In My Book Basket

In My Book Basket February 2015 | The Reading Mother


For the Roman Roads Reading Challenge, my teen boys and I are reading the Robert Fitzgerald translation of Vergil’s Aeneid. The boys follow along in this paperback version, but I am reading from an older hardback with lovely thick, smooth pages, sewn binding, and a woven bookmark. A delight for all the senses.



Also, I did give in to temptation on the Loeb Classical Library version with the first six books (Latin on the left, English translation by Fairclough. Actually, my  kind mom gave me $$ for my recent birthday and told me to buy something I really wanted. So, I did. It’s fun to look up passages we’ve just read and practice a bit of Latin translation.



I’m savoring these three as I work through ancient literature along with my high school students. Print book pictured above: Heroes of the City of Man, Peter Leithart, and these two pictured on my Kindle: Homeric Moments, Eva Brann, From Achilles to Christ: Why Christians Should Read the Pagan Classics, Louis Markos. All three helpful in their own ways, but Eva Brann is extra delightful! Would love to study under her.

Our literature class at Providence Prep is studying a bit of Nicomachean Ethics by Aristotle, led by our fabulous PHC pedagogy intern. He just finished a couple of weeks on several of Plato’s dialogues. I have learned a ton from him!



Our March Book Tea selection is The Life and Opinions of Tristram Shandy, Gentleman, a very funny satire by eighteenth century Anglican clergyman Laurence Sterne. It was suggested by Helene Hanff, author of our last selection (84 Charing Cross Road) by virtue of her order from Marks & Co. and subsequent commentary on it. Yet another short exchange in the Great Conversation.


This gorgeous book was a birthday gift from a dear friend.  I am enjoying dipping in here and there. It was compiled by John Betjeman, late 20th century Poet Laureate of England, and includes many “literary” classics from the likes of  Cowper, Wordsworth, Blake, and others.


We are reading this very occasionally thus far this year. Our “Morning Time” has been a bit of a casualty of my writing and one son’s work schedule, but we are working to reclaim it at least three days a week. When we do read from this, we simply read a poem aloud, then we might discuss it. Or we might just read it and move on to the next thing.


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