Homeschooling Update: Plans for Third Grade

Last week kicked off G’s 3rd grade year. It’s always an exciting time, and I’ve got some fun things planned for his year.

3rd Grade Curriculum Choices

3rd Grade Curriculum Choices

Math

Math Mammoth has worked really well for us so far, so he’ll be starting off the year with 4A, and when he finishes that, he’ll move on to 4B. I would like to supplement with Beast Academy and am planning on getting their new 2A level when it releases. I want it to be fun-challenging, not super hard-challenging, which is why I’m going lower in level than the 3A I have and briefly tried last year.

History

Sonlight C LA 3
In addition to the second half of world history covered in Sonlight C, I’ll be adding in some extra fun titles such as See Inside the World of Shakespeare and a sticker book about Knights as I try to slow us down and not finish before May.

I’m trying to avoid moving into level D before 4th grade, but we’ll see how that goes. We’d begun level C last year, so we’re already on week 9 of the curriculum. I just ordered the Kingfisher Atlas of World History (it hasn’t arrived yet) but that should also give us plenty to look at and help slow things down.

Spelling, Phonics, and Handwriting

He’s halfway through All About Spelling level 4 already, so I expect him to finish it and most (if not all) of level 5 this year. He loves spelling!

Although it’s completely unnecessary for him, as it duplicates so much of what he did in All About Reading, I’m having him work through MCP Phonics Level C . It’s often convenient to have some workbook tasks to give him to do on his own. Some days this ends up counting as his handwriting.

For days he’s not getting a lot of handwriting in via other items, he’s using Italic Handwriting Book D. He hates it, but his handwriting is not good, so he’s working on it. And it’s not the book’s fault he hates it; he’d dislike anything requiring handwriting practice.

Reading and Vocabulary

Sonlight LA 3Somewhat connected with his History curriculum, he’s also doing Sonlight Readers and LA 3. I’ll add in additional readers for him, mostly from the library. Those I generally pick as we go along through the year, and I’ll try and keep you posted on the ones I assign as the year progresses.

For another workbook to do on his own when I need him to be busy while I work with his sister(s) he’s got Wordly Wise B. The vocabulary practice so far has been unnecessary, but I’ll keep using it for the workbook benefits.

Bible

Besides the assigned Bible reading and Window on the World book included in Sonlight, I’ve added the Awesome Book of Bible Facts (that they used to include, but took out). He’ll also start up with Awana again next month, where he’ll be in the T&T level.

Science

Sonlight Science CHe’s a big fan of Sonlight science, and has just started Science C. Since it’s never enough for him, I’ll be supplementing with additional science books. First up is 100 Things to Know about Science, followed by a book about Volcanos. Once he learns that there are additional Wile E Coyote science titles, he’ll be clamoring for them, so I’m thinking I’ll get him Whoosh, Kaboom, Clang, and Zoom for Christmas gifts.

Art

I’ll be trying out a new-to-us art curriculum with both older kids – Artistic Pursuits Introduction to Visual Arts .

I also have several Usborne art books to read with the kids – Introduction to Art, Lift-the-Flap Art, Art Treasury, even an Art Activity Book, and a Step-by-Step Drawing Book.

In addition, I have a list of art appreciation books to grab from the library, such as 13 Paintings Children Should Know and others in that series.

I know we won’t get through all of that this year, but I’m trying to have it on hand to make it more likely it’ll be a regular part of our routine.

Music

Someday I hope to get all the kids into piano lessons, but that won’t be this year. While we wait, I want to do some composer studies, music history, and other music apreciation-type material.

Towards that end, I’m slowly working on building a reference collection. So far I have the Usborne Famous Composers Reference Book, and I’m also planning on adding their Classical Music Reference Book.

In addition, I’m then debating between three options: First Book about the Orchestra, Welcome to the Symphony, or The Story of the Orchestra. I’d like to get one of them for the year, and am hoping to try all three out from the library before deciding which one (if any) to purchase for our shelves.

Cooking

I’ve not been that successful at using the video version of the Kids Cook Real Food course (but when I did, I loved it), so I’m trying the book instead.

Extras

He’s now a Bear in Cub Scouts, and is looking forward to all of the activities that offers throughout the year. He’s also begun the Fall soccer season, playing on team Germany. It’s still up in the air if he’ll play basketball this winter, but he’s certain to play baseball in the Spring.

Taekwondo is ongoing: he’s just earned his 1st degree recommended black belt, so next up is 1st degree decided, and to work towards his instructor’s collar.

It should be another busy year!

