Classic children’s books

Classic children’s books. While cleaning out accumulated clutter, we came across our collection of best-loved classic children’s books. It sparked a lot of fond memories of reading to the kids, and then listening as they read. We do love reading books alongside our older teens. But we can still remember with great joy when we…

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The Great Gatsby. The great Gatsby?

The Great Gatsby. The great Gatsby? F. Scott Fitzgerald wrote The Great Gatsby about America in the 1920s, when the fabulously wealthy flaunted their funds with lavish parties and opulent lifestyles. Many people, not fabulously wealthy, hitched their trains to these ‘stars’ and showed up, night after night, for parties with music and gin and…

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Winner! Great American Read

Winner! Great American Read. Last summer, PBS introduced a public process of voting for America’s favorite novel. The first step was selecting the 100 novels eligible for votes. You can find out more about that process here. But who is the winner of the Great American read?   Cynthia’s prediction doesn’t win   Cynthia’s guess…

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Historical fiction for teens.

Historical fiction for teens.  We don’t often search for books of this genre, but with Advanced Placement U.S. History came a requirement to read Nathaniel Hawthorne’s masterpiece, The Scarlet Letter. We bought the book, peeked inside at the style of writing, took a deep breath, and went outside for a hike. But we promised our…

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Adventure books for girls

Adventure books for girls. With young men at home, I don’t read these books very often.  But a perceptive and knowledgeable local guide recommended this book to someone else. Overhearing their conversation, I asked about it. Adventure books we found while traveling Last summer we traveled in lovely Nova Scotia.  We rode bikes and marveled…

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PBS Great American Read

PBS Great American Read. PBS Great American Read is a new eight-part series spotlighting America’s 100 best-loved novels.  American voters chose these top novels in a national survey.  We are providing a link to the series and timing here.  The fall kickoff is scheduled for Tuesday, September 11, at 8pm. Though we were aware of the…

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Teen science fiction.

Teen science fiction.  Hello summer reading! Ender’s Game Our youngest son was assigned this science-fiction novel for summer reading prior to starting 9th grade in August.  Bill saw the movie with our other son, and Cynthia generally reads the summer books with our boys, so this one feels like a natural.  Before getting started, though,…

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