Guest Posted August 2, 2008 Share Posted August 2, 2008 Hi Gals, We are relatively new to homeschooling and the whole idea of using living books is new to me. I'm one of those public school kids that probably read 4 books during high school. I have always loved to read, but b/c I was never challenged, I don't think I've jumped into the classics the way that I want to teach my kids to. So, in my quest to become a more knowledgeable, better educated person that can converse with the rest of society (among other reasons), I picked up 1776. I thought it sounded very exciting and had heard some good things about it. I am having SUCH a HARD time getting into this book! I feel like I'm getting all the background info. but still waiting for the story to start. (But, I don't think that the story is going to start - I think that's the way the "story" is written.) I want so badly to read quality books and I know that I need to challenge myself if I'm going to start challenging my kids. I believe Mortimer J. Adler mentions in his book ("How to Read a Book") that something that is challenging is a definite worthwhile read - we should look for books that challenge us. Where do you draw the line between challenging and boredom? For those of you that have read 1776 - should I plow through it? Is it a worthwhile read? Just trying to expand my mind.... :) Quote Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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