Thursday, July 21, 2011

Summer Reading

There's been a lot of reading going on here during our break from school. The three oldest are working through their free reading books that they didn't read during the school year. I've also been reading out loud to all the kids from their individual lists of free readings that they didn't get to during the school year. My two oldest are in a teen bookclub that decided to meet over the summer. I'm reading along side them, since I'd never read the book they are reading. I'm trying to preread as much as I can of E's. school books for next year and, I'm in a moms bookclub that also is meeting over the summer. Phew! That's a lot of books!

So, what are we reading, you're asking? Glad you asked. :)

First, the one's I'm reading out loud to my crew (the links are not necessarily the version we have. They are provided simply for book description for those who are interested. I haven't thoroughly looked at the books in the links provided to see if they are abridged or not, but all our books are unabridged! :) ):
From S's list:
Along Came a Dog by Meindert De Jong - 4th time to read this out loud and I like it better each time. :)

From R's list:
Gentle Ben by Walt Morey

From A's list:
The Winged Watchman by Hilda Van Stockum
Excellent historical fiction set in Holland during the Nazi occupation of WWII

From E's list:
A Connecticut Yankee in King Arthur's Court by Mark Twain
Fun twist on King Arthur tales. A Connecticut shop keeper is transported back in time to King Arthur's court where he is "on trial" for his life. Fun, fun, fun read.

Books the girls are reading:
R has been reading a bunch. A good portion of these she told me that she had started them during the school year but had never finished them. That would explain why she finishes three books in a day. LOL 
Pollyanna by Eleanor Porter
The Borrowers by Mary Norton
Gone Away Lake by Elizabeth Enright
Return to Gone Away by Elizabeth Enright
Thimble Summer by Elizabeth Enright
The Peterkin Papers by Lucretia Hale - her current read

A's book:
God's Smuggler by Brother Andrew
I thought she had already finished this book. She informed me she had not! LOL I think she has two other ones going right now as well, but I don't know what they are.

E's book:
David Copperfield by Charles Dickens

I'm currently reading five of E.'s books for next year. It's slow going though! Not sure I'll get to too many before before we start back up in a few weeks.
Desiring God by John Piper
A Coffin for King Charles by C.V. Wedgewood
Galileo's Daughter by Dava Sobel
The Wonderful O by James Thurber - I actually finished this one!
The Thurber Carnival by James Thurber
Northanger Abbey by Jane Austen

E and A's bookclub book, being read over a three month period:
All Creatures Great and Small by James Herriot

My bookclub:
Radical by David Platt - missed the discussion today
Humility by C.J. Mahaney
I learned that the women liked Radical so much, that instead of reading Humility for August they are reading another David Platt book, Radical Together: Unleashing the People of God for the Purpose of God.  I don't have this one yet and, honestly, with all the other books I'm reading, it's unlikely I'm ever going to get to this one! But, there it is on my list. :)
Bonhoeffer: Pastor, Martyr, Prophet, Spy by Eric Metaxes - This will be read through the fall and I haven't started it yet!

I almost forgot! The oldest three have also started reading their book for our Keepers/Bookclub meeting next month. It's the Christian Girls Guide to Money by  Rebecca Totilo. I haven't read it but the girls have said they are enjoying it.

Lots of good summer reading going on over here. :) 

What are some of the books your family is reading now?