READING

A list of what you read becomes a vague record of your thoughts.   

I spend a lot more time reading than blogging or cataloging my thoughts in other fashions of late, because as you'll see below, I have quite a bit I want to cover.  So if/when I disappear from my blog for long periods of time, this can perhaps give you a bit of a glimpse at some of what I'm doing during time I may otherwise have been blogging. 

Please also note that these are not necessarily books I recommend, but simply books I am reading or have read. 

AO stands for Ambleside Online.

I have include some picture books that I either hadn't read before or re-read critically for review.

CURRENT READS (most, anyway):
  • The Sticky Faith Guide for Your Family by Kara Powell (begun July 2017)
  • The Three Musketeers by Alexandre Dumas (begun Nov 2016)
  • A Beautiful Mind by Sylvia Nasar (begun Apr 2015)
  • Revelation (Bible) (begun Mar 2017)
  • Created for Work: Practical Insights for Young Men by Bob Schultz (begun Mar 2017)
  • The Complete Tales of Winnie-the-Pooh by A.A. Milne (re-read, read aloud w/little ones)(begun Jan 2017)

COMPLETED  2017 (goal: 35 40.  actual: 34 (total includes 2 others unlisted here))
  • Great Expectations by Charles Dickens (September 2017) 
  • Safe People by Henry Cloud and John Townsend (June-Sept 2017)
  • The Scarlet Pimpernel by Emmuska Orczy (re-read)(Aug 2017)
  • Tremendous Trifles by G.K. Chesterton (Apr-Aug 2017)
  • Boundaries by Henry Cloud and John Townsend (May-Aug 2017)
  • The Killer Angels by Michael Shaara (Apr-July 2017)
  • True Love Dates by Debra Fileta (May-June 2017)
  • Rascal by Sterling North (re-read) (June 2017)
  • Messenger by Lois Lowry (May 2017)
  • Wisdom's Way of Learning (old print book) by Marilyn Howshall (Jan-May 2017)
  • Across Five Aprils by Irene Hunt (April 2017)
  • Emma by Jane Austen (March 2017)
  • Wisdom's Way of Learning Book 4: Seasons by Marilyn Howshall (Jan-Mar 2017)
  • Jude (Bible) (March 2017)
  • Death of a Salesman by Arthur Miller (re-read)(Feb-Mar 2017)
  • North and South by Elizabeth Gaskell (Feb 2017)
  • The Metamorphosis by Franz Kafka (re-read) (Feb 2017)
  • Love Your Enemies by Naomi Rude (Feb 2017)
  • Gathering Blue by Lois Lowry (Jan-Feb 2017)
  • A Monster Calls by Patrick Ness (Feb 2017)
  • 3 John (Bible) (Feb 2017)
  • 2 John (Bible) (Feb 2017) 
  • 1 John (Bible) (Feb 2017)
  • Get to Know Your Children by Marilyn Howshall (Jan 2017)
  • Boy Meets Girl: Say Hello to Courtship by Joshua Harris (Jan 2017)
  • Senior High: A Home-Designed Form+U+La by Barbara Shelton (May 2016-Jan 2017)
  • The Broken Way by Ann Voskamp (Jan 2017)
  • Wisdom's Way of Learning Book 3: The Life Message Learning Model by Marilyn Howshall (Jan 2017)
  • Wisdom's Way of Learning Book 1: SAT's by Marilyn Howshall (Jan 2017)
  • The Little Prince by Antoine de Saint-Exupéry (Jan 2017)
  • Wisdom's Way of Learning Book 2:  The Unit-of-Life Learning Model by Marilyn Howshall (Jan 2017)
  • 2 Peter (Bible, Family Bible Time) (Jan 2017)
  
