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Tuesday, June 21, 2016

Books Are Beautiful...Or Are They?

With all of the technology available at our disposal, there are many different ways to read today. But most of us, at least those of us reading this blog J, are most familiar with and began our reading careers with physical books. 

At one point in time, we probably held a chunky board book in our chubby little hands and sounded out the alphabet, looked at the illustrations.

My house is full of books. They're my primary decoration.


But should they be? Or are they just clutter?

The debate of print books versus electronic books is not a new one, but I'll admit I haven't decided either way. Our family has been simplifying like crazy, and we've either sold or given away a lot of books. But I can't see getting rid of them entirely. Let's talk about it.


Why I love print books ~~

*The lovely aroma of the paper.


*The sturdy weight in my hands, the turn of the page with a light puff of air on my face, the finish of the cover brushing against my fingertips. {I prefer matte.}

*My book mark marching through the pages, marking my progress, and the sense of accomplishment when I can see the stack of pages I've read.

*The beauty of the book shelf. They're the best decorations in the house, like I noted above.

*The ease of flipping through a paper book and finding whatever snippet I'm looking for.

*The ability to loan it to a friend.


Why I sometimes think of getting rid of more print books ~~

*They get dusty on the shelf.

*Boxes of books are heavy to move.

*Depending on the number I might take, it can be difficult to pack several books for traveling. With a big family, we take a lot of books.

*A thick book won't fit in my purse for running errands and waiting in lines.

*Sometimes, they can be more expensive.


So, do my pros and cons seem to be about evenly balanced? What are your most favorite or least favorite things about print books?








{Next week, we'll talk about ebooks. J}



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Tuesday, June 14, 2016

What We’re Reading ~ June 2016

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It’s a summer of posts about books and reading! I can’t exactly say it’s a series, but we’re going to be talking about things bookish for the next several weeks on the blog.

Our family has been doing a lot of reading. It’s our favorite summertime activity, especially when temperatures are in the mid-90’s already and we feel like we’re going to melt as soon as we step outside. Summer reading programs add a little incentive as well. J


Without further ado, here’s what we’re each reading.

The Husband ~

 
BELiEVE: A Confrontation with Christianity's Biggest Challenges
We first heard Peter Heck a couple of years ago at our state’s Homeschool Day at the Capitol. Then, in April, we heard him speak several times at our homeschool convention. I know the word dynamic is often used to describe speakers, but he really and truly is. His energy is through the roof! My husband immediately bought his packaged deal of three books.



Me ~

I’m rather new to Regency Romance, and I’ve loved what I’ve read so far. So when I saw a three-in-one of Julie Klassen novels at Sam’s Club, I snapped it up. I just finished the first novel last week, and although I loved the writing, the characterization, and the plot twists, I hesitate handing it to my teen girls. It’s a Christian novel and definitely not explicit, but the main character’s mistake is getting pregnant out-of-wedlock. She learns and grows, so I appreciated the spiritual arc. Much of the novel is about the details of nursing babies. As an avid nursing proponent, I found those details fascinating. I would highly recommend this to my married friends.


 
Miracle at the Higher Grounds Cafe
Quite frankly, I picked this one up because it is less than 200 pages. After the hefty 400+ Regency Romance, I wanted a lighter read. It is delightful! I should have known that Max Lucado would put an angel or three in his story, but it was a pleasant surprise. I’m not through yet, so I’m still hoping the husband and wife will reunite. At about halfway through, I’m wishing the Higher Grounds CafĂ© was a real place where I could sit and enjoy a cuppa.

The 16yo ~

 
Robinson Crusoe
The 16yo was a little dismayed at how much story there was before the shipwreck on page 58, but she’s enjoying how Christian the book is.

 
The Silmarillion
The 16yo is an avid J.R.R. Tolkien fan. She says that this is a good book filled with details of the history of Middle Earth, but it doesn’t move as quickly as Lord of the Rings. In fact, when Tolkien is describing the geography of Middle Earth, it can be quite tedious. But the map in the front of the book adds an interesting element.

 
The Dash for Khartoum: A Tale of Nile Expedition
The 16yo is just discovering the joy of G.A. Henty, a Christian adventure author from the 1800’s. She’s only eight percent in, reading on the kindle, but so far so good. {This one is free for kindle!}

The 14yo ~

 
Elise the Actress: Climax of the Civil War (Sisters in Time Book 13)
This book is a part of an historical fiction series for girls called Sisters in Time. The first book is set in 1620 {the pilgrims, obviously}, and the last is set during WWII in 1945. I’ve read every single one, and they are wonderful in making history come alive through the eyes of girls and their brothers, male cousins, or friends.

The 12yo ~


Matilda
The 12yo is on a Roald Dahl binge. Earlier this month, he finished Charlie and the Chocolate Factory, Charlie and the Great Glass Elevator, James and the Giant Peach, and Fantastic Mr. Fox. Today, he started Matilda. Per the 12yo, even though they have words in them that the Carver children aren’t allowed to use, the books are vivid and imaginative, filled with fun, quirky characters.

The 10yo ~

This is the fourth book in an eight-book series about Rachel Yoder, an Amish 10yo girl who gets herself into a lot of amusing scrapes. The 16yo and the 14yo have also enjoyed this series.

The 7yo ~

We love series! This is an installment in the Cul-de-Sac Kids series by Beverly Lewis and perfect for early readers. As I’m sure you can figure by the title of the series, it’s about a group of children who live in the same cul-de-sac and go to school together.

The 5yo ~

It’s another great one by the Berenstains. As the others before him, the 5yo has memorized it and says he can read it to himself now. J












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