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#151 Megbo

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Posted 04 September 2017 - 12:22 AM

What a great thread! I'll finalize our reading choices for the semester tomorrow, and I’m glad I read through this thread first. 

 
Thanks to summer boredom, Ds9 has been pulling from Dh's bookshelves for the past few weeks. As of this afternoon, he was reading The Great Train Robbery, by Michael Crichton. He also discovered Figures of Speech: 60 Ways to Turn a Phrase, a book about rhetorical devices. He only made it a few pages before he handed it to me and asked, "Can I learn this stuff this year?" Sure, kiddo. We’ll call it “Independent Study in Rhetorical Devices”.  ;)
 
Dss15 is reading The Auschwitz Volunteer. I gave up a little over halfway through, so I'm curious to hear what he thinks.  
 
Ds7 and Ds2 are both on an Elephant and Piggie kick. I refuse to read them aloud anymore, so the boys help each other out when one gets stuck on a word. Dh is reading the Pirate School series at bedtime, and Ds2 and I are reading lots of poetry at what used to be nap time.  
 
I just started reading A Man Called Ove, and have been grazing on You Don't Look Your Age and Other Fairy Tales for the past week. 
 

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Posted 06 September 2017 - 01:08 AM

Audiobooks:

 

We finished Cinder.  It was pretty good.

 

We then listened to Little Lord Fauntleroy, which we also enjoyed.

 

Started some fairy tale audiobook that I found around the house - silly for us, but the kids say they are enjoying it.

 

This Thursday we should learn what our next middle school book club selection will be.

 

I bought Bud, Not Buddy in audiobook.  We'll probably start it later this month.  I am looking to "read" all the Newberry books and age-appropriate classic fiction we can find in audiobook format, but our library doesn't have a lot of them.  I don't find many at reasonable prices on Amazon (new or used).  I will look into eBay and the nearest big city library.

 

Read-aloud:  still have a few more chapters in The Phantom Tollbooth.

 

My eldest is getting back to reading the easy "high interest" type books in her school library, so she can get her AR points.  That's fine with me - I'm done forcing her to read when she has so much else to do.  Youngest is reading some Descendants series - Isle of the Lost or whatever.  No idea how that is.  It definitely does not look like my type of book.  :p


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Posted 06 September 2017 - 05:37 PM

Recent reads by 11yr old: The Giver and Anastasia Krupnik  (both Lois Lowry)

 

Her current reads: The sequel to The Giver, Gathering Blue, and Trials of Apollo The Dark Prophecy (Rick Riordan).

 

 

Non-fiction that we're currently reading together: Horribly Famous Julius Caesar and A Brief History of Time.

 

 

I finished a novel recently that I had mixed feelings about. It's called Useful, by Debra Oswald. 

The characters are unsettlingly relatable. It's like the author manages to tap into character flaws in a way that makes you reflect on your own flaws. Unsettling.



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Posted 07 September 2017 - 12:06 PM

10 yr old DS is reading "Beetle Boy" and he just finished "Galen and the Gateway to Medicine", I just finished "A Gentleman in Moscow" by Amor Towles - BEST book I've read in the last 12 months! SOOO GOOD! It's slightly slow in the beginning, but worth sticking with it. We just discussed it in my book club and the consensus was this was the best book we've ever read together.


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Posted 07 September 2017 - 03:24 PM

DS has many threads of reading going on. He keeps books in the car, in his sports gear bag etc so that he can read when he has down time. We are in the car a lot and we listen to a lot of classical music in the car. He can focus a lot with classical music in the background, so I thought why not read in the car. It works well so far. I am giving him books from series because it is easier for me keep track. 

Following are the series that my DS is currently reading:

 

Fiction:

Magnus Chase series

Kane Chronicles series

Puzzling world of Winston Breen series

Smells like a Dog series

Alex Rider series

Ranger's Apprentice series

 

He has other series that he has half read and I follow up on them occasionally and restart those series.

 

Non-fiction:

Longitude: Dava Sobel

Realm of Numbers: Asimov

Prime Curios!

Travels With a Donkey in the Cévennes: Robert Louis Stevenson

 

Classics:

The Invention of Hugo Cabret

 

 

 


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Posted 11 September 2017 - 11:32 PM

Sacha just finished rereading Peter Nimble and His Fantastic Eyes, which he adored, and has moved onto the sequel.

For school, he recently read the Green Glass Sea and Wind in the Willows.

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Posted 12 September 2017 - 03:33 AM

Sacha just finished rereading Peter Nimble and His Fantastic Eyes, which he adored, and has moved onto the sequel.

For school, he recently read the Green Glass Sea and Wind in the Willows.

 

If you're looking for more after reading Green Glass Sea, I highly recommend the non-fiction book called Bomb. It was excellent.


