Silas Marner

A classic by a new-to-you author. Silas Marner (1861) by George Eliot. The Literary Life Podcast. AmblesideOnline Year 10. Silas Marner, a weaver, lives a miserable, lonely life until a mysterious baby girl appears on his doorstep. The girl brings joy and purpose to Marner, but questions about her origin and fate shadow their happy…

Travels with a Donkey in the Cévennes

A travel or adventure classic (fiction or non-fiction). Travels with a Donkey in the Cévennes (1879) by Robert Louis Stevenson (The Literary Life Podcast 19 in 2021 Reading Challenge) Reminiscent of Three Men in a Boat (To Say Nothing of the Dog), Stevenson's 12 day travel journal combines descriptions of a mountainous region of France,…

Animal Farm

A classic about an animal, or with an animal in the title. Animal Farm (1945) by George Orwell (AmblesideOnline Year 6) The animals of revolt against their incompetent farmer at the insistence of a charismatic leader only to discover that they've traded one evil for another. A fable that reads well as a story and on the…

The White Horse

A children’s classic. The White Horse(1946) by Elizabeth Goudge. (AO Year 3 free read) Maria and her governess arrive at her ancestral home to discover mystery and wonder. There's a family curse that must be broken to heal the village, and Maria willingly sets out to right past wrongs. This is a very British fairy tale…

Julius Caesar

A classic play. Julius Caesar (1599) by Shakespeare I read Julius Caesar with our micro-co-op which includes my two Form II girls and a friend. I chose it because KOR has it assigned in sixth grade, and I remember enjoying it with my students back in the day. It did not disappoint! Zuzu has repeatedly proclaimed how…

84, Charing Cross Road

84, Charing Cross Road (1970) by Helene Hanff Classics Challenge: Classic by a woman author. 19 in 2021 Reading Challenge. A book of letters. (I'm looking forward to the podcast discussion of the book! Helene Hanff wrote for the stage and television, but claimed fame for her writing about her career. She described her plays…

5×5 Challenge

The Scholé Sisters 5×5 Challenge has an open-ended format: five books in five categories. I made more progress on non-fiction last year than I would have without the challenge, but it was a struggle to keep picking up non-fiction. Even "moderate" mother culture books felt like stiff books this year. I obviously flopped on the homemaker category,…

Death on the Nile

Classic with Nature in the Title. Death on the Nile (1937) by Agatha Christie The book blurb declares the victim, but the body doesn't appear until halfway through the book. On their honeymoon in Egypt, wealthy Linnet and her new husband and being stalked by his old flame. Few on the Nile cruise are as…

Wuthering Heights

Classic with a Place in the Title. Wuthering Heights (1847) by Emily Brontë After setting up the mystery of Heathcliff's reclusiveness in the book's present, helpful verbose narrators relate the tragic love story of Heathcliff and Catherine. Starting at the very beginning, we learn about Heathcliff's adoption into the family, Catherine and Heathcliff's wild friendship as children,…