Nov 292010
 

I remember a friend of mine trying to explain The Lion, the Witch, and the Wardrobe to me when I was around 9 or 10. At that point, I had never heard of the books, and they really didn’t sound that interesting to me. But several years later, my parents bought them for me to read. (They read them too!) I remember reading the whole series very quickly and enjoying them. But don’t ask me if I understood the symbolism. I was never very good at recognizing symbolism.

I have read the series several times again as an adult. I am now able to recognize much of the Christian imagery found in the books, but that’s mainly because I’ve been told what it is. So when Tyndale House offered The Narnia Code to members of the Tyndale Blog Network for review, I knew it was something I needed to read. Here’s their description:

Millions of readers have been captivated by C. S. Lewis?s famed Chronicles of Narnia, but why? What is it about these seven books that makes them so appealing? For more than half a century, scholars have attempted to find the organizing key?the ?secret code??to the beloved series, but it has remained a mystery. Until now.

In The Narnia Code, Michael Ward takes the reader through each of the seven Narnia books and reveals how each story embodies and expresses the characteristics of one of the seven planets of medieval cosmology?Jupiter, Mars, Sol, Luna, Mercury, Venus and Saturn?planets which Lewis described as ?spiritual symbols of permanent value.?

How does medieval cosmology relate to the Christian underpinnings of the series? How did it impact Lewis?s depiction of Aslan, the Christlike character at the heart of the books? And why did Lewis keep this planetary inspiration a secret? Originally a ground-breaking scholarly work called Planet Narnia, this more accessible adaptation will answer all the questions.

I thoroughly enjoyed reading this book. I can’t remember the last time I’ve read through a non-fiction book in 2 days, but I had trouble putting this one down. Michael Ward makes an excellent case for his theory about the underlying theme of the series in an easy-to-read, anecdotal style. The theory is very intriguing. I highly recommend this book to anyone who has read the Chronicles of Narnia and is interested in learning more about them.

I Review For The Tyndale Blog Network I received a free copy of this book from Tyndale House as a member of the Tyndale Blog Network.

Nov 092010
 

I remember sitting in an airport sometime around 1992, when for some reason, I got into a conversation with a man who was reading a book by someone I had never heard of: David Barton. This man very excitedly shared with me all he was learning about our Founding Fathers and their intentions for our nation to be a Christian nation.

I must confess, this was all news to me. Although I was a Christian, I had completely believed what little I had been taught in my public school history books. Wasn’t America founded as a place of religious tolerance? Weren’t our Founding Fathers mainly Deists? I somewhat skeptically listened to this man talk, and I even wrote down the name and author of the book he was reading.

A few years later, the name David Barton was mentioned again. This time it was because he was going to be speaking at a church in our area. Many of our friends from church were going to hear him, and my husband and I decided to see what he had to say. We were definitely in for a treat, in a mind-boggling sort of way. If you have ever seen David Barton you will know what I am talking about. Much of his presentation consisted of a picture of the Signing of the Constitution which he pointed at with a laser pointer and very quickly told facts about the faith of the various delegates. I left with my head spinning from information overload. There was no way to remember and digest all the information in that one talk, but I did at least recognize that the history books don’t tell the whole story.

Why have I told you all of this? Because I was recently given the opportunity to review an excellent resource that put that wealth of information about our Founding Fathers into one accessible volume. For You They Signed, by Marilyn Boyer, contains biographical information about each of the signers of the Declaration of Independence. The book is arranged in the way the Declaration was signed: by colony. Included for each signer is a sketch, a table of basic information, a timeline of public service, and several pages of biographical information. Also included for each signer are Questions for Discussion. There are questions that focus on facts in addition to those that point to each man’s character.

There are several suggested ways to use this book:

  • A Year’s Worth of Family Devotional Character Studies
  • A Complete Resource for a  Single Mom
  • A Practical, Life-Changing Self-Study
  • A Group Study Designed to Make a Difference
  • Inspirational General Reading

In addition to these ways, I think it makes a great supplementary resource for American history study. I do not intend for my children to grow up with the same dismal knowledge of history that I had! And among the many benefits of homeschooling, I get to learn alongside my children. I look forward to using For You They Signed with my family for years to come.

