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I am a wife and mother that is passionate about sharing content that helps us each live a beautiful and virtuous life. As an etiquette instructor, I love to seek out the beautiful things that surround us. You can often find me making a meal with my husband, building LEGOs with my son, and reading a good book - all in a beautiful dress! Thank you for being a part of this community, I am so happy you are here!

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This week we are soaking up the last sweet days of summer and preparing for the upcoming season of autumn. Our days have been filled with last minute summer activities – grilling our dinners, going on walks together, and days spent on the waterfront. Yet we are looking forward to the coziness that autumn brings. We have been pulling out our comforting soup and stew recipes, researching the best places to go apple picking, and washing our warm blankets that have been stored in our wicker baskets these past few months. However, as the seasons change one thing remains constant – our love for reading.

On our very first date we spent a good part of our conversation talking about our love for reading and our favorite books. On our next date we both agreed we wanted a huge library in our home someday, both of us secretly hoping that it would be the same home we would be sharing. Over the past two years we have created a little book club of two – sharing what we have read with one another, reading each other’s favorites, and discussing each book we read.

Here are the books we want to read this autumn! What is on your reading list? Any recommendations? We would love to hear!

Mike’s Autumn Reading List

David Copperfield by Charles Dickens: I would always bug Claire to read my favorite book, The Lord of the Rings. During her pregnancy with Peter, she finally read it and loved it. Now, after hunting down an awesome edition of this book at Barnes & Noble, I have to make good on reading her favorite. I have never read any Dickens, and I am very excited about reading this one. The very little I know about it is that it is semi autobiographical. The best book is the one you don’t spoil by looking up the plot on Wikipedia!

That Hideous Strength (Space Trilogy, Book 3) by C.S. Lewis: As a 5th grader, I was consumed with The Chronicles of Narnia, and I was reaching for anything by C.S. Lewis. I found the Space Trilogy and struggled for a month with my mom to read the first book of the series. Finally able to revisit the trilogy, I am now ready to start the last part of this amazing story and I cannot recommend it enough! The story follows a university professor as he journeys to several planets, battling the forces of evil. This series offers a Christian answer to the typical argument of space exploration “in the noble cause of preserving humanity.” It is quickly becoming one of my favorites and I can’t wait to finish!

Crisis on Infinite Earths (The Absolute Edition) by Marv Wolfman and George Perez: I have loved comic books and superheroes since I was young, but I was always hesitant to read this story. I think I couldn’t wrap my head around an infinite number of earths. Watching the new Flash series on TV has gotten me interested again in these plot lines. Even though it deals with many different heroes and villains, I view this as a Flash story. Growing up, I was aware of the outcome of this limited series, but I never knew the why. This read is to fill in those gaps. As a side note, the Absolute Editions that DC puts out are awesome – huge oversized coffee table type editions that make it easy to appreciate the beautiful artwork of some of the best stories!

Claire’s Autumn Reading List

Shadow Divers by Robert Kurson: Mike told me about this book on one of our first dates. I often peruse the books Mike has on his Kindle when I feed Peter, and just recently came across this one. I read the first few pages and am hooked! Scuba diving has always intrigued me and one of our goals is to become certified divers someday.

Treasure Island by Robert Louis Stevenson: When we were visiting my family a couple weeks ago, I went into my father’s library and picked this up. I never read this book growing up and decided it was time I did! My desire is to revisit (or visit for the first time) classical books to recommend, read, and teach to Peter someday.

Copperfield and Roses
– M & C

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