The end of summer quickly approaches. I am pleased that the heat is beginning to mellow. My eldest son starts first grade in a couple of weeks and I couldn’t be happier! However, the end of summer brings a kind of busyness that leaves me feeling frayed at the edges. Summer promises must be kept. School supplies must be gathered. The clothing must be gone through to see what is needed (my son basically needs everything; he grows like a weed!). My husband’s birthday is this weekend. There is a lot of extra stuff on our usually full plates. All that is to say: sorry I’ve been absent for the last week.
When times get busy I like to post what we’re reading. Here’s what I’ve been reading:
Fault Lines by Gus DiZerega: I’ll be writing a review for this later this week. Stay tuned!
Hinduism by Klaus Klostermaier. This was recommended to me by Henry Buchy, a regular reader. It’s excellent. It both fleshed out knowledge I already have, as well as provided new insights. The beginning section debunking the Aryan invasion theory was by far my favorite. I’m not quite done with it, but it’s due back to the library on Thursday, so it’s got my full attention this week!
Free-Range Kids by Lenore Skenazy. A parenting book on overcoming anxiety and letting kids have more freedom. This book is really funny and, if it wasn’t incredibly rude to do so, I’d love to hand it out to several parents I know. It turns out that I’m already a ‘free-range’ parent. Yay! If you’re the kind of parent who worries about every worse case scenario, this book might help you ease up on the worry. It’s also a very easy read.
Everyday Life in Babylon and Assyria by Georges Conteneau, first published in 1954. I haven’t started it yet.
Encyclopedia of Goddesses and Heroines by Patricia Monaghan. This one will also be reviewed in the coming weeks. I haven’t started it, as I wanted to give DiZerega’s book my full attention. However, I will say a cursory flip through this one has me pretty excited.
What the kids have been reading:
We finally finished the last book in the Laura Ingalls Wilder Little House series. We finished The First Four Years last night. It ends on a very sad note. My 6 year old has been riveted by these books. The three year old could not care less. Next we will be finishing Puck of Pook’s Hill by Rudyard Kipling, because we left off to finish the Little House series.
On their own the kids are reading loads of comic books and graphic novels. My son has added Ninjago to his list. Now that he can read on his own he is reading and re-reading EVERYTHING he sees. The internet just dangerous in this house, since he reads over our shoulders.
What are you reading?