I received this book compliments of Master Books to review. You can follow Master Books and Marilyn Boyer on Facebook. I am also participating in America’s Christian Heritage Event at the Christian Home School Hub. You can find links to other reviews at Christian Home School Hub and you can vote for your favorite review.

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This book is available for purchase at Amazon.com and ChristianBook.com.

Nov 032010
 

When I saw the title of this book, it immediately sounded like something I needed to read. I want to have people over, but something always seems to get in my way.

  • We’re too busy.
  • We don’t have enough room.
  • We can’t afford it.
  • My house isn’t nice enough.

You may have used some of the same excuses yourself.

In The Reluctant Entertainer, Sandy Coughlin discusses each of these objections and others, showing how these “problems” can be overcome. Not only does she give Biblical reasons for showing hospitality, but the book is filled with her personal experiences showing hospitality and being shown hospitality. Also sprinkled throughout the beautiful, hard-cover book, are delicious looking recipes.

Although the book is filled beautiful ideas, it is not overwhelming. It encourages perfectionists (like me) to  let go of unreasonable expectations and enjoy inviting people into your home. Reading this book, I was both inspired and convicted. Inspired that I could actually have people over, and convicted that I’ve spent so many years rarely opening my home to others.

Disclaimer: I was provided with a copy of this book to review from Bethany House. I was not compensated for this review. All thoughts and opinions expressed in this review are my own.
This is the 40th book I have read in the 52 books in 52 weeks challenge. I am 4 books behind, but I’m gaining ground.

Aug 042010
 

OK, so it’s not a major award. But I won something great!

I enter some giveaways, but I frequently skip them because they are just too much trouble to enter. However, when I saw this giveaway on Homeschool Creations, I couldn’t resist entering. (And doing everything I could to earn more entries.)

I am thrilled that my entry was selected to win this really neat library cart from Guidecraft. My husband thinks I’m a little strange to get this excited over a library cart, but it is not something I could afford to buy right now. But it looks like an ideal way to organize our homeschool books. Plus, I think this will allow me to move the homeschool stuff out of my bedroom! (We don’t do school in the bedroom, but I have the books on the bedroom bookcase.)

I can’t WAIT until I receive this. Hopefully, it will be just what I need to give me that last surge of energy to get things ready to start school!

Jun 292010
 

The Core is the latest book by Leigh Bortins, the founder and CEO of Classical Conversations. Even though I knew a little about Classical Conversations because there are several groups in my area, I have never been involved in a group, or even attended an informational meeting. All the information I had was from members, or previous members, of Classical Conversations. My knowledge of the program could be summed up as follows:

  1. It follows a neo-classical model.
  2. The students do a lot of memorizing.
  3. It’s not an inexpensive program to join.

The reasons I had not joined, or even investigated the program further, were #2 and #3. I was excited to receive a review copy of The Core so I could finally see why so many people are so excited about Classical Conversations.

The book begins with a very thorough explanation of what is wrong with our country’s current educational model and the benefits of the classical model. Though this was not new information for me, it served as an excellent reminder of why we chose to educate our children classically, and it provided me with encouragement to stay the course. For someone unfamiliar with the concept of classical education, this book provides an exceptional explanation.

Part Two is divided into subjects such as reading, writing, math, history, and science. Each chapter is devoted to a single subject and how to teach it. I found this section very practical. The focus in the grammar years is mastering and overpracticing the foundational skills. The Core does strongly emphasize memorization of facts, especially in the early years. However, the author very clearly explains the reasons that memorization is so important.

I was honestly never thrilled with all the memory work that I had heard about in Classical Conversations, but after reading The Core, I am definitely going to be adding more memory work to our routine. An important thing to understand concerning the memorization in this program is that although it sounds like a lot of work, it is not in addition to everything else you’re already doing. It’s instead of. I think that’s what I was missing before. The approach is actually very relaxed in many ways. There is no structured history or science curricula for the grammar years. The time is spent in memorizing key facts and reading or listening to good books. There is time for exploring interests in science and history. The program doesn’t tie you to a specific time period in history or topic in science but allows for great flexibility.