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Posted 12 September 2017 - 10:03 AM

Our current audiobook is the Mixed Up Files of Mrs. Basil E. Frankweiler.  We are still early in it.  The girl reminds me of myself and my kids - oooooh the chores are so hard and unfair!!!!

 

My kids are reading quick reads like Geronimo Stilton to try to rack up AR points I suppose.  :p  Oh and my reader discovered the Horrible Histories and Horrible Science series I bought them years ago - it had been in a box in the closet since they didn't like it at first.  Now she is reading through those.

 

Not much progress on our read-aloud.  I did read some short books just to move them from the "to read" to the "hand down" pile.

 

I am enjoying Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde.  A little light reading.  :)


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Posted 13 September 2017 - 11:32 AM

Our current audiobook is the Mixed Up Files of Mrs. Basil E. Frankweiler.  We are still early in it.  The girl reminds me of myself and my kids - oooooh the chores are so hard and unfair!!!!

 

My kids are reading quick reads like Geronimo Stilton to try to rack up AR points I suppose.  :p  Oh and my reader discovered the Horrible Histories and Horrible Science series I bought them years ago - it had been in a box in the closet since they didn't like it at first.  Now she is reading through those.

 

Not much progress on our read-aloud.  I did read some short books just to move them from the "to read" to the "hand down" pile.

 

I am enjoying Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde.  A little light reading.  :)

Ds9 bought these sets (histories, geography and science) with the b'day cash from his granny this summer and reading them like crazy. I've opened one and, oh my gosh, it's really horrible and so disgusting  :D

Beside those ones he is also re-reading Murderous Maths and is finishing Redwall. For next week he has Stig of the Dump and Treasure Island.

 

Little one recently read The Invention of Hugo Cabret. He loved it so much that he asked me to buy all the books by Brian Selznick. They are on the way, so guess he will be busy for some time  :001_smile:

Meanwhile he is reading The One and Only Ivan and fifth time Chess for Kids by Richard James  :001_smile:

I am finishing Elon Musk and there are a few books waiting for me to be read: Rich Dad, Poor Dad, As a Man Thinketh, The Way to Wealth:Ben Franklin on Money and Success, Hillbilly Elegy and Mastering Bitcoin.

 

Hubby is busy working, so reading mostly news and something about his soccer :sneaky2:


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Posted 13 September 2017 - 12:39 PM

Ds9 bought these sets (histories, geography and science) with the b'day cash from his granny this summer and reading them like crazy. I've opened one and, oh my gosh, it's really horrible and so disgusting  :D

 

As I recall, my youngest's first comment was "OK, this is inappropriate."  I think she was about 7 when I bought them.

 

She now seems to like books about horrible crimes etc., so I decided to dig and find those books - she had thought I'd given them away.

 

But, she still wants them moved to a location that is not near where she sleeps.  :p


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Posted 13 September 2017 - 02:31 PM

As I recall, my youngest's first comment was "OK, this is inappropriate."  I think she was about 7 when I bought them.

 

She now seems to like books about horrible crimes etc., so I decided to dig and find those books - she had thought I'd given them away.

 

But, she still wants them moved to a location that is not near where she sleeps.  :p

Ds is mad about these books, but he loves similar stuff :scared:  Last year he had a craze for David Walliams. He read all his books in a couple of weeks :D



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Posted 18 September 2017 - 04:27 PM

The kids - the Amulet graphic novels by Kazu Kibiushi. They are great!

 

I'm just finishing off Jo Walton's trilogy - The Just City, Philosopher Kings, Necessity. Highly recommended (for adults!)


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Posted 18 September 2017 - 04:31 PM

The kids:  The War of the Worlds, and soon The Red Badge of Courage.  

 

Myself:  How Buildings Learn.


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Posted 18 September 2017 - 04:34 PM

Our current audiobook is the Mixed Up Files of Mrs. Basil E. Frankweiler.  We are still early in it.  The girl reminds me of myself and my kids - oooooh the chores are so hard and unfair!!!!

 

My kids are reading quick reads like Geronimo Stilton to try to rack up AR points I suppose.  :p  Oh and my reader discovered the Horrible Histories and Horrible Science series I bought them years ago - it had been in a box in the closet since they didn't like it at first.  Now she is reading through those.

 

Not much progress on our read-aloud.  I did read some short books just to move them from the "to read" to the "hand down" pile.

 

I am enjoying Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde.  A little light reading.  :)

 

 

Last Christmas DDnow16 asked for and received FrankensteinDracula, and several other classics.  She loves them for bedtime reading.  She says she only dreams about stuff she reads or encounters earlier in the day, never what she reads at bedtime.  

 

She didn't care for Miss Peregrine's Home For Peculiar Children, however--didn't finish it at all.  She was rather creeped out by it.  Didn't like the movie that much, either (saw it first, I think).