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10 Nonfiction Books I Can’t Stop Recommending

10 Nonfiction Books I Can't Stop Recommending

  1. The Boys in the Boat: Nine Americans and Their Epic Quest for Gold at the 1936 Berlin Olympics by Daniel James Brown

    It works for so many reading situations and interests. Enjoy reading about history? Interested in sports history? Narrative nonfiction? Nonfiction that reads like fiction? Just looking for a great book? Boys in the Boat!

  2. Quiet: The Power of Introverts in a World That Can’t Stop Talking by Susan Cain

    At the slightest opportunity to promote this look at Introverts, I take it. Introverts needing to understand themselves, extroverts needing to understand the “other side” – it works for all. I’m eager to read Quiet Power, her version for children, as well.

  3. The Road from Coorain by Jill Ker Conway

    A thought-provoking memoir, which touches on so many topics. It’s marvelous for book clubs, and it’s not nearly as well-known as it should be. Anyone looking to expand their usual reading choices should take a close look at this as a possibility.

  4. Team of Rivals: The Political Genius of Abraham Lincoln by Doris Kearns Goodwin

    Recommended when someone isn’t afraid of a book with some heft. It may be over 800 pages, but it’s a marvelous account of Lincoln’s presidency. She has a gift for bringing the past to life and making me care about things I never expected to (like Lincoln’s cabinet).

  5. 84, Charing Cross Road by Helene Hanff
    It’s an easy introduction to the epistolary style and is a great follow-up read to so many books (but especially The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society). It’s also short enough that it works well as a recommendation for anyone looking for a quick read.
  6. Garlic and Sapphires by Ruth Reichl
    Yes, it’s the third of her memoirs, so you should probably read the other ones first, but this one was the most interesting, as it looks at her life as restaurant critic for The New York Times. I’ve never wanted to be a restaurant critic, but this book made me wish I was friends with one and could go out to eat with them occasionally.
  7. In a Sunburned Country by Bill Bryson
    It’s actually a toss-up between this and another Bryson title, A Walk in the Woods. Both combine memoir with history and geography in a humorous travelogue that always makes me feel like I’m traveling with him. In addition, these are both excellent as audio books.
  8. As You Wish: Inconceivable Tales from the Making of The Princess Bride by Cary Elwes
    Speaking of audio books, at the slightest query for a great audio book I mention Elwes’ memoir. I don’t even like celebrity memoirs, but this isn’t so much an account of Elwes’ life, as it is a look back at the making of the movie The Princess Bride. And as much as I enjoyed reading it, listening to it is even better. The familiar voice of Wesley, along with brief appearances by Billy Crystal, Robin Wright, Wallace Shawn, Mandy Patinkin, Rob Reiner, and more. Spectacular!
  9. Give Your Child The World: Raising Globally Minded Kids One Book at a Time by Jamie C. Martin
    Not only for homeschoolers, although I do bring it up regularly in that context. For anyone wanting to introduce children to the world, it’s an amazing annotated listing of books by geographic region, organized by age range (4-6, 6-8, 8-10, 10-12). There’s also a helpful index by time period in the back.
  10. 102 Top Picks for Homeschool Curriculum by Cathy Duffy
    I suggest this title ALL THE TIME for anyone thinking of homeschooling, wondering where to start if they want to homeschool, and of course for those looking to consider particular curriculum options. What isn’t so obvious from the title is that the book includes a fabulous introductory section, describing types of homeschoolers, and helping parents figure out their child(ren)’s learning style(s). If you are homeschooling or thinking of homeschooling, you should read this book.

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July 2017 Recap

July 2017 in Stats

Books Read This Month: 28
Books Read This Year: 128

Things That Happened
  • Book club – A Midsummer Night’s Dream for my in-person book club and True Grit in the Facebook group.
  • G turned eight, and had a week at Cub Scout camp.
  • Another week of VBS & week of taekwondo camp.
  • We had some friends stop by for an afternoon/evening as they drove across the country. It’d been a couple of years since we’d seen them so it’s always nice to have a chance to catch up with them. Their oldest son is 15, so this time we were more or less able to ignore the kids for longer stretches as their older ones kept an eye on all the littler ones. That was nice for us to be able to talk and visit.
  • Those visitors also motivated R to finish painting that corner for me, so my bookcase is in place and I’ve been getting organized and ready for us to start homeschooling again.
  • We (and by we, I mean R) refilled the sand box for the kids, and they’ve been out there playing in it every day since.
  • R also worked on the washing machine, which has been having some issues. Upon opening it up, he discovered a sock clogging it, and since removing it it’s been working much better.
    Whew. I was hoping we wouldn’t need to buy a new machine!
What’s Cooking
  • I kind of made up a bar recipe when I didn’t have the exact ingredients the recipe called for. I ended up tossing in caramel bits, white chocolate chips, and even the dregs of a bag of toffee chips. They were amazing!
  • Burgers on the grill. Lots of burgers, which leads to easy leftover meals.
What I’m Anticipating in August
  • M’s birthday! She’ll be THREE 🙂
  • School starts up again!
  • Soccer starts for G and H. I don’t know who puts the kids on teams or schedules things, but I love them. This year, just like last year, the kids have their practice on the same day and time, in the same place. I love having it be set each week, so it’s easy to get into a routine, and I love love love having them both at the same time – makes life so much easier for me.
  • Book club – Lost in Shangri-La for my in-person book club and The Diamond Age in the Facebook group.
Books I Read in July