I was also very happy to discover that The Core is not a big advertisement for why you should join Classical Conversations or buy their products. Of course there are a few mentions of specific resources used in the program, but overall it’s an instruction manual on how you can teach classically at home. I can definitely see how a group setting would aid in accountability, but I did not find myself, upon completing the book, immediately searching for Classical Conversations groups to join. Instead I have found myself thinking about how I have been teaching and why I have chosen to teach some subjects. I have also been trying to determine what changes I need to make to achieve the educational goals we have for our children.

I highly recommend this book both to classical educators who need to refocus, and to homeschoolers who are interested in learning more about classical education. It is available at Classical Conversations, and will be sold by major booksellers.

I have read 23 books this year for the Read 52 Books in 52 Weeks challenge.

Disclaimer: I received a free copy of The Core from the publisher in exchange for my honest review. I was not compensated for this review.

Jun 102010
 

We’ve always planned on having our children learn Spanish. It is a very useful language to know in many parts of the U.S., including our area of North Carolina. We even purchased Rosetta Stone software when our children were younger. We haven’t made learning Spanish a priority though, so they’ve learned very little.

Even though we haven’t been actively studying Spanish, I couldn’t resist when I was offered a copy of Comic Mnemonics: A Fun, Easy Way to Remember Spanish Verbs to review. The concept was so intriguing, I knew I had to see it. I also suspected that this would be a fun way for my son who loves comics (both reading and drawing) to remember Spanish verbs whenever the time does come.

What is Comic Mnemonics? It is a supplemental resource to aid in memorizing Spanish verbs. It is not a stand-alone Spanish curriculum. It contains 100 Spanish verbs arranged alphabetically. The first page has the verb with its pronunciation and meaning, along with a cartoon picture and mnemonic. The conjugation of the verb is also listed.  On the back of each page is just the Spanish word and the picture so the student can quiz himself on the meaning. It also has practice sentences to fill in the correct form of the verb.

For example, the verb ASISTIR means to attend. The comic illustration shows a bench. In front of the bench stands a head coach and a student in a tuxedo. A basketball player is sitting on the bench. Under the comic is the following statmement. (I’ve tried to format it the same as the book.)

The assistant, Joe Best, attends the games formally dressed.

A few days ago, I handed Comic Mnemonics to my older son (12) and asked him to look at it and tell me what he thought. Twenty minutes later, he returned saying that he thought the comics would make it easier to memorize the verbs. As a little test, I quizzed him on the first 10 verbs. (Remember, he isn’t studying Spanish.) He was able to tell me the meanings of 8 of them after his brief look at the book. Obviously that little quiz reveals nothing about his long term memory, but I found the results encouraging nonetheless.

If you’re studying Spanish, you ought to look for this helpful guide. You can find more information about the book, including where to purchase it, at www.comicmnemonics.com. The retail price is $16.95 in the U.S. Coming soon to the Comic Mnemonics series are Spanish II, Spanish III, ESL, and French. I’d love one for Latin too! (hint, hint)

Disclosure: I received a free copy of Comic Mnemonics from Alacan Publishing in exchange for my honest review. I was not compensated for this review.

May 262010
 

Last fall when I was doing my Christmas shopping (on-line, of course), I found a sale on a set of 4 historical fiction books. Although I was not familiar with the author, I decided to purchase them for my almost 10 year old daughter because she is crazy about historical fiction, especially books about girls and American history. Those books were the first 4 books in the Andrea Carter series by Susan K. Marlow.

You can imagine my delight when I discovered that Kregel Publications was sending me the 5th book in the series to review. My daughter really likes the books, but she didn’t want to read this one yet because she hasn’t finished the first 4 books. (She tends to read several different books at once, making it take her a while to finish any of them.) So I was introduced to Andrea in The Trouble with Treasure.

Andi is an almost 13 year old tomboy. She lives on a large cattle ranch near Fresno, California in the 1880’s. It’s an exciting time to live in California, and Andrea likes nothing more than being outdoors and riding her horse Taffy. Andrea’s friend Jenny is visiting for several weeks, and they are both excited about their upcoming trip to a logging camp with her older brother Mitch.

Unfortunately they ran into trouble on the trail. First a rattlesnake delayed their progress, and later they met up with some very frightening men. Andi is required to use strength and determination that she didn’t know she had.

