September Reading Stack

It is a mid-September (night's) reading stack because I did not finish some of my August reads by the beginning of September, such as City of God and Pride and Prejudice, and I wanted to make sure I had room to add more books first. (I also almost always read at night.) So here are some new titles I am beginning and some I am still bearing with in the middle of the month of September.


The Legend of Sleepy Hollow and Rip Van Winkle - Washington Irving
Reading both of these with the kids for literature. 
A Philosophy of Eduction - Charlotte Mason
Mason's final book in her education series of six books. Once I finish this, it's back to book number one to begin the series all over again. 
Macbeth - Shakespeare
Reading straight Shakespeare (no watering down) with the kids. We take turns being characters, while they read from their smaller copies and I read from this monster: 

Cloaked - Rachel Kovaciny @ Edge of the Precipice
This past summer, I had hoped to return to the art of reading for fun with my kids before bedtime, but the summer got away from us; now, no more excuses: we started with this adventurous Western fairytale by Rachel at Edge of the Precipice. I'm reading my copy on Kindle iCloud. 

History of England, Vol. 5, 1603-1649 - David Hume
Reading for TWEM Histories Reading Challenge. It is not all that enjoyable, though some sections of history are interesting because I may be familiar; however, after a month of reading, I have not made much progress.

Jude the Obscure - Thomas Hardy
Hardy and I are going to go toe-to-toe again. I am ready.
A Grief Observed - C. S. Lewis
Hoping to start another Lewis, just because. 
The First Four Years - Laura Ingalls Wilder
The final book in the Little House series, though there are three more books to read after I finish this one for Little House-athon.
And the Mountains Echoed - Khaled Hosseini
Hosseini did not disappoint with his previous two novels; therefore, I am absolutely looking forward to reading this next book. 

* Have you read any of these? What did you think? Are there any you are looking forward to reading someday?  


  1. Hi Ruth, I read the Washington Irving books aloud to my daughter a few years ago. I thought they might have been too American for us but we both enjoyed them. P of Ed is my favourite CM book & the very first one I read. We're reading through Shakespeare's Richard III but we it's very annoying as we just finished Tey's 'Daughter of Time' a little while ago & she has a very different view of Richard! We really enjoyed Macbeth & were surprised by some of the humour in it - mostly insults that were hilarious. 'A Grief Observed' was one I read before I was married but I loaned it to someone ages ago & haven't got another copy. I'd like to re-read it.
    My own reading isn't giving me great joy. It's all a bit weighty & I'm not in the frame of mind for it. However, loving reading aloud Herriot's 'All Creatures Great & Small.'

    1. I've heard good things about All Creatures Great & Small. I wish I snagged the used copy for sale at my library some time ago. My kids are enjoying reading Shakespeare aloud and maintain their characters long after we are done reading. They start arguing about who has blood on their hands. We did just finish the Legend of Sleepy Hollow, and next week we will begin Rip Van Winkle. I've never read these stories by Washington, so this is a first.

      Oh, I do hate it when my whole stack is weighty. It makes reading slow going, having to trudge through it.

  2. Surprisingly, I believe I've only read Macbeth and A Grief Observed. In the latter, Lewis' pain is visceral and at times, hard to absorb. I feel grief even thinking about it.

    Love your stack though. I'm going to add more books to my present stack of two. I need more mental stimulation! Ha ha! Happy reading!

    1. I've only just begun A Grief Observed, and man, it is so sad. I've been drawing little sad faces in the margin all over!

      Thanks! I know you'll be adding more to your stacks. I look forward to see what you choose.

  3. What a great and varied pile. All I can say is be prepared for Jude the Obscure!! I'm glad you sound prepared and look forward to what you have to say when you come out at the other side.

    1. Yes, I know Hardy now. I've got three under my belt, so I'm ready for him. I think it is good that I started with his two lighter novels - Return of the Native, and Far From the Madding Crowd - because if I started with Tess, I don't know that I would have wanted to pick up another Hardy.

    2. I'm rereading Macbeth next year! And I have started Hume. I need to get back to that soon. I'll probably give myself until the end of the year to finish it, and if you've moved on to the next one by then (The Social Contract?) I'll start that one with you.

    3. I'm not sure that the previous Hardy books you've read will adequately prepare you for the punch in the gut that comes with Jude the Obscure. What you said about Tess I said about Jude.

    4. Beth, I've been missing in action this week, and haven't done any reading of Hume. And, same here, I am giving myself until the end of the year to finish it. I adjusted the reading schedule on Goodreads. I'll begin The Social Contact in January.

    5. Wow, ok, well...I haven't started Jude, yet, but now I may be in even more anticipation. I think if it wasn't for his superb and poetic narratives, I wouldn't bother. So we'll see how this turns out.

  4. What a fun way to read Shakespeare! I tried Macbeth once but need to get back to it at some point. All the best for this homeschooling year! :)

    1. Thank you, Marian. My kids are loving reading it out loud.