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    Sort of OT: What are y'all reading?

    So, this year, I wanted to get back into the habit of reading aloud to the children -- we've fallen off the enrichment read aloud wagon. For Christmas, I gifted the children LOTS of classic children's novels -- some on the read aloud enrichment lists, and all on the Martin Cothran list.

    I'm joining in the Read Aloud Revival challenge for January, and also picked up a Reading Journal from Modern Mrs Darcy to help me keep track. Once my daughter saw my journal, she immediately asked for one as well. (ahem. How easy was that, to get my daughter started on the road to commonplace journaling?)

    I'd love to hear what you all are doing in your homes. What are you reading with the children, and what are you enjoying yourself?


    To the Children (4th grade and 1st grade):

    Treasure Island
    The Castle in the Attic

    Daily -- Saints for Little People


    For myself:

    Fiction: Harry Potter and the Half Blood Prince. I've read it before, and now I'm listening to it on Audible. Hearing Jim Dale read it gives a whole different approach. For example, I never envisioned Bellatrix LeStrange as French, but it fits.

    I recently finished Black Ships before Troy, and I owe someone here a big thank you. (Jessica? Sarah Kaye? ) It was beautiful, even though it broke my heart. I listened to it via Audible, and my children all made fun of me for sobbing so much.


    Nonfiction: The Read Aloud Handbook
    It Starts with Food

    Right now, I can't read adult fiction. For some reason, it seems so ...... trite to me. I'm hoping that after a steady diet of children's novels for a few months, I'll be able to pick up something more grownup.

    What about you all? Let's hear what you're doing.
    Last edited by DiannaKennedy; 01-16-2016, 11:26 AM.
    Plans for 2020-21

    Year 10 of homeschooling with MP

    DD1 - 25 - Small Business owner with a STOREFRONT
    DD2 - 14 - 9th grade - HLS Cottage School/MPOA - equestrian
    DS3 - 12 - 5A Cottage School - soccer
    DS4 - 12 - 5A Cottage School -soccer
    DD5 - 8 - 3A, Cottage School -equestrian and Irish dance
    DS6 - 6 - MP K - home with Momma

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    Re: Sort of OT: What are y'all reading?

    I don't know how this has happened, but we have managed to stay on top of the read alouds lately. I'm usually so sporadic.

    We have thouroughly enjoyed the scheduled RAs for all of our cores. What works for us is I chose one to read aloud myself to my kids and then find the other scheduled books on audio and we listen in the van or during "rest time" while while bigs draw or color. I really enjoyed Number the Stars on audio! Recently I was by myself and driving an hour each way to an appt and finished the whole CD and had to confess to my kids that I cheated and "read" ahead (We devised a rule that we all listen together or not at all so no one spoils the story).

    Another one that has made my kids say "just one more chapter please!" Is Wolves of Willoughby Chase. I end up horse after reading..those chapters are looonnnnggg. But so worth it! We have also been reading through Hans Christian Anderson's Fairy Tales at bedtime.

    As for me, I made a resolution to read one book each month for myself this year. This used to not be a hard goal but seems to get harder every year to find the time. On my list is 30 Days to Morning Glory, finish the CS Lewis Signature Classics collection and read one pleasure book that each of my children are reading.

    I'm interested to hear what others recommend.
    Katie

    2020/21 7th year with MP
    DS 16: 11th, MPOA, HSC, Dual Enrolled
    DD 13: 9th, MPOA Diploma Program
    DD 9: mix of MP 5, Seton, HSC, MPOA Latin,
    Twin DD's 7: mix of MP 2, Seton

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      #3
      Re: Sort of OT: What are y'all reading?

      Originally posted by Katie View Post
      As for me, I made a resolution to read one book each month for myself this year. This used to not be a hard goal but seems to get harder every year to find the time. On my list is 30 Days to Morning Glory, finish the CS Lewis Signature Classics collection and read one pleasure book that each of my children are reading.