I found Andi to be a likable girl. She honored her mother and sought to do what was right. But she did that without the book seeming preachy. The story was an exciting adventure with a little bit of mystery thrown in. The book wasn’t overwhelmingly Christian, but there were instances of prayer. Although not overly graphic, there were some tense portions of the book involving guns in which people were fatally wounded. I didn’t find the content objectionable, but some families might.

 

 

Disclosure: This product was provided to our family for free as members of the 2009-2010 Old Schoolhouse Magazine Homeschool Crew. Reviews and opinions expressed in this blog are our own.

May 032010
 

Recently I posted a list of which of 100 Top Children’s Novels I had read. It had a great response, so when I saw a list of 100 Picture Books Everyone Should Know posted by the New York Public Library, I knew I was going to have to see how many of these I’d read. I have marked the ones I’ve read to at least one of my children in bold.

  1. ABUELA  by Arthur Dorros,
  2. ALEXANDER AND THE TERRIBLE, HORRIBLE, NO GOOD, VERY BAD DAY  by Judith Viorst
  3. ANANSI AND THE MOSS-COVERED ROCK by Eric A. Kimmel
  4. ANDY AND THE LION  by James Daugherty
  5. BARK, GEORGE by Jules Feiffer
  6. THE BOSSY GALLITO: A TRADITIONAL CUBAN FOLK TALE retold by Lucia M.Gonzalez; illustrated by Lulu Delacre
  7. BREAD AND JAM FOR FRANCES by Russell Hoban; illustrated by Lillian Hoban
  8. BROWN BEAR, BROWN BEAR, WHAT DO YOU SEE? by Bill Martin, Jr.; illustrated by Eric Carle
  9. BRUNO MUNARI’S ABC by Bruno Munari
  10. BUZ by Richard Egielski
  11. CAPS FOR SALE; A TALE OF A PEDDLER, SOME MONKEYS AND THEIR MONKEY BUSINESS by Esphyr Slobodkina
  12. THE CARROT SEED by Ruth Krauss; illustrated by Crockett Johnson
  13. A CHAIR FOR MY MOTHER by Vera B. Williams
  14. CHICKA CHICKA BOOM BOOM by Bill Martin, Jr. and John Archambault; illustrated by Lois Ehlert
  15. CLICK, CLACK, MOO : COWS THAT TYPE / by Doreen Cronin
  16. COME ALONG, DAISY! by Jane Simmons
  17. CORDUROY by Don Freeman
  18. CURIOUS GEORGE by H. A. Rey
  19. DINOSAUR ROAR! by Paul Stickland and Henrietta
  20. DON’T LET THE PIGEON DRIVE THE BUS! by Mo Willems
  21. DUCK ON A BIKE by David Shannon
  22. FIRE TRUCK  by Peter Sís
  23. FREIGHT TRAIN by Donald Crews
  24. FROGGY GETS DRESSED by Jonathan London
  25. THE GARDENER by Sarah Stewart
  26. GEORGE AND MARTHA by James Marshall
  27. GO AWAY, BIG GREEN MONSTER! by Ed Emberley
  28. GOIN’ SOMEPLACE SPECIAL by Patricia McKissack
  29. GOOD NIGHT, GORILLA by Peggy Rathmann
  30. GOODNIGHT MOON by Margaret W. Brown; illustrated by Clement Hurd
  31. GOSSIE  by Dunrea Olivier
  32. GRANDFATHER’S JOURNEY by Allen Say
  33. HAROLD AND THE PURPLE CRAYON by Crockett Johnson
  34. HARRY THE DIRTY DOG by Gene Zion ; illustrated by Margaret Graham
  35. HENRY HIKES TO FITCHBURG by D. B. (Donald B.) Johnson
  36. HORTON HATCHES THE EGG by Dr.Seuss,
  37. HOW DO DINOSAURS SAY GOOD NIGHT? by Jane Yolen
  38. I KISSED THE BABY! by Mary Murphy
  39. IF YOU GIVE A MOUSE A COOKIE by Laura J. Numeroff
  40. IT COULD ALWAYS BE WORSE: A YIDDISH FOLKTALE retold and illustrated by Margot Zemach
