly to my soul. His poetic vocabulary of the eternal, of landscape, of threshold, of language itself helps me put words around spiritual concepts that define my personal relationship with the Holy. Let me just say, if I ever get to heaven and God turns out to be John O’Donohue, I will not be disappointed.

I am also reading a “real” book as well, LOL. The Gifts of Imperfection by Brene Brown has been sitting on my shelf since early summer after listening to her here. The book corresponds with the e-course I’m taking – which is fantastic by the way. I have completed the first art journaling lessons (which are very step-by-step, if you are new to medium, or find it intimidating). The combination of her candor and her depth make for a powerful experience.

And you? What are you reading these days? I would love to know.

8 thoughts on “What We’re Reading

  1. We just finished The Secret Water by Arthur Ransome. We truly enjoyed it too! I tried reading it aloud but I ended up purchasing the audio book. We LOVE audio books here too. It is nice to listen to a book on walks, drives, or while cooking.

    • I will check that one out.
      My boys are funny about audio books. We listen to them on long car trips, but if we start one for story time, we are only allowed to listen to it at story time at home. No listening in the car running errands or going to scouts.
      Hope you are well Sharon.

  2. I just finished Pride and Predjudice on vacation. I always love rereading that book. I am now reading Looking for Me by Beth Hoffman. I am also reading Out of Control by Dr. Shefali Tsabary in the attempt to bring some normalcy in my life with boys. I am glad to hear that you are enjoying the ecourse. I have that on my to do list. I need to carve out more time out for myself and my interests. I tend to get lost in the hustle and bustle of our homeschooling life.

    • Hey Blythe,
      We are making some changes here as well. I don’t know if it’s middle school or my own restlessness (probably a combination) but things are just not working like they used to. I am looking into CM’s concept of shorter lessons with an overall time limit for school. I still love homeschooling, but there are other things I want to do with my time.
      I’ll keep you posted.

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