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What I’m Reading: Fall 2013

I used to be such a voracious reader, especially of the classics.  I read Jane Eyre at 10, and loved Anne of Green Gables, The Secret Garden, and Laura Ingalls Wilder as a young girl.

When I was teaching, I read a lot of children’s novels.  I love, love, love novels for tweens and pre-teens.

But the past few years, I haven’t read much at all.  I decided to rectify that situation after stumbling up The Modern Mrs. Darcy’s blog a few months ago.  Today, I’m linking up to her blog party, Twitterature, for the first time.

1.  Pride and Prejudice
After reading her blog, I HAD to read Pride and Prejudice.  I will admit, I had a really hard time getting into it.  I tuned into the mini-series on netflix (always staying ahead with the book) and that helped me through the first half.  By then, I was used to the language and hooked on the story.  Loved it, and I can’t believe I never read it before!

2.  The 5 Love Languages of Children
This was an easy and interesting read.  So many parenting books are NOT, so this was refreshing.  However, I was not able to truly identify my childrens’ love languages (especially the youngest one) and I think this book encouraged me to be too “soft” on them, worrying that I was screwing with their primary love language, even though I can’t tell what that is.  I may re-read this in a few years when they’re older.

3.  A Year Down Yonder
This is one of my FAVORITE books.  I read it with my 6th grade students, and thought it was hilarious.  It’s so nice to have historical fiction for kids that isn’t depressing and boring.  I can’t wait until my little Adam is old enough to read this book with me!  It is a great fall/winter read.

4.  What to Do When There’s Too Much To Do
This book is a lifesaver.  Er..it would be if I actually got around to finishing it.  When I was actively reading it, my time management skills improved a kazillion-fold.  And then I stopped reading and stopped being productive.  Sigh.  Must start reading this book again.

5.  Phoenix: The Rising
Can’t leave this one off the list.  Maybe I’m a little biased, because my aunt wrote it, but I could not put this book down (the first or second time I read it!)  It is suspenseful and clever and the story sucks you right in.

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  1. I didn't even know there was a Love Languages book for children! I may have to read that one.

    1. Same here! I love and own the "original" Love Languages but haven't heard of the one for children. I think it'll be added to my Christmas list!

  2. I'm definitely adding A Year Down Yonder to my library list. I'm always looking for books to read my kids that I will enjoy, too!

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