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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