Archives for July 2016

Words on Wednesday: Family Forms Character

I’m sharing another quote from Yuval Levin’s The Fractured Republic today:
the family is the core character forming institution
Last week I mentioned a related quote about family:

Because the larger culture has drifted away from the traditional norms of family life […] mere persistence in those norms is becoming a countercultural statement.

So much good food for thought in this book! I plan to share a habit formation related quote that my Charlotte Mason loving friends (you know who you are) will love the next time I participate. (It may not be next week because next week is our church camp.)

But anyway, my fellow parents and countercultural co-belligerents, this is the thought I want to you take away today: your work matters. Character formation is not for the weak. Family is important.

Recently Finished

Other than Levin’s book, I haven’t actually finished a book recently. But I’ve made some progress on my stack.

Recently Added

And then I undid my reading progress by doubling my stack’s size. This week I’ve added:
Fever is a novel by Mary Beth Keane about Typhoid Mary. It was recommended to me because of some other books I’ve enjoyed. I haven’t even cracked the cover, so please don’t take this as a recommendation from me.
Dust and Shadow by Lyndsay Faye combines Jack the Ripper and Sherlock Holmes into one mystery. And once again, I haven’t started it yet.
The Plantagenets by Dan Jones is another one my library recommended for anyone who loves “Game of Thrones”. I’ve read some of the GoT series and I can assure you I do not love it (ugh), but I do love British history so I’m willing to give this a chance.

Current Read Aloud

Last night we started Five Children and It as our bedtime read aloud. I had the girls vote on our next read aloud and this was the clear winner. Probably because they loved The Railway Children so much. (Honestly, I think they keep choosing British fiction so I will have to keep doing various British accents.)

Current Book to Review

My latest review was Give Your Child the World.

Current Kindle Deals

I was doing some online research and shopping for our upcoming school year and stumbled on these:
Beowulf (3 translations) for $0.99.
Sir Gawain and the Green Knight translated by Jessie Weston for $2.99.
The Complete Works of Saint Augustine for $1.99.
Institutes of the Christian Religion by John Calvin for $0.99
Famous Men of the Middle Ages for $0.99.
King Arthur Collection including Le Morte d’Arthur, Idylls of the King, and a Connecticut Yankee in King Arthur’s Court for $0.99.
I count vouch for the quality of these Kindle editions, but I may end up ordering a few for my daughter’s kindle. I prefer to own paperback copies of the books we need for school, but a Kindle edition is better than none.


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