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I realize looking at this list that it may not appear that I slowed down this month. But you’ll notice that most of the books I read were children’s novels. I read one adult novel, one adult collection of poetry, and one Shakespearean play. The rest were kid’s books. I’m kind of a kid at heart, so it was a fun month.

I am the middle of a few challenging books. I anticipate June being a bit more dense in terms of “finished works,” although I intend to keep reading slowly.

Fiction and Nonfiction Reviews

In May, I reviewed a few books I finished in April:

I also finished reading the following books:

  • Jane Eyre by Charlotte Bronte (500 pages; fiction).
  • Green Knowe Chronicles (children’s fiction)
  • Harry Potter series (rereads/no reviews)
    • Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone by J.K. Rowling (310 pages; children’s fiction)
    • Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets by J.K. Rowling (350 pages; children’s fiction)
    • Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban by J.K. Rowling (435 pages; children’s fiction)
  • Poetry for Young People: William Shakespeare (50 pages; children’s poetry collection)
  • Sailing Alone Around the Room by Billy Collins (170 pages; poetry).
  • The Midwife’s Apprentice by Karen Cushman (about 3 hours audio, equal to 125 pages; children’s fiction)
  • Julius Caesar by William Shakespeare (100 pages, plus about 200 pages of commentary, plus 2 hours audiobook; drama).
  • Mrs. Piggle-Wiggle Treasury by Betty MacDonald (children’s fiction)
    • Mrs. Piggle-Wiggle by Betty MacDonald (120 pages)
    • Hello, Mrs. Piggle-Wiggle by Betty MacDonald (125 pages)
    • Mrs. Piggle-Wiggle’s Magic by Betty MacDonald (110 read of 125 pages)

Children’s Projects

I reviewed some picture books by Margaret Wise Brown. They were:

Other Posts

Since I’m reading slower, I’m reviewing less. I started posting weekly “reading updates” each week so I can keep updated on Rebecca Reads. So far, I’m enjoying that: there’s something fun about talking about books!

Challenges Update

I’m joining the Beowulf on the Beach Challenge, which goes through Labor Day (September 7). For this challenge, I must read just one book from the list of classics. My goal at this point is to read The Aeneid, although I’d love to reread Beloved as well.  I want to finish The Aeneid by the end of my own Really Old Classics challenge, which ends July 31, but if I don’t finish it by then, I’ll finish it by September.  I’ve also begun The Arabian Nights for the Really Old Classics Challenge, so I’m probably going to finish that (or at least make good progress) before I start The Aeneid.

I still intend to continue my personal How to Read and Why challenge, although I haven’t read anything for that for a while now. I love not having a deadline of any kind for myself! I’ve finished the short story portion, and I feel the need to read some books on “how to read poetry” before I start the poetry portion of the project; as I’m reading a few other nonfiction books first, it may be another month before I begin. I feel that reading the classics (like The Aeneid) will take priority in the next few months.

Here are my current challenges. I mention books I’m currently reading for each challenge in parenthesis.


To finish all my time limited challenges, I’d have to keep reading like I did last month. That’s not going to happen, so I accept the fact that some challenges aren’t going to be completed. I’m enjoying taking things slower.

Reviewed on June 1, 2009

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Rebecca Reid

Rebecca Reid is a homeschooling, stay-at-home mother seeking to make the journey of life-long learning fun by reading lots of good books. Rebecca Reads provides reviews of children's literature she has enjoyed with her children; nonfiction that enhances understanding of educational philosophies, history and more; and classical literature that Rebecca enjoys reading.

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  1. I really attempted to slow down this month. I did. But somehow, I ended up reading the exact same number of books. Maybe it’s because I finally let another one of my projects go and decided to break.

    That’s a lot of challenges, btw. Pretty amazing…

  2. The Aeneid is so good!! I read that before The Iliad & The Odyssey and the fact that I enjoyed it so much encouraged me to take on the others.


  3. Amanda, yeah, it’s hard to let go. As for the challenges, I’m going to focus on my personal, no deadline challenges over the others.

    Lezlie, any translation suggestions? I was going to read Fagles simply because I enjoyed his Iliad and Odyssey. But would love to know which one you read.

  4. Rebecca ~ I read the Everyman’s Library edition, translation by Robert Fitzgerald. When I reread Iliad and Odyssey, I would like to try Fagles. I think I originally read Fitzgerald translations of those also.


  5. Lezlie, thanks for sharing. I’m torn between Fitzgerald and Fagles for the Aeneid. I’ve heard Fitzgerald is better for Aeneid but I’m used to Fagles at this point!

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