Archive of 2018 December 11

11Dec2018

Book #54: Frankenstein

My book club was reading Frankenstein by Mary Shelley during the month of October, which is appropriately spooky.  I’ve read this in the past, so this time around, and after the success of reading Pride and Prejudice to my kids, I decided to read it aloud to my kids.  Wow, what a different experience it ended up being. Victor Frankenstein is just the worst.  I didn’t remember much about

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11Dec2018

Book #53: Harriet the Spy

Harriet the Spy by Louise Fitzhugh was one of my favorite books when I was a kid.  I wanted to be a spy just like Harriet.  I even got myself a notebook and old clothes good for climbing fences and into dumbwaiters.  Unfortunately, I didn’t live in New York City, I lived in suburban Kansas City, Kansas.  Nobody had a dumbwaiter in their split-level home.  Nobody was even around worth spying

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11Dec2018
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Jenny
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100 Book Challenge, Biography, Classic

Book #52: Narrative of the Life of Frederick Douglass

This is unprecedented, but this book is a repeat.  It is also Book #6 in this year’s challenge.  Read my review here. My thoughts are pretty much the same, but this time I got to discuss it with a group of women from my homeschool group.  I missed the discussion with my book group back in February, so I was excited to get to talk to people about it this time around. Totally worth the se

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11Dec2018

Book #51: The Mysterious Benedict Society

I already blogged about The Mysterious Benedict Society by Trenton Lee Stewart here, but I’m so glad I read it again for the book discussion group.  Introducing another generation to this amazing book is always worth a re-read. Reading it again always makes me ask the question, which character am I most like?  Constance, probably, as much as I hate to admit.  What about you? Goodreads r

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11Dec2018

Book #50: My Life With the Liars

If a middle grade reader ever asks you, “Do you know of any books about cults that I could read?” and you want to make sure it’s appropriate for their age, this would be the book for you.  Otherwise, I don’t know why you’d want to read My Life with the Liars by Caela Carter.  It was hard reading.  Cults give me the jeebies.  But I’m glad I read it because my girls were all reading

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11Dec2018

Book #49: The Trumpet of the Swan

Are you one of those people who hate talking animal stories?  Or super smart animals?  Well, you still might like The Trumpet of the Swan by E. B. White.  Everyone knows about Charlotte’s Web by the same author, but I wonder how many people know about this beautiful little book.  These two are my favorites by E. B. White, with Stuart Little a very distant third. There’s so much to love

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11Dec2018

Book #48: The Two Gentlemen of Verona

The sum total of what I knew about Two Gentlemen of Verona was that it is Shakespeare’s shortest comedy.  I listened to an interesting audio about it, though it wasn’t a summary, so I went into it with fresh eyes. Wow, it was so misogynistic.  Shakespeare usually writes pretty strong female characters, but this play was the worst in that department.  Also, I know that during this time ma

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11Dec2018

Book #47: The Wednesday Wars

I read Okay for Now by Gary D. Schmidt for my book club about a year ago and loved it.  What I didn’t realize is that it was a sequel to this Newbery-Award winning book, The Wednesday Wars.  Holling Hoodhood is a wonderful character and his agony over being forced to study Shakespeare with his teacher every Wednesday while his fellow students go to religious instruction was delightful.  Mrs.

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11Dec2018

Book #46: Beanstalks and Other Hilarious Scarytales

I read a book called Beanstalks and Other Hilarious Scarytales by Kiersten White.  That time is now lost to me. Some books you read because your kids insist they’re funny and awesome and then you read them and think, “Do my children actually know what a funny and awesome book is?”  The only thing that redeemed it was portraying Snow White as a vampire, which is something I’ve been say

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Book #45: The Beyonders, A World Without Heroes

For the second half of the books in this reading challenge, there will be quite a few that I read for the book group of homeschooled teens that I am mentoring this year.  The Beyonders: A World Without Heroes by Brandon Mull is one of them.  When I met Brandon Mull at Life, the Universe and Everything Conference in February, I told him that I was going to have my book group read that series.  I

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