What I’m Reading – November


Beware of the person of one book.

–Thomas Aquinas

So here we are in November; we’ve had incredible weather here in the UK, the sun has been shining as the beautiful coloured leaves fall to the ground and there’s that perfect crisp ‘nip’ in the air, enough to get you under a blanket whilst picking up a book or two!

If you read October’s post on What I’m Reading you’ll know I’m slowly making my way through Annie Dillard’s ‘Pilgrim at Tinker Creek‘ with my book club and I’m dipping into Charlotte Masons ‘Original Homeschooling Series‘ as an ongoing part of my learning rhythm.

When writing to mothers, Karen Andreola in A Charlotte Mason Companion suggests that we all have three books on the go at one time so that we can pick up the one we “feel fit for” at that time, she suggest:

  1. A Stiff Book (ie, a challenging one)
  2. A Moderately easy book (ie a biography)
  3. A Novel (preferably good ones – not twaddle.  examples included George Eliot, Charles Dickens, etc)

I don’t quite follow her pattern but I like having a few on the go so I can choose which one suits the mood or time of day! I make it my goal to finish this group of books within the month before I move on…

Never be without a good book on hand –  Charlotte Mason

Without further ado, here are my November reads!

In the hand

Composing a Life by Mary Catherine Bateson

I  listened to an ‘On Being’ podcast with Krista Tippett and Mary Catherine Bateson and was inspired to read her book ; I snatched it for 18 pence on Amazon Marketplace!

Composing a life

BIG MAGIC, creative living beyond fear by Elizabeth Gilbert

So excited to dive into this one; especially after reading Brene Brown’s ‘Rising Strong’, apparently the books work well together!

Big Magic

On the Kindle

Own Your Life by Sally Clarkson

I started this a while ago but never finished it for some reason, after following a few periscope book clubs using this book I decided to dive back in this month. 

own your life

Audio Books

Platform: get noticed in a noisy world by Michael Hyatt


Wuthering Heights by Emily Bronte

(This is on Kindle with an add-on audio so I can do both!)

wuthering heights

I’m also re-listening to It Starts With Food by Dallas and Melissa Hartwig as I’m on round 2 of the Whole30; I didn’t quite catch everything fully during the first listening so once the two above are through I’ll start on this one again whilst doing dishes!!

Thank you for all your comments and recommendations on Instagram and Facebook from last months ‘What I’m Reading’ post – I’m lining some of them up for the new year…watch this space!

So what have you got picked out of the book shelf for November?


What I’m Reading – October

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If we encounter a man of rare intellect, we should ask him what books he reads.

–Ralph Waldo Emerson

Yep, I love reading and I’m probably devouring books now more than in any other season of my life (maybe excluding all those sociology texts I had to read at University); I don’t really watch T.V (unless it’s Sherlock…) and I’ve stopped that mindless scrolling through Facebook, seriously try it – put down the phone and pick up a book, it’ll change your life (wink)!


I obviously read my bible everyday and I have a ton of poetry books that I have in various place around the house to pick up when I have 2 precious minutes to read a poem; I read at least 1 a day (not including what I read to my children, this is for my own pleasure…it’s a real thing!!)


I’ve also not included the read-alouds I’m working through with my children; the books listed below are ones I’ve chosen to read for my own enjoyment and education.

So here are my October reads, I’m not going to say much about them in this post but happy to answer any questions:


Rising Strong – Brene Brown

Almost finished this – it’s blowing.my.mind!

rising strong

Pilgrim At Tinker Creek – Annie Dillard

I’m slowly working my way through this in a book club with two precious friends – it needs to be read slowly, it’s amazing!

tinker creek

Kindle Books

The Miracle In The Middle – Charlotte Gambill

miracle in the middle

Home Education – Charlotte Mason

After flicking and breezing my way through this series in my early home educating days I’ve decided to start from scratch and study the original series; totally worth it if you’re using the Charlotte Mason method!

charlotte mason

Audio Books

I listen to audiobooks or podcasts (another blog post…) whilst doing dishes, which is quite a lot!!

It Starts With Food – Dallas and Melissa Hartwig

I’m 23 days into my first Whole30 so this was really helpful to my journey.

starts with food

Lioness Arising – Lisa Bevere

I’ve had this in my audio library for a while, this is my second listening.

lioness arising

So what are you reading? I’d love some recommendations for November!

If you only read the books that everyone else is reading, you can only think what everyone else is thinking.

–Haruki Murakami