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February 2017: Books we’re Reading

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While we’re voracious readers, these are literally what we’re reading today!

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As with many things in life, I have many things left undone. I have big aspirations, huge expectations of myself, and yet many of these seemingly easy and rhythmic tasks are often sidelined by the events of the day, or as in today — the sun peeking out!!

So as I continue the slow updates to my blog, I realized the books we’re reading was long overdue in it’s update. The truth is it will only be updated until this evening – at which time I will finish reading The Giver (Giver Quartet) I started last night and begin my next Recycled Read, to which I’m still deliberating. I’ve actually read about half of them now, those books that have languished on my bookshelves for years, and it’s really a wonderful feeling. Of course, I should have added The Giver to my stack this year, but I only just came across it this weekend.

So like many others that have slipped in, I began it last night. I can’t wait to see how it ends 😉

Interestingly, the Inheritance (The Inheritance Cycle) is not my personal read – although I know the overall theme. This is a series my husband reads aloud to my children. He’s been working on the series for a little over a year. I have so many wonderful things to say about read alouds to humans {and truth be told, animals as well – my dogs love it!} of any age, but there’s something quite wonderful about a father reading to his boys — a series they alone share, discuss, contemplate, and enjoy. I will get around to reading this. Someday.

We’re studying Medieval History now, as we’ve moved on from our ancient history studies, guided by Susan Wise Bauers The Story of the World: History for the Classical Child: Volume 1: Ancient Times: From the Earliest Nomads to the Last Roman Emperor, Revised Edition as a backbone, we’ve covered not only her The Story of the World: History for the Classical Child, Activity Book 2: The Middle Ages: From the Fall of Rome to the Rise of the Renaissance Ancient Times workbook, but field trips, experiments, countless books, writing, and projects with this time. I’ll get around to articulating it, but the timeline we began has by far been the most impactful to me — putting what we learn, as we learn, on a world timeline. As a visual learner, seeing how events, people, art, societies, religions, and more intersect and overlap, is astounding. Making visual connections to these world wide events and changes has completely changed the way I look at history — a subject I’ve always adored.

I also stack books we’re reading, when I can, to augment our history. Our MENSA Reading List has The Chronicles of Prydain (5 Volumes) as part of the list. I’ve attempted to read these aloud, but to be honest, it’s another book we borrow from the library on The Book of Three: The Prydain Chronicles, Book 1audiobook and listen to in the car. The overall story so far is somewhat enjoyable, but there are a few characters who are seemingly so ridiculous, we’ve not been able to fully get past them to enjoy the story. We have 4 more books to go, so we’re taking a deep breath and pressing on!

Is this not reading? It most certainly is!

A Note About Audiobooks…Even though we’re all readers…

I, too, was an audiobook naysayer for years. YEARS I wasted when I could be enjoying stories with my children as we drove, endlessly, around the Greater Seattle area. We’d go explore parks, park days with other homeschoolers, events, and more. I’d listen to music, most often times educational song stories, or wonderful Children’s Rock artist CD’s, like Meltdown! Meltdown by Justin Roberts or Christmas music around the holidays. However, my bibliophile son soon started bringing more and more books in the car to read and increasingly became annoyed with my using, sometimes loud, music to control noise in the car while I drove in traffic.

Those days aren’t over forever, we still rock out to Christmas songs in season {or in July if we’re in the mood!}, but now we find the calm and chaos contained in good books. While I have listened to books like Stitch ‘n Bitch with my boys, which gave raised eyebrows, a few laughs, and only a few chapters skipped, I generally focus on our MENSA Book list books or books of my boys choosing. We’d not have had the time, or frankly inclination, to read many of the books we’ve consumed had they not been in audiobook form.

There’s a whole push for Read Alouds — education-wise, it’s such a strong learning tool for children and adults alike. This is a post for another day…

We generally borrow the books to accompany the audiobooks, but as we travel for classes, events, field trips and the like with our homeschooling, my boys can journal or we can pause the audio to discuss issues, words, and themes in the books. The overall story so far is somewhat enjoyable, but there are a few characters who are seemingly so ridiculous, we’ve not been able to fully get past them to enjoy the story. We have 4 more books to go, so we’re taking a deep breath and pressing on!

In short…

I’ll try to keep this widget better updated, or at least monthly. I’m also bullet journaling {another post I’m writing} to plan how I can consistently keep up with all aspects of my blog better.

However….

My commitment to reading more for myself, by myself, is a beautiful self-love act as I continue with my year of CLean, Recycled Reads, and more!

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2 thoughts on “February 2017: Books we’re Reading

  1. Great book list. Bauer’s History of the Medieval World looks especially interesting; I put it on my Amazon wish list (granted, along with a million other books, so we’ll see).

    I’ve never gotten into audio books, but then, I don’t spend a lot of time in my car (like, almost none) and when I go for walks I like to think without distraction. If I had a long commute, though, I would definitely consider them — squeeze in more books, in any format!

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    1. We love the Story of the World — the larger book on Medieval series is better suited to our education goals in this season. Audiobooks are a great way to even have on while cleaning in the house — though I do skew to music for those tasks if I’m cleaning without my children 😉 Have a great weekend!!

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