Rilla of Ingleside

Rilla of Ingleside by Lucy Maud Montgomery is the eighth (or sixth based on publication order) book in the Anne series. It's my Children's Classic choice for the Back to the Classics Challenge. Rilla is a AO Year 5 free read that coincides with the time period studied. To Sum Up While Gilbert and Anne's older children…

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Thankful Thursday: Advent Reality

We are well into the Twelve Days of Christmas, but I want to do a little past-tense blogging and share about how our Advent turned out. I had no idea what we had in store for us when I shared my Advent Hopes. The best laid plans of mice and men and all that jazz.…

Hind’s Feet in High Places Review

During Beautiful Feet Boot Camp, Jamie read Hind's Feet in High Places to the women on Thursday nights while we snacked on Jessie's delectable baked goods and sipped tea or coffee. I had never encountered this Christian classic before, so it was impactful to first read it in a group with other women seeking to go on…

2017 in Books

"You are what you measure," and I measure my reading using Goodreads, so I get a lot of it. Here's their dandy year in books graphic. Compared to my previous two years on Goodreads, I read 14 fewer books. I'm choosing to see this as a good thing because I read really hard books this…

Back to the Classics 2018

Most of my books this year are a combination of book discussions from the AO Forum and AO Year 4 books in preparation for next school year. 19th Century - wild card 20th Century - wild card Woman author - Uncle Tom’s Cabin by Harriet Beecher Stowe (1852) I've read a bit of The American Woman's Home written by…

Reading Hard Books Slowly

At the beginning of the year, the Desiring God article "Four Reasons to Slow Down" convinced me that I needed to be very careful about my reading goals. The author decided to abandon book or page counts and measure time spent reading. I naturally spend hours a day reading, so I choose to have a…

The Sign of Four

I checked out several classics with a number in the title for the Back to the Classics Challenge. After discovering Twelfth Night didn't count, I substituted The Sign of Four. Mary Marsten seeks out Sherlock for help finding her father, a British officer that returned from the East only to disappear upon arrival. For several…

Twelfth Night

I read Twelfth Night along with the Close Reads Podcast for my classic with a number in the title. I just checked the category page for the challenge and saw that ordinal numbers don't count. So stay tuned for my review of The Sign of Four which I read just for fun but now have…

Fierce Wars and Faithful Loves

I read The Faerie Queene (Book 1) by Edmund Spenser as my Classic published before 1800. A lowly farmer boy wants to be a hero, so he begs the Faerie Queen to give him a quest. When he steps aside to patiently wait, Una approaches the queen and requests that she send a knight to…

The Little Prince

I read The Little Prince by Antione de Saint-Exupery for my Classic in translation. I felt like this was cheating because it was shelved in Juvenile Fiction, but after I finished it, I read that the book was originally published ambiguously so that it wouldn't be labeled either a children's book or a book for adults.…