      I'm interested to hear what others recommend.
      You're about the 10th person to mention Morning Glory to me, so I'm thinking that God is trying to beat me over the head. It's sitting in my Amazon cart.
      Plans for 2020-21

      Year 10 of homeschooling with MP

      DD1 - 25 - Small Business owner with a STOREFRONT
      DD2 - 14 - 9th grade - HLS Cottage School/MPOA - equestrian
      DS3 - 12 - 5A Cottage School - soccer
      DS4 - 12 - 5A Cottage School -soccer
      DD5 - 8 - 3A, Cottage School -equestrian and Irish dance
      DS6 - 6 - MP K - home with Momma

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        Re: Sort of OT: What are y'all reading?

        Originally posted by Katie View Post
        (We devised a rule that we all listen together or not at all so no one spoils the story).
        Ahem. I'm guilty of that as well. I read ahead in Redwall, and then the kids found it on Audible, which totally destroyed me reading it aloud to them. We might pick it up again soon.


        I have not read ahead in Treasure Island, but quickly read through A Castle in the Attic and it is adorable.

        My kids would like me to adhere to your rule.
        Plans for 2020-21

        Year 10 of homeschooling with MP

        DD1 - 25 - Small Business owner with a STOREFRONT
        DD2 - 14 - 9th grade - HLS Cottage School/MPOA - equestrian
        DS3 - 12 - 5A Cottage School - soccer
        DS4 - 12 - 5A Cottage School -soccer
        DD5 - 8 - 3A, Cottage School -equestrian and Irish dance
        DS6 - 6 - MP K - home with Momma

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          #5
          Re: Sort of OT: What are y'all reading?

          Originally posted by DiannaKennedy View Post
          Right now, I can't read adult fiction. For some reason, it seems so ...... trite to me. I'm hoping that after a steady diet of children's novels for a few months, I'll be able to pick up something more grownup.
          I was totally burned out on adult fiction for years (like, since college) until I joined a classic book club about a year ago. I fell in true love with Sigrid Undset. Go get the Kristin Lavransdatter trilogy (The Wreath; The Wife; The Cross). It will totally renew your faith in literature. It won the Nobel Prize and is also on the HLS list of recommended (or required? Can't remember) books for 12th graders. It is WONDERFUL.

          Her biography of St Catherine of Siena is also fantastic -- so much so that we are considering Catherine for a girl's name. She was my confirmation Saint but I never read as much about her life before Undset enlightened me.

          I just finished Undset's much-beloved tetralogy The Master of Hestviken (The Axe; The Snake Pit; In The Wilderness; The Son Avenger). The ending made me CRY. Do you know how few books have ever, ever done that?

          Undset is a fantastic place to start on your road back to grownup fiction.

          Currently reading Philip K Dick's "The Man In The High Castle". Recommended by my sci-fi connoisseur hubby. It's an alternate reality novel on what life would have been like in post-WWII America, had we lost the war. It's good. Considered his best work.
          Last edited by Anita; 01-16-2016, 11:47 AM.
          Boy Wonder: 10, MP2/SC4 (Special Needs)
          Joy Bubble: 8, MP2 (Special Needs)
          Snuggly Cowboy: 6, MPK
          Sweet Lightness: 2, Reverse-Engineering Specialist

          “Have no fear of moving into the unknown. Simply step out fearlessly knowing that I am with you, therefore no harm can befall you; all is very, very well. Do this in complete faith and confidence.”
          ~Pope St John Paul II

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            Re: Sort of OT: What are y'all reading?

            Originally posted by DiannaKennedy View Post
            You're about the 10th person to mention Morning Glory to me, so I'm thinking that God is trying to beat me over the head. It's sitting in my Amazon cart.
            That book changed my life. Period. So did his prior book, Consoling the Heart.
            Christina

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              #7
              Re: Sort of OT: What are y'all reading?

              Originally posted by Anita View Post
              I was totally burned out on adult fiction for years (like, since college) until I joined a classic book club about a year ago. I fell in true love with Sigrid Undset. Go get the Kristin Lavransdatter trilogy (The Wreath; The Wife; The Cross). It will totally renew your faith in literature. It won the Nobel Prize and is also on the HLS list of recommended (or required? Can't remember) books for 12th graders. It is WONDERFUL.