  41. JOHN HENRY by Julius Lester; illustrated by Jerry Pinkney
  42. JULIUS by Angela Johnson ; illustrated by Dav Pilkey
  43. KITTEN’S FIRST FULL MOON by Kevin Henkes
  44. LILLY’S PURPLE PLASTIC PURSE by Kevin Henkes
  45. THE LINE-UP BOOK by Russo Marisabina
  46. THE LITTLE RED HEN: AN OLD STORY by Margot Zemach
  47. LON PO PO: A RED RIDING HOOD STORY FROM CHINA by Ed Young
  48. LYLE, LYLE, CROCODILE by Bernard Waber
  49. MABELA THE CLEVER by Margaret Read MacDonald
  50. MACHINES AT WORK by Byron Barton
  51. MADELINE by Ludwig Bemelmans
  52. MAISY GOES SWIMMING by Lucy Cousins
  53. MAKE WAY FOR DUCKLINGS by Robert McCloskey
  54. MAMA CAT HAS THREE KITTENS by Denise Fleming
  55. THE MAN WHO WALKED BETWEEN THE TOWERS by Mordicai Gerstein
  56. MARTHA SPEAKS by Susan Meddaugh
  57. MIKE MULLIGAN AND HIS STEAM SHOVEL by Virginia L. Burton
  58. MILLIONS OF CATS by Wanda Gág
  59. MISS NELSON IS MISSING! by Harry Allard and James Marshall
  60. MR. GUMPY’S OUTING by John Birmingham
  61. MUFARO’S BEAUTIFUL DAUGHTERS: AN AFRICAN TALE retold and illustrated by John Steptoe
  62. MUNCHA! MUNCHA! MUNCHA! by Candace Fleming
  63. MY FRIEND RABBIT by Eric Rohmann
  64. THE NAPPING HOUSE by Audrey Wood
  65. NO, DAVID! by David Shannon
  66. OFF TO SCHOOL, BABY DUCK! by Amy Hest
  67. OLD BLACK FLY by Jim Aylesworth
  68. OLIVIA by Ian Falconer
  69. OWEN by Kevin Henkes
  70. PAPA, PLEASE GET THE MOON FOR ME by Eric Carle
  71. PIERRE: A CAUTIONARY TALE by Maurice Sendak
  72. THE POLAR EXPRESS by Chris Van Allsburg
  73. PUSS IN BOOTS by Charles Perrault
  74. THE RANDOM HOUSE BOOK OF MOTHER GOOSE: A TREASURY OF 386 TIMELESS NURSERY RHYMES by Arnold Lobel
  75. ROUND TRIP by Ann Jonas
  76. RUMPELSTILTSKIN by Paul O. Zelinsky
  77. THE SNOWY DAY by Ezra Jack Keats
  78. SPOTS, FEATHERS AND CURLY TAILS by Nancy Tafuri
  79. THE STORY OF FERDINAND by Munro Leaf
  80. THE STRAY DOG Marc, Simont
  81. STREGA NONA by Tomie De Paola
  82. SWIMMY by Leo Lionni
  83. SYLVESTER AND THE MAGIC PEBBLE by William Steig
  84. THE TALE OF PETER RABBIT by Beatrix Potter
  85. TAR BEACH by Faith Ringgold
  86. TEN, NINE, EIGHT by Molly Bang
  87. THERE WAS AN OLD LADY WHO SWALLOWED A FLY by Simms Taback
  88. THE THREE BEARS by Paul Galdone
  89. TRASHY TOWN by Andrea Griffing Zimmerman
  90. THE TRUE STORY OF THE THREE LITTLE PIGS BY A. WOLF by John Scieszka
  91. TUESDAY by David Wiesner
  92. UPTOWN by Collier Bryan
  93. THE VERY HUNGRY CATERPILLAR by Eric Carle
  94. THE WHEELS ON THE BUS adapted and illustrated by Paul O. Zelinsky
  95. WHERE THE WILD THINGS ARE by Maurice Sendak
  96. WHERE’S SPOT? by Eric Hill
  97. WHISTLE FOR WILLIE by Ezra Jack Keats
  98. THE WOLF’S CHICKEN STEW by Keiko Kasza
  99. YOKO by Rosemary Wells
  100. ZOMO THE RABBIT: A TRICKSTER TALE FROM WEST AFRICA retold and illustrated by Gerald McDermott

I count 41 of the top 100. There are a few I’m not counting that I know we’ve read some version of, like Mother Goose, but I’m not sure if it’s the one listed. It looks like I’ve got a lot more to go. Lucky for me, I’ve still got a little girl who loves a good picture book. (I’ve also got some older kids who pretend that they aren’t listening!)

