It is easy to love the people far away. It is not always easy to love those close to us. It is easier to give a cup of rice to relieve hunger than to relieve the loneliness and pain of someone unloved in our own home. Bring love into your home for this is where our love for each other must start. -Mother Teresa

Monday, July 10, 2017

What I Read in June

I made a goal to read 75 books in 2017. This month I met my goal! So I am not going to read anymore books for the rest of the year.

Not really, I'm still reading. Actually this month I added Audible to my apps and so I listened and read two of these books: Beneath a Scarlet Sky and Black Beauty. That still counts right?

You can see what I have read so far this year by clicking HERE.




Beneath a Scarlet Sky by Mark Sullivan (Book Club 2)
Andy Warhol was a Hoarder by Claudia Kalb
Once Upon a Summer by Jeanette Oke
A Single Shard by Linda Sue Park
Lean In by Sheryl Sandberg
Looking for Alaska by John Green



The Readers of Broken Wheel Recommend by Katarina Bivald
Before the Fall by Noah Hawley (Book Club 1)
Black Beauty by Anna Sewell




The Great Divorce by C.S. Lewis


If at Birth You Don't Succeed by Zach Anner
Talking As Fast As I Can by Lauren Graham




Book that I enjoyed most this month:
 Beneath a Scarlet Sky

Book that still has me thinking about it: 
Beneath a Scarlet Sky, Andy Warhol was a Hoarder, Lean In and The Great Divorce...yeah, I know my brain has too many tabs open. 

Book that I will discuss with my kids: 
The Great Divorce (Nan will read it for school this year along with 8 other of Lewis' books) and Talking As Fast As I Can (because the oldest three and I watched every single episode of Gilmore Girls together) and Lean In (Because every parent should discuss this stuff with their kids...not just because I have 4 daughters)

Book that I will never read again: 
Before the Fall and If At Birth You Don't Succeed

Book that I gave up on and never finished: 
none but I seriously contemplated If At Birth You Don't Succeed

Book that I have previously read: 
Once Upon A Summer (and it inspired me to dig out all of my Jeanette Oke books from a box in the attic. Turns out I already owned a copy...actually I own the whole series in a box set. So they are now out on book shelves which means I had to buy another book shelf. You may be a book hoarder if....) 

Book that I will read again someday: 
The Great Divorce, Black Beauty, Lean In, and possibly Beneath a Scarlet Sky 


Have you read any of these books? 
What did you think about them? 

What did you read in June? 
Anything you would recommend? 


Friday, June 2, 2017

What I read in May














Book that I enjoyed most this month:
Britt-Marie Was Here (Fredrik Backman can't seem to get it wrong!) 


Book that still has me thinking about it:
Love Does and Portraits of Courage


Book that I would discuss with my kids:
Love Does and Portraits of Courage


Book that I will never read again:
This Side of Paradise


Book that I gave up on and didn't finish: 
none


Book that I will read again someday:
Love Does

Have you read any of these books?
What did you think? 


What did you read in May?
What do you recommend? 

Tuesday, May 9, 2017

History: What I Didn't Understand

This past year, the girls and I have visited the Manzanar National Historic Site, which was a Japanese "relocation center" in California.



In Missouri, we studied about slavery and segregation at the George Washington Carver National Monument.



We also spent some time at The Hubbell Trading Post National Historic Site in Arizona, which is the the oldest operating trading post on the Navajo Nation. There we learned about the Native American "relocation" and other injustices.




Most recently, we visited the CANDLES Holocaust Museum in Indiana where we had a Q & A time with a Romanian Holocaust survivor who was part of the horrific "Mengele Twins" experiments in Auschwitz.



In each of those places, we were able to put a literal face to historical events. We heard and we saw another view.


The combination of homeschooling and internationally adopting has completely changed the way I view history. I am only sorry that it took me so long. This is just one of the examples of how the history we studied in school may not have shared multicultural views of an event.



This post was inspired by this article: 




Another place we have yet to take the girls is the Ukrainian National Museum of Chicago. They try to introduce the horrors of the Holodomor, which is the genocide of 10 million people under Stalin's Rule. (Another piece of modern history not often shared or studied.)  

