Quarter in Books

As it turns out, I read and reviewed 29 books in the first quarter of 2012, which is more than my usual because I’ve worked less this quarter and because I read as a coping mechanism and have been grappling with fraught decisions about grad schools and jobs and how to get our house on the market while living in it with three small children. ¬†At any rate, the links below are to my original reviews – books I found particularly helpful or noteworthy are starred.






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What is the best book you read this quarter?

5 thoughts on “Quarter in Books

  1. This quarter I finally got around to reading “A Return to Modesty” by Wendy Shalit. Great book! I think it’s a must-read for teenage girls and their moms. Your review was great, so I won’t say more.

    Catherine, I meant to comment earlier on your post about Riggs Spelling. We’ve used it now for several years, and though the learning curve was steep for me when I first started teaching it, I’ve been extremely pleased. Our struggling speller has become a good speller, and our older kids have learned listening, enunciation, and word-building skills that are now helping them in their Latin lessons. The method is intense and might be a bit of overkill for the kid who is a naturally good speller, but I know of nothing better for teaching spelling systematically for those kids who do need it, especially for kids who learn to read early. Our little guys are just learning their phonograms and will start more intensively in the fall. We haven’t used any of the grammar exercises and I haven’t used it to teach reading (though I would); we only use it for spelling. (Sidenote: In my limited experience, kids who are good readers are not necessarily good spellers. They do, however, develop a greater vocabulary with which to commit heinous spelling errors!)

  2. You have my sympathies about prepping your house with three small children. I don’t think I’ve recovered yet from our experience moving last year.

  3. My favorites so far this year: Half the Church by James; Generous Justice by Keller; I also greatly enjoyed Elizabeth the Queen by Sally Bedell Smith.

    I loved your list, and have put several I have not read yet on my “to read” list!

  4. What are you planning to study in grad school?

    I haven’t had much time for reading books of my own choosing lately, since I’m finishing up my bachelor’s degree in Bible/Theology and have a ton of reading to do for my program, but I did really enjoy the book Surprised by Oxford, by Carolyn Weber. That’s probably the last really worthwhile non-school book I’ve read.

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