15Dec2018

Books #68 & #69: Way to Be! and True to the Faith

Most mornings, my kids and I meet together to have a short devotional before we start our school day.  It usually involves something related to our faith, followed by a prayer.  I’ve done a million different variations on this.  Most of the year was spent reading definitions from True to the Faith, a book published by our church that acts like a glossary of terms.  It’s designed to be a co

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14Dec2018
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Jenny
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100 Book Challenge, Bibliojunk

Winding down

There are 17 days left in 2018.  I’ve written posts for 67 books, and I have 8 more books queued up.  I’ll probably finishing writing those posts this weekend, but I’m cheating and bundling a few of them that are closely related.  That means I’ll have read and written about 75 books this year.  I will probably squeeze in a book or two before the end of the year because my time for read

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14Dec2018
Author
Jenny
Category
100 Book Challenge, poetry

Book #67: Life on Mars

The poet W. H. Auden said, "As readers, we remain in the nursery stage so long as we cannot distinguish between taste and judgment, so long, that is, as the only possible verdicts we can pass on a book are two: this I like; this I don't like. "For an adult reader, the possible verdicts are five: I can see this is good and I like it; I can see this is good but I don't like it; I can see this is

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Book #66: The Beyonders: Chasing the Prophecy

Is it bad manners to say ditto again?  The third book in the Beyonders series might be my favorite, but that might be because I’m so emotionally invested in these characters that I feel every step they take with such weight.  Dang, this series is good. Goodreads rating: 5 stars

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14Dec2018

Book #65: The Strange Case of Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde

I’m probably making ridiculous demands on myself, reading-wise.  I’ve challenged myself to read 100 books this year, but I’m in rehab for that.  I’m in a book club with friends in the area.  I’m in a book club with the parents in my homeschool group.  I’m mentoring a book group with the teens in my homeschool group.  I’m subscribed to a monthly book club online where I get ment

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14Dec2018

Book #64: The Pleasures of Reading in an Age of Distraction

This is the book that nearly derailed my 100 book challenge.  If I was a speeding train in this challenge, this slowed me to a craw.  And it wasn’t a bad thing. I borrowed a copy of The Pleasures of Reading in an Age of Distraction by Alan Jacobs from the library, then filled it with sticky notes to remind me of favorite passages.  But it had scads of holds on it so I had to return it and

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14Dec2018

Book #63: King Henry IV, part 1

I’ve never read a history play before and with the new plan to study both a tragedy and a history in my Shakespeare class, I wasn’t quite sure where to start.  Luckily, my oldest is obsessed with Shakespeare and quite knowledgable, so I just asked her.  Where do I start?  She recommended either Richard II or Henry IV part 1.  Which is funnier, I asked?  Henry.  So that’s what we did.

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12Dec2018

Book #62: Romeo and Juliet

This year, I’m teaching Shakespeare at our homeschool group with the kids ages 12-17.  It’s my third year teaching and it still hasn’t gotten boring.  There’s so much to Shakespeare, it’s far more likely I’ll get tired of directing the spring play before I get tired of talking about the plays. The first play we studied was Romeo and Juliet.  I love this play and I’ve read it se

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Book #61: The Beyonders: Seeds of Rebellion

I reviewed the first book in this series here.  The second has far more world-building, which I enjoy.  I don’t have much to add to that review, so I’m going to make this easy on myself and say ditto.  Five stars, baby.

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12Dec2018

Book #60: The Underneath

I’ve reviewed The Underneath by Kathi Appelt here, and it’s a pretty good summary, but I read it aloud to my kids over a year ago as well.  When I was writing the syllabus for my book discussion group, we had just read it aloud and I knew I wanted to introduce it to more young people in the world. It’s always easy to discuss a book based on what happened and who was in it. I wanted to ta

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