As it heads into Autumn the urge to read really kicks in. I love snuggling up with a good book with the rain beating against the window or when there is a chill in the air. It is still a bit too warm here to feel truly Autumnal but I have a pile of books to read anyway!
I always have more than one book on the go at once! Generally quite a varied selection too and this time is no exception. Maybe it is due to that back to school feeling that comes with September but I am feeling the need for books with more depth to them.
The Family Daughter is a recent purchase from KBR Ministries and it is interesting and inspiring. It just feels relevant to where I am in my life now! Plus there are real life experiences and quotes scattered through the book. Most books in this area tend to say "this is what you will do until you marry" with little or no attention given to those who won't get married. It isn't in God's plan for everyone to marry and there are other ways to be used for the Lord. It isn't as though you hit a certain age and, if you aren't married, you suddenly cease to be useful.
I haven't read Cranford. I have made it to 26 without reading this classic. I don't have any excuses but am aiming to rectify this situation! I have read North and South which was also written by Elizabeth Gaskell and I have seen the wonderful BBC drama. If you haven't seen the adaptations of Cranford or North and South I wholeheartedly recommend them!
It is also embarrassing to admit that I haven't read much philosophy at all. I am reading Walden at the moment and I love it! I also have the book Walking which is also written by Thoreau. In Walden he discusses reading, solitude and seasons and, through them all, his love and respect of nature shines through! I have a book by Emerson to read too ..... it turns out that, after years of avoiding philosophy based on the assumption that it was dull, I was utterly wrong and it is such a fascinating subject! Reading the works of Thoreau is changing how I view the world and expanding my horizons and knowledge.
Days on the Road is the diary of Sarah Raymond Herndon and covers her journey west in 1865. This is an era that fascinates me! People were willing to risk everything on the hope of a better future for themselves and their families. I have flicked through this book and it isn't a sugar coated view. The snippets I have read clearly show that it wasn't all sunshine and camp fires. I can't imagine how tough that journey would have been to take especially as you wouldn't have known what you would find at your destination.
I have nearly finished Almost Amish. I thought it was such an interesting subject for a book and, given my interest in the Amish, I couldn't resist it! I like the characterisation in the book but really I think I would prefer a non-fiction version where someone goes to live with the Amish and adopts their simple life.
What are you reading at the moment?