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    The original (and ironically long) thread is somewhere in the bowels of the MP Forums. So I’m start-tinuing another one. I don’t “read” much, but my Audible subscription gets a workout each month. However, I was unsatisfied with the books that were in my queue to be read, so I returned all that I was allowed and started over. CS Lewis said that adults shouldn’t have to read what they don’t like, but my queue was full of books that I “thought I should be reading” instead of books that I truly wanted to read. Thankfully, Audible has an amazing return policy. So back they went. Some of my selections are probably not considered “great reads” by any top-ten lists (“The Book of Lost Things”) but some are (“The Decline and Fall of the Roman Empire”, “O, Pioneers!”). And some just tickle my curiosity (“The Victorian City: Everyday Life In Dicken’s London”). I also have a few obligatory spiritual books (“Introduction To The Devout Life”, etc.)

    Just finished “The Butchering Art: Joseph Lister’s Quest To Transform the Grisly World of Victorian Medicine”. It was gratifying, but hard to listen to while cooking or eating. Let us count ourselves highly favored to have been born in a time that benefits from Dr Lister’s work. Before germ theory really took hold in the world of medicine (and in parallel, when surgeons were no more than educated meat packers) surgery for even common ailments was an unmedicated, unsatinary, death sentence. I had no idea the filth of Victorian hospitals and what passed for hygiene. An eye-opening listen. Recommended, with reservations.

    I just started “Jordan County”, by Shelby Foote. We lost a national treasure when Mr. Foote passed away, as anyone who has ever seen Ken Burns’s “The Civil War” may recognize. His eye for detail and his ear for dialogue are not only superb, but superbly Southern — a treat, so far. I half-expect RC Cola and Moon Pies to make an appearance shortly, though that may be too obvious a detail for Mr Foote.

    In print, I have decided on my Lenten study for the year. “Above All” by Elizabeth Foss. https://www.amazon.com/dp/1983754536..._P8mCAbTJW6RYG
    (I hope that link works!) It is heavy! Not for someone who wants a light and breezy romp through Lent (which is exactly what I was looking for). So many Lenten devotionals are pretty but unsubstantial. And that’s fine during seasons when you just can’t handle one. more. THING! But I miss a good, deep study on the Passion that is also well-laid out and lovely. This study manages all three.

    So, what are y’all reading?
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    Re: OT: What are y’all reading?

    I am reading Kristin Lavransdatter, and listening to Blackout by Connie Willis. Those are my two main books, but I am taking smaller, less frequent bites of others. Oh, I'm also listening to a Great Courses on Ancient Rome (I started it on the drive to Sodalitas last summer, and I've gotten about two-thirds of the way through!)
    Heather

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      I finished KL just before Christmas and I haven't picked up anything else. I could use an entire year to contemplate that read. <3

      Actually, I am trying to barter for the other KL translation (I read Nunnally's and now want to read Archer's) since I am a dope and took a dare from my husband to not buy books for a year and I'm too prideful to back down. If you have the Archer translation and you'd be interested in trading it for homemade preserves, out-of-style clothing and/or thrift store tchotchkes, please let me know.
      Mary

      DD14 - 9th core + CLRC Ancient Greek I & Latin IV + VideoText math
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        Re: OT: What are y’all reading?

        Oh friends, I am in a bad way. Should I just attach a photo of my nightstand book tower? I'm reading far too many things at once, almost all non-fiction. I have several talks to give in the spring and summer and I binge on everything I can get inside so that when it's time to talk, it comes our more easily.

        I'm spending most of my time right now in Ideas Have Consequences (Weaver) and Beauty for Truth's Sake (Caldecott). I'm also grabbing bits of The Great Courses' The Life and Writings of CS Lewis (Taught by Markos). Wow. That's one I might just have to buy. I'm listening to a library copy.

        My one non-fiction is MacDonald's Phantastes which is delightful, but I've stalled out in favor of all the non-fiction. Sometimes all the stars align and all your books start saying the same things but with different words. It's positively magical!

        I'm taking an audio book break for the month on February and hope to listen to the New Testament during that time. I hope I can get through the whole thing!

        Speaking of resurrection, thank you Anita for resurrecting this discussion. I always learn so much from you friends.
        Festina lentē,
        Jessica P

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          BOOK DISCUSSION. Irresistible.


          Since I received a year-long subscription to the Modern Mrs Darcy book club as a Christmas gift from my oldest, I have been keeping busy with that. The discussions are terrific, even when my opinion varies. I read Deep Work in January (not as applicable to my life, but interesting), and now This Must Be the Place. Well plotted marriage-tale about loving the one you're with, not the person you'd wish he was.

          I'm now reading Emily of New Moon, a lesser well known book by LM Montgomery. Emily is NOT Anne-with-an-e, although the writer reuses some of Anne's adventures and personality in the book. Emily is Anne through the looking glass: inverted, mirror opposite. I am curious to see where Emily ends up, because Anne always ends up "correct".

