Wednesday, April 1, 2015

Reading Round-Up ~ March 2015

March Birthdays @ Mt. Hope Chronicles

March has always been one of my favorite months. All during my childhood, March meant spring break and birthday month because both of my sisters also have birthdays in March. The whole month was one big party, and my birthday wraps it all up on the 31st.

This year, I spent most of the day sitting in my messy house, drinking Dr. Pepper, eating pizza and chocolate, and reading books instead of cleaning. Now, this wasn't different from any other day of the year except that I felt a smidge less guilty about it. [grin] Russ ended up taking the kids out for the evening while I cleaned the house for a few minutes and then spent the rest of the time reading in peace. It was lovely.

I finished The Chosen by Chaim Potok earlier in the day, after reading aloud a few chapters from A Tale of Two Cities and Peter Pan. But then I began reading several books, one chapter at a time—mostly because I cannot read sentences like "Let education release his inviolable personal ideal and not impose the arbitrary and stultifying restraints of an extrinsic tyrannizing image" [Norms and Nobility] for more than about 5 minutes before I need a sentence such as "His long, amiable face looked as if it had generated spontaneously from his top hat, as white maggots breed from Gorgonzola" [Whose Body?].

As you can see, I’ve finished a few books, started several, and added some to the original list (which I’ve marked with *).

And, yes, I need to start writing up reviews.


The 2015 Book List Challenge


Lila: A Novel


The Sunday Philosophy Club

A Girl Of The Limberlost (ChocLit Guild)

The Brothers K

The Road


The Once and Future King

The Chosen


The Book Thief

*Whose Body? [in progress]

Clouds of Witness


Lord of the Flies

The Great Gatsby

Invisible Man

The Return of the Native

The Poisonwood Bible: A Novel

The Grapes of Wrath


A Tree Grows in Brooklyn

The Signature of All Things

*Godric: A Novel

Merry Hall [in progress]


Pride and Prejudice

Gulliver's Travels (An abridged re-telling)

Moby Dick

Paradise Lost (ChocLit Guild)

The Brothers Karamazov

The Lord of the Rings

Frankenstein [in progress]

No Name (Or something else by Wilkie Collins. ChocLit Guild)

Hamlet (CC Moms Book Club) [deep reading in progress]


The Iliad

The Odyssey

Children’s and YA Novels

The Door in the Wall (CC Challenge A)

A Gathering of Days (CC Challenge A)

Crispin: The Cross of Lead (CC Challenge A)

Where the Red Fern Grows (CC Challenge B)



Unbroken: A World War II Story of Survival, Resilience, and Redemption (ChocLit Guild)

The Greater Journey: Americans in Paris (ChocLit Guild)

The Hiding Place (CC Challenge B)

A Short History of Nearly Everything

Faith, Culture, and Education

The Pursuit of God (ChocLit Guild) [in progress]

Beauty Will Save the World: Recovering the Human in an Ideological Age (CiRCE Conference) [in progress]

Norms and Nobility: A Treatise on Education (CiRCE Conference) [in progress]

Leisure: The Basis of Culture

The Soul of Science (CC Parent Practicum)

Wisdom & Wonder: Common Grace in Science & Art (CC Parent Practicum)

Honey for a Teen's Heart

Invitation to the Classics: A Guide to Books You've Always Wanted to Read



*The Bronze Bow (CC Challenge A)

*The Question (CC Moms Book Club) [deep reading in progress]

*A Tale of Two Cities (reading aloud) [in progress]


*Alice in Wonderland and Through the Looking-Glass by Lewis Carroll

*Peter Pan by J.M. Barrie [read-aloud in progress]

*Heidi by Johanna Spyri

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