What I've Been Reading

“You are the books you read, the films you watch, the music you listen to, the people you meet, the dreams you have, the conversations you engage in. You are what you take from these. You are the sound of the ocean, the breath of fresh air, the brightest light and the darkest corner. You are a collective of every experience you have had in your life. You are every single second of every single day. So drown yourself in a sea of knowledge and existence. Let the words run through your veins and let the colors fill your mind until there is nothing left to do but explode. There are no wrong answers. Inspiration is everything. Sit back, relax, and take it all in. Now, go out and create something.” ― Jac Vanek

A Thomas Jefferson Education: Teaching a Generation of Leaders for the Twenty-First Century
A Thomas Jefferson Education Home Companion
The One Minute Manager
Jane Eyre
Dumbing Us Down: The Hidden Curriculum of Compulsory Schooling, 10th Anniversary Edition
The Virginian: A Horseman of the Plains
The Chosen
The 5000 Year Leap (Original Authorized Edition)
Arguing with Idiots: How to Stop Small Minds and Big Government
Independence Days: A Guide to Sustainable Food Storage & Preservation
Depletion and Abundance: Life on the New Home Front
Weapons of Mass Instruction: A Schoolteacher's Journey Through the Dark World of Compulsory Schooling
How Americans Can Buy American: The Power of Consumer Patriotism - Third Edition
A Nation of Farmers: Defeating the Food Crisis on American Soil
Laddie: A True Blue Story
NurtureShock: New Thinking About Children
The Well-Trained Mind: A Guide to Classical Education at Home (Third Edition)
Alas, Babylon
The Ultimate Suburban Survivalist Guide: The Smartest Money Moves to Prepare for Any Crisis
Food Security for the Faint of Heart: Keeping Your Larder Full in Lean Times
Between Parent and Child: The Bestselling Classic That Revolutionized Parent-Child Communication
The Talent Code: Greatness Isn't Born. It's Grown. Here's How.
The Whole Soy Story: The Dark Side of America's Favorite Health Food
Suite Française
Sarah's Key
Lessons at Blackberry Inn: Adventures with the Gentle Art of Learning(TM)
Pantry Cooking: Quick and Easy Food Storage Recipes
Robinson Crusoe
Surviving Off Off-Grid: Decolonizing the Industrial Mind
Unbroken: A World War II Story of Survival, Resilience, and Redemption
7 Tipping Points That Saved the World
Uncle Tom's Cabin (Dover Thrift Editions)
Animal Farm
Quiet: The Power of Introverts in a World That Can't Stop Talking
Agenda 21
The Overton Window
Fatherless: A Novel
Brave New World
1984 (Signet Classics)
Aftershock: Protect Yourself and Profit in the Next Global Financial Meltdown
The The Hunger Games Trilogy Box Set: Paperback Classic Collection
Divergent Series Complete Box Set
The Giver (Giver Quartet)
Gathering Blue (Giver Quartet)
Bridge to Terabithia
The Message
The Story-Killers: A Common-Sense Case Against the Common Core
The Invisible Pregnancy: Give Birth to Healing: An Intimate Guide & Journal to Mend the Space after Pregnancy & Infant Loss
The Book Thief
Inconceivable: A Woman's Triumph over Despair and Statistics
The Hiding Place
Forks Over Knives - The Cookbook: Over 300 Recipes for Plant-Based Eating All Through the Year
40 Days on Green Smoothies: The Beginners Guide to Green Smoothies with Recipes to Transform Your Body in 40 Days (The 40-Day Transformation Series Book 1)
MTHFR Basics
The Emotion Code
Angel Children Doctrinal Perspectives on the Salvation of Little Children
The Word of Wisdom: Discovering the LDS Code of Health
The China Study: The Most Comprehensive Study of Nutrition Ever Conducted And the Startling Implications for Diet, Weight Loss, And Long-term Health Paperback – May 11, 2006
Journey to the Veil
In His Hands: A Mother's Journey through the Grief of Sudden Loss
The Boys in the Boat: Nine Americans and Their Epic Quest for Gold at the 1936 Berlin Olympics

I read this entire Michale Vey series while nursing our newborn.  It's a pretty good story!  Kept me awake during those long late night feeds.  It's very clean with no bad words or innuendo. The last book got a bit bogged down in the minutia of military strategy.  I think my eyes glazed a bit over that part.  But on the whole I'd recommend the series.

These two books by Carol Tuttle have been eye opening. I'm not a groupie or anything, but she has some keen insights into what makes us tick.  I found it validating to hear her describe some of my personality traits and give me "permission" to accept them as what makes me not only unique, but important and acceptable.  It may change the way you see yourself, your spouse, ,and your children. And it will for sure make shopping for clothes a lot more fun and productive.

I read Ender's Game because it was part of my 9th graders English curriculum.  I wanted to make sure it was a good selection since, oddly enough, I hadn't ever read it before. I noticed it had won a lot of awards and a movie had been made based on the book, so I figured it was going to be great.  I didn't find a whole lot that was great about this book. It's a cool story. Don't get me wrong. But the language and the harshness almost make it impossible to enjoy.  I'm quite certain that the book would be just as effective without all of the base and vulgar content. I decided NOT to require this book of my 9th grader.  As an alternative science fiction selection I am having her read War of the Worlds: the ultimate sci fi book, right?  And by the way, the movie is a horrible depiction of the book!  It just doesn't even come close.

Going back to my favorite genre: historical fiction.  Hattie Big Sky is a new favorite.  I LOVE this book.  This is one that I will require my kids to read.  The American history so lovingly woven together in this story, the political parallels to today's wars and tensions, and the absolute grit that Hattie passes on to her readers is something this generation sorely needs.  I found one element of the plot to be particularly poignant: child loss. The sequel was good too, but not as captivating.


SO many good lessons in this book. I may need to do a whole post about it.  Love it.

     Everybody should read A Long Walk to Water.  It's a short one. When you're annoyed by the jammed ice filter on your fridge, or when you run out of hot water in the shower, or you're tempted to let the sprinklers run a little long so you can finish watching your show...think of this book.  It will change your attitude and behavior.  The conclusion of this book is uplifting, albeit somewhat predictable.