Posts written by Jenny

04Feb2018
Author
Jenny
Category
100 Book Challenge, Non-fiction

Book #6 Narrative of the Life of Frederick Douglass

Have you ever met someone that you instantly clicked with?  You don’t have to be exactly the same, but you seem to just ride the same wavelength?  I love that feeling and I hang on to those people.  I love authors like that too, and it is even easier to hang on to them because I can buy their books and read them over and over and feel that connection.  Whether the connection is to the charac

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02Feb2018

Book #5: Number the Stars

I try to take on WWII books at a slow pace so I don’t overwhelm myself.  A few years ago I read The Hiding Place by Corrie ten Boom and All the Light We Cannot See by Anthony Doerr and then I needed a break.  But my thirteen-year-old is studying WWII (more books on that topic to come while we work our way through them) and recommended Number the Stars by Lois Lowry for me to read.  I read it

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01Feb2018
Author
Jenny
Category
100 Book Challenge, Kids

Book #4: The City of Ember

Er, I know I’ve already read this book and even reviewed the entire series here, but since this counts toward my 100 book tally, I’m totally going to do a post about it. This time around, I read The City of Ember by Jeanne DuPrau to my ten-year-old daughter and eight-year-old son. They knew nothing about the story, having missed the last round when my older kids read it.  It was so delight

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29Jan2018
Author
Jenny
Category
Bibliojunk

Some thoughts on a book I want to read

A few years ago, I heard about The Healing Power of Stories by Daniel Taylor.  I’ll write some thoughts on it, but here’s a good summary.  Learning about the four types of stories has given me a framework to evaluate what I read and I’ve found it valuable, though I’ve never read the book.  Why the heck am I writing a review then for a book I’ve never read?  I guess it’s more like

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28Jan2018
Author
Jenny
Category
Fiction, Goodreads, Young Adult

Book #3: Lord of the Flies

I don’t know how I managed to miss reading Lord of the Flies by William Golding in high school.  Isn’t it what most high schoolers read at some point and then speak only with hatred for the rest of their lives?  My thirteen-year-old daughter had heard of the urban myth about this particular book and wanted to read it, to see if it was as awful as predicted.  She asked me to read it as well,

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06Jan2018
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Book #2: The 21 Day Sugar Detox

I just went through a mental argument, telling myself that a cookbook shouldn’t count toward my 100 book goal, but then reminding myself that I read cookbooks cover to cover, so therefore it counts.  Then I told myself that it’s lame to blog about it, but I told that Negative Nellie voice to get over myself and just write something down, you stinker.  I’m very nice to my inner critic, as y

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03Jan2018
Author
Jenny
Category
100 Book Challenge, Non-fiction
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Book #1: Teaching from Rest

I admit, I’m going for the easy win on the first book of my 100 book challenge.  This book is less than 100 pages long and started out as an e-book that eventually had enough demand to print.  Baby steps, right? I’m a homeschooling mom, so it’s no surprise that you’ll see some of the books I read show up in that category, but I did find lots of parallels to motherhood and life in gene

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21Dec2017
Author
Jenny
Category
Fiction, Goodreads

Five Star Fiction, 2017 Edition

This post contains affiliate links. This post is going to be a little longer, my friends.  In my non-fiction post, I left out a few five star books because they were homeschool-specific and I wanted to feature books that would appeal to all readers.  But fiction?  Everybody needs some of that, baby. Some of my five star books were repeat reads, but since I haven’t posted a book on this

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20Dec2017
Author
Jenny
Category
Goodreads, Non-fiction

Five Star Non-Fiction, 2017 Edition

This post contains affiliate links. Some of you will ignore this post because you don’t read non-fiction.  That is perfectly acceptable.  If you don’t read non-fiction but are curious as to what you might like if you were to read non-fiction, this is a good place to start. Grit: The Power of Passion and Perseverance by Angela Duckworth I always thought of myself as a gritty person,

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19Dec2017
Author
Jenny
Category
Bibliojunk, Fiction, Goodreads, Non-fiction

How I rate books

I’ve read 59 books this year so far and there were hardly any stinkers.  It’s not that I had good luck, it’s that I’ve gotten good at only guessing which books won’t be a waste of time.  I’ve spent so many hours of my life on books that weren’t worth the investment and I’m just too picky now to follow that same model. When I pulled up my 2017 list on Goodreads and sorted it my

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