Friday, March 7, 2014

What We’re Reading…and a Free Ballantyne Book on Amazon ~ Homeschool Week Wrap-Up

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This week, we’ve been rushing ahead pell-mell, getting work done so we can take a Spring Break next week. Yippee!!!

What that means to you is that I don’t have a lot of homeschool-related updates.

But don’t click away yet! I have had some questions about what we’re reading. Voracious readers are always on the lookout for the next great read. So, here’s what we have bookmarks in right now.


The 14yo ~

Post Haste by R.M. Ballantyne

When I went to Amazon, I found that it was FREE, at least for today, for Kindle. Woo-hoo!! You won’t get the stunning fabric cover, but you will be able to enjoy the scrumptiousness of classic Ballantyne as well as learn a bit about the postal service in 19th century England.


The 12yo ~

Scary noises in the dark. Slave traders. Spine tingles straight from 1854. J

One caution ~ I love the history in these American Girl books, but we’re careful because we’ve found that in some plots the main character doesn’t face the full consequences of not telling the truth. The jury’s still out on this one.


The 10yo ~


Paddington Takes the Test by Michael Bond

Love the cuddly, fuzzy bear. Love his vulnerability. Love his naiveté and his escapades. We still have the stuffed Paddington I had as a little girl.


The 8yo ~


The Mudhole Mystery (The Cul-de-Sac Kids, Book 10) by Beverly Lewis

We LOVE these books. They’re easy to read and, at about 70 pages each, short enough for an intermediate reader to get through and feel a sense of accomplishment.


The 5yo and 3yo ~


It's True (Little Critter Inspired Kids) by Mercer Mayer

Yippee skippee! J My children have always adored Little Critter, and now he has a Biblical message. I found this one at Sam’s Club at Christmastime, but it's also at Amazon.


The husband ~


Gifted Hands: The Ben Carson Story

Is there time for any reading apart from the Indiana Building Code? J Actually, in his few spare moments, he’s working his way through Dr. Ben Carson’s book, Gifted Hands. My husband originally wanted to be a doctor, so reading all the gory details of surgery fascinate him.


Me ~


Ragged Hope: Surviving the Fallout of Other People's Choices by Cynthia Ruchti

The subtitle says it all. It’s nonfiction but beautifully written in story-telling style. The chapters are so easy to read, I’ve turned it into my morning devotional. I just wish the author could sit down with me and chat over tea.


Treacherous Slopes (Love Inspired Suspense) by Terri Reed

About a champion ski jumper, it's a perfect tie-in to the Olympics.


On the blog this week…



Our home-building this week…

Insulation, we believe, is finished, but we’ll find out for sure if we passed the inspection today. Hopefully, drywall will go in next week and brick will be finished as well.

It’s going to start looking like a house inside! I’ll have more pictures next week when there is something new to show.



Have a wonderful weekend! J







What are you reading? How was your week?





Your reward for waiting a few more days for the March flexi-of-the-month is a SALE!!

I apologize for the ginormous size of this ad, but the print is so small I didn't want it to be difficult to read. J





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15 comments:

  1. Awesome reads!!! I looooooved mysteries as a kid. I couldn't get enough of them. That Love Inspired one sounds good - I'll have to check it out. My mom wrote an article for Missional Call that goes live in 2 weeks - she mentioned watching the movie Gifted Hands - I will definitely have to check that one out, too. I love reading.

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    1. I have heard that movie is wonderful. Our usual rule is to read the book first. So...as soon as my husband finishes, I'm looking for the movie. :-) I am really enjoying the Love Inspired Suspense line. They aren't truly who-dun-it's, but there is still plenty of mystery.

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  2. I am so glad I read this post. I am going to get the book you are reading. My oldest son (now 23) has made some toxic choices that have impacted the entire family. Thank you for sharing. I am looking it up on Amazon right now! Have a great week.

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    1. Cynthia Ruchti is wonderful! Her style of writing is so comforting you'll feel like the book is one big hug. Praying that it helps you. :-)

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  3. Terri Reed is a great author! I've recently finished Montana Standoff by Sharon Dunn, and I'm planning to read the book by another LIS author, Marta Perry. LIS is my favorite line.

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    1. Last week, I finished Hide in Plain Sight by Marta Perry. It's the free one for kindle. Wonderful! LIS definitely has some amazing authors. :-) I'll look for Sharon Dunn. Thanks, Alexa.

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  4. What wonderful books! I love to read, always having books on my nightstand and on my Kindle just waiting for me to get to them. :-) My sons are not as enthusiastic readers as I, but I pray that they will get there someday. My daughter loves reading like her Mama. I can't wait to see photos of your house. How exciting. Hope you have a wonderful rest of your weekend. Many blessings to you!

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    1. Like you, Lisa, my to-be-read pile is like the leaning tower of Pisa. :-) Have a great weekend!

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  5. I didn't know that Little Critter had religious books. That's wonderful to know! Thank you!!

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    1. I was thrilled, too, especially to see that the message is so timely. Enjoy your reading, Lisa! :-)

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  6. I had the honor of hearing Ben Carson speak some time back and it was quite inspiring! and it is always so nice to see modestly dressed girls!
    I used to read Paddington to my girls when they were younger too!

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    1. Dr. Carson is going to be at one of the homeschool conventions this year, and I would love to go! His book is incredible! :-)

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  7. Oooh, looks interesting! I did a What We're Reading post yesterday, too. :)

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  8. Thanks---these look great! I really want to read the Post Haste one!

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