What We’re Reading Wednesday

What We’re Reading Wednesday

Linking up for the first time with Housewifespice. She be one spicey wifey!


I feel like a bit of a fraud writing this.  I’ve been reading the same books since we left Korea over a month ago.  On the other hand, I think this link-up might be just the oomph I need to finish these books so I don’t have to keep talking about them over and over again.  Cause that would be boring, and we all hate boring.

I’m reading:

Ten Ways to Destroy the Imagination of Your Child by Anthony Esolen

This book is so powerful.  I hesitated to read it at first because it sounded like it might be dry and dull.  Nuh-uh.  No way.  Esolen’s prose is almost lyrical and I enjoy reading this book the way I usually only enjoy reading fiction.

A couple of quotes on the chapter about learning real history:

“Furthermore, the reduction of people to politically motivated cartoon figures entails the reduction of history to a comic book story. And that means that almost every sentence you write will embroil you in nonsense. […] There you have it, what we must never allow. Scott (an author of history) levels moral judgment upon a man (William Wallace) whose politics he supports.  […] Instead [Scott] sees that there is a universe of good and evil that can never be reduced to politics, just as the real vault of heaven powdered with stars cannot be reduced to the plaster dome of a planetarium.”

Powerful stuff.  Read it.

Lord of the Rings Trilogy by J.R.R. Tolkien

I’m currently about 70% of the way finished with the series, but it’s a bit hard to tell where I am because I bought it on Kindle as one long book.  It’s safe to say I’m definitely in Return of the King, though.  I’ve read this series once or twice before, but I’m reading this time with more of an eye for the themes of good and evil.  (Side note: it’s been fun to read alongside Esolen’s book because Esolen obviously appreciates Tolkien’s writing and references LOTR a couple times in the book.)

Another quote I enjoy:

“Indeed, in nothing is the power of the Dark Lord more clearly shown than in the estrangement that divides all those who still oppose him.” -Haldir of the Elves

Perfect Health Diet by Paul Jaminet, Ph.D., and Shou-Ching Jaminet, Ph.D.

Hey look!  A book I haven’t been reading for months!

I’ve been looking for a way to get closer to Paleo again without losing my mind like I did last year.  This book appears to be it.  Lots of vegetables, protein, some rice and potatoes, a wee bit of dairy, and some treats like dark chocolate.  I started last week and felt really good.  Then family camp and moving day interrupted me, and today I came down with a nasty flu-like bug.  Ugh.  But as soon as I have the wherewithal,  I’m going to give this diet a decent trial run.

Experiences so far: I feel noticeably more sluggish after a meal containing wheat.  Rice doesn’t seem to have the same effect.  Another empowering moment for me: realizing I could loosely follow the principles while on family camp even when I didn’t have my own kitchen.  Avoid the rolls, eat more salad and veggies and only a fist-sized portion of rice, etc.  I am such an all-or-nothing gal, and that’s what usually causes me to fail diets and exercise regimens.  I’m hoping to employ the 2007 motto from FlyLady: “Progress not Perfection in 2007.”  (Yes, it has been that long since I did anything FlyLady-ish.  Thanks for pointing that out.)

I’m reading to the kids:

Anne of Green Gables by Lucy Maud Montgomery

This is such a fun book to read aloud to the girls. It’s a shame I have completely fallen into Survival Parenting Mode, and the only bedtime story they hear is the dulcet tones of “I said be quiet and go to sleep!!!”  My poor children.  I promise to get back on track and hopefully finish this book by the time we start school again in mid-August.

That’s all my books, folks.  Don’t forget to head on over to Jessica Housewife and check out all the other linkers.  I’m going to do my best to read all of them.

(This is post 3 of the 7 Posts in 7 Days challenged issued by the formidable Mrs. Fulwiler.)

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  1. Well, just finished PHD and just started LOTR and really want to read Anne to my daughter–we are on the same wavelength. 🙂
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  2. I recently introduced my daughter to Anne of Green Gables and she feel in love. 🙂
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  3. Annabel and i are reading Anne of Green Gables too. She is loving it! lots of hard words.

  4. Love it – Anne of Green Gables should be required childhood reading. That and The Chronicles of Narnia and Little House on the Prairie.
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  5. i don’t know you but I love you. Anne + Paleo sanity (been lookin’ for that!) + Esolen’s masterpiece = Love. Now isn’t that a perfectly weird way to introduce myself?? Good stuff!
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