Books Homeschool

What I Read – May

This months reading was largely based on when book holds were available on Libby and library due dates. I was lucky enough to have in laws in town for a few days, an afternoon of sitting in a jury assembly room, and a few days at the beach to allow me to get in some quality reading time.

Much to my dismay I still had to return a stack of books to the library unread. Plus I was slowed down by the 3 other books I was (and still am) trying to read simultaneously. Hopefully those will be on my June list….

The Great Alone – Kristin Hannah

I am always on the look out for book recommendations and this one came up in a group I am in. I am always fascinated with the Alaskan frontier shows on this Discovery channel so the description of this book instantly appealed to me. The story did not disappoint. Following the journey of a teenage girl moving from the mainland U.S. to Alaska with her parents the storyline was a mixture of drama, survival, and Alaskan imagery that kept me coming back for more.

Circe – Madeline Miller

I wish I could remember where I got the recommendation for this book. I have gone through phases of interest in Greek mythology so I thought this one could be fun. It took me a few chapters to get into the story, especially with some the the crude (sexual) behaviors and language of the gods. Ultimately, I enjoyed following Circe’s story and was very pleased with the ending; and ending that I would not have anticipated most of the way through the story.

Free to Learn: Why Unleashing the Instinct to Play Will Make Our Children Happier, More Self-Reliant, and Better Students for Life – Peter Gray

This book was a technical read. I found it rather dry, as I would most similar non-fiction books. The author of this book used the Sudbury Valley School in Massachusetts as a case for unschooling. There were many points in this book that echo my current beliefs on education but also some that I know would not work for our family. I also found the chapter about unstructured play in groups of children to be very compelling and I will be more diligent in making sure my only child has more opportunities for unstructured group play (rather than organized sports and classes) although that will take some effort and re-training on my part (as an introverted semi-helicopter mom).

Crazy Rich Asians – Kevin Kwan

My husband and I are fans of the movie and on a whim I decided to download the audiobook through our library via the Libby app. I enjoy the movie but I loved the book. As expected, there are some variations in the plot in the movie and the book has much more detail. The book made me excited to “read” the rest of the series. With so many dynamic, familial relationships it can be hard to keep up with all of the names and connections. Make sure you are paying attention, especially if you are listening rather than reading.

The Highly Sensitive – Judy Dyer

Highly sensitive personality type is something I was recently introduced to when listing to a podcast featuring Jamie C. Martin while promoting her new book, Introverted Mom: Your Guide to More Calm, Less Guilt, and Quiet Joy. I also stumbled up a chapter in Anne Bogel’s Reading People (which I picked up thinking it was about people who read rather than personalities…available on KindleUnlimited) that left me wanting to learn more. I came across The Highly Sensitive while searching Amazon for resources (that I could hopefully also find at the library) and decided to give it a shot since it was apart of KindleUnlimited. Although this book had some helpful information it was really not what I was looking for and I will be reading The Highly Sensitive Person by Elaine Aron very soon.

The Nightingale – Kristin Hannah

This was THE. BEST. BOOK. I have always been fascinated by stories about World War II and the holocaust (I read and loved the Tattooist of Auschwitz earlier this year). This book is the story of two sisters who separately undermined the efforts of the German army in France. The story was captivating and I couldn’t put it down.

The Magicians Nephew – C.S. Lewis

This was a last minute “read”. We were on our way home from the beach and I decided to turn on a newly purchased audiobook. My friend told me about this Focus on the Family Radio Theater version of the Chronicles of Narnia series (that was is on sale). IT. IS. AMAZING. I am exited that we will be able to use this for the other two Narnia books that we will be using for upcoming homeschool year.

To the book itself. My boxed set shows this as book 1 which is contested since it was apparently the last book written. Of the Narnia books I have only ever read The Lion, The Witch, and The Wardrobe and I really enjoyed learning the origin of the wardrobe. It was an easy 2-ish hour listening and well worth the time.

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