COMPLETED  2016 (links to my reviews)(goal: 40. actual: 46.)
  • Young Man Luther by Erik Erikson (Oct-Dec 2016)
  • The Secret Adversary by Agatha Christie (Dec 2016)
  • Walden by Henry David Thoreau (Mar-Dec 2016)
  • 1 Peter (Family Bible Time, Aloud) (Dec 2016)
  • Oliver Twist by Charles Dickens (Dec 2016)
  • That You May Know Him! by Clifford Deister (Jan-Dec 2016) 
  • 1000 Gifts Devotional by Ann Voskamp (Sep-Dec 2016)
  • Little Women by Louisa May Alcott (re-read for me, read aloud w/children) (May 2015-Dec 2016)
  • Les Misérables by Victor Hugo (June-Dec 2016)
  • The Great Divorce by C.S. Lewis (Nov 2016)
  • James (Bible, re-read, Family Bible Time) (Nov 2016)
  • What He Must Be: If He Wants to Marry My Daughter by Voddie Baucham (Oct 2016)
  • The Unhurried Homeschooler by Durenda Wilson (Sep-Oct 2016)
  • 1 Timothy (Family Bible Time most of it, then alone) (June-Sep 2016)
  • The Preacher's Daughter by Beverly Lewis (Jul-Sep 2016)
  • Old Bones the Wonder Horse by Mildred Mastin Pace (Aug-Sep 2016)
  • Raising Godly Tomatoes by Elizabeth Krueger (re-read, May-June 2016)
  • Acts (Family Bible Time, Aloud) (Feb-June 2016) 
  • The Hiding Place by Corrie Ten Boom (June 2016)
  • 1984 by George Orwell (April-June 2016) 
  • Macbeth by Shakespeare (May 2016)
  • Are You Liberal? Conservative? or Confused? by Richard Maybury (May 2016)
  • The Wright Brothers by David McCullough (begun August 2015-April 2016) 
  • Say Goodbye to Whining, Complaining, and Bad Attitudes... in You and Your Kids (Mar 2016)
  • And Then There Were None by Agatha Christie (Feb-Mar 2016)
  • The Underground History of American Education by John Taylor Gatto (AO Yr 12 Free Read) (re-started Mar 2015 -- completed Feb 2016)
  • Rear Window by Cornell Woolrich (Feb 2016)
  • Island of the Blue Dolphins by Scott O'Dell (Feb 2016)
  • The Story of Babar by Jean de Brunhoff (Feb 2016)
  • Babar and His Children by Jean de Brunhoff (Feb 2016)
  • Big Tractor by Nathan Clement (Feb 2016)
  • Tractor Day by Candice Ransom (Feb 2016)
  • Bridge to Terabithia by Katherine Paterson (Feb 2016)
  • The Royal Road to Romance by Halliburton (pre-read AO Geography) (Sep 2014-Feb 2016)
  • The Rusty, Trusty Tractor by Joy Cowley (Feb 2016)
  • How To Be a Nature Detective by Millicent Selsam (Feb 2016)
  • The Three Little Pigs by Bernadette Watts (Feb 2016)
  • More Perfect Than the Moon by Patricia MacLachlan (Jan 2016)
  • Persuasion by Jane Austen (Jan 2016)
  • Ephesians (Family Read Aloud) (Jan 2016)
  • Full-Time Parenting: A Guide to Family Based Discipleship by Israel Wayne (Nov 2015-Jan 2016)
  • Robert Frost, Teacher by Nancy Vogel (Jan 2016)
  • The Murder of Roger Ackroyd by Agatha Christie (Jan 2016)
  • The Thread That Runs So True by Jesse Stuart (Dec 2015-Jan 2016) 
  • If Dogs Run Free by Bob Dylan (Jan 2016) 
  • Galatians (Bible, family read aloud) (I'm actually not certain whether we finished this before 2015 was over or early in January)

