What I’m Reading – November

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Beware of the person of one book.

–Thomas Aquinas

So here we are in November; we’ve had incredible weather here in the UK, the sun has been shining as the beautiful coloured leaves fall to the ground and there’s that perfect crisp ‘nip’ in the air, enough to get you under a blanket whilst picking up a book or two!

If you read October’s post on What I’m Reading you’ll know I’m slowly making my way through Annie Dillard’s ‘Pilgrim at Tinker Creek‘ with my book club and I’m dipping into Charlotte Masons ‘Original Homeschooling Series‘ as an ongoing part of my learning rhythm.

When writing to mothers, Karen Andreola in A Charlotte Mason Companion suggests that we all have three books on the go at one time so that we can pick up the one we “feel fit for” at that time, she suggest:

  1. A Stiff Book (ie, a challenging one)
  2. A Moderately easy book (ie a biography)
  3. A Novel (preferably good ones – not twaddle.  examples included George Eliot, Charles Dickens, etc)

I don’t quite follow her pattern but I like having a few on the go so I can choose which one suits the mood or time of day! I make it my goal to finish this group of books within the month before I move on…

Never be without a good book on hand –  Charlotte Mason

Without further ado, here are my November reads!

In the hand

Composing a Life by Mary Catherine Bateson

I  listened to an ‘On Being’ podcast with Krista Tippett and Mary Catherine Bateson and was inspired to read her book ; I snatched it for 18 pence on Amazon Marketplace!

Composing a life

BIG MAGIC, creative living beyond fear by Elizabeth Gilbert

So excited to dive into this one; especially after reading Brene Brown’s ‘Rising Strong’, apparently the books work well together!

Big Magic

On the Kindle

Own Your Life by Sally Clarkson

I started this a while ago but never finished it for some reason, after following a few periscope book clubs using this book I decided to dive back in this month. 

own your life

Audio Books

Platform: get noticed in a noisy world by Michael Hyatt

platform

Wuthering Heights by Emily Bronte

(This is on Kindle with an add-on audio so I can do both!)

wuthering heights

I’m also re-listening to It Starts With Food by Dallas and Melissa Hartwig as I’m on round 2 of the Whole30; I didn’t quite catch everything fully during the first listening so once the two above are through I’ll start on this one again whilst doing dishes!!

Thank you for all your comments and recommendations on Instagram and Facebook from last months ‘What I’m Reading’ post – I’m lining some of them up for the new year…watch this space!

So what have you got picked out of the book shelf for November?

4 thoughts on “What I’m Reading – November

  1. I am such an anglophile and your mention of 18 pence made me swoon. 😉 Yeah. I know! LOL! 🙂 Wuthering Heights…shiver. 🙂 I can’t wait to hear what you think of that one!

    My light twaddlish reading right now is YA Rick Riordian titles. 😛 My favorite other read is Better Than School by Wallace…written in the 80’s about a family who was going against the flow and *gasp* homeschooling! They are a bit more unschooling than CM, but SO much of this book rings true and I’m loving it!

  2. I’m still a bit of a one-book person, but I do try to alternate between fiction and non-fiction, and old / contemporary. I just finished An Angel on the Square: a children’s book, beautiful writing about the Russian Revolution; and I’ve just started Persuasion. Own Your Life might be next….

    Have you seen the podcast series that goes with Big Magic?

    I’m off now to look up Composing a Life. Thanks for sharing your list!

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