Third Term Books

Here they are, a little later than planned:

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Lies My Teacher Told Me by James W. Loewen

The Godless Constitution by Isaac Kramnick and R. Laurence Moore

Are You Liberal? Conservative? or Confused? by Richard J. Maybury (an “Uncle Eric” book)

Basic American Government by Clarence B. Carson

My Name Is Asher Lev by Chaim Potok

Till We Have Faces by C.S. Lewis

The Three Musketeers by Alexandre Dumas

The Giver by Lois Lowry

Paradise Lost by John Milton

Emma by Jane Austen

The Best Loved Poems of the American People selected by Hazel Felleman

Now, I didn’t read all of these the whole term. Some of them i finished only a few weeks in, others I started halfway through. But they were all on my schedule at one time or another during my third term. I finished the last of them this week. I am officially done. I hardly know what to do with myself.

Reviews coming next week.

Second Term Books

I just gathered up my second term books! Here they are:

Some of them are the same, as I said before, but I put them in the pictures anyway.

From top to bottom, they are:

Silas Marner by George Eliot

Sitting at the Feet of the Rabbi Jesus by Ann Spangler and Lois Tverberg

Lies My Teacher Told Me by James W. Lowen

A Tale of Two Cities by Charles Dickens

The Three Musketeers by Alexandre Dumas

Paradise Lost by John Milton

Money, Possessions, and Eternity by Randy Alcorn

Basic American Government by Clarence B. Carson

The Best Loved Poems of the American People selected by Hazel Felleman

The only one that I’m really excited about is At the Feet of the Rabbi Jesus, but who knows? Perhaps one of them will surprise me as To Kill a Mockingbird did.

I also went shopping for my sister’s birthday present today, but I can’t tell you what I got, because she might look at this.

So… who’s excited about The Hobbit coming out? I’m hoping to see it in 48 fps, even though the critics are rather skeptical. What do they know anyway, right? Just kidding. But really, the more real-looking, the better, in my opinion. I guess we’ll just have to wait and see. How did we get talking about The Hobbit? Lol, it seems like all I can talk about. I’m also getting the directer’s cut of The Fellowship of the Ring from Netflix. I’m hoping I’ll like it better than the normal version, since my biggest problem with it was the fact that it went so fast I could hardly keep up. Well, that and Gimli. But don’t get me started on that rant.

I hope you all had a nice Thanksgiving!

First Term Books

So, I know this weeks post is rather late, but I’ve been sick, and that’s pretty much my excuse for everything right now. And hey, better late than never, right?

This is a picture post. A picture post of books!

These are my books for first term. I’m homeschooled, in case you didn’t know, and we split the year up into three terms rather than two semesters. Some of these books will continue on through the next term, like  Paradise Lost, which will last me through the whole year. Here are the titles, from top to bottom:

It’s (not that) Complicated by Anna Sophia and Elizabeth Botkin

Money, Possessions, And Eternity by Randy Alcorn

In His Steps by Charles M. Sheldon

To Kill A Mockingbird by Harper Lee

Paradise Lost John Milton

Whatever Happened to Penny Candy? by Richard J. Maybury (an Uncle Eric Book)

Basic American Government by Clarence B. Carson

Never Before in History by Gary Amos and Richard Gardiner

The Best Loved Poems of the American People selected by Hazel Felleman

Jane Eyre by Charlotte Brontë

If you noticed the red line through Money, Possessions, and Eternity, I didn’t do that. We bought it used, so I guess I’ll never know why that mysterious line is there. The book of poems is one my Mom just happened to pick up at an antique bookstore. It’s so huge that I’m not reading it in order, but flipping to random places and reading the ones who’s titles sound interesting.

You can see the covers here:

If you haven’t guessed already, I’m studying government and economics this year. I’ll show you the books for my other two terms as they come. My favorite book right now has to be To Kill A Mockingbird. I’ll write reviews for at least some of these as I finish them. I’ve actually already finished It’s (not that) Complicated, which is about relationships, though I’ve still got three weeks to go. By the last week of the term my list is pretty short, while my list of books I’ve read gets very long in a very short amount of time. It’s a very satisfying feeling!

Here I got creative with my stacking:

You can see my big bear in the background… I got her the day I was born. I ran out of room in my closet though (since I reorganized it; I do that about once a year, it seems) so she’s headed to the hallway closet. She just hasn’t made it there yet.

Well, this has been fun. If you have any questions, feel free to comment!

P.S. A Hunger Games review is in the works, though I know that that too, is a little late. Stay tuned!