I shared the list of books I read in a recent post, and I haven’t even read any new picture or chapter books to the kids this month – it’s still been all old favorites all month, with nothing new to share. August should be different!


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Book Pairings: Dictionary Fascination

Because good books can be even better when they’re well-paired.

Fascinated by words? Find history compelling? Enjoy a good memoir? How about a little of all three?

Start with The Professor and the Madman, about the creation of the Oxford English Dictionary. Blending lexicography, history, and biography it’s an amazing look at the incredible feat that the OED really was and is.

Next, move on to a modern look at a dictionary with Word by Word. Part memoir, part behind-the-scenes peek at how it’s done at Merriam-Webster. I don’t often have job envy, but when I do it’s for a job like that.

Don’t think that you have to be a complete word nerd to like either book – sure, it helps, but it’s not a requirement. Both books are compelling enough to satisfy any nonfiction fans, and both provide a lot of discussion fodder. They’d work well as a book pairing for a discussion group!

The Right Word(Have a young reader you’d like to get in on some word fun? Read The Right Word to them. It’s a picture book biography of Peter Mark Roget, and it’s lovely.)

Want still more word goodness? Make sure you follow Merriam-Webster on Twitter. Their social medial game is excellent, and that way you’ll get links to the word of the day, and not miss out on their entertaining tweets.

Find the books:
The Professor and the Madman: A Tale of Murder, Insanity, and the Making of the Oxford English Dictionary by Simon Winchester
Print | Kindle | Audible | Nook | Goodreads

Word by Word: The Secret Life of Dictionaries by Kory Stamper
Print | Kindle | Audible | Nook | Goodreads

The Right Word: Roget and His Thesaurus by Jen Bryant, illustrated by Melissa Sweet
Print | Goodreads

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Cover Love: The Diamond Age

The “Cover Love” series is inspired by the “Judging Books by Their Covers” series previously run at Quirky Bookworm.

Six cover options for The Diamond Age, and I don’t like any of them. Seems appropriate, since I don’t like the book. Not one would inspire me to pick it up and give it try (it was the high Goodreads rating that did that).

What do you think of the covers? Do you have a preference for one of them in particular Or do you have any ideas for how they could have designed the cover to make it fit the book, and be appealing? ‘Cause I’ve got nothing.

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Books I Read in July 2017

What a great reading month! I did a lot of listening to audio books, which is why my reading total is so high – 11 of the books I finished were audio titles!

Books Read in July 2017

    Mysteries

  1. Magpie Murders by Anthony Horowitz

    So. Good. It’s a story-within-a-story, and the framework is really well done and made for such a fun book. I listened to it, and the narrators did an excellent job. Plus I didn’t figure out either solution (although I had a suspicion about one of them, I couldn’t get the why behind it.)

  2. The Madwoman Upstairs by Catherine Lowell

    An enjoyable follow-up to both Jane Eyre and the biography on Charlotte Brontë I’d recently read. I think it’d have been even better if I’d ever read Wuthering Heights and/or Agnes Grey!

  3. A False Mirror by Charles Todd

    The premise behind this one was absurd, but I do like Inspector Rutledge, so I just kind of nodded and went with the ridiculousness of the setup.

  4. An Unwilling Accomplice by Charles Todd

    Another favorite mystery series because of my affection for the main characters, not because of any individual title. It’s worth starting at the beginning of the series, although it’s not as essential as it would be with other series.

  5. Other Fiction

  6. Kitchens of the Great Midwest by J. Ryan Stradal

    Lots of potential in this one, and it was a really good book, but missed out on being really great. The narrators are excellent, so as long as you don’t mind lots of profanity (in one section at least), it’s a good one to listen to on audio.