Where have you been or what have you read that has changed your view of history? 



Monday, May 1, 2017

What I Read in April

This year I have set a goal to read 75 books.

These are the books that I have read so far this year:
January
February
March

You can read my reviews and ratings of all the book on my goodreads account.




The One-In-A-Million Boy by Monica Wood
Green Hills of Africa by Ernest Hemingway
Hillbilly Elegy by JD Vance  *Book Club 2
1984 by George Orwell  *Book Club 1
Modern Romance by Aziz Ansari



Duel in the Wilderness by Karin Clafford Farley  *School



Uppity Women of Ancient Times by Vicki Leon
Brown Girl Dreaming by Jacqueline Woodson
Zip It by Karen Ehman *Online Book Group
If I Stay by Gale Foreman
The Alchemist by Paulo Coelho



The Penderwicks: A Summer Tale of Four Sisters, 
Two Rabbits, and A Very Interesting Boy by Jeanne Birdsall
A Piece of the World by Christina Baker Kline


Yankee Doodle Boy: A Young Soldier's Adventure in the American Revolution Told by Himself by Joseph Plumb Martin (Edited by George F. Scheer) *School




Book that I enjoyed most this month:
Brown Girl Dreaming

Book that still has me thinking about it:
Hillbilly Elegy and Brown Girl Dreaming. (I think everyone should read them close together!) 

Book that I would discuss with my kids:
Brown Girl Dreaming and of course, the school ones. 

Book that I will never read again:
1984 and Green Hills of Africa (Glad I read both but once was enough.) 

Book that I gave up on and didn't finish: 
Modern Romance

Book that I will read again someday:
Brown Girl Dreaming


Have you read any of these books?
What did you think? 


What did you read in April?
What do you recommend? 

Friday, March 31, 2017

What I Read in March

This year I have set a goal to read 75 books.

These are the books that I have read in January and February.

As always, you can read my ratings and reviews on Goodreads.com.



In March I read these books: 




Lost Among the Birds by Neil Hayward
The Magnolia Story by Chip and Joanna Gaines




The Spelling List and Word Study Resource Book by Mary Jo Fresch and Aileen Wheaton
College-Prep Homeschooling: Your Complete Guide to Homeschooling Through High School by David P. Byers
The Homeschooling Book of Lists by Michael and Mary Leppert




And Every Morning The Way Home Gets Longer and Longer by Fredrik Backman
Scrappy Little Nobody by Anna Kendrick
Roll of Thunder, Hear My Cry by Mildred D. Taylor





Love Anthony by Lisa Genova
The End of Your Life Book Club by Will Schwalbe
Understanding Johnny Tremaine by Elizabeth Weiss Vollstadt *School





The Old Man and the Sea by Ernest Hemingway
For the Love by Jen Hatmaker  *Book Club 2
In Twenty Years by Allison Winn Scotch




The Whole Town's Talking by Fannie Flagg
The Girl in the Ice by Robert Bryndza  *Book Club
I Hate Everyone Except You by Clinton Kelly



Me & Earl & the Dying Girl by Jesse Andrews


Book I enjoyed most this month: 
And Every Morning The Way Home Gets Longer and Longer
The Magnolia Story



Book that still has me thinking about it:
For the Love
Roll of Thunder, Hear My Cry

Book that I would discuss with my kids:
For the Love
Roll of Thunder, Hear My Cry
Understanding Johnny Tremaine  (of course!)

Book that I will never read again:
The Girl in the Ice
Lost Among the Birds


Book that I have up on and didn't finish: 
Me & Earl & the Dying Girl


Book that I have previously read: 
None but I have read Johnny Tremaine that is why I just read the discussion guide instead.


Book that I will read again someday: 
The Old Man and the Sea
For the Love
And Every Morning The Way Home Gets Longer and Longer

BONUS:
Book that required an entire box of kleenex: 
And Every Morning The Way Home Gets Longer and Longer




Have you read any of these books?I'd love to hear what you thought! 


What did you read in March? Anything you would recommend?