Our May Reads (2016)

May Reads 2016May was a full month on all fronts. With our longer reads, promotion night plans in full swing, and my kiddos slowing down in anticipation of the upcoming break, our family reading list was quite short. However, shorter lists make for more in-depth conversation, and this month was no exception!

All of these books were included in Our Morning Basket. Mommy had a full month of activity, thus her personal reading time was put on the back-burner. Here’s a rundown of the books we enjoyed during the month of May:

  1. The Orange Fairy Book (Andrew Lang) – Includes 33 tales from Jutland, Rhodesia, Uganda, and various other European traditions: “The Magic Mirror,” “The Two Caskets,” “The Clever Cat,” “The White Slipper,” “The Girl-Fish, and more.”
    We discovered this read through an online acquaintance, and can’t express in words how grateful we are to have found this series. Our family adores fairy tales, and this set is no exception. The Orange Fairy book is one of fifteen in Andrew Lang’s color collection, each one obviously named after a different color. A few of the tales were familiar, most were unique and a treasure. Oh, to buy the entire series. A new goal!
  2. Prayers That Changed History (Tricia Goyer) – Martin Luther. Sojourner Truth. Helen Keller. St. Patrick. We read their stories, and of other people like them, in history books and hear about the amazing things they did to change the world. But one part of the story is often left out: Each one of them wouldn’t have accomplished what they did without prayer.
    Given as a gift at a local homeschool convention, we’ve been using this book as part of our morning devotion throughout our learning year. What a blessing being able to read beyond the typical biography, and discover the power of prayer in each of these people’s lives. Each chapter was an inspiration and an unforgettable lesson.
  3. A Wind in the Door (Madeleine L’Engle) – A Wind in the Door is a fantastic adventure story involving Meg Murry, her small brother Charles Wallace, and Calvin O’Keefe; the chief characters of A Wrinkle in Time. Charles Wallace is having difficulty in adapting to school. He is also strangely, seriously ill. Can Meg and Calvin help Charles Wallace before it is too late?
    A great read. What surprised us most was how well it tied in with a recent Biology lesson without us even making the attempt. I always love the conversations which arise from reading anything by Madeleine L’Engle. Her books offer much to ponder with our children.
  4. A Swiftly Tilting Planet (Madeleine L’Engle) –  In this companion volume to “A Wrinkle In Time” and “A Wind In The Door”, fifteen-year-old Charles Wallace and the unicorn Gaudior undertake a perilous journey through time in a desperate attempt to stop the destruction of the world by the mad dictator Madog Branzillo.
    A fantastic story which led to in-depth conversations regarding time travel, God’s view of time, character, and so much more. Our kids enjoyed this story very much. 

June’s stack of books is already piled high and we’re ready to get moving. With a summer break coming up, I’m praying to get back into my own personal reading time and explore incredible summer reading ideas to share. Plus, summer reading programs kick in this coming week. I can’t wait to score some incredible prizes!

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