COMPLETED  2015 (roughly in reverse order of completion)(goal: 50. actual: 67):
  • Amelia Bedelia Talks Turkey by Herman Parish (Dec 2015)
  • Babar's Rescue by Laurent de Brunhoff (Dec 2015)
  • Song and Dance Man by Karen Ackerman (Dec 2015)
  • The Rooster Crows: A Book of American Rhymes and Jingles by Maud Petersham (Dec 2015)
  • Charles Dickens: The Man Who Had Great Expectations by Diane Stanley, Peter Vennema (Dec 2015)
  • Emma's Rug by Allen Say (Nov 2015)
  • Seven Tools for Cultivating Your Child's Potential by Zan Tyler (Nov 2015)
  • Tea with Milk by Allen Say (Nov 2015)
  • Brothers at Bat: The True Story of an Amazing All-Brother Baseball Team by Audrey Vernick (Nov 2015)
  • Sense and Sensibility by Jane Austen (Nov 2015)
  • Grandfather's Journey by Allen Say (Nov 2015) 
  • Striving Zones by Kathy Kolbe (Nov 2015)
  • Conative Connection: Acting on Instinct by Kathy Kolbe (Nov 2015)
  • 2 Corinthians (Bible) (Nov 2015)
  • What Pet Should I Get? by Dr. Seuss (Nov 2015)
  • Grandpa's Tractor by Michael Garland (Oct 2015)
  • Family Driven Faith by Voddie Baucham Jr. (Oct 2015) 
  • Ephesians (Bible) (Oct 2015)
  • Snowflake Bentley by Jacqueline Briggs Martin (Oct 2015)
  • Teaching From Rest by Sarah Mackenzie (Oct 2015)
  • We the People: The Story of Our Constitution by Lynne Cheney (Oct 2015)
  • Miss Lady Bird's Wildflowers: How a First Lady Changed America by Kathi Appelt (Oct 2015)
  • Teedie: The Story of Young Teddy Roosevelt by Don Brown (Oct 2015)
  • The Boy Who Drew Birds:  A Story of John James Audubon by Jacqueline Davies (Oct 2015)
  • Planting the Trees of Kenya: The Story of Wangari Maathai by Claire Nivola (Oct 2015)
  • Always Room for One More by Sorche Nic Leodhas (Oct 2015)
  • The Glorious Flight:  Across the Channel With Louis Bleriot by Alice Provensen (Oct 2015)
  • They Were Strong and Good by Robert Lawson (Oct 2015) 
  • The Last Princess: The Story of Princess Ka'iulani of Hawai'i by Fay Stanley (Oct 2015)
  • Teach Your Own by John Holt (May-Oct 2015)
  • Mother to Tigers by George Ella Lyon (Sep 2015)
  • Caleb's Story by Patricia MacLachlan (Sep 2015)
  • Time of Wonder by Robert McCloskey (Sep 2015)
  • Life in the Ocean: The Story of Oceanographer Sylvia Earle by Claire Nivola (Sep 2015)
