Monday, May 28, 2018

The RAHM Report for 5/28/18

What I Finished Reading

  • Each Little Bird That Sings by Deborah Wiles ⭐⭐⭐⭐
    This series is like Fannie Flagg for kids. This particular book is a perfectly age-appropriate meditation on death with less of the emotional trauma of The Bridge to Terabithia. I don't recommend skipping Terabithia, but if a child who isn't quite ready for that has questions about death, this is a good book to help that discussion along. 
  • Sixpence in Her Shoe by Phyllis McGinley (OpenLibrary) ⭐⭐⭐⭐
    This book was written in defense of the work of the American housewife in the 1960s. I found it fascinating what the author took for granted, such as the ideas that every woman makes homemade pate and hosts dinner parties, and also what has remained the same in the last 50  years. It did sort of make me wish for a contemporary equivalent to this book - I'd nominate Leila Lawler of Like Mother, Like Daughter to write it. 
  • For the Children's Sake by Susan Schaeffer Macaulay (paperback) ⭐⭐⭐⭐
    This is a summary of Charlotte Mason's educational philosophy. I found it more easily digestible than reading Mason herself, and I absolutely loved the advice about discipline that Macaulay offers. Other aspects of this particularly homeschooling approach I can definitely live without, but this is a helpful resource for deciding what will work for a particular child. 

What I'm Currently Reading

  • Lakeside Cottage by Susan Wiggs
    I'm enjoying this even more than I thought I would. The writing is solid, and the summer atmosphere has been a great way to welcome the warm weather.
  • The Brutal Telling by Louise Penny
    It's good to be back in Three Pines! This mystery, involving a murder at the bistro, already has me hooked.
  • The Many Loves of Dobie Gillis by Max Shulman
    This was $1.99 for Kindle this past week, and because my sister and I watched the sit-com on Nick at Nite when we were very small, I decided to snatch it up and give it a read. I've only read the first couple of pages to get a taste, but I think it will be quick and fun. 
  • The Aurora County All-Stars by Deborah Wiles
    I've read the first two books so now  I can finally get to this one, which I listed on my Spring TBR way back in March. I usually like baseball books, so I'm expecting to enjoy this one too. 
  • Beautiful Ruins by Jess Walter
    I see this book on Overdrive a lot when I'm looking for audiobooks, and I'm always drawn to the cover. When I was looking for my next audiobook, I decided to just give it a try. I'm not 100% sold on it yet and may not continue to the end, but I'm going to give it a few chapters before I decide.
I'll be linking up today with Unleashing Readers/Teach Mentor Texts and Book Date for It's Monday! What Are You Reading?


  1. Your list looks great. Happy reading! See my month of reading at Girl Who Reads

  2. Great variety of books. I seem to remember reading a book or two by Deborah Wiles but not these. Come see my week here. Happy reading!

  3. Each Little Bird That Sings is a lovely book, I agree!

  4. That Deborah Wiles series is one of my favourites and Each Little Bird That Sings is the one that got me hooked. I hope you get a chance to read The Aurora County All-Stars. I blogged about it here

    1. oops, I see that you are reading it. Hope you enjoy it as much as I did!

  5. Each Little Bird That Sings looks and sounds lovely - powerful but still accessible, and hopeful.

  6. Between what you shared about Each Little Bird That Sings and what Cheriee shared in the comments, I'm definitely adding this to my TBR list. It sounds really great and I'm betting my two oldest will enjoy it. Thanks for sharing!