On the Bookshelf

I always have people asking me what we are currently reading, or how/where we find good books. I love that my friends and fellow homeschoolers would care to be interested in my selections.  Being known as a reader or valuing someone's opinion of books is of the highest compliment! 

In my bullet journal, I keep a list of books that I want to read or to learn more about and then I check them off as I've read them.  But I never seem to keep a list of all the books that the kids have read.  They go through them so quickly!  So I thought I might try to do a weekly (ok...maybe monthly) roundup of what's on our book shelf.   I do have quite a huge list on my Goodreads account that covers some of my favorites of the past several years.  But the intent of these posts will be for our current books.   Hope you enjoy!  


September Bookshelf


 How to Teach Your Children Shakespeare by Ken Ludwig - I had a birthday a couple of weeks ago and I told Brodie that in my 45th year, one of my goals was to read more Shakespeare.  (I also embarked on a 365 Film personal project.)  I remembered this title from a review by Susan Bauer Wise so I bought a copy for a birthday present to myself.  So far even Crosby has memorized a passage by Oberon in Midsummer's Night's Dream.  But more importantly, we are all enjoying it! 

The Girl Who Saved the King of Sweden by Jonas Jonasson  - Last year on of my favorite book club reads was Jonasson's The 100-Year-Old Man Who Climbed Out the Window and Disappeared.  This one has been almost as good.  I recommend the 100-Year-Old first. 

Letters from Skye by Jessica Brockmole  - I haven't started this one yet, but it sounds fascinating. 

The Light Between Oceans by M.L. Steadman -  One of my top 10 favorite books! I read this a year or so ago and the characters stayed with me for so long after I put it down.  Since the movie is about to come out, I would like to re-read it again.  I so hope the movie does it justice, but I highly recommend reading it before you see it. 



Across Five Aprils by Irene Hunt - A read-aloud that is part of our study on the Civil War, this novel follows one boy and his family from April of 1861 to April of 1865.  Great historical fiction that helps all the battles, food rations, and torn families seem much more personal when viewed through the eyes of a boy that is the same age as Brooks.  

The Wishing Spell  and  The Enchantress Returns  by Chris Colfer - Both of these books are on Brooks' shelf for personal reading.  I've been hearing lots of giggles and Aubrey keeps yelling, "Don't tell me!  I want to read them, too!"   The sure sign of another Miller family favorite series. 



The Unlikely Hero of Room 13 B by Teresa Toten - Aubrey picked this one up at the library last week and was telling me that it's about a boy who enters therapy to deal with his OCD.  A quick read that left her with a lot to think about.  She said it was sad and yet funny without being disrespectful, and shows that everyone has varying degrees of problems that are just part of life. 

The Iron Peacock by Mary Stetson Clark - One of Aubrey's world history readers about an indentured girl in the Massachusetts Bay colonies. Aubrey loved it and said it reminder her a lot of The Witch of Blackbird Pond and Calico Bush.  



Crosby has really been into the Nat Geo books lately; especially Koalas, Sea Otters, and Spiders. (OK, she didn't pick the spider book.  She's afraid of spiders, but I thought if we read about them it might help to understand them a bit better.)  Any-who...

Speaking of otters... we found a great book about otters!

Do Unto Otters by Laurie Keller - the cutest book about manners!  We check this one out from the library quite frequently. 

We've also been playing a lot of Zingo. It's great for sight words, memory, eye-hand coordination, and it's a ton of fun for all of us!


Hopefully this will introduce some new titles to a few of you.  Please let me know of any recommendations and check back in a week or so to see what else has made it's way to our bookshelf!