Archive of 100 Book Challenge

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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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
Author
Jenny
Category
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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