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September 2017 Reads

A month of wonderful reads, for me all non-fiction and poetry. Sometimes I just get into that brain-building mode, you know? Perhaps it was the start of a new school year that did it to me.

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The Way of Beauty by David Clayton — This one has been on my TBR list for a while, but I knew it would take some brain power to really be read well and relished. I finally felt like I was in good place for that, so I savored it slowly throughout the month. So many good thoughts on the importance and method of expressing beauty in this world in the book. I will certainly be revisiting it. {MMD Reading for FUN Challenge, “a book about a topic or subject you already love”}

Simplicity Parenting by Kim John Payne and Lisa M. Ross — Second time reading this gem. I chose to read it again as I’ve been trying to simplify things in our household, but needed some further inspiration and encouragement. I think this is an excellent read for all parents who are really trying to help their children savor their childhoods. {MMD Reading for FUN Challenge, “a book you’ve already read”}

 New and Selected Poems, Volume One by Mary Oliver — After catching glimpses of Mary Oliver’s poems here and there, and being stunned by their beauty, I had to pick up a copy of my own of her poetry. I always experience this tension when reading her words — I want to rush through all of them because I am so overtaken by their beauty, but I also want to enjoy them slowly so I don’t miss a word. {MMD Reading for FUN Challenge, “a book in the backlist of a new favorite author”}

The Sweet Life in Paris by David Lebovitz — This was a re-read in anticipation of our travels in Paris. Gathering ideas of cafes to frequent, but also driving excitement for all the delicious French food we would eat!

Books Read with My Children 

Paddington at Large by Michael Bond — We can never get enough of our friend, Paddington. We’re nearly through the entire collection and I wouldn’t be surprised if we started back at the beginning once we are done.

The Wind in the Willows by Kenneth Grahame — We had a rolicking good time reading the adventures of Mole, Rat, Toad, and friends in this epic story. The language was rich and had me worried for a time that the girls might miss the meaning of the story, but they absorbed it well and were entrenched in the story throughout. {Probably increased their vocabulary too! I know it did mine.}

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