Reading Journal September 26, 2012

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Just when I feel like I’m starting to get a hang on blogging again (such as last week when I got a few reviews posted in one week!), I go and get sick or my family does. Such is the situation this week: baby girl gave me her cold and now I’ve been nursing my own cold.

I am enjoying my current reading. I’ve been pre-reading some middle grade historical fiction books for my son’s American history course of study so I can decide which ones we will read together. I am loving homeschooling so far. I’ve been reading some parenting books, particularly books that deal with elementary aged kids with intense emotions. (Raisin is definitely a child in that category.) For fiction, I’ve read the classics for my classics group but I’m struggling to get other fiction read right now. I really want to make progress on my Classics Club list, so I’m hoping this will change!

Coming soon will be a great number of picture book reviews, as I have the wonderful opportunity to once again be a picture book first round panelist for the Cybils awards! Nominations open on Monday. If you’ve read a children’s or young adult book published in the last year that you find has great literary merit and kid appeal, make sure you nominate it!

I feel very distant from the book blogging community right now. I missed Book Blogger Appreciation Week in its entirety, and I have not been reading everyone else blogs regularly. Please know that I appreciate you, your comments, your blog posts, your reading insights, and so forth!

Reviewed on September 26, 2012

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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.

  • Hope you and your family feel better soon! Your home schooling history course sounds fun, and pretty great for the age (I can’t remember studying that much history at that time – it would have been wonderful). Your being away from the community makes total sense, and the good thing is there are so many events of various lengths bringing us all together you’ll no doubt find time for one soon 🙂

    • Charlie » I am calling his course “history” and it truly is, but my main goal is that he’ll be familiar with terms like “native american/indian” and recognize Columbus, Washington, the American flag, etc. That’s the main goal here. And *sigh* yes, I’m missing the community these days!! we do what we can.

  • Hi Rebecca

    I really like reading your reviews they are so intelligent and such a high level of literary criticism. I did my English degree in my early 40’s and you inspire me to keep this going. Do you have time to get back to the classics and I have a suggestion if you haven’t already done it! A meaty mighty book Anna Karenina is what I am wading through, hard to follow but my challenge for the month. I am trying to read it before I see the film but I think I will probably finish it in time for the DVD if you know what I mean. A lot about class prejudices, russian poticial opinions emerging in the communist way of thinking and just a thread of intrigue, love triangles, rejection, lost love and I am only up to chapter 18. Love to hear from you about this if you can have a break from the lovely Raisin’s massive reading list. If raisin is enjoying frankenstein he may like the lovely Peter Pan story for the run up to Christmas.

    • Hazel Burkett » I read Anna Karenina years ago before I began blogging! I really enjoyed it. I hope I’ll get to reread it some day. And no, *Raisin* didn’t read Frankenstein, that was me, lol. We read Peter Pan together a few years ago but he was only 3 so I don’t think he remembers. Another one for us to reread!

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