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Posted 19 September 2017 - 12:47 AM

DD has discovered the horrible Rainbow Magic Fairy books. She reads them rather quickly and I try and balance them with higher quality books. She's also reading:

Zoey and Sassafras Monsters and Mold

Ivy & Bean

The Storm Dragon (Secret Rescuers series)

 

Our audiobook is Clementine

Read aloud: Cilla-Lee Jenkins Author Extraordinaire 

 

She's also started reading in Spanish for school. Right now it is just simple guided reading books but her Spanish reading ability is way higher than her comprehension and understanding level. 


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Posted 19 September 2017 - 06:05 AM

I just finished a "political" new release that I enjoyed very much. That's all I will say. ;)

Kids are reading The Disappearing Spoon and Mary Poppins.
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Posted 19 September 2017 - 11:22 AM

Finished the audiobook of Mixed-Up Files (which we enjoyed) and now we're doing Bud, Not Buddy.

 

I finished Jekyll & Hyde and am reading the various Stevenson short stories that were also included in the book.  Not really my favorite, but I like to finish books I start if possible.  :)

 

The kids - still reading silly stuff as far as I know.  We're still getting used to the school & activities routine.


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Posted 20 September 2017 - 12:32 AM

John Grisham's Theodore Boone: Kid Lawyer is a hit, after I found Ds9 reading The Client.  :ohmy:


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Posted 20 September 2017 - 01:02 AM

DD is now very into Agatha Christie; she is 12.  Found DS reading an Agatha Christie a few days ago (he is 9).  Pleasantly surprised!  They are so easy to find at used book stores, and there are a zillion of them.


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Posted 25 September 2017 - 12:00 PM

Finished Bud, Not Buddy, which was so good that my kid said her English teacher should use it for a read-aloud.  :)

 

Now we are listening to Johnny Tremain.  Someone here said it was a good one to help teach US history.  :)


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Posted 26 September 2017 - 06:48 AM

DS 10 just started Norse Myths by Neil Gaimen, twins are reading Mary Poppins as a read aloud and On the Banks of Plum Creek as an audiobook in the car.

I’m reading Let’s Play Math, Planting Seeds, a few yoga books and the second Louise Penny book, although I don’t like it as much as the first. I’ve read this one is a weaker title of the series so I’m trying to follow through. I still have Americanah going but I have had to back burner it to catch up on other reading.
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Posted 26 September 2017 - 12:59 PM

Sacha is reading the Green Knowe series, which is perfect for fall.


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Posted 26 September 2017 - 01:29 PM

Currently listening to The Girl Who Drank the Moon in the car and Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire for evening read aloud (listen aloud?).

Plus, DD is reading HP and the Deathly Hallows independently, I'm between books currently.
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Posted 27 September 2017 - 04:36 PM

DD has discovered the horrible Rainbow Magic Fairy books. She reads them rather quickly and I try and balance them with higher quality books. She's also reading:

Zoey and Sassafras Monsters and Mold

Ivy & Bean

The Storm Dragon (Secret Rescuers series)

 

Our audiobook is Clementine

Read aloud: Cilla-Lee Jenkins Author Extraordinaire 

 

She's also started reading in Spanish for school. Right now it is just simple guided reading books but her Spanish reading ability is way higher than her comprehension and understanding level. 

 

Ah, yes, those Rainbow Magic Fairy books.

I remember when my youngest daughter was 4ish, she LOVED those books. It was a moment of pure joy to find a different one available at the library.

 

Although it was an intense passion at the time, it was *very* short lived (only a matter of a couple of months), and I believe that those books really built her endurance and confidence in independent reading, as much as I disliked them  :)



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Posted 27 September 2017 - 04:40 PM

John Grisham's Theodore Boone: Kid Lawyer is a hit, after I found Ds9 reading The Client.  :ohmy:

 

We loved the Theodore Boone series (I think there may be 6 books now?) and got quite attached to Judge  :)


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Posted 27 September 2017 - 04:51 PM

11yr old: Lots on the go at the moment - Dark Prophecy, Anastasia series, Equal Rites (from Discworld series)

 

Non-fiction reading together: The Code Book by Simon Singh. We are loving this book. It's cryptography + history. Truly excellent. 

 

Me: Bone Labyrinth by James Rollins. I love his books. They are action + science + history all somehow wrapped up into an easy fiction read. Unfortunately, whoever had this from the library before me wears a very strong perfume and has left this book all stinky  :ack2:

 

 

A little semi-public thank you to our dear, dear friend Pegs who gifted both Equal Rites and The Code Book to my daughter  :001_wub: . The fact that they're from you Pegs makes them extra special and extra loved.