  7. Among Others by Jo Walton

    I’m not even sure what to say about this one exactly – I loved it, and read it in under 24 hours. I liked the idea behind it, the setting, the bookworm main character. And yet, looking at it objectively, it’s not one I can recommend to anyone and everyone. It doesn’t really have all that much action – there’s lots of day-to-day recounting of boarding school events, and tons of science fiction books and authors mentioned. I think it’s a book that’s either going to fit the reader so well that they love it, or leave a reader cold, wondering why on earth there isn’t anything happening.

  8. Road to Paradise by Karen Barnett

    Sweet story, but not my type of book overall. I thought it was going to be a historical mystery and it’s a historical Christian romance. I did like the setting!

  9. Nonfiction

  10. On Edge: A Journey Through Anxiety by Andrea Petersen

    Really interesting, and well-written. Petersen takes her own story and expands it to give a look at anxiety in general, and various treatments for it. It was a fascinating account.

  11. My Life with Bob: Flawed Heroine Keeps Book of Books, Plot Ensues by Pamela Paul

    I’d expected to love this one, and certainly to find it more interesting than On Edge. Instead, I found it veering towards boring at times, and unsuccessful at making her story more interesting to a wider audience.

  12. Charlotte Bronte: A Fiery Heart by Claire Harman

    Excellent for learning details about Charlotte Brontë’s life (I had no idea she ever married!), although the writing style was dry and at times it was a bit tedious. Read it if you want to know more about Charlotte or her sisters, but it’s not a must-read as a generally-interesting biography.

  13. Kid Lit

  14. Winterbound by Margery Williams Bianco

    Enjoyable, old-fashioned story. I’m keeping an eye out for a copy to add to our library, because it’d be a good one to have on hand for the kids to read in the future.

  15. The Princess and the Goblin by George MacDonald

    I would have loved this one as a kid. As an adult, I enjoyed it well enough, and I’ll read it to my kids soon(ish).

  16. The Girl Who Drank the Moon by Kelly Barnhill

    Has gotten tons of praise since publication, including winning the 2017 Newbery Medal. And I liked it, but I didn’t LOVE LOVE LOVE it like I somewhat expected to with the press it’s gotten.

  17. Savvy by Ingrid Law

    Fun, with an unusual take on magical powers. It’s the first in a trilogy, and eventually I’ll look for the others, although it’s not a immediate priority. I’ll keep this in mind for my kids to read when they get into middle-grade books.

  18. Cookbooks

  19. Sheet Pan Suppers: 120 Recipes for Simple, Surprising, Hands-Off Meals Straight from the Oven by Molly Gilbert

    So many tempting ideas in this one, especially a couple of the breakfast ideas as I daydream about our upcoming bookclub retreat!

  20. Nigella Fresh: Delicious Flavors on Your Plate All Year Round by Nigella Lawson

    Nothing jumped out at me that I wanted to try, but I adore Nigella’s voice, and love reading her commentary.

  21. Week in a Day by Rachael Ray

    It’s not what I thought it was going to be, and I still want to look at the cookbook I thought I was getting. For a cookbook where the focus is on prepping for five meals on one day, there was very little direction on the order for the meals to be prepped, or ways to make things easier on the cook. It felt very forced as far as making recipes fit into the supposed premise.

  22. The Farm Chicks in the Kitchen by Serena Thompson and Teri Edwards

    Grabbed on a whim from the library shelf, so the fact that I didn’t really like it all that much isn’t too disappointing. It included appetizers, lunch, desserts … but no dinner ideas! And really, dinner is where I want ideas. 🙂

  23. The Melendy Quartet

  24. The Saturdays by Elizabeth Enright
  25. The Four-Story Mistake by Elizabeth Enright
  26. Then There Were Five by Elizabeth Enright
  27. Spiderweb for Two by Elizabeth Enright
  28. General thoughts about the entire series: I LOVED IT. How on earth did I never read these books as a child? I would have adored them, and wished I could be adopted into the family, and have their adventures. Great on audio as well. I can’t wait to read them to my kids, or at least introduce them to them, and then let them read all four themselves.

    Rereads

  29. The Hanging Valley by Peter Robinson

    The geography on this one confused me, and I got a little sidetracked by trying to understand what on earth Robinson was describing. Eventually I gave up and just enjoyed the characters. I’m still not entirely sure what happened at the very end, but it would be a major spoiler to explain so if you’ve read it recently and can discuss, let me know.

  30. Past Reason Hated by Peter Robinson

    So dated as far as social issues go, and the book itself drags quite a bit. Unless you’re obsessive about reading all the books in a series, this one is completely skippable.