If you like book lists, my favorite list is the 1000 Good Books List.

So, how many have you read?
Apr 202010
 

So which of these 100 Top Children’s Novels have you read? I put mine in bold.

100. The Egypt Game – Snyder (1967)
99. The Indian in the Cupboard – Banks (1980)
98. Children of Green Knowe – Boston (1954)
97. The Miraculous Journey of Edward Tulane – DiCamillo (2006)
96. The Witches – Dahl (1983)
95. Pippi Longstocking – Lindgren (1950)
94. Swallows and Amazons – Ransome (1930)
93. Caddie Woodlawn – Brink (1935)
92. Ella Enchanted – Levine (1997)
91. Sideways Stories from Wayside School – Sachar (1978)
90. Sarah, Plain and Tall – MacLachlan (1985)
89. Ramona and Her Father – Cleary (1977)
88. The High King – Alexander (1968)
87. The View from Saturday – Konigsburg (1996)
86. Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets – Rowling (1999)
85. On the Banks of Plum Creek – Wilder (1937)
84. The Little White Horse – Goudge (1946)
83. The Thief – Turner (1997)
82. The Book of Three – Alexander (1964)
81. Where the Mountain Meets the Moon – Lin (2009)
80. The Graveyard Book – Gaiman (2008)
79. All-of-a-Kind-Family – Taylor (1951)
78. Johnny Tremain – Forbes (1943)
77. The City of Ember – DuPrau (2003)
76. Out of the Dust – Hesse (1997)
75. Love That Dog – Creech (2001)
74. The Borrowers – Norton (1953)
73. My Side of the Mountain – George (1959)
72. My Father’s Dragon – Gannett (1948)
71. The Bad Beginning – Snicket (1999)
70. Betsy-Tacy – Lovelae (1940)
69. The Mysterious Benedict Society – Stewart ( 2007)
68. Walk Two Moons – Creech (1994)
67. Jeremy Thatcher, Dragon Hatcher – Coville (1991)
66. Henry Huggins – Cleary (1950)
65. Ballet Shoes – Stratfeild (1936)
64. A Long Way from Chicago – Peck (1998)
63. Gone-Away Lake – Enright (1957)
62. The Secret of the Old Clock – Keene (1959)
61. Stargirl – Spinelli (2000)
60. The True Confessions of Charlotte Doyle – Avi (1990)
59. Inkheart – Funke (2003)
58. The Wolves of Willoughby Chase – Aiken (1962)
57. Ramona Quimby, Age 8 – Cleary (1981)
56. Number the Stars – Lowry (1989)
55. The Great Gilly Hopkins – Paterson (1978)
54. The BFG – Dahl (1982)
53. Wind in the Willows – Grahame (1908)
52. The Invention of Hugo Cabret (2007)
51. The Saturdays – Enright (1941)
50. Island of the Blue Dolphins – O’Dell (1960)
49. Frindle – Clements (1996)
48. The Penderwicks – Birdsall (2005)
47. Bud, Not Buddy – Curtis (1999)
46. Where the Red Fern Grows – Rawls (1961)
45. The Golden Compass – Pullman (1995)
44. Tales of a Fourth Grade Nothing – Blume (1972)
43. Ramona the Pest – Cleary (1968)
42. Little House on the Prairie – Wilder (1935)
41. The Witch of Blackbird Pond – Speare (1958)