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Posted 29 September 2017 - 04:12 AM

A little semi-public thank you to our dear, dear friend Pegs who gifted both Equal Rites and The Code Book to my daughter :001_wub: . The fact that they're from you Pegs makes them extra special and extra loved.


Aww, Chooky! <3

Thank you for trusting my judgment with regard to your DD's literature selection. I was very nervous putting my top picks in the post for her!
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Posted 09 October 2017 - 08:33 AM

Audiobooks:  we finished Johnny Tremain, which was very much enjoyed.

 

I had taken out 3 audiobooks from a library we normally don't visit, including JT, Because of Winn-Dixie, and Walk Two Moons.  Unfortunately (or fortunately), my kids had already heard the latter two in English class at school.  However, we are doing Walk Two Moons anyway because one of my kids wants to listen again, and so do I.  :)  Meanwhile, the next middle school book club selection is Number the Stars - same deal - they heard it in school, but they want to listen again and so do I.

 

We are running out of good audiobooks at the library.  I really want to get through all the Newberry books one way or another, but I don't want it to cost me a ton.

 

I think my mom or sister will give us one or two audiobooks for my kid's birthday this week.

 

Read-aloud:  Praise the Lord, we finally finished The Phantom Tollbooth.  Now I am reading Tales of a Fourth Grade Nothing, which is young for them, but we are going to NYC later this week so I decided to do a quick fun book in a NYC setting.  They like it, so I might follow up with Superfudge.

 

Individual reading:  one kid is doing easy stuff like Dork Diaries and such.  The other kid has a pile of different stuff - Marguerite Henry horse stories, some book about horror movies, and the modern popular middle school girl stuff (monster descendants, android thrillers, whatever).

 

Myself, I finished the Robert Louis Stevenson book of stories that I was reading, and have gone back to a dry nonfiction book that my brother bought me years ago.  I don't have the heart to tell him I don't love the book.  :p  I have roughly 200 pages left, after which I will throw a secret party for myself.  :p


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Posted 09 October 2017 - 08:45 AM

Inspired by runningmom's Ada Twist thread, I thought I'd ask what everyone is reading with their kids and also for yourselves. It's great to get some new ideas from others.

 

This is us right now:

 

DD10 - independently reading Twilight (the reversed gender one)

          - together with me - The Absolute Value of Mike (by Kathryn Erskine of Mockingbird fame)

          - nonfiction together for fun - Murderous Maths The Phantom X

          

 

Me(40-something, lost count a while back) - Fiction - The Book of Secrets by Elizabeth Joy Arnold

                                                                    - Non-fiction - Misdiagnosis and Dual-diagnosis of Gifted Children by James Webb et al

 

My reading: Just finished Reincarnation Blues & The Address. Both were good. Started The Book Thief yesterday. 

 

DD15: Independent for school -- A Prayer for Owen Meany (I'm trying to keep up with her on this, but failing); Independent for fun - various books from the library on computers, autism, and aquariums.

 

DD12: Independent for school - Jamestown: Blood on the River; Independent for fun - various nursing textbooks bought at library sale, and books form the library on diseases and fiction science fiction books.

 

DD10: Independent for school - My Brother Sam is Dead; Independent for fun - fiction horse books & American Girl books

 

DD12 & 10: Read - Aloud - Johnny Tremain


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Posted 09 October 2017 - 03:31 PM

Audiobook: we finished listening to Clementine and I’m trying to decide what to do next. Maybe Henry Huggins.

DD5 is readig Ivy and Bean and has 2 pages left. She wants to read the rest of the series. I put two more on hold at the library.

DD and I are buddy reading The Witch Family by Eleanor Estes. Now that she’s reading a ton on her own, she has no desire to read a whole chapter aloud to me so we’ve been doing a paragraph each. It’s been a good way to guage her reading ability.
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Posted 10 October 2017 - 11:49 PM

DS Robby 8, is reading A Mouse Called Wolf by Dick King Smith

Read Aloud is Out of the Silent Planet just finished and moving on to the sequel, Perelandra

Audiobook in the car is Peter Pan read by Jim Dale on deck is The Hobbit read by Rob Inglis

Librivox on my phone for quiet time is Voyages of Doctor Dolittle


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Posted 17 October 2017 - 11:21 PM

I just finished a biography of Abigail Adams and am in the middle of The Everlasting Man (GK Chesterton). I recently reread A Wrinkle in Time (hadn't read it since I was a teen). I reread it because DD9 got halfway through and was quite literally incapacitated by fear.  She wanted to finish but I took it away from her for now...will let her revisit in a year or two. Is that mean? She was incapacitated....

 

DD9 just finished Robinson Crusoe, about to start Kidnapped.

DS7 is reading OmKasToe

Family readalouds are The Little White Horse (Goudge) and Our Island Story (kids really like the short chapters as bedtime stories).