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    Re: OT: What are y’all reading?

    So, I have been corrected. Our copy editor's favorite Potok book is Davita's Harp. My Name Is Asher Lev is the first Potok book she read and her second favorite!

    Tanya

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      Re: OT: What are y’all reading?

      Originally posted by Anita View Post
      Treasure Island, for the win! Loved it. Way more fun than Robinson.

      Moby Dick: I started, like you, quite optimistic and starry-eyed. I will give Melville his earned reputation as a wordsmith. But I bogged down about 2/3 through. So let me warn you: in Melville’s day, there were few encyclopedias, no NatGeo or YouTube. So knowledge of sea going animals was esoteric. Whalers knew a lot from experience; whalers-cum-writers — Melville — knew even more. So you’re going to get entire chapters about the characteristics and habits (most of it inaccurate) about sperm whales. My husband loved it; I was irritated by it and wanted some actual plot. It may not bother you at all, just my takeaway. Having said that? YES! Very glad to have read it. ENJOY!
      What I'm hearing is that I'm trading esoteric hut-building details for esoteric sperm whale details. Hmm. I think I need to reread Sarah's post about putting on my big girl pants and reading good literature even when it drags because, well, personal growth and all. Lord knows I need more of that. Or at least more coffee. Off to get some....
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        Re: OT: What are y’all reading?

        Originally posted by tanya View Post
        So, I have been corrected. Our copy editor's favorite Potok book is Davita's Harp. My Name Is Asher Lev is the first Potok book she read and her second favorite!

        Tanya
        Thank you for sharing what you're all reading! I'm writing these titles down and hope to get to as many as I can squeeze in. You ladies are very inspiring.

        Book nerds, unite!
        DD 12 - MP6A

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          Re: OT: What are y’all reading?

          Originally posted by KF2000 View Post
          Definitely don’t have to LIKE every good book there is to read. Reading it well-enough to know you don’t like it is actually a good thing! We each get to have our favorites, and the ones we’d rather chuck at the wall, or the in between that don’t really move us one way or the other.

          Our house is one where Jules Verne could walk in, sit down, and we’d hardly notice him; but if Dickens appeared on our doorstep it would be parade-worthy. .

          This week is moving week for us...hoping the Brothers Karamazov will keep me company (along with my kids and the movers, of course!)

          AMDG,
          Sarah
          Filed under “the ones we’d rather chuck at the wall”. I’ve tried five times to read that book. I’ve given up. All the hand-wringing and pseudo-Victorian parlor dialogue just makes me want to do something horrible to someone’s tea.

          Now: Dostoyevsky is indubitably the master of characterization, plot device and eerie Russian melancholy. One vignette in particular made the hair on my neck stand up. It’s the story of the disabled girl giving birth. LOVED THAT (for something so spooky). I wish he had expanded more on her story. And who can’t love Grushenka as the villainess and the pitch-perfect characterization of Fyodor Karamazov.

          But so much emphasis was given to tedious female conversations over tea and dithering over complete non-issues that oh my GOSH. Maybe the Big D wrote this in on purpose to give the reader the sense of the vacuousness of the characters he was portraying (?). But it just... I just... NO.

          I will probably try again at some point. I want to say I finally finished the darn thing. (Are there iron on badges for the completion of great works? Somebody needs to get on that. I need a canvas bag covered in badges, dangit!)
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            Re: OT: What are y’all reading?

            I don't know about iron on badges, but I do know Margaret makes Patch Tags for morale patches and I think this qualifies. https://www.sewstrong.net/

            Maybe she can whip something up...In her spare time.
            Festina lentē,
            Jessica P

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              OT: What are y’all reading?

              Resurrection Sunday Thread

              I’m on Audible — which is about the only way I’m ever going to get to finish a book — and I need recommendations. I’m so discouraged by the recommendations from Audible — so much twaddle. So I’ve resigned myself to listening to the kids’ books on trips to and from school. We listen to TAN books excellent “The Story of the Bible” on the way up and (right now) “The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe” on the way home. I also have “Charlotte’s Web”, “Island of The Blue Dolphins” (looking at you, Jen in Japan), “The Secret School”, “Little House in the Big Woods”, “Mary Poppins”, “The Hobbit” and several others, waiting in the queue. The kids are COVERED.

              I’m all caught up on my podcasts (dangit) and I’m kind of bored with my audible queue. I have a volume of “Life is Worth Living” by Ven. Fulton Sheen and “Come Be My Light” regarding St Mother Teresa. Theyre all fine and good but I want a STORY, not necessarily a morality tale. I like action, adventure, mystery, drama, a little bit of the supernatural or paranormal and a good dose of science mixed in. But I also LOVED Kristin Lavransdatter. Anyone have any suggestions?
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              “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: OT: What are y’all reading?

                Originally posted by Anita View Post
                Resurrection Sunday Thread

                I’m on Audible — which is about the only way I’m ever going to get to finish a book — and I need recommendations. I’m so discouraged by the recommendations from Audible — so much twaddle. So I’ve resigned myself to listening to the kids’ books on trips to and from school. We listen to TAN books excellent “The Story of the Bible” on the way up and (right now) “The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe” on the way home. I also have “Charlotte’s Web”, “Island of The Blue Dolphins” (looking at you, Jen in Japan), “The Secret School”, “Little House in the Big Woods”, “Mary Poppins”, “The Hobbit” and several others, waiting in the queue. The kids are COVERED.

