Thursday, September 18, 2014

What We're Reading :: September

Berry's Hannah Coulter (just finished this weekend for our new local book club!)
Austen's Pride and Prejudice (a re-read, obviously! ;))
Mother Mary Loyola's Forgive Us Our Tresspasses (pre-reading for next year's religion)
Charlotte Mason's Volume 6 (still--and will be all year, probably)

Vincent, age 8:
Seashore Life of Our Pacific Coast (an old California textbook that he is absolutely in love with)
the rest of Edward Eager's Half-Magic series (Gianna finished these a few months ago, and now it's his turn)
Robert Reilly's Red Hugh, Prince of Donegal (a tie-in with this year's history studies)
and still making his way through Redwall

Gianna, age 7:
On the Banks of Plum Creek (re-reading after listening to the audiobook last month)
The D'Aulaire Book of Greek Myths (she is loving this alongside Kingsley's Heroes and after last year's Hawthorne)
Fr. Halpin's Children's Retreats (her Sunday reading)

Cate, age 5:
Just started on the next set of BOB books. :)

To the Big Kids:
MacDonald's At the Back of the North Wind and Kingsley's Water Babies (we'll be reading these two AO Y3 "free reads" slowly over the course of the whole school year)
Wilder's By the Shores of Silver Lake (on audio, read by Cherry Jones)

To the Kindergartener:
Kindergarten Stories and Morning Talks (even though these are arranged by month, we're not on any schedule--just a story here and there)
Fr. Lord's The Rosary: Roses of Prayer for the Queen of Heaven (we have the miniature version and it's a favorite)
Milne's Winnie-the-Pooh (delightful as always)

To the Littles:
Green Eggs and Ham and Go, Dog, Go (4yo Xavier's current favorite--on a Dr. Seuss kick, obviously!)
The Met's Baby Loves (1yo Clara's current favorite--as soon as anyone offers to read, she starts shrieking "BABY LOVES!" and running to grab it to the bookshelf)

Birthday Books for Bridget, age 3:
Iona Opie and Rosemary Wells' Here Comes Mother Goose (not my favorite Mother Goose by a long shot, but the littles just love BIG books to page through)
The Provensens' Our Animal Friends at Maple Hill Farm (a library favorite of ours--I'm so pleased to have our own copy)
Spier's Fox Went Out on a Chilly Night (an addition to our collection of folk song picture books)
Flack's Angus and the Ducks (traded out our paperback for hardcover)

And more used-book finds:
A successful trip to the thrift store, a morning of garage sales here in town, and a bunch of happy mail lately have my shelves overflowing.  (Literally.  I think a trip to Ikea for more bookshelves may be next on the list.)  

Some I have squirreled away for Christmas gifts for my little ones, some are school books, some have hopped straight into the kids' hands...

just a very few
See those top ones?  I've been adding to my collection of Golden Guides for the past few months, and I now have almost all of them in paperback.  But at the thrift store last week, I came upon these:

Ex-library hardcover versions.  So you know I had to snatch those up right away!  These are my favorite guides to page through, so it's perfectly normal to have full sets in both paperback and hardback, right?  Right.  Nope, not book-crazy at all.


And then a special one for me came in the mail too:

Haven't started it yet, but I can't wait to.  Maybe next month?

So what are you reading lately?  Any favorite book-hunting finds recently?  I'd love to hear!


  1. Right now, we're just about finished with The Borrower's as a read-aloud. We also have literature books for each of the girls. And for myself, I'm reading Watership Down and The Once and Future King. I was reading Birth of Britain but decided to put that on hold for now until my first grader and I have read several chapters of Our Island Story. :)

    1. Hi Karen! I am so looking forward to the later-years AO reading (like Watership Down and BOB)--it all looks so great. :)