Booking It in September

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It’s time to Book It. Share what you’ve read this month and get some good ideas from fellow readers’ book reviews.


Anybody notice that I didn’t really read anything in August? I know, pretty sad. After burning up the pages, or the Kindle fire, as the case may be, in June and July, my reading time has slowed to a trickle. I spent August with my nieces, getting ready for school, and getting us back into school. There wasn’t much time for lazy days of reading.

September hasn’t been that much more fruitful for reading, but I was able to squeeze in a few good reads. Never mind that two-thirds of them were family read alouds.

Here’s what I read in September:


Beorn the Proud

by Madeleine Pollard

We’ve had this book for many, many years, and my three older boys all read it independently. Now that I’m bringing up the rear of our homeschool, I decided to make this story of a young Irish Christian girl kidnapped by Vikings into a read aloud.

It couldn’t have been more apropos. Not only does it fit our study of the Middle Ages super well, but it also slips in nicely with our planned trip to Ireland in the spring. Didn’t hurt that I’ve got Viking ancestors a thousand years back in the family tree.

While Beorn the Proud, written by Madeleine Pollard is more of a low-budget tome, it’s still a great read. And yes, there were a few tear-jerker chapters involved. My kids always know Mama might cry during a book.


One Thousand and One Arabian Nights

by Geraldine McCaughrean

I’ve always loved Geraldine McCaughrean’s adaptations of classical literature. She makes the works accessible and interesting to all ages. And this work, based on the Muslim folks tales, doesn’t disappoint.

My older kids were already aware of the storyline so when I started getting all sappy about the romance, my teen boys quickly set me straight. Remember the back story, they said.

The king has been betrayed by his wife, so he has her beheaded. Instead of taking his new wife at face value, he beheads her before she has a chance to love another man and betray him. This pattern of the king’s continues until he’s worked his way through 1000 wives and all the young girls in the kingdom.

The daughter of his closest counselor is able to delay her execution (and that of other young girls) by telling him intriguing tales night after night. These are the tales of One Thousand and One Arabian Nights.

Yes, it’s a romance. I cried during the last chapter (surprise!). But yes, this is also a sanitized version of the original. The back story is sobering, for sure.

And yay for raising critical thinkers!


Get Pretty, Kick Butt

by Alison Lumbatis

It’s always helpful to me to read a productivity book every few months or so. While there’s not always earth-shattering news to be found, it’s usually the shot in the arm that I need. This book is written by Alison Lumbatis, the creator of the style challenges I’ve told you about.

As you can expect, there’s a fair amount of attention paid to personal care and appearance in this book, but also ideas for working out and setting up your household for success.

The book is a super quick read and free if you’ve got Kindle Unlimited. It’s a nice, easy jolt in the arm, or kick in the butt, if you need one. 😉

What did YOU read this month?

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  1. Some of my favorites from September are:
    Secrets of a Charmed Life by Susan Meissner
    Nine Ten:A September 11 Story by Nora Raleigh Baskin
    The Omnivore’s Dilemma Young Readers Edition by Michael Pollen
    “Yup” “Nope” “Maybe” A Woman’s Guide to Getting MoreOut of the Language of Men by Stephen James
    Evidence Not Seen : A Woman’s Miraculous Faithin the Jungles of World War II by Darlene Diebler Rose
    The Mother in Law Dance by Annie Chapman

      1. I don’t know the age. It was pretty long. The regular version was about 500 pages and this one was still 400 or so. I read it as audio, so I listened while I was cleaning. It was interesting, but I didn’t want to know everything it had in it. :/ It had a lot of good and varied information though.

  2. I read Columbine, by David Cullen, and Hillbilly Elegy (forgot the author’s name!), and I’m working on I Know How She Does It, by Laura Vanderkam now.

      1. It’s funny you say that. I’m having a hard time finishing it, and am thinking of abandoning it. I agree with her message, but I feel like I got the point a third of the way through the book. 🙂

        1. My copy was due back at the library, and it just wasn’t worth it to put it on hold again. I thought it was just me, but I’ve thought her books were a little overrated.

  3. I read The Yearling by Rawlings. Forgot how much I like this book. Also the dearest Dorothy series. I will look for Beorn the Proud as I have a daughter into Rick Riordan’s Viking book. Thanks for the suggestions every month!