Sunday, February 1, 2015

January 2015 Book Report

It's a little worrisome to see how long the list of books I am currently reading looks compared to the list of books I managed to finish in January (especially since the finished list includes one middle grade fiction, two young adult fiction, one middle grade biography, and a book of comedy of the six I read). A good bit of my reading time has been consumed by Bleak House which is time well spent. I just haven't finished it yet.

No Other Story by Dr. Cuthbert Soup, the third in the Whole Nother Story series was a pre-read for First Son. It's silly and ridiculous and I think he'll love it. First Daughter could probably read it, too. It'll be on their lists for next summer (after fifth grade and after second grade). (library copy)

The Song of the Quarkbeast: The Chronicles of Kazam, Book 2 by Jasper Fforde is the second book in his young adult series. I enjoy everything I read by Fforde and this was no exception. (library copy)

The Joy of the Gospel by Pope Francis (a review for Blogging for Books, found here)

Ben Franklin of Old Philadelphia by Margaret Cousins is a book First Son started this month in our American history studies. It's one of the Landmark books and an engaging biography of Ben Franklin. Even First Son admitted it was more enjoyable than he expected. It's such a shame our modern times have trained us to be distrustful of people who love children. There was one whole chapter that had me squirming in my seat as it described how Ben Franklin would invite children to his house and play with them. Rightfully or not, it all seems so inappropriate now. First Son, however, will read that chapter as it was meant, as an encouragement and inspiration. (purchased copy)

The Giver by Lois Lowry, a book I read and reviewed last year and back in 2011. I was asked to review it for another site and meant to just write a brief review on what I remembered, but I couldn't resist reading the whole book again. If you have not read this book, please do. (library copy)

Food: A Love Story by Jim Gaffigan - review found here. Kansas Dad and I bought this book for my dad for Christmas and I think he'll love it. (library copy)

Books in Progress (and date started)
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  1. I read about 3/4 of The Joy of the Gospel but then never finishes it.

    I read The Bible Compassaybe 2 years ago and really got a lot out of it.

    Are you loving the second Noisy Village book? Gemma loved them both so much.

    Do you pre read everything for your kids? Most things I have not pre read because they are recommendations from people whom I trust. I am wondering though, when Gemma starts reading chapter books on her own and has a little more autonomy at the library, how to handle that...

  2. Oh and the Garrison Keillor book looks intriguing. Aaron and I were just talking last weekend about how we are kind of kicking ourselves for not going to see him at the state fair a few years ago. Talk about a legend !

  3. I really like reading a few poems each day. The Keillor book is interesting because it has many poems I wouldn't read otherwise.

    Ideally, I would pre-read everything the kids read, but no one has time for that. I try to pre-read anything I give to the children to read, especially if it's for "school." I think receiving it from me gives the themes and ideas in the book more importance than a book the kids pick up at the library. I tend to just let those go, partly because while they choose "twaddle" they are all young and innocent enough not to choose age-inappropriate material. I also try to pre-read the books I'm going to read aloud to make sure they aren't too scary or harsh for the younger ones. Every once in a while I don't pre-read and sometimes regret it. We just listened to The Call of the Wild even though I hadn't read it myself and there was a bit of a gory scene at the end. The girls seemed ok with it, though. I try to read everything the kids read for "school" if not before I assign it, then along with them, so they can ask questions or talk about it with me or so I can be sure they understood it when they narrate. I also have people and lists I trust and don't worry about quite so much. For newer books, Commonsense Media is probably a good source of information. I've used it for movies more than books myself.

    So I guess the short answer is, I would like to and I try to read a lot of it but I don't get to everything.

  4. Thanks for the perspective. I love CommonSense for movies/TV. Didn't even realize it covered books. Good to know.


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