Tuesday, September 22, 2009

Fall Into Reading 2009

The smell of stew currently simmering on my stove is a sure sign that fall is here. And that means it is also time for the fall reading challenge at Callapidder Days. This will be my third challenge, and I hope you will join me in the fun. Compared to most of the participants, my list is very small. I am hosting Thanksgiving at my house this year, and would like to spend some evenings and weekends painting a few rooms that haven't been painted since we first moved here eight years ago. So I'm trying to be realistic by just picking 4 books. I do a lot of reading with the kids -- hopefully that still counts for something!

My 2009 Fall Into Reading List:

John Adams by David McCullough

When I was in college, I made a list of things I wanted to do before I die. Some of them are completely unrealistic, but one of them was to read a biography of each U.S. President. Problem is, I have only finished George Washington (although I did read two books on him!). So I better get movin' on that goal.

Until We Reach Home by Lynn Austin

I have not read any of Lynn Austin's books, but have heard many good things about several of them. It was hard to decide which one to choose, so if any of you think I should start with another one, let me know.

A Shepherd Looks at Psalm 23 by Phillip Keller

I'm having Ryne and Grace memorize Psalm 23 later this year and thought it would be nice if I really dug into it myself. I actually have four of Keller's works in one volume, so perhaps if the painting goes quickly (not likely) I will read the others too.

Creative Homeschooling by Lisa Rivero

This book is written to parents homeschooling gifted children, but it is recommended by the RDI folks as a good general homeschooling resource. Often the methods used to teach gifted children are beneficial for children of all abilities, especially since such strategies often emphasize critical thinking skills.

Happy Reading!


  1. Thanks Kellie! I didn't know about the last book so I will have to check it out. I get the joy of homeschooling 2 children, both gifted and 1 with autism so I might want to read it. I actually probably need to read it instead of want.

  2. I'm looking forward to reading your impressions about the book John Adams.
    Have fun with the challenge!

  3. Enjoy your fall reading. I like Lynn Austin's books too. Recently read A Woman's Place and recommend it.

  4. You have a blog award over at my blog.:)

  5. these all look great! i might add them to our reading list!

  6. Working on my list... yours looks so interesting. I don't want to forget to link back to your 'fall into Reading post...' I think it's a great idea!
    See you in the blogs- :) Laura

  7. I loved the Phillip Keller book you list (and a couple others of his that I've read). He has such a down-to-earth way of looking at things in nature and the animal world that really do clarify some verses in the Scriptures. Hope you like it.

    I also really like reading about the presidents :) You might enjoy this book: "To The Best of My Ability": The American Presidents by James M. McPherson. It's a really nice collection of 6- or 8-page chapters about each of our presidents, through Bill Clinton. It's beautifully illustrated and laid out, too. I love my copy :)

    Best of luck in your fall reading.