  31. Cain His Brother by Anne Perry

    And another book where the middle drags on way too much. This should easily been edited down by at least 100 pages, to make for a more engaging book. The details get really repetitive. The solution to the mystery is also completely unbelievable.

  32. Not For Me

  33. Plague Land by S. D. Sykes

    I need at least one character to care about in a book, and this one didn’t have any. Despite wanting to like the book – I love the medieval time period, and the premise behind the book – a third son is recalled from the monastery he’s been sent to when his father and older brothers both die from the plague – was intriguing. Alas, the book itself was boring and filled with unpleasant characters. The mystery itself was even a let-down and didn’t make up for the disagreeable characters. .

  34. Work Clean: The Life-Changing Power of Mise-En-Place to Organize Your Life, Work and Mind by Dan Charnas

    Almost preachy in tone, and super repetitive. Would have been stronger as a long article or series of blog posts, but as a full-length book it felt padded.

  35. I’d Tell You I Love You But Then I’d Have to Kill You by Ally Carter

    Teetered on the edge between amusingly quirky and entertaining, and ridiculously absurd. Eventually toppled off into the absurd side for me. I think I’m too old and cranky to appreciate it.

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New on the Stack in July 2017

Welcome to New on the Stack, where you can share the latest books you’ve added to your reading pile. I’d love for you to join us and add a link to your own post or instagram picture sharing your books! It’s a fun way to see what others will soon be reading, and get even more ideas of books to add to my “I want to read that!” list.New on the Stack button

So. Many. New. Books.

That is not an apology or justification, just an acknowledgment that I have an even bigger stack of new titles than usual, and I love it.

Nonfiction

The Guynd coverThe Guynd: A Scottish Journal by Belinda Rathbone

How did I get it: Bought a used copy since my library doesn’t have it.
Why did I get it: Catherine made it sound irresistible.

Happy Pretty Messy coverHappy Pretty Messy by Natalie Wise

How did I get it: Bought a Kindle copy.
Why did I get it: My friend wrote it and it was a great deal.

The Miracle Morning for Writers coverThe Miracle Morning for Writers by Hal Elrod, Steve Scott, and Honoree Corder

How did I get it: Bought a Kindle copy.
Why did I get it: Hard to resist at $1.99

Nigella Fresh coverNigella Fresh: Delicious Flavors on Your Plate All Year Round by Nigella Lawson

How did I get it: Borrowed it electronically from the library.
Why did I get it: While I’m not sure that I’ve every made anything of hers, I love reading Nigella’s recipes.

Drop the Ball coverDrop the Ball: Achieving More by Doing Less by Tiffany Dufu

How did I get it: Borrowed it electronically from the library.
Why did I get it: I don’t remember where I heard about it, but the concept is appealing.

Sheet Pan Suppers coverSheet Pan Suppers: 120 Recipes for Simple, Surprising, Hands-Off Meals Straight from the Oven by Molly Gilbert

How did I get it: Borrowed it electronically from the library.
Why did I get it: Love reading cookbooks to get new ideas for dinner.

Salad for Dinner coverSalad for Dinner by Jeanne Kelley

How did I get it: Borrowed it from the library.
Why did I get it: I had the chance to go to the library BY MYSELF and I took the opportunity to browse the cookbook shelf.

Week in a Day coverWeek in a Day by Rachael Ray

How did I get it: Borrowed it from the library.
Why did I get it: Like the concept behind this one.

The Farm Chicks in the Kitchen coverThe Farm Chicks in the Kitchen by Serena Thompson and Teri Edwards

How did I get it: Borrowed it from the library.
Why did I get it: It looked pretty.

It's Ok Not to Share coverIt’s OK Not to Share and Other Renegade Rules for Raising Competent and Compassionate Kids by Heather Shumaker

How did I get it: Borrowed it from the library.
Why did I get it: I don’t remember who recommended Shumaker’s books.

It's Ok to Go Up the SlideIt’s Ok to Go Up The Slide by Heather Shumaker

How did I get it: Borrowed it from the library.
Why did I get it: Both of her titles were recommended (in a Facebook group? Some post I’m forgetting?)

Fiction

Bright Island coverBright Island by Mabel Robinson

How did I get it: Bought a used copy.
Why did I get it: I don’t remember how I heard about it.

The King of Attolia coverThe King of Attolia by Megan Whalen Turner

How did I get it: Bought the Audible version.
Why did I get it: Love this series!

Kristin Lavransdatter coverKristin Lavransdatter by Sigrid Undset

How did I get it: Bought the Audible version.
Why did I get it: It’s been highly recommended, and I couldn’t resist the deal of using only one credit to get that many hours of listening.