  • All the Places to Love by Patricia MacLachlan (Sep 2015)
  • Black and White by David Macaulay (Sep 2015)
  • Tikki Tikki Tembo by Arlene Mosel (Sep 2015)
  • The Gospel According to Rome by James G. McCarthy (part 3)(Sep 2015)
  • Skylark by Patricia MacLachlan (Sep 2015)
  • To Kill a Mockingbird by Harper Lee (Sep 2015)
  • At the Back of the North Wind by George MacDonald (July-Sep 2015)
  • Love is a Fallacy (short story) by Max Shulman (Aug 2015)
  • Farmer John's Tractor by Sally Sutton (Aug 2015)
  • What Do I Do Monday? by John Holt (July-Aug 2015)
  • One Thousand Gifts by Ann Voskamp (re-read)(May-July 2015) 
  • Heart and Mind by Ruth Beechick (July 2015)
  • Remember, Remember (The Fifth of November) by Judy Parkinson (Feb-July 2015)
  • Philippians (Bible) (July 2015)
  • The Giver by Lois Lowry (July 2015)
  • The Joyful Home Schooler by Mary Hood (June - July 2015)
  • Benjamin Franklin by Ingri and Edgar Parin d'Aulaire (re-read, read aloud w/littles) (June 2015)
  • Luke (Bible) (finished June 2015)
  • A Biblical Psychology of Learning by Ruth Beechick (June 2015)
  • Christian Unschooling by Teri Brown (June 2015)
  • The Birth of Britain by Winston Churchill (pre-read)(completed May 2015)
  • Learning All the Time by John Holt (May 2015)
  • The Busy Homeschool Mom's Guide to Daylight by Heidi St. John (May 2015)
  • Think Outside the Classroom by Kelly Crawford (Apr 2015)
  • The Return of the King by J.R.R. Tolkien (Apr 2015)
  • The Two Towers by J.R.R. Tolkien (re-read, pre-read) (Mar 2015)
  • The Fellowship of the Ring by J.R.R. Tolkien (reread, pre-read) (Feb-Mar 2015)
  • A Bear Called Paddington by Michael Bond (reread for me, aloud w/little ones, Jan-Mar 2015)
  • Muscle and a Shovel by Michael Shank (Feb 2015)
  • Teach Them Diligently:  How To Use the Scriptures In Child Training by Lou Priolo (June 2014-Feb 2015)
  • Minn of the Mississippi by Holling C. Holling (linked to my review) (read aloud, AO Yr 4) (fall 2013-Feb 2015)
  • Abraham Lincoln's World by Genevieve Foster (pre-read, AO Yr 5) (completed Feb 2015) 
  • Brain Integration Therapy Manual by Dianne Craft (Jan and/or Feb 2015)
  • The History of Rasselas, Prince of Abissinia by Samuel Johnson (linked to my review)(pre-read, AO Yr 9) (Dec 2014 - Jan 2015) 