Classics for Middle-schoolers

Pre-teens, or Middle-schoolers, are often daunted by the word “classics”. But they’re really not that hard! Here is a list of my favorites from when I was a pre-teen:

  • The Hobbit by J.R.R. Tolkien  I loved this book! However, most teens don’t have as much patience as I have (no offense), so I must warn you to give it some time. There’s quite a bit of background to get through before you reach the real adventures.
  • The Adventures of Robin Hood by Roger Lancelyn Green  Other people love Howard Pyle’s version; I’ve only ever read this version, so I have no idea which is better. Except for one weird story involving a witch, however, I was perfectly satisfied with this version; long live Robin Hood!
  • Little Women by Louisa May Alcott  Part two has more love stories in it (as all those girls must get married!), but of course it is perfectly innocent. I do remember my mom skipping over one part that was especially romantic (aka, sappy), but she was reading it to my younger siblings as well, so it should be just fine. Oh, and Tomboys, don’t be scared off! One of the girls, Jo, is just like you!
  • An Old-Fashioned Girl by Louisa May Alcott  I liked this one even better than Little Women! The contrast between a country girl and a city girl is always fun. It’s funny that a lot of the problems these girls face are the same problems that girls face today! (or rather, sad, that we still haven’t learned)
  • White Fang by Jack London and The Yearling by Marjorie Kinnan Rawlings  I haven’t read either one of these, but my sisters said they were good. Like most animal stories, they’re a little on the sad side.
  • Treasure Island by Robert Louis Stevenson  I loved this pirate adventure, though I didn’t like Stevenson’s other famous adventure, Kidnapped. Treasure Island has a murder in it and maybe some cuss words too (I can’t remember for sure), and my youngest sister thought the people were slow (aka, dumb). My other sister and I, however, thought it very good. It is a little creepy at times, so don’t read it just before bed!
  • The Prince and the Pauper by Mark Twain  I haven’t read this either, but one of my sisters has read it, and said it was quite funny. I’m planing on reading it… eventually. Right now I’ve got quite a long list of things I want to read.
  • Tom Sawyer by Mark Twain This book is very funny, though there are some difficult accents and some weird superstitions in it. The superstitions are, however, made fun of by the author; it’s not as if he believes them. The story is defiantly more than that all-famous white-washed fence; there’s even a mystery!
  • Black Ships Before Troy by Rosemary Sutcliff  This is an illustrated story version of the Iliad. The pictures are done by Alan Lee, who has illustrated editions of The Lord of the Rings as well as being a concept artist for the movies. This is not a picture book; it is very well written and very gripping. Though a little graphic (in both pictures and text) it never really grossed me out. Now, the actual Iliad has, and I would rate that as a high-school book.
  • The Princess and the Goblin by George McDonald  This is a light and sometimes funny fantasy. McDonald is a master story teller; he somehow manages to make his prose beautiful yet very readable. Though the princess gets the title, there is also a boy named Curdie who takes up every bit as much of the story. So yes, I would recommend this for boys too.
  • At the Back of the North Wind by George McDonald  Unlike The Princess and the Goblin, this story is an allegory. I ate it up, fascinated by figuring the allegory out. This is a make you think kind of book, and my sisters didn’t like it. They thought it was weird. I, however, have not found a single book that is more beautiful.
  • The Cat of Bubastes by G.A. Henty  An adventure in ancient Egypt, this book starts out with an exciting battle, then mellows down and is pretty slow until about the middle. It has a very “happily ever after” ending, which is both pleasing and unrealistic at the same time. The take Henty has on the Egyptian religion is very interesting, and altogether, though it takes a bit of patience, I found it to be an intriguing and gripping book.
  • Alice in Wonderland by Lewis Carrol  Be prepared for nonsense! I’ve never watched either film versions, but from what I have heard, the book is very different. The thing with this book is that you just have to read it and enjoy it for what is. If you try to make sense of it, you’ll end up very discouraged and lost.
  • Peter Pan by J.M. Berry This book is also rather strange, though not in the same way as Alice in Wonderland. There’s much more to it than the Disney version. There are tales that never made the film and the ending is different. Peter’s lack of memory disturbed me at first, but as with Alice, you simply have to let it go. I was disappointed to learn not long ago that I had actually read an abridged version. So I have no idea if the original version’s language is hard or not; sorry. I plan to read the original . . . eventually . . .

I hope this helps! Have fun reading!

Read-Aloud Booklist

Looking for a good read-aloud for the whole family? Here are a few suggestions:

  • Swallows and Amazons by Arthur Ransome
  • The Lion, The Witch, and The Wardrobe by C.S. Lewis
  • My Side of the Mountain by Jean Craghead George
  • God King by Joanne Williamson
  • Misty of Chincoteague by Marguerite Henry
  • King of the Wind by Marguerite Henry
  • Little Women by Louisa May Alcott
  • Little Men by Louisa May Alcott
  • Eight Cousins by Louisa May Alcott
  • In Grandma’s Attic by Arleta Richardson
  • The Secret Garden by Frances Hodgson Burnett
  • The Wheel on the School by Meindert DeJong
  • Ginger Pye by Eleanor Estes
  • The Moffats by Eleanor Estes
  • Moccasin Trail by Eloise Jarvis McGraw
  • The Golden Goblet by Eloise Jarvis McGraw
  • The Sign of the Beaver by Elizabeth George Speare
  • Charlotte’s Web by E.B. White

These are meant to be for all ages, but there are certain books in the list that would be more interesting for older(or younger) children than others would be.