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On My Bookshelf

I feel the need to specify that these books are found throughout my entire house, not just on my bookshelf
I like to have them easily accessible
phew, feels good to get that off my chest

So, I like books. Not sure if you knew that yet. 🙂

I thought I’d start sharing some of the books that are on my bookshelf right now. They are books I am currently reading and the ones that I’m hoping to get to soon. It’s a bit different than my yearly round up of my favorite books because these are ones that I’ve just started or haven’t even cracked open yet, not necessarily ones I’m recommending per say.

Mennonite in a Little Black Dress by Rhonda Janzen
I’m just a couple chapters in and I have a feeling it’s going to be one of those I don’t finish. It’s definitely not my kind of book but I continue reading it for all the Mennonite references (she even mentioned Saskatoon which is 10 minutes from me, that’s pretty exciting for a small town Canadian girl). My only thoughts while reading this is, how come did her ancestors decide to immigrate to California and mine chose Saskatchewan? 

Animal, Vegetable, Miracle by Barbara Kingsolver
I have seen this book recommended by so many authors and bloggers, and I’m finally glad to have it in my hands! I also got out the audio book, I really hope to like this book.

Don’t Make Me Count to Three by Ginger Plowman
I’ve always got at least one parenting book in my stack. It’s a huge deal to me to think that I am raising a little person, I really don’t want to do this wrong! Bonus points because it’s a Christian parenting book which I usually find easier to read because they are more relatable/applicable. Here’s to hoping I can find some useful skills from this one.

Bad Girls of the Bible: And What We Can Learn From Themby Liz Curtis Higgs
I heard Liz Curtis Higgs speak at a local women’s conference a few years ago and she was awesome. So funny and captivating and yet so educational. I’ve read a few of her fiction books (pretty much the only fiction books I’ve read in the last 7 years) and really loved them. I think the talk that I heard her do at the conference was a bit from this book so I’m really looking forward to reading it.

The Practical Naturalist by Chris Packham
One of my dreams is to homeschool one day, I really love so much that I have read about the Charlotte Mason method, one thing she is for is making sure children get a lot of time to play out in nature. This book looks like a great resource to teach children about nature (and honestly, adults too), whether we homeschool or not I think I will be buying this book in the next few years.

The Natural Soap Book by Susan Miller Cavitch
I realllly want to learn to make soap, so I’ve been watching a few YouTube videos and got this book out. We’ll see if I take the leap and actually try it.

The Complete Tightwad Gazette by Amy Dacyczyn
She has lots of money saving tips and tricks. The book is actually made up from old newsletters that were printed from 1990 to 1996, so there is some older stuff in there that isn’t as applicable today, but those things are pretty entertaining to read. It’s a whopping 976 pages, so you know you’ll be able to walk away with at least a few tips you can use.

The Well-Trained Mind by Susan Wise Bauer and Jessie Wise
I believe I got this one out because Tsh Oxenreider mentioned it in one of her podcasts. I just shared that I’d love to homeschool one day so I’m hoping to get a grasp on the different kinds of methods now. From what I’ve researched online I definitely lean towards classical education so I think this book will be very helpful, if I can manage to get through the 1,100+ pages.

What is on your bookshelf these days?
Have you read any of these before?

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  1. I’m going to have to check out a few of these. I absolutely love reading and am always on the lookout for new material. I’ve been taking part in a Summer Book Challenge, so I recently finished two books by Tolkein and The Ghost Bride by Y. Choo. Next I’m going to tackle a few music business books I’ve been putting off during the challenge.

  2. Ah! I led a Bible Study over Bad Girls of the Bible a few years ago, and it totally rocked. I love the way Liz Curtis Higgs writes…she’s hilarious and a great story teller. Her chapter on Rahab was definitely my favorite 🙂

  3. homeschooling is awesome Chantel! I’m almost “done” and except for a few years where I wanted to go to school, I have loved it 🙂 It has truly been a blessing in my life 🙂 good luck with it!

  4. these books sound interesting! i read an excerpt from bad girls of the bible, and i loved it! i hope to get the whole thing and read sometime.

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