COMPLETED  2014 (list not necessarily comprehensive -- roughly in reverse order of completion)(49):
  • She Stoops to Conquer by Oliver Goldsmith (pre-read) (Dec 2014)
  • I Kissed Dating Goodbye by Joshua Harris (reread/pre-read) (July-Dec 2014)  
  • The Innocence of Father Brown by G.K. Chesterton (pre-read) (Oct-Dec 2014)
  • The Nourishing Traditions Book of Baby and Child Care by Sally Fallon Morell and Thomas Cowan, MD (selected portions)(Dec 2014)
  • Unbroken by Laura Hillenbrand (Nov-Dec 2014)
  • Paul Revere's Ride by Longfellow, illustrated by Charles Santore (Dec 2014)
  • An Introduction to Family Nights by Jim Weidmann (Nov 2014)
  • Large Family Logistics by Kim Brenneman (re-read) (Nov 2014) 
  • This Is Not My Hat by Jon Klassen (Nov 2014)
  • Goodnight, Goodnight, Construction Site by Sherri Rinker and Tom Lichtenheld (Nov 2014)
  • Growing Up Duggar by Jana, Jill, Jessa, and Jinger Duggar (June-Oct 2014)
  • Ruth (Bible -- read aloud w/all children)(Oct 2014)
  • The Borrowers Aloft by Mary Norton (pre-read) (Oct 2014)
  • Caddie Woodlawn by Carol Ryrie Brink (pre-read) (Sep-Oct 2014)
  • George Washington's World by Genevieve Foster (pre-read AO Yr 4) (Apr-Sep 2014) 
  • Joshua (Bible -- read aloud w/all children) (Sept 2013-Sept 2014) (mostly on hold during pregnancy -- John did most Bible w/them during this time, which I haven't recorded here)
  • How to be Your Own Selfish Pig by Susan Schaeffer Macaulay (pre-read AO Yr 7) (Sep 2014)
  • The Count of Monte Cristo by Alexandre Dumas (pre-read AO Yr 9) (July-Sep 1, 2014)
  • How Do You Know God Is Real? by Kyle Butt (pre-read)(May-Aug 2014)
  • The Sea Mammal by Jerry Pallotta (pre-read) (July 2014)
  • I Have Heard of a Land by Joyce Carol Thomas (pre-read) (July 2014)
  • Araminta's Paint Box by Karen Ackerman (pre-read) (July 2014)
  • Gulliver's Travels by Jonathan Swift (pre-read AO Yr 9)(June-July 2014)
  • Do Hard Things by Alex and Brett Harris (pre-read)(May-June 2014)
  • I'm a Christian, What's Next? by Kyle Butt (pre-read)(May-June 2014)
  • Am I Ready to Be Baptized? by Kyle Butt (pre-read)(May-June 2014)
  • Upgrade: 10 Secrets to the Best Education for Your Child by Kevin Swanson (June 2014)
  • The Brainy Bunch by Kip and Mona Lisa Harding (June 2014)
  • When You Rise Up by R.C. Sproul, Jr. (June 2014)
  • The Hobbit by J.R.R. Tolkien (re-read, pre-read AO Yr 6) (May 2014)
  • How Do You Know the Bible Is From God? by Kyle Butt (pre-read)(May 2014)
  • Galileo's Daughter by Dava Sobel (pre-read AO Yr 8) (Mar-May 2014)
  • Augustus Caesar's World by Genevieve Foster (linked to my review) (pre-read AO Yr 6) (Apr 2014)
  • The Story of the Romans by H.A. Guerber (linked to my review) (pre-read AO Yr 6) (Jan-Apr 2014)
  • The New World by Winston Churchill, Volume 2 of his A History of the English-Speaking Peoples (pre-read AO Yr 8) (Summer 2013-Mar 2014)
  • Anne of the Island by L.M. Montgomery (pre-read) (Mar 2014)
  • It Couldn't Just Happen by Lawrence O. Richards (linked to my review) (pre-read AO Yr 6) (Summer 2013-Mar 2014)
  • Anne of Avonlea by L.M. Montgomery (pre-read) (Feb/Mar 2014)
  • Raising Real Men (linked to my review) by Hal and Melanie Young  (re-read) (Feb/Mar 2014)
  • David Copperfield by Charles Dickens (pre-read, AO Yr 7 Fr. Read) (Summer 2013-Feb 2014)
  • Ivanhoe by Sir Walter Scott (read aloud with Bethany) (completed Jan 2014)
  • The Story of the Greeks by H.A. Guerber (pre-read AO Yr 6) (Nov 2013-Jan 2014)
  • The Woodshed Mystery (Boxcar Children #7) by Gertrude Warner (read aloud with Tirzah) (late 2013-Jan 2014)
  • The Borrowers Afloat by Mary Norton (pre-read) (Jan 2014)
  • A Tale of Two Cities by Charles Dickens (re-read for me, AO Yr 9 Free Read) (Jan 2014)
  • Never Give In by Stephen Mansfield (bio of Churchill, AO Yr 6) (Nov 2013-Jan 2014)
  • The Pushcart War by Jean Merrill (AO Free Read)(Jan 2014)
  • Northanger Abbey by Jane Austen (AO Free Read)(Jan 2014)
  • Anne of Green Gables by L.M. Montgomery (AO Free Read, re-read for me)(Jan 2014)

