sometimes my book stack grows and grows because of my indifferent feelings towards the books in it, and i start yet another to try and find something i want to finish. then there are those times like now where i have several great books going at once and never know which i should try to finish. here are a few from the stack.
New York: The Novel by Edward Rutherfurd – three weeks from today we’ll be wandering around new york city, so i figure that now is as good a time as any to pick this back up after i started it a year or so ago. the book traces the history of new york city over three centuries, and i am almost always up for a (hopefully) good historical fiction story.
The Best of Shakespeare: Retellings of 10 Classic Plays by E. Nesbit – i want to write more about what we’ve been doing school-wise, but this book has found its place in our morning school time. i had been wanting to incorporate plays, specifically shakespeare, into our school week but hadn’t figured out how or when to do it. and then i came across two posts written by angelina stanford on her personal blog and on the circe institute blog addressing just this topic. if you run into asher, ask him to give you a run-down on hamlet. death and ghosts and kings – the boy loves it.
Tending the Heart of Virtue: How Classic Stories Awaken a Child’s Moral Imagination by Vigen Guroian – amazon now has this available for kindle. thank goodness because my only amazon drama happened with this book and a used copy that never found its way to my doorstep. i’m always on the lookout for enriching stories for my kids, and then consider it a bonus when i find a book like this that helps me dig a bit below the narration surface when it comes to talking about them with my kids. guroian’s chapters include Love and Immortality in The Velveteen Rabbit and The Little Mermaid, Friends and Mentors in The Wind in the Willows, Charlotte’s Web, and Bambi, and Evil and Redemption in The Snow Queen and The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe.
The Best Old Movies For Families by Ty Burr – bethany posted this on goodreads and fortunately, our library had a copy. i loved old movies as a kid, but i think having two boys first made me a bit hesitant to pull out my old favorites. i’m not sure why, though, because they’ve loved the ones i have shown them. but now i have lists of movies and amusingly written explanations of why my kids might like (or not like) them. thank goodness he puts gone with the wind on the “don’t watch” list. i remember watching it as a kid and questioning why everyone talked about it and feeling guilty i didn’t like it/slept through part of it. but i will force them to watch someday if only so they will appreciate carol burnett’s went with the wind parody (scroll to the 3:24 mark). love it.
Wild Swans: Three Daughters of China by Jung Chang – this book is a history-meets-memoir about a woman and her mother and grandmother in 20th century china. i am fascinated by the story and am ashamed about how absolutely little i know about the history of china, but chang’s book is changing that due to her clear and moving account of life in communist china.
Blessed Are the Hungry: Meditations on the Lord’s Supper by Peter Leithart – following omar’s lead, i’ve been reading this more as a devotional. in his introduction leithart writes:
At the Lord’s table, we receive an initial taste of the final heavens and earth, but the Lord’s Supper is not merely a sign of the eschatological feast, as if the two were separate feasts. Instead, the Supper is the early state of that very feast.
it can be hard for me to approach the Lord’s Supper with such a frame of mind, but i believe he is right, and these 28 meditations have been a blessing and a challenge in helping me see this.