My Spring Reading List

I often get asked about my personal reading list. You know, the books I read just to myself and not my children. I thought I would share the current spring list with you. I’ve put a nice dent in it already. After a rough start to 2019, I wanted to put together a list that strayed a bit from my usual reading diet.  I decided to vere in another direction and read more nonfiction.  With several roadtrips this spring and a few long plane trips, (I’ll be in England at the end of May for the first Wild + Free Europe Conference!)  these are books I’ll be reading while resting, traveling and plotting, I mean planning, the upcoming school term.

Near the end of March I tuned into one of the podcasts I regularly listen to, The Schole Sisters, and enjoyed this episode on taking action. I found a few recommended books there that I eagerly added to my list. I’ve linked them, but it would be great if you could click on the Schole link and purchase through there if you are buying and not borrowing from a library.


  1. When: The Scientific Secrets of Perfect Timing by Daniel Pink
    ** This book had me at hello with its opening story on the sinking of the Luisitania. I enjoyed it thoroughly and am already processing ways of implementing better timing in our daily schedule. I loved all the practical applications in this one!9781101621615.jpg
  2. A Mind for Numbers by Barbara Oakley51RHjL+DcpL.jpg
  3. The Four Tendencies by Gretchen Rubin
    This was a quick and fascinating read. Much talk of Lark and Owls over at our house these days.
  4. Better Than Before: Mastering the Habits of Our Every day Lives by Gretchen Rubin
    Yes, I know. ANOTHER book on habits. I usually dislike books that advertise happiness, BUT it has been great fun reading (and sometimes disagreeing with) Gretchen’s words.To this I added:
  5. The Whole Brain Child by Daniel Siegel
    My second round with it. I ended up taking several notes this time around.
  6. Margin by Richard Swenson
    I always want his name to be Ron Swenson. Ha! Mr. RICHARD Swenson penned this beautiful book some years ago and I first heard about it from Sonya Schafer. Reading it a few years back gave us a chance to take action and shape our days and lives differently. I love revisiting this book.
  7. The Organized Mind: Thinking Straight in the Age of Information Overload by Daniel Levitin
  8. Defending Boyhood by Anthony Esolen
    If you know me, you know I love Professor Esolen’s work. This is his latest book and I’m saving it for last.

What are you reading these days? Do you ever take a break from your usual reading diet?


3 thoughts on “My Spring Reading List

  1. I loved reading The Whole Brain Child last year! One of these days I plan to read No Drama Discipline as well! Currently, I’m falling behind on reading Home Education by Charlotte Mason in an online book club I’m with. Oops. I have skimmed a ton of cookbooks lately as I’m getting more into cooking more plant-based and creating and sharing recipes. I’d like to get back into The China Study by T. Colin Campbell and Home Education.


  2. Oh! Those look fun. I love book talk! I’m adding them to my que. thank you for sharing. I like reading your tidbits on each one.
    I recently read Never Split the Difference, which has changed the way I talk and negotiate with my kids (and others). Listened to Safely Home about persecution in China which brought up excellent conversations with my kids about freedoms and gratitude. Now I’m reading The Dark Frigate, dimly because it was on the Newbery list, I love it. It’s very pirate-esque…complete with plenty of alcohol and murder…but if you have any true pirate lovers who can handle Treasure Island, they’ll love this one too.
    Oh, and I’m browsing through Notes from a Blue Bike.
    Hoping to read Brene Brown’s latest next.


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