Here are some books that have been recommended to me and I hope to read this year. What are some of your favorite homemaking books?
A Mother’s Rule of Life by Holly Pierlot
This book has been recommended to me twice this month. It looks sweet and has a good rating on goodreads the only complaint from the reviews, “too Catholic” – sounds promising.
The Hidden Art of Homemaking by Edith Schaeffer
This book has been on my reading list for several years. I keep hoping I’ll find it at a thrift store but haven’t had much luck, it’s also not available at our local library so I decided to just order it this year.
Large Family Logistics by Kim Brenneman
I still don’t feel like our family is “large” but people keep telling me I’d like this book.
I enjoyed the book “Nurture Shock” although it wasn’t as groundbreaking as the reviews made it out to be, overall it was an interesting read. Some quick takes:
- Praising children can cause more harm than good and doesn’t necessarily = encouragement/ motivation
- Self-esteem is overrated
- White families don’t talk about race and should
- Sleep deprivation makes children fat not TV
- educational TV is trash perhaps worse than Trash TV
- Children grow into lying not out of it
- Permissive parenting isn’t effective
I finally finished One Fine Day. It really shouldn’t have taken me this long but life (and other books) got in the way. It seemed to drag on a bit and only half way through did I realize that the book was just that, “one day” I get impatient with books that take place in just one day. (I really dislike the movie Casablanca for this reason, heh. ) But it was well written and a thoughtful book. It takes place in strange times, right after WWII, when all the families are adjusting to peace and the middle class struggles with their lowered standard of living. The introduction in my Virago modern classics edition was good, I enjoyed it more than the book itself.
What I’m reading now:
Birth Order Book
The Calls of Fatima
What are you reading? What have you finished recently? Recommendations?
Q&A with demographic analyst Neil Howe
Are Millennials Actually Lazy, Narcissists?
P.S. Harry Potter is not comparable to War and Peace. I’ve read both. Tolstoy is timeless; Rowling, might be a fun read, but her works will not stand the test of time.
P.S.S. I’m happy to hear that Millennials are readers. I am a bookseller after all.
The Lost Traveller by Antonia White. This is the second book of a four part series. Apparently Evelyn Waugh admired her writings which is why I started reading them.
Lavinia by Ursula K. Le Guin reminds me of C.S. Lewis’ “Til We have Faces” Pagan with flashes of the beatific.
One Fine Day by Mollie Panter-Downes. An interesting read so far. It takes place in England after the second world war and explores how the war effected the middle class. Housewives became more isolated, help was harder to find and families had to manage without ‘those anonymous caps and aprons who lived out of sight and pulled the strings’.
I’m always looking for a good book. What are you reading?
P.S. I’d like to write full reviews once I’ve finished reading them . . .
When a woman stays at home and cooks with good judgement and understanding she watches with satisfaction as her children grow up capable and strong and her husband maintains the good health and disposition that allow him to succeed in his work. She also maintains her own good health. . .
Sally Fallon. Nourishing Traditions
I’ve followed The Nourishing Traditions blog for awhile but finally have my own copy! It is an incredibly informative cookbook (I am actually reading it cover to cover) and I’ve tried a few recipes. Her sourdough pancakes, basic muffins, salad dressings have all been a big hit with the family.
Alice Oswald is my newest literary obsession. I stumbled upon this article a few months ago which intrigued me. So, I went out and bought her book Woods etc. and was not disappointed. Her verse skillfully drifts in and out of strict meter, but it is only in the echo of her words that you realize the movements’ absolute perfection. She is an extremely talented poet. She draws her inspiration from nature and antiquity the combination creates a unique and grounded style. She is a naturalist, a classicists, but not a romantic.
I particularly love this picture of Oswald at her home with the books cascading down the steps. (She is a mother of three children).
This book has been on my reading list for awhile. I finally checked it out at the library and was not disappointed. Unaccountable is a book written by a practicing Surgeon at John Hopkins Hospital. It’s an incredible read. It offers simple solutions to significantly improving healthcare and cutting costs. A great Manifesto. All healthcare workers and patients should read it!
Netflix announces a new Anne of Green Gables TV series
An all-female team—director, writer, and producer—are bringing the adaptation to life, with filming slated to start this September. Netflix also announced that while the series will stay true to the foundation of the novel, the show will “chart new territory,” as well, and explore themes of “identity, sexism, bullying, prejudice, and trusting one’s self.”
I hope they don’t ruin it completely but they probably will.