Friday, February 3, 2023

Sisters' Bright Winter reading in January

I have more to life than just reading, though you might not know it from this blog. January was a full month, including our family butcher day, a trip to North Carolina for a wedding, a delightful writing day with three friends, and lots of the daily activites of homeschooling, laundry, and food prep. All these things might be worthy of writing about, and maybe I will, but somehow my time this winter is consumed by projects besides blogging. 

But some of you keep saying you enjoy our book reviews, and book reviews are some of the easiest things to write about, so here are a few more.

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Charity and I are both taking part in the Brighter Winter reading program. This has been a favorite part of our winter for the last several years and always helps to stretch our reading into new genres. 

Both of us completed all twenty grids in January, and here are a few of our favorite reads this month. 

Charity -

Read a green book.

The Code of the Woosters by P.G. Wodehouse

Wodehouse is the author of comical British novels. In this book Bertie is once again tangled up in his friends’ affairs, trying to help and getting into trouble. The cast of characters is hilarious, and I loved Bertie’s valet, the calm, measured, and always-coming-to-the-rescue Jeeves. I listened to an audio version and the British accents make the story even better! 

Read the last book published by a author.
Read a classic you think you "should" have read before.

The Mystery of Edwin Drood by Charles Dickens 

At Dickens’ death, he left one book incomplete. Now I will always want to know the ending to this mysterious story, such as did Drood actually die, is John Jasper hiding something, will Rosa every feel safe again, and who is the stranger that watches Jasper? It is a beautifully written story with intricately drawn characters. If Dickens had completed this book, it would have been a masterpiece.

Gina - 

Read a medical memoir. 

Being Mortal by Atul Gawande

I have heard of this book for years, but this challenge finally pushed me to read it. Gawande explores the topic of aging, the elderly, and ultimately, death. This isn't a fun subjects to read about, but by the time I finished reading this book I thought that anyone who loves an older person or will one day become an older person, should read this book. In other words, everyone. Gawande looks at nursing home options, end-of-life decisions, the role of communication, and much more. Probably what makes this book so valuable is that Gawande isn't looking at it as a researcher. He tells the story of his own patients, and then his own dad, showing that he has wrestled deeply with these questions himself. 

Read a nonfiction book by a female Christian writer.
Read a green book. 

Humble Roots by Hannah Anderson

This book seems simple, just a book sharing garden analogies on humility. With Jefferson's grapevines and her own herb garden plus more as examples, Anderson shows that humility is the fruit of belonging to Jesus. I'm finding myself thinking about the book a few weeks later, which is a sign of a book that I read at the right time.

Do a buddy read. 

One of the reading challenges was to read a book with a friend so you can discuss it together. Charity and I chose The Great Good Thing. In this memior Klavan shares how God slowly drew Klaven to Himself from a life totally devoid of God. I don't think I've ever read a conversion story like it and though I might not agree with all of Klavan's beliefs, his story made me love our Savior even more.

Do you read more in the winter? What was your favorite book in January?


  1. I often refer to your book reviews and lists,even checking them sometimes before I head to the library! Thank you for taking time in your busy weeks to share with us!
    Gratefully, Rebecca

  2. I do read more in the winter since I also participate in the Brighter Winter Reading Program. So my favorites were: Read a book with a Green Cover and nonfiction by female Christian author. I chose Grace Enough by Janet Marin Sensenig. Its a true story about Emma Good who was my friend's great aunt who faced being in a marriage with an unfaithful husband. Book with a character is 60+: The Old Man and the Sea by Ernest Hemingway. This was the first time I read anything by Hemingway and I really enjoyed it.

  3. Thank you for taking time to write. This brightened my day!

  4. Oh, now I want to read the Great Good Thing. It makes me think of Hiding in the Light by Rifqa Barry, a young American Muslim who gave her heart to the Lord.

  5. I love your book posts, and I so appreciate the time that you take to put them together. I always read them next to my library tab, so that I can order all of the books that you like! I just started posting my own reading list, and I will put a link at the bottom of this tab to my list for January. I have to say that my favorite book last month was, hands down, Anthony Esolen's "No Apologies: Why Civilization Depends Upon the Strength of Men." It was just released a few months ago, and I loved it.

    Oh, and I adore Wodehouse - especially the Jeeves & Wooster series!! So funny! My favorite is "Aunts Aren't Gentlemen."

    Thank you again for publishing these posts!


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