Books Read in May

Mystie’s Books Read

100 Cupboards, Dandelion Fire, Chestnut King, by N.D. Wilson

You no longer have to be in England for magical worlds to find you.

I loved these books! Excellent, excellent, excellent, and highly recommended. The second two in particular are pretty intense, however, and the evil in them (and I know Wilson loves Chesterton, who said, “A book without an evil character is an evil book”) is true evil. But evil is defeated by nobility, by those willing to die if it means others will live. And you have the uncomfortable feeling while reading that not only are the characters willing to die, but the author might just be willing to let them die — so that others will live. It’s a gripping, page-turning series, where the beauty and — dare I say — magic of the supposedly mundane and of everyday life — even humdrum life in nowhere Kansas — is affirmed.

I’d say the target audience is in the 8-10 range, but if you have a sensitive reader you’ll want to preread them. However, whether you preread them or not, whatever your age, you should simply read them for pure enjoyment.

Um, but not unless you’re willing or able to stay up until 1am or let the dishes and laundry go for a day. Yes, the story is that good.

168 Hours: You Have More Time Than You Think by Laura Vanderkam

This review turned into its own post: Review: 168 Hours: You Have More Time Than You Think

Currently Reading

Hans’ 3 Favorite Books This Month (8-year-old boy)

Comments by Hans himself.

One Hundred and One Dalmatians by Dodie Smith

I liked it because it was about Dalmatians, which are also firefighter’s dogs, and I like firemen. It was about a person’s dogs getting lost and then being found again.

Secret of the Old Mill by Franklin Dixon

It was about detectives, and I like detectives. It is about two boy detectives who try to catch a counterfeiter.

The Story of Crazy Horse by Enid Lamonte Meadowcroft

I like stories of Indians and settlers. It tells about some of the battles Crazy Horse fought in and what he became when he was older: an Indian war chief.

Jaeger’s 3 Favorite Books This Month (7-year-old boy)

Comments are Jaeger’s.

The Story of Pocahontas by Brian Doherty

It was about settlers settling in an Indian land, and about John Smith being captured by the Indians and saved by Pocahontas.

Ray Charles by Susan Sloate (Childhood of Famous Americans series)

He was a good musician and when he was young he would go to a cafe and listen to piano players and jazz music.

Poetry: HarperCollins Pocket Anthology

It had a lot of poetry and some Bible verses. I liked “Stopping by the Woods on a Snowy Evening.” There were also sonnets by Shakespeare.

Ilse’s 3 Favorite Books This Month (4-year-old girl)

Usborne Alphabet Book

I like doing reading school with Mommy on the couch.

Twelve Dancing Princesses

They have beautiful dresses.

Leading Little Ones to God

Mommy reads me this book about God; I can’t see God.

Knox’s Favorite Book This Month (2-year-old boy)

The Very Hungry Caterpillar

Still Hungry!

May Family Read-Aloud

Little Britches

Matt is reading this book aloud in the evenings. None of us have read it before. :)

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