40. The Wonderful Wizard of Oz – Baum (1900)
39. When You Reach Me – Stead (2009)
38. HP and the Order of the Phoenix – Rowling (2003)
37. Roll of Thunder, Hear My Cry – Taylor (1976)
36. Are You there, God? It’s Me, Margaret – Blume (1970)
35. HP and the Goblet of Fire – Rowling (2000)
34. The Watson’s Go to Birmingham – Curtis (1995)
33. James and the Giant Peach – Dahl (1961)
32. Mrs. Frisby and the Rats of NIMH – O’Brian (1971)
31. Half Magic – Eager (1954)
30. Winnie-the-Pooh – Milne (1926)
29. The Dark Is Rising – Cooper (1973)
28. A Little Princess – Burnett (1905)
27. Alice I and II – Carroll (1865/72)
26. Hatchet – Paulsen (1989)
25. Little Women – Alcott (1868/9)
24. HP and the Deathly Hallows – Rowling (2007)
23. Little House in the Big Woods – Wilder (1932)
22. The Tale of Despereaux – DiCamillo (2003)
21. The Lightening Thief – Riordan (2005)
20. Tuck Everlasting – Babbitt (1975)
19. Charlie and the Chocolate Factory – Dahl (1964)
18. Matilda – Dahl (1988)
17. Maniac Magee – Spinelli (1990)
16. Harriet the Spy – Fitzhugh (1964)
15. Because of Winn-Dixie – DiCamillo (2000)
14. HP and the Prisoner of Azkaban – Rowling (1999)
13. Bridge to Terabithia – Paterson (1977)
12. The Hobbit – Tolkien (1938)
11. The Westing Game – Raskin (1978)
10. The Phantom Tollbooth – Juster (1961)
9. Anne of Green Gables – Montgomery (1908)

8. The Secret Garden – Burnett (1911)
7. The Giver -Lowry (1993)
6. Holes – Sachar (1998)
5. From the Mixed-Up Files of Mrs. Basil E. Frankweiler – Koningsburg (1967)
4. The Lion, the Witch, and the Wardrobe – Lewis (1950)

3. Harry Potter #1 – Rowling (1997)
2. A Wrinkle in Time – L’Engle (1962)
1. Charlotte’s Web – White (1952)

Wow, if I counted right, only 27! I haven’t read as many of these as I would like. I did see several that my son has read that I haven’t.

Oct 062009
 

I found the Fall into Reading challenge via No Ordinary Moments and decided that I needed a little challenge to get caught up with my reading. Currently on my night stand I have a couple of books that I started on WAY too long ago and I am going to finish those. There are also several books I need to read to write reviews on, and my husband and I are very SLOWLY reading through the classics a la The Well Educated Mind.

So, here’s my list of reading I want to accomplish this fall.

The World is Flat by Thomas L. Friedman

21197: Desiring God, Revised & Expanded Desiring God, Revised & Expanded
By John Piper / Multnomah

 

519582: Called to Worship: The Biblical Foundations of Our Response to God"s Call Called to Worship: The Biblical Foundations of Our Response to God’s Call
By Vernon Whaley, Ph.D. / Thomas Nelson

(review)

Call the Sabbath a Delight by Walter Chantry

430758: The Sneaky Chef: Simple Strategies for Hiding Healthy Foods in Kids" Favorite Meals The Sneaky Chef: Simple Strategies for Hiding Healthy Foods in Kids’ Favorite Meals
By Missy Chase Lapine / Running Press Book Publishers

 

279526: Farraday Road, Lije Evans Mysteries Series #1 Farraday Road, Lije Evans Mysteries Series #1
By Ace Collins / Zondervan

 (review)

446534: The Sound of Sleigh Bells The Sound of Sleigh Bells
By Cindy Woodsmall / Random House, Inc

The Sound of Sleigh Bells by Cindy Woodsmall (Review)

224304: Crime and Punishment Crime and Punishment
By Fyodor Dostoevsky / Wordsworth Editions Ltd

Crime and Punishment by Fyodor Dostoevsky

22591: Wisdom Hunter, Revised and Expanded Wisdom Hunter, Revised and Expanded
By Randall Arthur / Random House, Inc

Wisdom Hunter by Randall Arthur
(review)

074426: Shadow Government: How the Secret Global Elite Is Using Surveillance Against You Shadow Government: How the Secret Global Elite Is Using Surveillance Against You
By Grant R. Jeffrey / Random House, Inc

(review)

That’s a fairly ambitious list. I am sure that I will add others, but I want to make these the priority. If you want to participate, visit Callapidder Days for all the details. What's On Your NightstandI’m also linking this post to the monthly What’s on Your Nightstand?. It’s something that I keep meaning to participate in, but seem to always miss.

Updating on 10/6: I have completed The Sound of Sleigh Bells and Crime and Punishment. I’m also adding Wisdom Hunter and Shadow Government to the list.