          As for non-fiction, I am reading Interior Castle again, and spending way too much time with personality types. My husband is being groomed for a promotion and continues to attend leadership courses which seem to focus on personality paradigms. I do find this topic fascinating; it touches my need to analyze EVERYTHING quite nicely. [As if I didn't already know everything there is to know about this man after 34 years!]



          Jen
          DS, 26 yrs, graduated from MIT (Aerospace), recently completed the design and execution of unhackable military software... in his spare time.

          DS, 24 yrs, graduated from SIU's School of Business, ENGAGED!

          DD, 21 yrs, Senior in Education at The Catholic University of America in Washington, DC

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          All homeschooled.

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            Originally posted by Jen in Japan View Post
            BOOK DISCUSSION. Irresistible.


            Since I received a year-long subscription to the Modern Mrs Darcy book club as a Christmas gift from my oldest, I have been keeping busy with that. The discussions are terrific, even when my opinion varies. I read Deep Work in January (not as applicable to my life, but interesting), and now This Must Be the Place. Well plotted marriage-tale about loving the one you're with, not the person you'd wish he was.

            I'm now reading Emily of New Moon, a lesser well known book by LM Montgomery. Emily is NOT Anne-with-an-e, although the writer reuses some of Anne's adventures and personality in the book. Emily is Anne through the looking glass: inverted, mirror opposite. I am curious to see where Emily ends up, because Anne always ends up "correct".

            As for non-fiction, I am reading Interior Castle again, and spending way too much time with personality types. My husband is being groomed for a promotion and continues to attend leadership courses which seem to focus on personality paradigms. I do find this topic fascinating; it touches my need to analyze EVERYTHING quite nicely. [As if I didn't already know everything there is to know about this man after 34 years!]



            Jen
            “Interior Castle” as in St Teresa of Avila? Or a different book by the same name? If the former, you are my People. If the latter, my curiosity is piqued.
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            “Have no fear of moving into the unknown. Simply step out fearlessly knowing that I am with you, therefore no harm can befall you; all is very, very well. Do this in complete faith and confidence.”
            ~Pope St John Paul II

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              Re: OT: What are y’all reading?

              Originally posted by Anita View Post
              “Interior Castle” as in St Teresa of Avila? Or a different book by the same name? If the former, you are my People. If the latter, my curiosity is piqued.
              Yes, Teresa of Avila. She is a favorite of mine.

              Full disclosure. I have read the translated text, but found it difficult to focus, so I turned to and purchased "The Classic Text with a Spiritual Commentary by Dennis Billy, S.Ss.R." The commentary is very good and helps to summarize the big picture before reading snippets of the translation. Very helpful.


              Jen
              DS, 26 yrs, graduated from MIT (Aerospace), recently completed the design and execution of unhackable military software... in his spare time.

              DS, 24 yrs, graduated from SIU's School of Business, ENGAGED!

              DD, 21 yrs, Senior in Education at The Catholic University of America in Washington, DC

              DS, 11 yrs, 6M: complete!

              All homeschooled.

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                Originally posted by Jen in Japan View Post
                Yes, Teresa of Avila. She is a favorite of mine.

                Full disclosure. I have read the translated text, but found it difficult to focus, so I turned to and purchased "The Classic Text with a Spiritual Commentary by Dennis Billy, S.Ss.R." The commentary is very good and helps to summarize the big picture before reading snippets of the translation. Very helpful.


                Jen
                My life’s goal is to be an active tertiary Carmelite. You may have just gained “girl crush” status from me. Very few people can talk Mystical Theology with me. If you are avid St John of the Cross, St Thérèse of Lisieux and Edith Stein reader, we may have to meet in person.
                Boy Wonder: 10, MP2/SC4 (Special Needs)
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                Snuggly Cowboy: 6, MPK
                Sweet Lightness: 2, Reverse-Engineering Specialist

                “Have no fear of moving into the unknown. Simply step out fearlessly knowing that I am with you, therefore no harm can befall you; all is very, very well. Do this in complete faith and confidence.”
                ~Pope St John Paul II

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                  Re: OT: What are y’all reading?

                  I am an extroverted reader, so I am in WAY too many book clubs.

                  I am reading The Ragged Trousered Philanthropist for my classic book club. I didn't pick this book, and it is pretty much socialist propaganda. BUT---It is an interesting read because you can see (in detail) how the working class might have lived in the early 1900s in England. I'm finding it interesting to read about what mothers were feeding infants, to how things were decorated (oil cloth on floor and walls?), to the types of food they purchased, to how they turned in for bed at night, etc. etc. I like that part of the book.

                  I am reading The Bone Church for my "modern book club". Again, not a book that I normally would have chosen to read on my own, but I joined book club so I would be exposed to things I normally wouldn't choose on my own.

                  I am reading "Life Giving Home" by Sally Clarkson with another group of friends. We just finished Teaching from a State of Rest, and then moved on to a life giving home in 2018. We read and discuss a chapter per month. This week (for the start of February), we are reading the chapter on February! This chapter is about the importance of loving one another.

                  I am reading "Own your Life" by Sally Clarkson in my free time.

