Now that the busiest summer I can EVER remember having has drawn to a close, I am finally getting back to blogging on a regular basis. While I definitely didn't do a lot of writing this summer, I did do a lot of reading - most of it during swim meets. I have met my local library's 50 Book Challenge and am currently at 59 books for the year!
So, what did I read? I did a lot of reading for my children's history courses this year. We are using Sonlight for history this year and Sonlight means a lot of reading. Thankfully, I have truly enjoyed all of the books that I've read so far, although I've liked some books even more than others.
- Stink Alley by Jamie Gilson (*****) I REALLY liked this book.
- A Lion to Guard Us by Clyde Robert Bulla (***)
- Amos Fortune, Free Man by Elizabeth Yates (*****) I adored this book about a slave who buys his freedom over time but finds true freedom in Jesus Christ while he is still a slave. While parts of the book are very sad, the story of Amos' life was incredibly inspiring.
- The Witch of Blackbird Pond by Elizabeth George Speare (*****) I LOVED this book. For me, the book had it all - romance, suspense, strong characters, and an interesting historical setting. My teenage daughter read it over the summer to get a jump start on her history reading and adored it as well.
- Pocahontas and the Strangers by Clyde Robert Bulla (***)
- Vostaas White Buffalo's Story of Plains Indian Life by William White Buffalo (***)
- The Landing of the Pilgrims by James Daugherty (***)
- Squanto, Friend of the Pilgrims by Clyde Robert Bulla (***)
- Elijah of Buxton by Christopher Paul Curtis (*****) I highly recommend listening to this EXCELLENT book on audio - the narrator is wonderful!
- Indian Captive: The Storyof Mary Jemison by Lois Lenski (***)
- The Courage of Sarah Noble by Alice Dalgliesh (***)
- The Bears on Hemlock Mountain by Alice Dalgliesh (***)
- Ben Franklin of Old Philadelphia by Margaret Cousins (****)
- The Matchlock Gun by Walter D. Edmonds (***)
- A History of Us, The First Americans, Prehistory - 1600 by Joy Hakim (***)
I also read several books that my daughter read or will read for her Literature course. I'm so proud of myself to be reading so many classic books. I wish I could say that I'm reading them again, but, sadly, I'm reading most of them for the first time.
- Tribulation Force by Tim LaHaye and Jerry Jenkins (****)
- Nicolae by Tim LaHaye and Jerry Jenkins (****)
- Soul Harvest by Tim LaHaye and Jerry Jenkins (****)
- Apollyon by Tim LaHaye and Jerry Jenkins (****)
- Assassins by Tim LaHaye and Jerry Jenkins (****)
- The Indwelling by Tim LaHaye and Jerry Jenkins (****)
- The Mark by Tim LaHaye and Jerry Jenkins (****)
- Desecration by Tim LaHaye and Jerry Jenkins (****)
- Pride and Prejudice by Jane Austen (*****)
- The Hound of the Baskervilles by Arthur Conan Doyle (*****)
- Frankenstein by Mary Shelley (*****) Wow - this book was good, but far more profoundly sad than I had expected it to be!
- Watership Down by Richard Adams (*****) FABULOUS!!!!! This was one of the best books that I have ever read. This one will definitely be in my thoughts for a very long time.
- Reading 3A, Once Upon An Open Book - Bob Jones University Press (*****)
- Exploring Creation with Biology, 2nd Edition by Jay Wile and Marilyn Durnell (*****) - OK, this should really count for 5 or 6 books!
- Explore Ancient Rome! Carmella Van Vleet (**)
- Gladiator by Richard Watkins (****)
- Homeschooling High School: Planning Ahead for College Admission by Jeanne Gowen Dennis (***)
I also read a few cozy-mysteries, one of my very favorite fiction genres.
- Dead Reckoning by Charlaine Harris - #11 in the Sookie Stackhouse Southern Vampire Mystery Series (****)
- English Tea Murder by Leslie Meier - #17 in the Lucy Stone Mystery Series
Lastly, of course I found time to read a few Scottish romances featuring my favorite alpha heroes in kilts!
- Highlander Untamed by Monica McCarty (***)
- Captured by the Highlander by Julianne MacLean (****)
- Mystical Warrior by Janet Chapman (***) - #3 in the Midnight Bay Series
So, have you read any great books lately? I'd love to hear about them!
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