A large family, homeschooling, adoption, special needs, whatever strikes my fancy, sort of blog.

A large family, homeschooling, adoption, special needs, whatever strikes my fancy, sort of blog.

Tuesday, March 11, 2014

What We're Reading

The one downside of reviewing books is being introduced to authors and series' that you just have to read more of!

Kids books:
I reviewed Badge of Honor last summer, and my kids enjoyed it so much that I surprised them with Tunnel of Gold, which I mentioned here.  This, of course, led to us getting Canyon of Danger, which we just finished, and now we are looking forward to River of Peril, which comes out next month.

A blog I follow mentioned Travels with Gannon and Wyatt: Egypt, and since we'd been studying so much about Egypt this year, and it was geared toward Jack & Eli's age group, I decided to get both the Egypt book and the Botswana one, too. Eli read them and enjoyed them, and I'm currently reading Botswana aloud to Jack. It's pretty good!  I even found a handwriting page about African Animals, and had Jack trace the words while I was reading to him one night.  Don't tell Eli, because I want to read it aloud, but I just got Great Bear Rainforest, the next book in the series.

I am going to be reviewing a book selection service soon, and while I was browsing their site I came across a series I think Hannah is almost ready for. The Year of the Baby,The Year of the Fortune Cookie, and The Year of the Book look really cute.  It's nice to be able to find books with Asian characters for her.  They're recommended for ages 6-9, so I think I'll get them for Hannah's birthday (she'll be 7) in April and see what she thinks of them.

Zulily.com recently had a book that looked interersting.  I picked up China - Everything You Ever Wanted to Know and it's chock full of tidbit sized facts in a fun to read presentation.  It's part of a series that includes other countries and cities.  I think we might need the Rome one next year!

Mama books:
I used my Tyndale points to get It Happens Every Spring. If you've heard of Gary Chapman, you probably think of The 5 Love Languages. Yeah, same guy. This book was really good, in a wholesome way. I wouldn't have a problem with Brianna coming across it and reading it, like I would some of the books I've read recently. I don't think she's really ready for it yet; it's mostly about married couples, but there's nothing objectionable in it. One of the things in it that struck me was that one of the characters is a homeless developmentally delayed adult. It made me think about what happens to kids like Luke when they're grown. Especially ones who, for whatever reason, don't have a family.

I have a couple of great books coming up for review soon, but I won't spoil them for you.  Let's just say, I've been reading and enjoying!

I won Asia: Its People and History from a blog giveaway.  I'm looking forward to getting it and seeing what it says about China.

How about you?  What are you reading these days?  Any great books I should know about?

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  1. You've just added more books to my list now too :) As if my list isn't already long enough! ;) I've read Asia: It's People and History and I think you will really enjoy it! Congratulations on winning the giveaway!

  2. As part of our kindy curriculum "Around the World," we have or are going to be reading the following: (Amazon book list, though we ordered through Shecki's link so she got credit!) http://astore.amazon.com/mamrex-20

    1. Okay, 1) you rock. Thank you for using my link! 2) I have super fond memories of our around the world studies last year. You must be having a blast. 3) Great books there! We LOVE Carole Marsh! Her chapter books, her state coloring books, all kinds of good stuff. :D

  3. I like seeing what other families are reading. We have a set list that the children work their way through... some of these look interesting!

    1. I've never followed a list; how do you like it? There are "book basket" recommendations with our curriculum, but we do the required reading and the kids choose their own leisure reading.