                  I am also meeting to read and discuss "The Vanishing American Adult" by Ben Sasse with another group of friends. It is a very meaty read. So we read it slowly (one chapter per month) and meet to discuss the ideas. (I am finding my 3rd grade memoria press education is helping me a lot with some of the Latin and classical terms thrown out in this book. hahaha)

                  I am reading Harry Potter aloud at nights to the family.
                  Cathy aka The Attached Mama
                  2019-2020
                  DS 12, 7th Grade
                  DD 11, 6th Grade
                  DS 5, K

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                    Re: OT: What are y’all reading?

                    I've been avoiding this thread because I can't read lately. I go through these weird dry spells where I just can't pick up a book and it hurts. I guess I probably need...some kind of book to help me with that problem.
                    DD 12, using 6M core with 7th Grade COTR
                    DS 10, using 5M core

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                      Re: OT: What are y’all reading?

                      Originally posted by pickandgrin View Post
                      Oh friends, I am in a bad way. Should I just attach a photo of my nightstand book tower? I'm reading far too many things at once, almost all non-fiction. I have several talks to give in the spring and summer and I binge on everything I can get inside so that when it's time to talk, it comes our more easily.

                      I'm spending most of my time right now in Ideas Have Consequences (Weaver) and Beauty for Truth's Sake (Caldecott). I'm also grabbing bits of The Great Courses' The Life and Writings of CS Lewis (Taught by Markos). Wow. That's one I might just have to buy. I'm listening to a library copy.

                      My one non-fiction is MacDonald's Phantastes which is delightful, but I've stalled out in favor of all the non-fiction. Sometimes all the stars align and all your books start saying the same things but with different words. It's positively magical!

                      I'm taking an audio book break for the month on February and hope to listen to the New Testament during that time. I hope I can get through the whole thing!

                      Speaking of resurrection, thank you Anita for resurrecting this discussion. I always learn so much from you friends.
                      I always read too many books at once! I'm glad someone else has this (problem? Issue? Obsession??) habit. "Ideas Have Consequences" is a fabulous read but it's been a while. I'd love to hear your thoughts when you finish.

                      As for my own reading stack?

                      1) The Tech-Wise Family by Andy Crouch
                      2) With Christ in the School of Prayer by Andrew Murray. This is my second time through having read this in college. Such a rich read from a short book.
                      3) Inventing Freedom: How the English-Speaking Peoples Made the Modern World by Daniel Hannan. If you are a Anglophile of any level, you must read this.
                      4) Farmer Boy by Laura Ingalls Wilder. This is our read-aloud for my kids (age 7, 5, and 2)
                      5) Oathbringer by Brandon Sanderson.
                      6) The Well-Educated Mind by Susan Wise Bauer.

                      So I have a lot on my plate. But I love it!
                      -rj

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                        I just started Robinson Crusoe. I kept seeing all these references to it in the British children's lit we were reading (Swallows and Amazons comes to mind), and thought it was high time I actually understood the references.

                        I expected to be bored by knot-tying and hut-building details, but I'm really enjoying it. The author has a lot of wise insight that I'd like to share with my husband. We often read books together (I'll read to him, so we can share it), and I feel a little like I'm cheating on him by reading this by myself.

                        I love reading this thread and getting ideas for new books! So many books, so little time <sigh>.....
                        DD 12 - MP6A

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                          Re: OT: What are y’all reading?

                          Currently reading.
                          1)Descent from Glory: Four Generations of the Adams Family ( I found this at a library sale and it is surprisingly good)
                          2) Norms and Nobility (this will be a slow read)
                          3) Pride and Prejudice (with the RAR book club)
                          4) City of God (the abridged one put out by Memoria Press, I really only get to it about once a week, so another slow read)
                          Abel (9) MP 4/ Lydia 7.5) MP A3/ James (6) First Start Reading and Rod and Staff 1/ Micah (4)/ Nathanael (2)/ Silas Born 7/13/2019

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                            Originally posted by TheAttachedMama View Post

                            I am reading "Life Giving Home" by Sally Clarkson with another group of friends. We just finished Teaching from a State of Rest, and then moved on to a life giving home in 2018. We read and discuss a chapter per month. This week (for the start of February), we are reading the chapter on February! This chapter is about the importance of loving one another.

                            I am reading "Own your Life" by Sally Clarkson in my free time.

                            .
                            Which one would you recommend by Sally? I was thinking of purchasing one of her books soon.
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                              Re: OT: What are y’all reading?

                              Originally posted by Maria2 View Post
                              I've been avoiding this thread because I can't read lately. I go through these weird dry spells where I just can't pick up a book and it hurts. I guess I probably need...some kind of book to help me with that problem.
                              Flashman by George MacDonald Fraser. (Don’t say I recommended it and don’t say I didn’t warn you.) It’s hysterical, bawdy, action-packed, laugh-out-loud, brain candy. It was recommended by Mike Rowe from his podcast. So it’s “that” kind of book. Lots of fun. Not for listening with kids around, but it may restore your faith in reading.
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                              “Have no fear of moving into the unknown. Simply step out fearlessly knowing that I am with you, therefore no harm can befall you; all is very, very well. Do this in complete faith and confidence.”
                              ~Pope St John Paul II

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