Welcome! I’m Christy Raj. I’ve always been a book nerd – you can blame Johanna Spyri’s Heidi. I read it at the age of eight, bored after finishing my school work for the day. I had ample time to read back in the dark ages before computers and cell phones, and developed rather eclectic reading habits from browsing library shelves, thrift stores, and yard sales alike. Nancy Drew, James Fenimore Cooper, Agatha Christie, Jane Austen . . . actually I’m pretty sure I checked out those first two simultaneously. Through some strange oversight I wasn’t introduced to Narnia until I was a teen, but that just meant I enjoyed it more than I would have earlier. One husband, two degrees, three children, four major moves, and five chickens later, I read Michael Ward’s Planet Narnia and re-discovered my love for both C.S. Lewis and academic pursuit. So, here I am, in between read-alouds, boo-boo bandaging, and never-ending piles of laundry and dishes, pondering the mysteries of life, gender, and C.S. Lewis. Soli Deo Gloria.
My cast iron teapot, cream, honey, a pretty cup, poetry and Scripture to start the day.
Books! New Favorites are Arcadia by Iain Pears, Spinning Silver by Naomi Novik, and Pride by Ibi Zoboi. The old favorites are too numerous to name, but standout authors would include C.S. Lewis, Jane Austen, and Agatha Christie. Favorite poets include George Herbert and Nikki Giovanni.
Steampunk. Yes, I know I’m weird. Girl Genius online comic, brass owls, airships and locomotives, automaton versions of Queen Victoria. And what’s not to love about books with titles like Etiquette and Espionage or Romulus Buckle and the Luminiferous Aether?
Being outside. Gardening, walking while my kids play at the park, mountains, oceans, trees, kids calling me to come see the sunset or the moon and stars.
A hubby who cooks AMAZING steaks. That fancy charcoal grill was totally worth it!
Music! Weird here, too. Most commonly heard around this house are John Rutter and Toby Mac. Sometimes big band/ WWII (Dinah Shore). Kathleen Battle, Sarah Brightman, some Broadway. And . . . whatever strikes my fancy. I have playlists based on what genre I feel like listening to at the moment. And one great big Sunny Day playlist that’s exceedingly eclectic.
Talking and learning about everything! It’s probably my favorite part of homeschooling that my kids are getting big enough to talk about important and involved concepts. I love getting to the heart of the hows and whys of everything from science to literature to philosophy and theology. I think really that’s why I love books – it’s like having conversations with people from all over the world and all periods of history!