What I’ve Been Reading

Every month, I’d like to post a short summary of the books I’ve recently finished reading. For the list of books I’m aiming to get through this year, click here. I am still working on finishing a large stack of “started” books, and slowly, progress is being made!

Running For My Life by Lopez Lomong. Ispiring and amazing story of survival, God’s provision, and the courage of a boy torn from his parents arms during church during war in South Sudan, all the way to the Olympics.

The Core by Leigh A. Bortins. Since next year begins my path in classically schooling our kids at home, I picked up this book by the founder of the increasingly popular Classical Conversations communities. It had some great ideas on “the how” and lots of inspiring “why’s” in regards to classical education.  I’ve read other books on classical education before, and this one goes on the stack of helpful resources.

An Everlasting Meal by Tamar Adler. And here is why I can never succeed as a perfect vegan, or even close to one. The chapter on eggs alone made me want to crack some open, cook them over easy, and dredge my toast in the gooey yolks. This is a sort of cooking memior, or more like an ode to cooking. Adler writes about how to cook without recipes, how to make use of every scrap, and what to do with the odds and ends and every morsel of leftover. The back of the book even contains instructions on how to redeem the things normally trashed, like burnt vegetables and rice bits stuck to the bottom of pans. I’ll likely have to read this again one day.

I’m literally pages (or rather, minutes, as I’ve largely listened to the audiobook), from completing Atlas Shrugged.  I’ll have to add that to next month’s post, but for now–wow. I can’t help but watch the news these days without listening to certain politicians and thinking “looters.”

Speaking of audiobooks, I’ve long tried to be successful in using the treadmill and reading at the same time, but it seemed impossible–too hard to see the words while keeping a good jogging or walking pace. I really prefer exercising outside, and feel like a gerbil on the treadmill, but sometimes (babys sleeping, rain outside, or it now being too hot for a pregnant lady to workout outdoors), the treadmill is the only option. I just have to have something to watch or think about to make it less painful. I do have a TV mounted down in our little basement gym, but what I really want to do is READ! I’ve recently discovered that listening to the audio book being read is the KEY! More on that later.

I’m linking this up to Modern Mrs. Darcy’s Twitterature link-up. Also note my links above are via my Amazon affiliate account.

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  • Anne @ Modern Mrs Darcy April 16, 2013, 4:04 PM

    I’ve heard so many good things about An Everlasting Meal but I’ve never read it. I enjoyed your little review–and I need to get to it, and soon!

    • Sarah April 18, 2013, 9:29 AM

      thanks, yes I really enjoyed it. a definite keeper. I read it on kindle but need to buy the hardback eventually.

  • Keri @ Growing in His Glory April 17, 2013, 2:29 PM

    I am considering CC for my daughter this fall, too. Have you read any other books by Bortins? I have The Core on my “to read list” but think she has some others as well. Just curious if you would recommend any others by her or other classical homeschool writers.

    Found you on MMD’s link-up.


    • Sarah April 18, 2013, 9:30 AM

      Hi keri. I haven’t read any of Bortin’s other books yet, but of course enjoyed Susan Wise Bauer’s books on Classical Education. THey are excellent as well. Best wishes on your decision! thanks for stopping by!

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