Archive of 2018 December 12

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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12Dec2018
Author
Jenny
Category
100 Book Challenge, Classic, Fiction

Book #59: Little Women

We’re trying out a family book club.  Honestly, I’m struggling to keep up with all the reading, but since I made this ambitious goal of reading 100 books this year, I figured it would incentivize me to spend every spare minute reading.  Oy. My 11-year-old wanted to kick off our book club with Little Women by Louisa May Alcott.  This is silly, but I’ve only ever read Little Men, and tha

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Book #58: Dragonwatch: The Wrath of the Dragon King

The sequel to Brandon Mull’s first Dragonwatch book, which I briefly reviewed here, was just as fun, action-packed and great as a read aloud as expected.  I love enjoying these books as a family, all experiencing the highs and lows together.  To top it off, we went and met Brandon Mull at a book signing in Portland a few days after we finished reading it.  My kids hammered him with questions,

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12Dec2018
Author
Jenny
Category
100 Book Challenge, Self-help

Book #57: Scary Close

I can’t even remember why I requested this book from the library.  The author Donald Miller, wrote a book my oldest daughter liked called A Million Miles in a  Thousand Years, which I haven’t read yet.  Scary Close had a blurb that called out to me, so I gave it a try.  Compelling and painful, it was difficult for me to read, yet it ended up being beneficial. Donald Miller tells the sto

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12Dec2018

Book #56: The Chosen

I briefly reviewed The Chosen by Chaim Potok in my summary post from 2017 here.  About a year later, I decided to read it again.  This time I had some guided mentoring and writing prompts to go along with it, which deepened the experience.  It’s a new experience for me to re-read books so quickly after each other.  I kept commenting on the book to my kids, so a few of them picked it up after

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12Dec2018

Book #55: The Adventures of Tom Sawyer

My kids all have book-related names and after four girls, my husband and I were stumped by what we should name our first boy.  What boy from our favorite books should we name him after?  Who do we like enough and also like his name enough to name our child after him?  Tom Sawyer was the answer.  While our Sawyer isn’t as conniving, devious, or reckless (sometimes), he does share the qualitie

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