Monday, March 3, 2014

February Books.

We have been hit by the stomach bug from you-know-where. Our week/weekend was TERRIBLE. Eddie got sick last Monday night/Tuesday morning and was sick all day long Tuesday. I joined him Tuesday afternoon. James joined us Wednesday morning. Will got a tiny touch of it Thursday morning. Fortunately, the boys have recovered. Unfortunately, I have not. I won't give you the gory details, but I have felt HORRIBLE. So thankful for my mama who came and got the boys {and kept them while James was sick!} and Eddie who has saved me all weekend while I've felt so nasty. This thing can move along anytime. They need to invent an immunization for THAT.

I didn't read much at all in the month of February, unfortunately. I haven't even picked up a book in a week and we were out of town for a bit and I didn't read then either. This isn't the greatest list ever, but it is what it is!

The Christmas Pearl by Dorothea Benton Frank
This was a book that I apparently borrowed from Eddie's aunt eons ago. Aunt Melly, it's on its way back to you! I found it while I was packing our house and pulled it out to read at Christmas. Since I had so MUCH to read at Christmas it carried over. This was a really sweet, cute read. It was all about an elderly woman, Theodora, whose family is really just falling apart before her very eyes. It's Christmas and her daughter and son-in-law's marriage is a disaster, her granddaughter's marriage is also falling apart, and her grandson is a know-it-all jerk. The great-grandchildren are just as bad but they can't be blamed since they're just children. Just before Christmas her housekeeper has to leave and she sends in a replacement. Unbeknownst to everyone in the house except Theodora, the housekeeper is her own from her childhood. The story reminded me a lot of A Christmas Carol. It was a good story and I enjoyed it!

The Fantastic Mr. Fox by Roald Dahl
This was James' first Roald Dahl book but we have SEVERAL more on our bookshelf for this year. He thought it was HYSTERICAL. Truth be told, I hadn't read this one before he and I read it, but I thoroughly enjoyed it. We giggled through the whole story! It's a quick story about three farmers who are out to kill the fox that has been stealing from them. The quick-thinking fox has to save his family from the farmers. This is a perfect beginners read-aloud because it is SHORT and the chapters are SHORT.

Dinosaurs Before Dark (#1 of the Magic Treehouse series) by Mary Pope Osborne
James loved this as well. It was cute, and we'll read more of the series, but it wasn't my favorite children's book. It would be PERFECT for a beginning reader - a child who is learning to read on his/her own. The story was all about a brother and sister who find a magic treehouse and are transported to the age of dinosaurs. James loved, loved, loved it. Perfect for the age 4-2nd grade set.

Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows by J.K. Rowling
You know how I feel about this, right? It was just as amazing the third (or so) time reading the entire series through. It blows my mind every time I read it. I have always loved the ideas that she wove throughout all of the books. She'll mention something in Year One and not bring it up again until it's a vital part of Year Six or Seven. Just good writing. I watched a movie about her over the weekend and it was interesting to see parts of her life that are woven into the books as well. I would love to hear more about her. I'm such a Harry Potter nerd. I promise I'm done with this one for a while. Who has another series that I'd love based on my love of all things Harry?

Okay, so that was IT. I'm almost finished with two others but those got put on hold last week. James and I have started a new series {one that I picked myself and am very excited about!} and I have two nonfiction books on my bookshelf. I'm still one book ahead of schedule for my 60 books this year, BUT I'm way behind my own personal goals. We shall see if I can catch up soon.

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