What We Have Been Reading This Month – January

This list of books does not include the ones we read for school purposes. The books here are from our free reading shelf. What is a free reading shelf? I have great plans of this being an actual, physical shelf soon, but for now, it is a list of books that I have specifically chosen for each girl. Currently they have between 4 and 8 books to choose from, my youngest has a lot more than that, but my older two are reading chapter books so they don’t need as many in their selection. As I pre read more books myself, they will be added to the girls shelf (list).

These books are read any time they feel like reading, in the car, or outside of school hours. We also have a quiet reading time for half an hour right after lunch, and they read in bed for about half an hour at night. So they also read from these books at those times.

I also have a shelf (list) for books that I read aloud to them. I read aloud at lunch time for about 15 minutes and then again before bed for around half an hour. Again, this does not include any read alouds during school hours (our school is very literature heavy so a tonne of reading is done then too).

Read Alouds:

  • I heard Good News Today
  • All of a Kind Family
  • Alice in Wonderland – listening on Audio
  • The Story of Doctor Dolittle


These are all books that they read to themself 🙂

Bookshelf of Sweet Pea:

  • Pollyanna – Eleanor H. Porter
  • The Moffats – Eleanor Estes
  • Heidi – Johanna Spyri
  • Pony Pals – her choice


Bookshelf of Lavender:

  • Heidi – Johanna Spyri
  • Born to Trot – Marguerite Henry
  • The Littles – some extras we found in the series
  • Junie B Jones – her choice
  • Pony Pals – her choice


Bookshelf of Bluebell:

  • A variety of easy readers
  • Go Dog Go


My Bookshelf:

  • Minds More Awake – Anne E. White
  • The Living Page – Laurie Bestvater
  • The Secret Garden – Frances Hodgson Burnett
  • When Children Love to Learn – Elaine Cooper
  • The Practice of God’s Presence – Andrew Murray
  • Mornings with Tozer – A.W. Tozer
  • Six Secrets to a Powerful Quiet Time – Catherine Martin
  • Wuthering Heights – Emily Bronte
  • Six Ways To Keep the “Little” In Your Girl – Dannah Gresh
  • Steve Ramsey’s Complete Guide to Money
  • Wuthering Heights – Emily Bronte
  • Corrie – Kathleen White
  • For the Children’s Sake – Susan Schaeffer Macaulay
  • Corrie Ten Boom – Janet Benge
  • Different Children, Different Needs – Dr. Charles F. Boyd


My shelf looks huge! These are the books I have feasted on this month. Some of these are a part of online book discussions, so they will take several months to read. Some of my books I am reading and enjoying before I add them to my girls shelves. And others I am just reading and enjoying.

Her choice refers to books that I have not read or consider to be high quality. They are probably best labelled as fluff or twaddle – a little like junk food or a treat is to our physical body, so is twaddle to our minds. So these are fine in small doses, and they do not form the major part of their reading diet. Remember reading the Babysitters Club series?

What have you been reading this month? I would love to hear your book titles.


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