Books, Books, Books

Dear Reader,

So what have you been reading or listening to lately? Here are some of ours:

Shakespeare’s Spy by Gary Blackwood — This was a read aloud at lunchtime (captive audience, you know). It is the third in a series though the second one we’ve read. When I started the first one, my initial thought was that it was not great writing, but the books have since grown on me. The main character is a boy who is an apprentice in Shakespeare’s acting company. There is really  a lot in here, about Shakespeare, how plays are written, the history of the time, and issues about loyalty. Plus it is a fun read.

Swiss Family Robinson by Johann D. Wyss — This is a classic of course. The truth is we only read half of it (it breaks into two big sections easily). My kids liked it when the action was moving along, but they also found the long descriptions somewhat tedious. The father is a bit preachy for my tastes. I would like to go back and finish it some day though.

Goblin Secrets by William Alexander — This was an audio book in the car. I am not very discriminating about those because I am limited by what our library has. I will admit I didn’t follow all of this one (I am more distracted than the kids, what with the driving and all), but the kids liked it and it did seem to have some deeper ideas about acting, the masks we wear and sacrificing oneself for a greater good.

Iron-Hearted Violet by Kelly Barnhill — I was skeptical about this one, honestly because the back of the box (an audio book again) made it sound so deep. But it was a good story. The characters were likeable and there were again ideas in it, like about what makes a true princess. It could be a good one for little girls who are bit too into the Disney princess model.

My kids are ages 8-13 and I would say that range is right for all these books.

Until next time



One response to this post.

  1. Posted by Karen on November 22, 2013 at 11:37 pm

    We’re currently reading “Around the World in 80 Days” by Verne. The 9 and 7 yo are liking it. The 5yo and 4yo don’t like it, but can tell me what happened last! They must be listening, even though they’re groaning!!!

    We just finished listening to “The Secret Garden” in the car. They all enjoyed it.


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