The Shepherd’s Stone & The Lion’s Roar (Homeschool Crew Review)

As regular readers know, a large, important part of our homeschool is reading aloud fabulous books.  We’re on track to have read aloud nearly 100 books by the end of this year.  (Audio books are a large part of our homeschooling when we’re driving in the car, which we do. . .ALOT!)  Recently, we added […]

Purple Hibiscus by Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie: A Book Review

This post contains affiliate links. Bookworm is taking Honors English this year, and while I’ve read most of the short stories and plays he’ll be reading, I haven’t read many of the novels, so I plan to read along with him.  The first novel he had to read was Purple Hibiscus by Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie, […]

Family Read Alouds for Ages 8 to 12–September, 2019

Rather than large novels hundreds of pages long, this month, we read shorter kids’ books that were 80 to 150 pages long, so we finished many more.  I wasn’t planning this, but it just worked out based on our Sonlight reading and the books that the girls picked out.  Here are the family read alouds […]

Blogging Through the Alphabet: Circle C Books

One of the book series we’ve fallen in love with are Circle C Books.  Created by Susan K. Marlow, these books are an excellent resource to learn about the history of California as well as to delight in the main character, a tomboy, Andi, living in the late 1800s on a California ranch.  All of […]

The Silent Patient by Alex Michaelides: A Book Review

Alicia Berenson has it all.  She is an attractive woman who has a successful art career.  Her husband, Gabriel, is an attractive fashion photographer.  But their life isn’t as perfect as outside appearances would have people believe. One night, Alicia Berenson ties up her husband and shoots him in the face five times, killing him.  […]

Lost Roses by Martha Hall Kelly: A Book Review

A few months ago, I requested about 15 books from the library.  Many of them were books that hadn’t been released yet, so there was a long wait. This post contains affiliate links. When I got the notice Lost Roses by Martha Hall Kelly was in, I couldn’t even remember what the book was about, […]

Family Read Alouds for Ages 8 to 12–August, 2019

August just seemed to fly by!  We got in several good books and audios, but my favorite family read aloud was Puritan Girl, Mohawk Girl.  For those who don’t know, every month we read aloud kids’ chapter books for ages 8 to 12, and then I recap them here. This post contains affiliate links. Books […]

Last Christmas in Paris by Hazel Gaynor and Heather Webb: A Book Review

I am obsessed with WWII fiction and non-fiction and read a lot of it, but I rarely read about WWI.  Sadly, I don’t know much about WWI beyond the basics. This post contains affiliate links. So, I decided to delve into some WWI fiction, starting with Last Christmas in Paris.  What a beautiful book! The […]

No Exit by Taylor Adams: A Book Review

Imagine you’re trying to get through the Rocky Mountains at night, in a blinding snow storm, to your mother, who will likely die of cancer soon.  Unable to go on, you pull off at a rest stop and wait for the snow plows or the storm to end so you can continue.  While walking around […]

White Chrysanthemum by Mary Lynn Bracht: A Book Review

As many readers know, I love fiction and non-fiction stories about World War II.  There’s just so much to learn about this period in time. I first read How We Disappeared which inspired me to find more books about this little known atrocity of WWII, young women being kidnapped by Japanese soldiers and forced into […]