The Pilgrim's Progress coverPilgrim’s Progress by John Bunyan

How did I get it: Bought the Kindle version
Why did I get it: R is doing a Bible study on it, and he wanted a physical copy. I’m reading along with him, as their pace is only one chapter a week.

A Beautiful Poison coverA Beautiful Poison by Lydia Kang

How did I get it: Selected it as my free Kindle First title for July.
Why did I get it: It sounded the most interesting to me out of all the available options.

Counted with the Stars coverCounted with the Stars by Connilyn Cossette

How did I get it: Kindle freebie.
Why did I get it: Interested by the setting.

The Faerie Guardian coverThe Faerie Guardian by Rachel Morgan

How did I get it: Kindle freebie.
Why did I get it: Worth trying.

Daemoniac coverDaemoniac by Kat Ross

How did I get it: Kindle freebie.
Why did I get it: The description sounded like it could be great.

Salted coverSalted by Aaron Galvin

How did I get it: Kindle freebie.
Why did I get it: I’m intrigued by the premise – a mermaid story for boys.

Two Heads Two Spikes coverTwo Heads, Two Spikes by Jason Paul Rice

How did I get it: Freebie for signing up for the author’s newsletter
Why did I get it: He’s a prolific author, so if I like his style I’ll have lots more to read.

Kitchens of the Great Midwest coverKitchens of the Great Midwest by J. Ryan Stradal

How did I get it: Borrowed it on audio from the library.
Why did I get it: The author was speaking at a nearby library in July, so I wanted to read his book before going to the presentation.

Magpie Murders coverMagpie Murders by Anthony Horowitz

How did I get it: Borrowed it on audio from the library.
Why did I get it: It’s gotten a lot of buzz, so I wanted to give it a try.

An Unwilling Accomplice coverAn Unwilling Accomplice by Charles Todd

How did I get it: Borrowed it on audio from the library.
Why did I get it: Next in the Bess Crawford series.

The Hanging Valley coverThe Hanging Valley by Peter Robinson

How did I get it: Borrowed it on audio from the library.
Why did I get it: Next in the Alan Banks series.

Past Reason Hated coverPast Reason Hated by Peter Robinson

How did I get it: Borrowed it on audio from the library.
Why did I get it: Next in the Alan Banks series.

A Study in Charlotte coverA Study in Charlotte by Brittany Cavallaro

How did I get it: Borrowed it on audio from the library.
Why did I get it: Kate made it sound appealing.

The Saturdays coverThe Saturdays by Elizabeth Enright

How did I get it: Borrowed it on audio from the library.
Why did I get it: I’ve heard about Enright for ages, but had never read her before. I finally decided to try her when I saw the first was available from my library on audio.

The Four-Story Mistake coverThe Four-Story Mistake by Elizabeth Enright

How did I get it: Borrowed it on audio from the library.
Why did I get it: Had to get the rest of the series.

Then There Were Five coverThen There Were Five by Elizabeth Enright

How did I get it: Borrowed it on audio from the library.
Why did I get it: Next in the series.

Spiderweb for Two coverSpiderweb for Two by Elizabeth Enright

How did I get it: Borrowed it on audio from the library.
Why did I get it: Next in the series.

The Madwoman Upstairs coverThe Madwoman Upstairs by Catherine Lowell

How did I get it: Borrowed it electronically from the library.
Why did I get it: My Jane Eyre-inspired reading focus continues.

The Diamond Age coverThe Diamond Age by Neal Stephenson

How did I get it: Borrowed it electronically from the library.
Why did I get it: August’s book club selection.

Among Others coverAmong Others by Jo Walton

How did I get it: Borrowed it electronically from the library.
Why did I get it: I don’t remember how I first discovered this one, but the description sounded appealing.

The Road to Paradise coverRoad to Paradise by Karen Barnett

How did I get it: Borrowed it electronically from the library.
Why did I get it: Jill mentioned it in one of her New on the Stack posts and I fell for the cover and premise.

A False Mirror CoverA False Mirror by Charles Todd

How did I get it: Borrowed it electronically from the library.
Why did I get it: Next in the Ian Rutledge series.

Cain His Brother coverCain His Brother by Anne Perry

How did I get it: Borrowed it electronically from the library.
Why did I get it: Next in the William Monk series.

A Most Novel Revenge coverA Most Novel Revenge by Ashley Weaver

How did I get it: Borrowed it electronically from the library.
Why did I get it: Next in the series.

Plague Land coverPlague Land by S. D. Sykes

How did I get it: Borrowed it electronically from the library.
Why did I get it: Jessica made it sound appealing.

