Reading Update

Its been a little while since I’ve updated you all on my monthly reading challenge, so here’s what’s been happening since July’s Reads.

The Scent of Water you know I adored, and I did go on to (re,re,re)read The Little White Horse, also by Elizabeth Goudge. A childhood favourite, it made for a nice follow on from The Scent of Water.

The Apostolate of Holy Motherhood is (I’m a little ashamed to say) still unfinished. I’m about a 3rd of the way through it, and am enjoying it, however my tired mum’s brain was finding it a little heavy to read more than an entry or two at a time. Its currently living on my bedside table and I try to read a passage before bed. Well, those nights I don’t fall asleep before my head hits the pillow! I’m enjoying it much more this way and am better able to take in each message, rather than trying to reflect upon several a day. I’ll update you again when I reach the end.

August was a bit of a blur month for us. Hubby was away quite a bit with off-farm work, and there was more than one lot of sickness go through the house. I was halfway through the month when I realised I hadn’t set any reading for the month and so just pottered my way through old favourites here and there to keep my reading momentum going. I did read one new book, however, off a recommendation from a friend. The Light Between Oceans, by M. L. Stedman. I honestly don’t think I’ve ever read a more emotional book, and anyone in my family will tell you that I never cry over books or movies. This one had me in tears by the end, as well as very conflicted in who had my sympathies in the end. A recommended read, but not for the faint of heart!

After such a rollercoaster of a read I found myself in that depressed post-book rut that all bibliophiles inevitably find themselves at one point or another. What to read next? I must have picked up half a dozen books, both new and old, over the past week and a half, trying to find something that fits, but to no avail.

This morning I found, to much excitement and relief, that the fog has lifted somewhat and books are once again interesting! I’m keeping my pleasure reading light this month with Farmer Boy by Laura Ingalls Wilder. I grew up on Little House on the Prairie and have worn my Mum’s copies to loose pages, however I’ve never actually read the story of Almanzo’s boyhood. Having married a farmer boy myself, I’m looking forward to it 😁 Not to meantion Garth Williams illustrations are just gorgeous 💕

I’m balancing out my light reading with a little something from C.S.Lewis. The Four Loves has been on my to be read pile nearly all year and now seems as good a time as any to give it a shot.

So tell me, what are you reading this month? How do you get yourself out of a reading rut?

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