                I’m all caught up on my podcasts (dangit) and I’m kind of bored with my audible queue. I have a volume of “Life is Worth Living” by Ven. Fulton Sheen and “Come Be My Light” regarding St Mother Teresa. Theyre all fine and good but I want a STORY, not necessarily a morality tale. I like action, adventure, mystery, drama, a little bit of the supernatural or paranormal and a good dose of science mixed in. But I also LOVED Kristin Lavransdatter. Anyone have any suggestions?
                One of the best stories I've ever read is Quo Vadis, by Henryk Sienkiwicz. Historical novel about Roman Christians at the time of Nero. It has all the elements you listed! Available on Audible. Originally written in Polish and a favorite of St. John Paul II. :-)

                https://www.amazon.com/Quo-Vadis/dp/...+vadis+audible
                Catherine

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                  Re: OT: What are y’all reading?

                  Originally posted by hermione310 View Post
                  What I'm hearing is that I'm trading esoteric hut-building details for esoteric sperm whale details. Hmm. I think I need to reread Sarah's post about putting on my big girl pants and reading good literature even when it drags because, well, personal growth and all. Lord knows I need more of that. Or at least more coffee. Off to get some....
                  Did you end up reading all of Moby Dick? I just finished it a few days ago...I took 5 months and skimmed a lot of those esoteric details. What an ending though! Would love to hear what you thought.
                  Catherine

                  2019-20
                  DS16, 10th
                  DS13, 7th
                  DS11, 6th
                  DD11, 6th
                  DS7, 1st
                  DD4, JrK
                  DS 17 mos

                  Homeschooling 4 with MP
                  2 in classical school

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                    Re: OT: What are y’all reading?

                    Originally posted by Anita View Post
                    Resurrection Sunday Thread

                    I’m on Audible — which is about the only way I’m ever going to get to finish a book — and I need recommendations.
                    So, you might be looking for more adult choices, but I can give you the latest series that I've enjoyed.

                    Right now, I only have enough mental real estate for children's books. I started The Incorrigible Children of Ashton Place back in the spring, and JUST finished the sixth book a few days ago. <3

                    These are fun reads, with lots of references to classical education, believe it or not. The children study Latin, Roman history, and more. I listened to them ALL on Audible or Hoopla and they were delightful.
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                      Re: OT: What are y’all reading?

                      I have read two really good books lately that I would recommend. I read ‘Crossing to Safety’ by Wallace Stegner, reading along with the Close Reads podcast. Then I read ‘The Power and the Glory’ for my Well Read Mom book club (and now listening to the commentary on Close Reads as they happened to be reading it too!). I can’t stop thinking about these books...my poor husband has heard so much about them!! They have become a part of my journey.

                      Also favourite authors of mine are Willa Cather, Flannery O’Connor and Marilynne Robinson. Lots of good reading between those three names. Although I can not recommend the audio book for Gilead...the wrong narrator (I thought)...so off-putting.
                      Sarah

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                      Together this term (in Circle Time) we are doing Bible time with SC1 Story Bible and our own memorisation/songs, Myself and Others 2, Homer Price, Greek Myths, IEW Poetry Memorisation, speech therapy, The Body Book, Artventure and picture books from SCB/SC1 etc.

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                        Re: OT: What are y’all reading?

                        Originally posted by Anita View Post
                        I want a STORY, not necessarily a morality tale. I like action, adventure, mystery, drama, a little bit of the supernatural or paranormal and a good dose of science mixed in.

                        You know I can't resist book threads.


                        I just finished Rebecca, and it meets *all* of your criteria. It was originally a novel written in the late 1930's, so the morals and manners are from that time. I did not read up on the author's background until after I finished the book, and I recommend doing it that way, too; see if you can pick up on all the hints that are dropped throughout the book. Let's put it like this. Hitchcock made Rebecca into one of his movies.

                        It reads pretty high level compared to books begin published today, but is quite approachable.



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                          Re: OT: What are y’all reading?

                          Originally posted by CatherineS View Post
                          One of the best stories I've ever read is Quo Vadis, by Henryk Sienkiwicz. Historical novel about Roman Christians at the time of Nero. It has all the elements you listed! Available on Audible. Originally written in Polish and a favorite of St. John Paul II. :-)

                          https://www.amazon.com/Quo-Vadis/dp/...+vadis+audible
                          I read this last year and loved it! Definitely recommend it!
                          2018/2019
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                            Re: OT: What are y’all reading?

                            Originally posted by CatherineS View Post
                            Did you end up reading all of Moby Dick? I just finished it a few days ago...I took 5 months and skimmed a lot of those esoteric details. What an ending though! Would love to hear what you thought.
                            Same! Years ago, when I first picked it up, I loved it. Then the story got lost so I skimmed to the good bits. Great ending.
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                            “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: OT: What are y’all reading?

                              Rebecca! We own that book. Totally forgot about it. Thank you!

                              I think we have The Power and the Glory, too, Sarah.

                              Hubby has been trying to get me to read Gulag Archepelago or The Rise and Fall of the Roman Empire. I’m kinda resistant. A little too much for me. But I also might just be biased against them because our reading preferences are a bit *ahem* different.

                              I’m currently trying to read/reading Patriot Games (Tom Clancy). I really like his style. Also listening to The Stranger in the Woods about a petty thief who’d been stealing food and supplies from campgrounds and homes in Maine for three decades. Turns out he was a hermit who left society in 1986. He lived in a tent — even in winter — until a few years ago. When they finally caught him, he hadn’t spoken a single word to anyone since his disappearance. The book is a chronicle of how he survived and his “code” (he never stole anything expensive, just things like food and stove fuel). I’m always fascinated by stories like that.

                              Anyway — can we talk about bucket list books again? I’m always interested in what your “top tens” are of books you’ve read and would corner someone in a dark alley just to recommend. Or books you haven’t read but have always wanted to.
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                              “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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