The Girl Who Drank the Moon coverThe Girl Who Drank the Moon by Kelly Barnhill

How did I get it: Borrowed it electronically from the library.
Why did I get it: It’s gotten a ton of positive buzz.

I'd Tell You I Love You But Then I'd Have to Kill You coverI’d Tell You I Love You But Then I’d Have to Kill You by Ally Carter

How did I get it: Borrowed it electronically from the library.
Why did I get it: Jessica got me to do it.

A Night Divided coverA Night Divided by Jennifer A. Nielsen

How did I get it: Borrowed it electronically from the library.
Why did I get it: I don’t remember how it came to my attention, but I was intrigued by the premise. It’s not a setting that gets much attention!

Savvy coverSavvy by Ingrid Law

How did I get it: Borrowed it electronically from the library.
Why did I get it: I think it was Amazon that recommended it to me. 🙂


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Introducing August’s Book Club Selection: The Diamond Age

The Diamond Age by Neal Stephenson

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What’s It About?

(Description from Goodreads)

The Diamond Age: Or, A Young Lady’s Illustrated Primer is a postcyberpunk novel by Neal Stephenson. It is to some extent a science fiction coming-of-age story, focused on a young girl named Nell, and set in a future world in which nanotechnology affects all aspects of life. The novel deals with themes of education, social class, ethnicity, and the nature of artificial intelligence.

Why Was This Title Selected

It was intended as the science fiction title for the year (Dark Matter was supposed to be a thriller; I hadn’t realized how much sci-fi it included.) It’s won multiple awards and received rave reviews, so I trusted it would be a good choice for discussion.

Anything Else to Know About It?

The discussion will begin soon in the Facebook group, and you’re welcome to come and join us.

It’s available in Print, for Kindle or Nook, or via Audible (for a reduced price if you buy the Kindle version first).

What’s Coming Up Next?

plainsongPlainsong by Kent Haruf

What’s it about? The interwoven lives of a community in Colorado.

Find the book: Print | Kindle | Nook | Audible | Goodreads

And a heads-up: you can get the Audible version for a reduced price if you buy the Kindle version first.


See all the books we’ll be reading in 2017 here.


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New on Your Stack (Volume 27)

Some highlights from the books from last month’s linkup:


50 Great American Places coverAs soon as I saw 50 Great American Places: Essential Historic Sites Across the U.S. listed in Stacie‘s monthly post I went and added it to my Amazon wishlist. And really, it’s all I could do not to buy it immediately – it’s so exactly the sort of book I loooove and like to actually own. Plus it’s only $7.14 but I’m trying to hold off until next month as I’ve already spent my book budget for July. 🙂

Stacie also reminded me that it’s time to order a 2018 Almanac for my son – he had so much fun reading the one I got him for 2017, and that’ll mean I’ve made a start on Christmas gifts. That’ll wait until August as well though.


Six of Crows coverArwen has SO MANY BOOKS listed for last month, she makes me feel better about the ridiculous numbers I add every month as well. I’m not the only one! 🙂

I’ve added Six of Crows to my library holds list, so I’ll be giving that one a try once my turn arrives. Because it was a Kindle freebie, I grabbed The Faerie Guardian. It doesn’t sound precisely like my sort of book, but I don’t mind giving it a try, as it’ll all depend on just how much romance there is in the story.

And, despite not liking the title AT ALL, I downloaded Daemoniac, another Kindle freebie (love when they have the first in a series as a free download!) Described as Sherlock Holmes meets the X-Files, this could be the best thing ever or a travesty. I’m hoping for the former.

Arwen was full of ideas for how to get free books this month, so I also signed up for author newsletters from Aaron Galvin and Jason Paul Rice, and received copies of their books Salted and Two Heads, Two Spikes.


The Boy is Back coverWhile it is completely not my usual genre, I am soooo tempted by The Boy is Back, because Kate tells me that it’s epistolary fiction! My love for that style of book might be enough for me to read it, or at least give it a try. I’ve already got it on hold at the library.

I’m also somewhat tempted by The Fifth Letter, by Nicola Moriarty, especially because I’ve liked books by both of her sisters (What Alice Forgot and Big Little Lies by Liane, and Feeling Sorry for Celia by Jaclyn).


Counted with the Stars coverJill got me to download another Kindle freebie – Counted with the Stars. I do like historical fiction, although I’m concerned that this one may skew towards the romance side. I’ll give it a try however, as it’s the first in a trilogy so if I like it I’ll have two more to look forward to reading!


