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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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14Dec2018

Book #65: The Strange Case of Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde

I’m probably making ridiculous demands on myself, reading-wise.  I’ve challenged myself to read 100 books this year, but I’m in rehab for that.  I’m in a book club with friends in the area.  I’m in a book club with the parents in my homeschool group.  I’m mentoring a book group with the teens in my homeschool group.  I’m subscribed to a monthly book club online where I get ment

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14Dec2018

Book #63: King Henry IV, part 1

I’ve never read a history play before and with the new plan to study both a tragedy and a history in my Shakespeare class, I wasn’t quite sure where to start.  Luckily, my oldest is obsessed with Shakespeare and quite knowledgable, so I just asked her.  Where do I start?  She recommended either Richard II or Henry IV part 1.  Which is funnier, I asked?  Henry.  So that’s what we did.

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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
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Jenny
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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

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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