May 2022 Book List
A good book is hard to find. In today’s post I thought I would share what I am currently reading or have recently finished reading. I do read quite a bit, mainly because I am at home all day and homeschool our daughters. We follow the Charlotte Mason philosophy for how we homeschool which is heavy on books, and I have also always been a reader even as a child.
Here is my list for what I am currently reading this May.
What I’m currently reading for May
This month has been a fairly busy reading month for me and we aren’t even quite half way. I love to read and it’s definitely my favourite was to pass time. I am also a fairly fast reader it turns out. Most of my family reads books and I can usually finish them in about half the time. But then again I do just about everything on turbo speed. It’s a problem. I am working on it.
May Book List
- The Enchanted April
- The Joy of the Snow
- In the house of Tom Bombadil
- An episode of Sparrows (my favourite)
- The God of the Garden: Thoughts on Creation, Culture, and the Kingdom
- Frontier Follies: Adventures in Marriage, & Motherhood in the Middle of Nowhere
- The Two towers (Lord of the rings book 2)
- The Yorkshire Shepherdess
Ok so after looking through my good reads to make this list I realized quite a few of these books I started in April but I am still going to keep them on the list because they were finished in May.
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My list is so long that I won’t go through them all in detail but thought I would share some of my favourites and thoughts on what I read.
- The Enchanted April was a lovely book, my first time reading it. It’s a classic and highly recommended on many reading lists. I read it along with listening to my favourite literary podcast, The Literary Life and really enjoyed it.
2. The joy of the snow is a autobiographical novel by the famous author Elizabeth Goudge. I love biographies, and really enjoyed the style of this one and all the different things we learn about Elizabeth’s childhood and unconventional life!
3. In the house of Tom Bombadil was so so good. If you are a Lord of the Rings fan this is a MUST READ. The audio book is also phenomenal and read by the Author whom I love. This was a short book and I was able to finish it on a lazy Sunday afternoon
4. An episode of sparrows is my favourite so far for what I have read this month. I have borrowed this from my sister twice before this and couldn’t get into it. Sometimes it’s just not the right time for a book, but I finally was able to get into the story and oh my! I am so glad I tried one more time. This was a middle size book but it was so so good that I. couldn’t put it down and finished it in couple days. Great for spring!
5. The God of the Garden was another non-fiction book by the author of the wing feather saga. I really enjoyed it. I am always drawn to books about Christian culture building and this was great.
6. Frontier Follies was another quick read because honestly I just don’t think anyone tells a story like Red Drummond. Definitely a light book full of essays about Ree’s life, this one will have you cry laughing and was just what I needed.
7. The Two towers was a book I started in April and finished a couple days ago. This is my first time ever reading through the Lords of the Rings series though I have read the Hobbit twice. I am loving the series and making sure I go slower through the books to really soak it all in.
8. The Yorkshire shepherdess was a rally fun non-fiction book about a British family that raises sheep! Sometimes its fun too read something different and this was that book for me. I loved it.
Four women, with very different backgrounds and characters – the artless Lottie Wilkins, the pious Rose Arbuthnot, the cantankerous Mrs Fisher and the haughty Lady Caroline Dester – respond to an advertisement in The Times offering a medieval castle to rent in Italy that April. As their joint holiday begins, tensions flare up between them, but they soon bond over their past misfortunes and rediscover hope and the pleasures of life in their tranquil surroundings.
A huge best-seller when it was published in 1922, The Enchanted April has inspired generations of readers since and established Portofino and the Italian Riviera as a mainstay of the tourist circuit.
The novelist Elizabeth Goudge describes the life of the cathedral close where she grew up, how her life was overshadowed by depression and how she blossomed into a writer of repute. This autobiography is an attempt to recapture happy memories and to share some conclusions about work and life. This description may be from another edition of this product.
“Some of the best insights ever made about J.R.R. Tolkien’s invented world or, frankly, about 20th-century literature…. Here is a book of intense wisdom and penetrating thought.” ~Bradley J. Birzer, author of J.R.R. Tolkien’s Sanctifying Myth: Understanding Middle-earth
What is Tom Bombadil doing in J.R.R. Tolkien’s The Lord of the Rings? His bright blue coat and yellow boots seem out-of-place with the grandeur of the rest of the narrative. In this book, C.R. Wiley shows that Tom is not an afterthought but Tolkien’s way of making a profoundly important point. Tolkien once wrote, “[Tom Bombadil] represents something that I feel important, though I would not be prepared to analyze the feeling precisely. I would not, however, have left him in, if he did not have some kind of function.” Tom Bombadil and his wife Goldberry are a small glimpse of the perfect beauty, harmony, and happy ending that we all yearn for in our hearts. To understand Tom Bombadil is to understand more of Tolkien and his deeply Christian vision of the world.”