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Upcoming Releases I’m Eagerly Anticipating

Despite having an already-overflowing to-be-read list, I’m always looking ahead at what new books are soon to be released. Here are the ones I’m most excited about that will be releasing in the next six months:

Glass Houses coverGlass Houses by Louise Penny

The latest in the Gamache series, and as much as I tried to slow myself down so I wouldn’t be left waiting for publication, it didn’t work. Hurry up, publication date!! (August 29th, not that I’m counting or anything).

The Four Tendancies coverThe Four Tendencies: The Indispensable Personality Profiles That Reveal How to Make Your Life Better (and Other People’s Lives Better, Too) by Gretchen Rubin

Rubin’s last book, Better Than Before, introduced the four tendencies, and I found that section was my favorite part in the entire book. I’m eager to read a book focused entirely on that topic.

The Grave's a Fine and Private Place coverThe Grave’s a Fine and Private Place by Alan Bradley

The latest in the Flavia de Luce series, which Goodreads says is expected to publish in September, but now Amazon says January. So apparently they aren’t making their original date and have pushed it back, which is a major disappointment as I am ready to read it immediately.

Reading People coverReading People: How Seeing the World through the Lens of Personality Changes Everything by Anne Bogel

Reading + personality = this should be awesome. I thought about applying to be on the launch team for this book since that would have gotten me an early copy. I really should have done that and then crossed my fingers to be chosen.

Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban coverHarry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban: The Illustrated Edition by J.K. Rowling, illustrated by Jim Kay

I’ve had this one pre-ordered since April, despite already owning the book in at least two other formats. No matter, I want to own all of the books in this new illustrated edition, because it is so beautiful. It’s going to release in October and will be set aside as a Christmas present to me. Thanks husband dear, you gave me exactly what I wanted. 😉

The Yes Effect coverThe Yes Effect: Accepting God’s Invitation to Transform the World Around You by Luis Bush with Darcy Wiley

Co-authored by my friend Darcy (who wrote a wonderful guest post for me ages ago), I’ve been following along with her writing process since she first began the project. So excited for her that the publication date is almost here!

Ride On Will Cody coverRide On, Will Cody! by Caroline Starr Rose

I’ve mentioned my love for her books many times, and I’m excited for another one, especially one that I’m confident my son will love.

The Self-Discipline Handbook coverThe Self-Discipline Handbook: Simple Ways to Cultivate Self-Discipline, Build Confidence, and Obtain Your Goals by Natalie Wise

I “met” Natalie through an online group thanks to my friend Darcy mentioned above. She’s amazingly accomplished and regularly has SO MANY projects going on at a time, so I’m eager to read this.

Sleeping in the Ground coverSleeping in the Ground: An Inspector Banks Novel by Peter Robinson

An upcoming release that I’m actually not quite ready to read, as I catch back up on earlier titles in the series. This series got paused when I had kids, but I’m enjoying getting reacquainted with Inspector Banks and am looking forward to continuing on with him, especially since I haven’t even reached the books where Robinson really starts to shine as an author.

OPne Beautiful DreamOne Beautiful Dream: The Rollicking Tale of Family Chaos, Personal Passions, and Saying Yes to Them Both by Jennifer Fulwiler

I enjoyed Fulwiler’s first memoir, Something Other Than God and imagine that the sequel should be just as enlightening.

The War I Finally Won coverThe War I Finally Won by Kimberly Brubaker Bradley

I thought so much of The War That Saved My Life, and was super excited to hear there’s a sequel to it.

Of Mess and Moxie coverOf Mess and Moxie: Wrangling Delight Out of This Wild and Glorious Life by Jen Hatmaker

Hatmaker makes me laugh, and think, and laugh some more, so while this isn’t a book that I’m planning on buying for myself, it’s one I’ll be jumping onto the library holds list as soon as it’s available in the catalog.

Renegades coverRenegades by Marissa Meyer

The description for it sounds like it has so much potential, and with how much love I have for Meyer’s Lunar Chronicles series I’m trusting the book will live up to its potential. (pleasepleaseplease)

Into the Bright Unknown coverInto the Bright Unknown by Rae Carson

I began reading Walk on Earth a Stranger, but quickly paused it when I realized that it was the first in a then-unfinished trilogy. Into the Bright Unknown is the final book in the trilogy, so it’s time for me to go back to the beginning and read the books!

And, a few others that are on my radar as strong possibilities for future reads, including Hello Mornings by Kat Lee, Finish by Jon Acuff, Come and Eat by Bri McKoy, Jane, Unlimited by Kristin Cashore, and Y is for Yesterday by Sue Grafton.