              Her biography of St Catherine of Siena is also fantastic -- so much so that we are considering Catherine for a girl's name. She was my confirmation Saint but I never read as much about her life before Undset enlightened me.

              I just finished Undset's much-beloved tetralogy The Master of Hestviken (The Axe; The Snake Pit; In The Wilderness; The Son Avenger). The ending made me CRY. Do you know how few books have ever, ever done that?

              Undset is a fantastic place to start on your road back to grownup fiction.

              Currently reading Philip K Dick's "The Man In The High Castle". Recommended by my sci-fi connoisseur hubby. It's an alternate reality novel on what life would have been like in post-WWII America, had we lost the war. It's good. Considered his best work.

              Are you sure you don't want to move to KY? We could have an Undset book club.

              And ..... St Catherine of Siena IS the namesake for our daughter. That feisty little sprite couldn't have been named more appropriately. She goes by Maeve, her middle name, which is Irish for 'She who intoxicates' or 'cause of great joy'. She wakes up, bounding out of bed, ready to attack the day with joie de vivre.

              When she fell into the Baptismal font at her little brother's Baptism, my priest wryly remarked ... "Well, she's certainly setting the world on fire early, no? "
              Plans for 2020-21

              Year 10 of homeschooling with MP

              DD1 - 25 - Small Business owner with a STOREFRONT
              DD2 - 14 - 9th grade - HLS Cottage School/MPOA - equestrian
              DS3 - 12 - 5A Cottage School - soccer
              DS4 - 12 - 5A Cottage School -soccer
              DD5 - 8 - 3A, Cottage School -equestrian and Irish dance
              DS6 - 6 - MP K - home with Momma

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                #8
                Re: Sort of OT: What are y'all reading?

                Originally posted by DiannaKennedy View Post
                Are you sure you don't want to move to KY? We could have an Undset book club.

                And ..... St Catherine of Siena IS the namesake for our daughter. That feisty little sprite couldn't have been named more appropriately. She goes by Maeve, her middle name, which is Irish for 'She who intoxicates' or 'cause of great joy'. She wakes up, bounding out of bed, ready to attack the day with joie de vivre.

                When she fell into the Baptismal font at her little brother's Baptism, my priest wryly remarked ... "Well, she's certainly setting the world on fire early, no? "
                Ha-HAAAAAAAAA!

                ((((((((UNDSET BOOK CLUB)))))))) Deal. Except it'll have to be "virtual". I am never, ever moving again. (As tempting as it is.)
                Boy Wonder: 10, MP2/SC4 (Special Needs)
                Joy Bubble: 8, MP2 (Special Needs)
                Snuggly Cowboy: 6, MPK
                Sweet Lightness: 2, Reverse-Engineering Specialist

                “Have no fear of moving into the unknown. Simply step out fearlessly knowing that I am with you, therefore no harm can befall you; all is very, very well. Do this in complete faith and confidence.”
                ~Pope St John Paul II

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                  #9
                  Re: Sort of OT: What are y'all reading?

                  I, too, read "The Man in the High Castle" and also watched the pilot made for Amazon TV. Thought provoking - and it is Phillip K. Dick's best work. I tried reading others and was unimpressed.

                  Our priest runs monthly book club meetings and we're working our way through lots of dystopian literature. It is really so interesting to view these from an Orthodox (or any sort of Christian) lens. We've completed "The Road" and "No Country for Old Men" by Cormac McCarthy, and more classic tales such as "Farenheit 451", "1984" and "Brave New World". Right now I'm reading "The Slaughterhouse Five" and we meet again next week to discuss it. It may sound odd that a bunch of devout people would read this stuff, but it is really profound when read as adults and, again, looking at these events from the perspective of parents and Christians - very much unlike my take on some of these novels as a teenager. I guess that could be said for any work of literature...and very likely why I, like several of you, gave up on most adult fiction some time ago.