A much-loved English novel reminiscent of The Secret Garden Someone has dug up the private garden in the square and taken buckets of dirt, and Miss Angela Chesney of the Garden Committee is sure that a gang of boys from run-down Catford Street must be to blame. But Angela’s sister Olivia isn’t so sure. Olivia wonders why the neighborhood children–the “sparrows” she sometimes watches from the window of her house –have to be locked out of the garden. Don’t they have a right to enjoy the place, too? But neither Angela nor Olivia has any idea what sent the neighborhood waif Lovejoy Mason and her few friends in search of “good, garden earth.” Still less do they imagine where their investigation of the incident will lead them–to a struggling restaurant, a bombed-out church, and at the heart of it all, a hidden garden.
There’s a strong biblical connection between people and trees. They both come from dirt. They’re both told to bear fruit. In fact, arboreal language is so often applied to humans that it’s easy to miss, whether we’re talking about family trees, passing along our seed, cutting someone off like a branch, being rooted to a place, or bearing the fruit of the Spirit. It’s hard to deny that trees mean something, theologically speaking.
This book is in many ways a memoir, but it’s also an attempt to wake up the reader to the glory of God shining through his creation.
One of the first commands to Adam and Eve was to “work and keep” the garden. Award-winning author and songwriter Andrew Peterson, being as honest as possible, shares a story of childhood, grief, redemption, and peace, by walking through a forest of memories: “I trust that by telling my story, you’ll encounter yours. Hopefully, like me, you’ll see that the God of the Garden is and has always been present, working and keeping what he loves.”
Sometimes he plants, sometimes he prunes, but in his goodness he intends to reap a harvest of righteousness.
Frodo and his Companions of the Ring have been beset by danger during their quest to prevent the Ruling Ring from falling into the hands of the Dark Lord by destroying it in the Cracks of Doom. They have lost the wizard, Gandalf, in a battle in the Mines of Moria. And Boromir, seduced by the power of the Ring, tried to seize it by force. While Frodo and Sam made their escape, the rest of the company was attacked by Orcs. Now they continue the journey alone down the great River Anduin—alone, that is, save for the mysterious creeping figure that follows wherever they go.
New York Times bestseller
A down-to-earth, hilarious collection of stories and musings on marriage, motherhood, and country life from the #1 New York Times bestselling authorand star of the Food Network show The Pioneer Woman, Ree Drummond.
Once upon a time, I lost my marbles and married a sexy, Wrangler-wearing cowboy named Ladd. That single decision would wind up setting the stage for years of rural adventures (and misadventures), and while I can’t imagine my life being any different, raising a family in the “idyllic” countryside has not been without a few bumps in the road. (Or were those cow patties? It’s hard to tell the difference sometimes.)
I’m excited to share this crazy collection of true stories from my full-of-energy, hard-to-tame, wonderfully wild (and very weird) frontier family. From the unique challenges of being married to a rancher to the blood, sweat, mud, and tears of raising country kids, I’ll pull back the curtain and let you in on some of the sh*t and shenanigans that have really gone on here on Drummond Ranch over the past two-plus decades.
You’ll learn about marital spats, run-ins with wildlife, ER visits, my parenting neuroses, triumphs, tribulations, love, loss . . . and how manure has somehow managed to weave its way through all of it. To keep things up to the minute, you’ll also hear about more recent family developments that have tested my sanity and pushed me to the brink. (And pleasantly surprised me, too.)
This book is both a love letter and a laugh letter, and I hope you get a big kick out of it all: the good, the bad, and the dirty. Mostly, I hope it demonstrates how much I adore this family of mine . . . even if I sometimes have to use rubber snakes to show it.
Amanda Owen has been seen by millions on ITV’s The Dales and Channel 5’s Our Yorkshire Farm, living a life that has almost gone in today’s modern world, a life ruled by the seasons and her animals. She is a farmer’s wife and shepherdess, living alongside her husband Clive and seven children at Ravenseat, a 2000 acre sheep hill farm at the head of Swaledale in North Yorkshire. It’s a challenging life but one she loves.
In The Yorkshire Shepherdess she describes how the rebellious girl from Huddersfield, who always wanted to be a shepherdess, achieved her dreams. Full of amusing anecdotes and unforgettable characters, the book takes us from fitting in with the locals to fitting in motherhood, from the demands of the livestock to the demands of raising a large family in such a rural backwater. Amanda also evokes the peace of winter, when they can be cut off by snow without electricity or running water, the happiness of spring and the lambing season, and the backbreaking tasks of summertime – haymaking and sheepshearing – inspiring us all to look at the countryside and those who work there with new appreciation.
Read more inspiring tales of life as a shepherdess with A Year in the Life of the Yorkshire Shepherdess and Adventures Of The Yorkshire Shepherdess.
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