Weekly Reads + The Classics You Haven’t Read {6/24/13}

Weekly Reads

As a blogger who blogs about books and claims to be an avid reader, I’m a little embarrassed to admit that I’ve never read any of Jane Austen’s books. While I’ve always been a voracious reader, I was never really introduced to or required to read the classics, which is something I’m trying to remedy now. I’d actually started listening to an audio version of Pride & Prejudice a couple of years ago, and I loved the story but discovered that my mind wanders too much for audiobooks, so I never finished.

However, I recently picked up a collection of Jane Austen Kindle books for $0.99, and in my quest to read the books on my Kindle before buying any more, I started Sense & Sensibility a couple days ago. We’ll see how many of the books in the collection I get through!

Head here to see Katie’s post for this week. We also want to know what you’re reading! Add your blog post to the linky below or leave a comment with your favorite reads from this week.

This Week’s Reads

The Core by Leigh Bortins

The Core: Teaching Your Child the Foundations of Classical Education by Leigh Bortins
This was actually a re-read for me. I first read The Core a couple years ago as we were getting started with classical education and the Classical Conversations curriculum, and I pulled it off the bookshelf this week just to reread the section on geography but ended up rereading all of it. The first part offers a really great overview of classical education, reminding me why we do the things we do, and the practical applications in the second half of the book helped me solidify some of our plans for the upcoming school year as well.

Grave Consequences

Grave Consequences: A Novel (Grand Tour Series) by Lisa T. Bergren
I loved the first book in this series, which was also my first introduction to Lisa T. Bergren’s writing, and I purchased this one a couple of months ago but hadn’t yet read it, so I was excited to pick it up this week. Although not quite as enchanting as the first, I still really enjoyed this storyline (despite the plot relying on the overplayed love triangle), and I’m looking forward to the third book as well!

With the Girls

The big girls are continuing to read everything they can get their hands on, and our second order of books for the upcoming school year should arrive this week, so I’m guessing they’ll read even more during that “new book” excitement that happens whenever a box of books shows up on the porch!

This week they finished:

  • A New Home for Lily (Dylan surprised me by going back to finish this one after I thought she had abandoned it!)

A Question for You

There are a whole lot of classics I haven’t yet read, and besides Jane Austen, I hope to finish Don Quixote at some point and maybe try Les Miserables as well. Our curriculum has the girls reading some pretty heavy classics in junior high and high school, and I’d like to be able to keep up with them if possible!

What classics are you embarrassed not to have read? Or, which classics are on your reading list? Which should be at the top of my list?

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Mandi Ehman is the founder and publisher behind Life Your Way and the co-author of All in Good Time, as well as a wife and the homeschooling mom to four beautiful girls. She lives with her family on a little slice of heaven in wild, wonderful West Virginia and loves coffee, chocolate, easy meals, beautiful things and minimalist spaces.
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