After the Great Homeschool Convention earlier this month I was inspired to get back to reading more. I think the only way to do this in my busy homeschooling, work-at-home life is to actually schedule it. So I have been making a point to read every morning when I first wake and then once again at night before I go to bed.

What I'm Reading March 2016

It has been working so well. I am getting caught up on some older titles I had started and needed to finish, and I have started some new books that I have been enjoying as well.

I thought I would share these here and then update each month with a few thoughts, what I had finished, and future reading plans. And the nice thing is, posting here monthly makes me accountable.

What I finished this month

Plato: The Great Philosopher-Educator — This book was so good. Very readable, interesting, and some good take-aways for my co-op and homeschool. It has made a David Diener fan of me and I am trying to talk Brandy into having him on the Scholé Sisters podcast. Take this bit about what to study:

In fact, he [Plato] was explicit that the subjects he thought should be studied were selected not on the basis of their content per se but rather because of their ability to turn the soul away from darkness and toward goodness and truth.”

How’s that for criteria for a course of study?

What I am reading

Yes, it is a long list. I have way too many books started, which kind of makes me want to break out in hives. My goal is to finish some of these before starting more.

Raising Kids Who Read — I am a Willingham fan from Why Students Don’t Like School. He throws a ton of data at you, but in a completely readable way and with action items. My kind of read.

Consider This — I am enjoying this argument for the “classical-ness” of Charlotte Mason so much.

Steal the Show — Public speaking is going to be a major goal of mine in my business next year. This is how I am getting ready.

Rediscover Jesus — A good Catholic would have finished this during Lent. I guess we know what that means. Ahem.

The Lonesome Gods — I love Louis L’amour? Who would have thunk it? I was turned on to this book by an online book club, and I haven’t been able to put it down. I grab it, a glass of wine, a piece of dark chocolate and head off to my bubble bath each night. My husband is shaking his head.

Norms and Nobility — So after reading the Plato book I think I could go back to the first couple of chapters of this one and it would make so much more sense. I am going to pick it up again.

A Morbid Taste for Bones — Cadfael is a favorite of Jessica’s. I really do want to finish this one.

Poldark — Started this one a couple of months ago because I enjoyed the miniseries so much. I just need to buy my own copy. I was perfectly content to read it before it had to go back to the library.

Hannah Coulter — Listening to this one on Audible. It’s good.

 Raising Kids Who Read: What Parents and Teachers Can Do Consider This: Charlotte Mason and the Classical Tradition Steal the Show: From Speeches to Job Interviews to Deal-Closing Pitches, How to Guarantee a Standing Ovation for All the Performances in Your Life Rediscover Jesus The Lonesome Gods: An Epic Novel of the California Desert Norms and Nobility: A Treatise on Education A Morbid Taste for Bones (Brother Cadfael Chronicles) Ross Poldark: A Novel of Cornwall, 1783-1787 Hannah Coulter


Current read aloud

The kids and I are about half-way through Begin, the first book in the Growly Adventures.

We are enjoying this delightful tale of a bear on a journey, and I have no doubt that the sequels, including the soon-to-be-released Haven will be added to our read aloud pile.

My to-read list

Seriously, I have a major list to work through. But when those are done, these are the next ones on my list.

 New Seeds of Contemplation Till We Have Faces: A Myth Retold Kristin Lavransdatter I: The Wreath (Penguin Classics) The Ignatian Adventure: Experiencing the Spiritual Exercises of St. Ignatius in Daily Life Understood Betsy Hornblower: Beat to Quarters (Hornblower Saga)


OK, what are you reading? Because as you can tell, I obviously need more books to read.

Linking up with Wednesday with Words over a Ladydusk. Now you can see what everyone is reading.

Pam Barnhill

Pam Barnhill

Pam is the author of The Your Morning Basket Guide and Plan Your Year: Homeschool Planning for Purpose and Peace. She also is the host of three popular  podcasts -- The Homeschool Snapshots Podcast, Your Morning Basket, and The Homeschool Solutions Show. She lives in the Deep South with her husband and three kids, where she is the go-to lady for great curriculum recommendations or a just a pep talk on a rough day.