                  In my other "mom" reading, I'm buried in medical herbalism books for my program. I am driving my family crazy by labeling everything in my herb cabinet (including my tea blends that they use) with Latin names. "Mom! Can't you just call it TEA?!" They have also begged me to stop reading the more interesting (relatively speaking) passages about various herbs. Even when I try to do different voices, it's still pretty boring to them. *LOL*

                  I've kept up with our read-alouds through MP and I've found ways to tie in related books we have in our personal library. For example, we're reading "Number the Stars" and, in the second chapter when King Christian X is discussed, I ran to grab my copy of "The Yellow Star" from the bookshelf. It's a beautifully illustrated picture book that explains very well how Christian X had everybody in Denmark wear a yellow star to stand in solidarity with his Jewish subjects. We also added "Farmer Boy" to our read-aloud list, even though it was a literature assignment for ds. It's just a beautiful book to share aloud...and I pulled in "Ox Cart Man", "The King's Tea" and several others for dd4 to enjoy along that sort of theme. Same with "Island of the Blue Dolphins and "Call if Courage" - I pulled out "Iglook's Seal" and "Paddle to the Sea" to read aloud, as well. While they're children's books and meant to help pull dd4 in, the older kids really enjoyed listening, too. It's really so much fun to read our MP books and find others to add further enrichment. Honestly, reading aloud is my favorite part of each day. I can't tell you how much I enjoy it, especially when I get to affect cool accents. (I do a smashing Henry VIII and I give George C. Scott a run for his money as Scrooge.)
                  Mary

                  DD15 - 9th core + CLRC Ancient Greek I & Latin IV + VideoText math
                  DS12 - 7th core + Novare Earth Science + CLRC HS Latin I + VideoText math
                  DD8 - SC level 2

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                    Re: Sort of OT: What are y'all reading?

                    Yes. This Book Club is all-ladies and run through our parish. We rotate houses every meeting. "Twaddle" is banned, as are self-help books. It's FABULOUS. And yes -- it has truly been enjoyable to read off-the-beaten-path selections with other of my faithful sisters. We have quite a lot of fun. There's always a few pregnant ladies, nursing babies and wine.
                    Boy Wonder: 10, MP2/SC4 (Special Needs)
                    Joy Bubble: 8, MP2 (Special Needs)
                    Snuggly Cowboy: 6, MPK
                    Sweet Lightness: 2, Reverse-Engineering Specialist

                    “Have no fear of moving into the unknown. Simply step out fearlessly knowing that I am with you, therefore no harm can befall you; all is very, very well. Do this in complete faith and confidence.”
                    ~Pope St John Paul II

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                      #11
                      Re: Sort of OT: What are y'all reading?

                      I loved Kristin Lavransdatter!!! I should reread it. Right now, I'm reading a biography of Churchill called The Last Lion by William Manchester. It's 3 volumes and each one is 900 pages, so I'll probably still be reading it when this topic comes up again next year. I rarely read contemporary fiction. I'm mainly a British lit kind of person. You can't go wrong with Dickens or Austin. And I absolutely love George Eliot. And for pure entertainment in the summer when I'm working too hard, I read British murder mysteries -the kind where they sit around in taverns and talk to people and figure out who do it without sensationalism.

                      Anita, (ahem) Catherine?

                      Tanya

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                        #12
                        Re: Sort of OT: What are y'all reading?

                        Originally posted by OrthodoxHandmaiden View Post

                        I've kept up with our read-alouds through MP and I've found ways to tie in related books we have in our personal library. For example, we're reading "Number the Stars" and, in the second chapter when King Christian X is discussed, I ran to grab my copy of "The Yellow Star" from the bookshelf. It's a beautifully illustrated picture book that explains very well how Christian X had everybody in Denmark wear a yellow star to stand in solidarity with his Jewish subjects. We also added "Farmer Boy" to our read-aloud list, even though it was a literature assignment for ds. It's just a beautiful book to share aloud...and I pulled in "Ox Cart Man", "The King's Tea" and several others for dd4 to enjoy along that sort of theme. Same with "Island of the Blue Dolphins and "Call if Courage" - I pulled out "Iglook's Seal" and "Paddle to the Sea" to read aloud, as well. While they're children's books and meant to help pull dd4 in, the older kids really enjoyed listening, too. It's really so much fun to read our MP books and find others to add further enrichment. Honestly, reading aloud is my favorite part of each day. I can't tell you how much I enjoy it, especially when I get to affect cool accents. (I do a smashing Henry VIII and I give George C. Scott a run for his money as Scrooge.)
                        I have Number the Stars on my shelf, but haven't read it myself yet. I have to be in the right frame of mind. I've been slowly picking up books off the HLS recommended reading lists as I spy them at the Goodwill or at Thriftbooks.com.

