Tuesday, July 9, 2024

Read-at-Home Mom Report: June 2024 Wrap-Up

June Favorites

Theology of Home: Finding the Eternal in the Everyday by Carrie Gress and Noelle Mering 
This looks like an interior decorating book, but it's not! I loved this look at the concept of home from the Catholic perspective, and now I want to read the others in this series.  

The Summer Book by Tove Jansson
The writing in this was beautiful, and it was a great way to ring in the summer season.  

Cole and Laila are Just Friends by Bethany Turner 
I loved these characters, the New York City setting, and all the pop culture references. 

The Rom-Commers by Katherine Center
I have seen mixed reviews of this book, which was a surprise to me. I loved the characters and the peek into the screenwriting life. 

Somehow: Thoughts on Love by Anne Lamott
I don't agree with Anne Lamott on everything, but boy do I love her writing.  

The Summer of Yes by Courtney Walsh 
This is my new favorite book by this author - her best yet. I love that it's a friendship story that fuels two love stories.  

Read-Aloud and Homeschool Books

  • The Whale People by Roderick L. Haig-Brown (with all five kids) (4 stars)
  • Barefoot Days by Anna Rose Wright (4 stars)
  • Secrets of the Universe: Discovering the Universal Laws of Science by Paul Fleisher (with M.)(4 stars)

Sequels and Series Books

  • Silver on the Tree (The Dark is Rising Book 5) by Susan Cooper (3 stars)
  • Beany and the Beckoning Road (Beany Malone Book 4) by Lenore Mattingly Weber (3 stars)

Camp Bookstagram

My friend Kris hosted a great camp-themed reading challenge on Instagram in the middle of the month, and it was so much fun. I read seven books total! 

  • Summer at Squee by Andrea Wang (4 stars)
  • Camp Echo by Paul Theroux (3 stars)
  • The Counselors by Jessica Goodman (3 stars)
  • Baby-Sitters' Summer Vacation by Ann M. Martin (4 stars)
  • Burnt Mountain by Anne Rivers Siddons (3 stars)
  • The Summer of Songbirds by Kristy Woodson Harvey (3 stars)
  • Hail, Hail, Camp Timberwood by Ellen Conford (2 stars)

Stand-Alone Books

  • Domestic Extremist: A Practical Guide to Winning the Culture War by Peachy Keenan (5 stars)
  • Agnes Grey by Anne Bronte (4 stars)
  • Funny Story by Emily Henry (4 stars)
  • George by Agnes Sligh Turnbull (3 stars)
  • Miss Morgan's Book Brigade by Janet Skeslien Charles (3 stars)
  • Summer Romance by Annabel Monaghan (4 stars)
  • The Editor: How Publishing Legend Judith Jones Shaped Culture in America by Sara B. Franklin (4 stars)

Family Reading Lists

Audiobook in the Car

  • When Marnie was There by Joan G. Robinson 

M. (girl, 10 years, 7 months)

[M. did a lot of school reading, but didn't finish any books in June] 

C. (girl, 8 years, 9 months)

  • Maida's Little Shop by Inez Haynes Irwin
  • Florence Nightingale by Ruth Fox Hume 
  • Curious Missie by Virginia Sorensen 

E. (girl, 6 years, 8 months) 

  • The Story of Doctor Dolittle by Hugh Lofting 
  • The Third Planet from Altair (Choose Your Own Adventure Book 7) by Edward Packard
  • George by Agnes Sligh Turnbull
  • The Wizard of Oz by L. Frank Baum 
  • The Trouble with Jenny's Ear by Oliver Butterworth

R. (boy, 4 years, 3 months)

Independent reading: 
  • The Fire Cat by Esther Averill 
  • Robert the Rose Horse by Joan Heilbroner 
  • Chester by Syd Hoff
  • Thunderhoof by Syd Hoff
  • Cowboys: What Do They Do? by Carla Green 
  • The Whales Go By by Fred Phleger 
  • Love is in the Air by Jonathan Fenske
  • Father Bear Comes Home (first two stories) by Else Holmelund Minarik

  • The Grouchy Ladybug by Eric Carle 
  • Spectacular Spots by Susan Stockdale 
  • A Piglet Named Mercy by Kate DiCamillo 

A. (girl, 4 years, 3 months)


  • Bubble Trouble by Margaret Mahy 
  • When Grandma Came by Jill Paton Walsh
  • One Lighthouse, One Moon by Anita Lobel
  • Richard Scarry 

My husband

  • The Whale People by Roderick L. Haig-Brown 
  • George by Agnes Sligh Turnbull
  • Curious Missie by Virginia Sorensen
  • Runner for the King by Rowena Bastin Bennett
  • Barefoot Days by Anna Rose Wright 
  • Bandit's Moon by Sid Fleischman

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