July Books

28. The Thirteenth Tale by Diane Setterfield — This was my book club’s June book, and I highly recommend it. There are so many parallels and references to Jane Eyre, which is also one of my favorite books. The story was so intriguing, and I could not put it down. It gave our book club plenty to discuss, perhaps the longest we have discussed our book selection.

29. The Core: Teaching Your Child the Foundations of Classical Education by Leigh Bortins — I read this to learn more about the Classical Method of homeschooling, which is what we will be following. We will be participating in our local Classical Conversations group, and the author of this book is the founder and president of Classical Conversations. This book was very practical and inspiring.

30. The Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins — I could not put this book down. This was one of those books that you read while cooking, while the kids are making mayhem of the house, while you should be sleeping… it was that good. While written toward teenagers with teenage protagonists, there is minimal romance and even less cheesiness. This futuristic novel examines the affects of war on society, and while it is disturbing and scary, I recommend it.

31. Just Do Something: How to Make a Decision Without Dreams, Visions, Fleeces, Open Doors, Random Bible Verses, Casting Lots, Liver Shivers, Writing in the Sky, etc. by Kevin DeYoung — Another great book that a friend from church loaned us. I wish that someone had made me read this book when I was in college, wasting endless hours worrying and planning about my future. Now that I am a little older and little wiser and resting in God’s grace and sovereignty, it was not quite so earth-shattering as it would have been, but still very impactful. If you are a college student or even in high school, or plagued with indecision and not sure about God’s will for your life, you should read this book.

32. The Swiss Family Robinson by Johann David Wyss — I read the unabridged version aloud to Bud this month, and I am going to count it as a book I read because we spent so much time reading it. This was a great book, quite adventurous, though the unabridged version was a little lengthy and required me to “translate” some of it down for him to understand.

One Response to “July Books”

  1. mandi says:

    oh- I need to check out that first one! Jane Eyre is one of my favorites too!

    We were going to join your CC group this year, but have opted out. It would have been so fun to be there with you guys! Bummer!