COMPLETED 2013 (list not necessarily comprehensive -- roughly in reverse order of completion)(55):
  • Johannes Kepler by John Hudson Tiner (pre-read, AO Yr 8) (Dec 2013)
  • Cultured Food for Life by Donna Schwenk (Dec 2013)
  • Lassie Come-Home by Eric Knight (pre-read, AO Yr 4 Free Read) (Nov-Dec 2013)
  • Westward Ho! by Charles Kingsley (pre-read AO Yr 8) (Aug-Dec 2013))
  • The Life of Dr. John Donne by Izaak Walton (pre-read AO Yr 8) (Dec 2013)
  • Fearfully and Wonderfully Made by Brand/Yancey (pre-read AO Yr 7/8) (July-Dec 2013)
  • Whatever Happened to Justice? by Richard Maybury (pre-read AO Yr 8) (May-Dec 2013)
  • The Voyage of the Armada by David Howarth (pre-read AO Yr 8) (Summer-Dec 2013)
  • Quiet by Susan Cain (finished Dec 2013)
  • Utopia by Thomas More (pre-read AO Yr 8) (Summer-Nov 2013)
  • Animal Farm (pre-read AO Yr 6, also a reread for me) (Oct-Nov 2013)
  • Fierce Wars and Faithful Loves (book 1 of The Faerie Queene) (pre-read AO Yr 8) (Aug-Nov 2013)
  • Pride and Prejudice by Jane Austen (pre-read AO Yr 9) (Nov 2013)
  • Sarah, Plain and Tall by Patricia MacLachlan (Oct 2013)
  • The Life of the Right Honourable Francis Bacon by William Rawley (Oct 2013)
  • The Story of David Livingstone by Vautier Golding (pre-read AO Yr 6) (Summer-Oct 2013)
  • Story of the World, Volume 4 by Susan Wise Bauer (pre-read AO Yr 5/6) (2012-Oct 27, 2013)
  • Trial and Triumph (pre-read/read aloud AO Yrs 1-6) (it took me at least 5 years to finish this book, lol -- completed Oct 26, 2013)
  • Everyman (A Morality Play) (pre-read AO Yr 8) (Summer through Oct 24, 2013)
  • Objects in Motion: Principles of Classical Mechanics by Paul Fleisher (Secrets of the Universe) (some quotes and my review here)(pre-read AO Yr 6 Science option) (October 2013)
  • The Story of the Treasure Seekers by Edith Nesbit (read aloud for all) (finished Oct 22, 2013)
  • Albert Einstein and the Theory of Relativity by Cwiklik (pre-read AO Yr 6) (July-Oct 2013)
  • Selected chapters from The Story of Mankind by VanLoon (pre-read AO Yr 6, Aug-Oct 8, 2013)
  • The Spark by Kristine Barnett (completed Oct 6, 2013)
  • The Einstein Syndrome by Thomas Sowell (completed September 30, 2013)
  • The Borrowers Afield by Mary Norton (pre-read AO Yr 4 Free Read)(completed September 30, 2013)
  • Justin Morgan Had a Horse (pre-read AO Yr 4 Free Read) (September 2013)
  • Leviticus (Bible -- aloud, with all children) (completed September 9, 2013)
  • How the Heather Looks by Joan Bodger (pre-read AO Yr 7)(Spring-August 2013)
  • Carry a Big Stick by George Grant (pre-read AO Yr 5)(unknown start, finished Summer 2013)
  • George Washington Carver by William J. Federer (pre-read AO Yr 5) (Summer 2013)
  • Voyage of the Dawn Treader (pre-read for Bethany)(July/Aug 2013)
  • Prince Caspian (pre-read for Bethany)(July 2013)
  • The Wonderful O (pre-read AO Yr 8 Free Read)(July 2013)
  • Dearly, Nearly, Insincerely: What is an Adverb? by Brian P. Cleary (pre-read/read aloud) (July 2013)
  • Under, Over, by the Clover: What is a Preposition? by Brian P. Cleary (pre-read/read aloud) (July 2013)
  • I and You and Don't Forget Who: What is a Pronoun?  by Brian P. Cleary (pre-read/read aloud) (July 2013)
  • A Man for All Seasons (pre-read AO Yr 8)(June 2013)
  • The Lion, the Witch, and the Wardrobe (pre-read for Bethany, reread for me)(June 2013)
  • Martin Luther's speech before the Diet of Worms (pre-read AO Yr 8)(Summer 2013)
  • What Would Thomas Jefferson Think? (unknown start, scanned some I think but done for now)
  • Creative Family Times (some scanned) (May 2013)
  • The Borrowers by Mary Norton (pre-read AO Yr Free Read)(May 2013)
  • Gentle Ben by Walt Morey (pre-read AO )(May 2013)
  • Swallows and Amazons (pre-read AO) (May 2013, I think, maybe into June)
  • The Winged Watchman (pre-read AO Yr 6)(May 2013)
  • The Daughter of Time (pre-read AO Yr 7)(unknown 2013)
  • Racso and the Rats of NIMH (pre-read for Bethany)(finished March 2013)
  • Watership Down (read aloud w/all, AO Yr 7)(finished March 2013)
  • A Pocketful of Goobers by Barbara Mitchell (Creative Minds) (pre-read AO Yr 5)(finished 3/17/13)
  • In Freedom's Cause by G. A. Henty (pre-read AO Yr 7) (finished 3/4/13)
  • Kings and Queens of Britain (not read in entirety, heavily scanned for pre-approve/edit, but read quite a portion) (Feb 2013)
  • Anthem by Ayn Rand (my own interest, plus AO upper year pre-read)(early 2013)
  • Pollyanna (read aloud w/all, reread for older ones and myself) (finished 2/22/13)
  • A Christmas Carol by Charles Dickens (pre-read Free Read AO Yr 5, reread for me)(finished 1/29/13)

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