Monday, August 6, 2012

Off the Shelf - July

Favorite books from off our shelf or in our library bag last month.

Picture Books

The Rag Coat - Lauren Mills
A fatherless girl from a mining town is given the warmth of love and stories wrapped in a rag coat.

Stella and the Berry Thief - Jane B. Mason
A lesson on sharing - from a huge bear!

Anatole - Eve Titus
Meet the mouse who wants to earn his food with honor instead of stealing from people. We were recently introduced to the endearing mouse in this old series and have been searching to find more of the Anatole books.

Chapter Books

How's Inky - Sam Campbell
Stories of the creatures at a wildlife sanctuary, including an orphaned baby porcupine. We are looking forward to reading more books in this series.

The Railway Children - Edith Nesbit
Another great classic story on audio from Books Should Be Free.

Adult Books

Joy for Mourning - Anne Miller
This isn't one of those books you enjoy reading. Anne tells the story of her journey to healing after childhood sexual abuse. The message she has to share is an important, even if painful one.

Zonya - Agnes Scott Kent
This is a fiction story, based on true accounts, of a young Jewess who watched most of her family killed in Russia, her escape to America, her search for God which led her into numerous cults, and her eventual discovery of Christ. The book is old and somewhat dated (before World War 2) but still interesting.

Eats, Shoots and Leaves - Lynn Truss
I'm not sure I should admit to liking this book. The author is certainly no Christian and her humor is sometimes crude, but can you imagine a book on punctuation that is so funny that you catch yourself reading portions aloud to you husband? And I even learned punctuation. (Maybe I shouldn't have admitted to reading this book because anyone who reads here knows I needed a grammar/punctuation refresher course!)

Homeschooling at the Speed of Life - Marilyn Rockett
Part Bible study, part practical organizing guide, part encouragement from an older mother - this book was just what I needed to read this past month when we started our homeschool year (Yes, in July. Yes, I may be crazy. And yes, we have now quit for a canning break!) This book addresses the details of balancing life, homeschool, and housework with practical tips and wisdom from God's Word.

That is a list of the books that have been on my nightstand. I'd love to hear what you are reading!


  1. I enjoyed Eats, Shoots and Leaves, too!! :)

    And I freely admit to being geeky and a nerd! *L*

  2. I miss all that reading and storying time now my kids are all older....

    That last book sounds like one I need to read, Gina! Balancing all those things (family/school/extra-curricular activities/housework etc) is a real challenge for me and having teens should, in theory, make it easier ...but it doesn't.

    We watched the Railway Children on DVD...I recommend it :0)

  3. Gina, occasionally we ALL need a punctuation/grammar refresher course.

  4. Ooo...I REALLY need to read Eats, Shoots and Leaves! I have forgotten nearly everything I learned in highschool! :)

  5. We've been reading "Teach Like Your Hair's on Fire"-Rafe Esquith, "Childhod Under Siege"- Joel Bakan, "Fighting for Dear Life"- David Gibbs, "Trouble's Daughter"- Katherine Kirkpatrick, "Paddle-to-the-Sea"- Holling Clancy Holling, plus books off your reading lists! Thank you!

  6. there are MORE Anatole books? I had no idea! I found an old copy at a book sale recently and my kids adore it - I remembered it from my childhood too. I adore reading it with a heavy French accent :)

    1. Margo
      I found four of them so far. And they are as wonderful as the first!

    2. Two books I have been reading are "The Busy Homeschool Mom's Guide to Romance" and "The Busy Homeschool Mom's Guide to Daylight"- both written by Heidi St. John. They are both great books. I would especially recommend the one on romance. The author stresses the importance in keeping your marriage foremost in your home and not allowing children and homeschooling to take over. She is the mom of 7 children.


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