12Jan2019
Author
Jenny
Category
100 Book Challenge, Fantasy, Fiction

Book #80: Newt’s Emerald

For my final book of 2018, I decided to polish it off with one of my favorite authors, Garth Nix, and a book I’ve only read once before.  I’ve never been much of a fan of Regency-style books, like those of Georgette Heyer. I keep trying, but I can’t get into them. But if you have Garth Nix write it instead, toss in fantasy elements, and I’m sold. Newt’s Emerald is about Truthful Newing

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27Dec2018
Author
Jenny
Category
100 Book Challenge, Cooking

Books #77, #78 and #79: A bunch of Paleo cookbooks

Yes, I read cookbooks cover-to-cover and yes, I’m going to count them toward my 100 book challenge.  So there. Last spring, I got the chance to test recipes for Natalie Perry, food blogger at www.perrysplate.com and cookbook author of The Big Book of Paleo Slow Cooking published in 2017 and now The Big Book of Paleo Pressure Cooking, which just came out.  It was super fun to be part of the

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23Dec2018

Book #76: Goldenhand

For the holiday break, I wanted something familiar, comfortable and cozy to read. Goldenhand by Garth Nix hit the spot. It’s the final book in the Old Kingdom series, fourth after Sabriel, but counted as number five because of the prequel Clariel. I love this series so much and have gone on too much on RHE about it, but I do have to say that Nix’s writing got better as the series went on.

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18Dec2018
Author
Jenny
Category
Bibliojunk

Jólabókaflóð

Icelanders are my kind of people.  They have a tradition at Christmas, known as Jólabókaflóð, which translates roughly into English as ‘Christmas book flood’. A great summary of it can be found on www.jolabokflod.org, but I’ll copy part of it here. This tradition began during World War II once Iceland had gained its independence from Denmark in 1944. Paper was one of the few com

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16Dec2018

Books #71, #72, #73, #74 and #75: The Leadership Education Library

In case you haven’t noticed from the piles of posts referencing homeschooling, that’s a thing I do.  This is my ninth year, and I’ve read just about every book, website, or resource about homeschooling out there.  I’ve tried most of them too.  If it doesn’t resonate with me or my kids, I ditch it and if it does, we keep it and adjust where needed.  So far we’ve been happiest follow

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16Dec2018

Book #70: Searching for Dragons

As I finished up these posts, I started to notice something startling.  My numbers on Goodreads didn’t match my numbers on the blog.  That’s like when you balance your checkbook and notice you’re a dollar off.  I could ignore it, but I don’t want to.  It took some digging, but I found way back in January, I had finished reading Searching for Dragons by Patricia C. Wrede in the first fe

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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
Author
Jenny
Category
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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