I originally had a couple of titles that I thought I might talk about in depth this morning, but then I realized that I'm kind of just in the mood to share a little about what everyone is reading around here, and maybe find out a bit about what you all are reading while I'm at it. That is always good, clean fun.
Mariam and I just began reading A Wind in the Door, by Madeline L'Engle as our new read-aloud selection. We are only about thirty pages in, but I can already tell that it is going to have the same depth and addictive pull of its predecessor in the series, A Wrinkle in Time. More and more I'm finding that the tendency Mariam had when she was smaller to listen to anyone read absolutely anything, anytime, is fading a bit. Now that she reads so well on her own, she doesn't really need an adult to help her access reading material anymore. Read-aloud is no longer about having help getting through a trickier text, it is about a shared experience, and she wants it to be a really good one. This, of course, means that I will need to be giving a different level of attention to choosing books for us to read together as we go forward if I'm going to keep her on board.
On her own, she is reading My Life with the Chimpanzees by Jane Goodall, which I gave her as a literary valentine this year.
Zak is still proving to have more enthusiasm for using books to hit things or sit on than to read, but we've managed incremental progress with Hug by Jez Alborough. I hate to be the one to say so, but it is probably because it has almost no words, and the one it does have over and over is one of baby Z.'s favorites. The kid is a hugger, for sure.
For my part, I'm continuing on with the reading of Anne Lamott books downloaded to my Kindle and read during small fry nap times. In the last week or so, I read through Help, Thanks, Wow and really enjoyed it. I think that even if you don't consider yourself a "churchy" person per se, but just like to spend a little bit of time here and there contemplating your small place in the big universe, there are some nice reflections to be found inside.
And, although they are admittedly not a book, I've also been spending a lot of my time reading through the recipes from the Whole Family Kitchen meal plans. I had debated signing up for months, but just recently decided to go for it when I saw that they were having a special on annual memberships (and when we were in the midst of a particularly challenging food week at our house). We've come a long way on our food journey since Mariam's celiac diagnosis, but there have been some rough patches lately in terms of what she is eating, when she is eating it, and making sure that it is well-balanced enough for her body as she simultaneously heals and grows. I was in serious need of a plan. More about all of this later, I think.
Oh, and Dan is reading about a hundred different things right now. At least as far as I can tell.
What about you? Who is reading what at your house?