                        Farmer Boy ..... the entire family was sad when Rachel finished studying this book. Ox Cart Man is positively delightful. I remember that one from the K read alouds with Rachel years ago.
                        Plans for 2020-21

                        Year 10 of homeschooling with MP

                        DD1 - 25 - Small Business owner with a STOREFRONT
                        DD2 - 14 - 9th grade - HLS Cottage School/MPOA - equestrian
                        DS3 - 12 - 5A Cottage School - soccer
                        DS4 - 12 - 5A Cottage School -soccer
                        DD5 - 8 - 3A, Cottage School -equestrian and Irish dance
                        DS6 - 6 - MP K - home with Momma

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                          #13
                          Re: Sort of OT: What are y'all reading?

                          Originally posted by tanya View Post
                          I loved Kristin Lavransdatter!!! I should reread it. Right now, I'm reading a biography of Churchill called The Last Lion by William Manchester. It's 3 volumes and each one is 900 pages, so I'll probably still be reading it when this topic comes up again next year. I rarely read contemporary fiction. I'm mainly a British lit kind of person. You can't go wrong with Dickens or Austin. And I absolutely love George Eliot. And for pure entertainment in the summer when I'm working too hard, I read British murder mysteries -the kind where they sit around in taverns and talk to people and figure out who do it without sensationalism.

                          Anita, (ahem) Catherine?

                          Tanya
                          The Last Lion was a favorite of the Hubs. (Our first-born is named Winston, BTW.) I also snapped up the Agatha Christie omnibus on Kindle awhile back. It was absurdly cheap and I figured (shrug). You're right, it is almost guilty-pleasure-worthy. Hubby prefers PD James.

                          (Ahem) Yes, "Catherine". Or the true-Italian "Caterina". After the boot-in-the-pants I got for smack-talking a niggling little calendar...?

                          PS Oh! And Simon Schama's "Citizens" about the French Revolution. Hubs really enjoyed that one. Said it's the best book written on the subject.
                          Boy Wonder: 10, MP2/SC4 (Special Needs)
                          Joy Bubble: 8, MP2 (Special Needs)
                          Snuggly Cowboy: 6, MPK
                          Sweet Lightness: 2, Reverse-Engineering Specialist

                          “Have no fear of moving into the unknown. Simply step out fearlessly knowing that I am with you, therefore no harm can befall you; all is very, very well. Do this in complete faith and confidence.”
                          ~Pope St John Paul II

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                            #14
                            Re: Sort of OT: What are y'all reading?

                            Y'knowwwwwww... If someone has access to a Citrix or Cisco-type conference-call-in type-thing we *could* actually start a phone-based book club. With time zone differences, it might be tricky. But it would be fun to hear everyone's voices and talk about literature on every first (or second or third) Friday night of the month. You wouldn't have to leave the house. Just grab a snack, your book and the phone and retreat to a quiet place (I would head straight to our library) and voila.

                            Anyone?
                            Boy Wonder: 10, MP2/SC4 (Special Needs)
                            Joy Bubble: 8, MP2 (Special Needs)
                            Snuggly Cowboy: 6, MPK
                            Sweet Lightness: 2, Reverse-Engineering Specialist

                            “Have no fear of moving into the unknown. Simply step out fearlessly knowing that I am with you, therefore no harm can befall you; all is very, very well. Do this in complete faith and confidence.”
                            ~Pope St John Paul II

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                              #15
                              Re: Sort of OT: What are y'all reading?

                              I'm really enjoying this thread! Sure wish I could do a book club with all of you in person.

                              Reading to DD - The Phoenix and the Carpet

                              Reading myself at a glacial pace - The Witches: Salem, 1692 and Football for Dummies (a concession to my husband after a decade of feigning interest ; )


                              I'm going to note all of these other titles -- some great ideas...
                              DD 13 - MP 8

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