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Monday, February 22, 2016

Reading Through The Winter

Who am I kidding? The title to this post makes it sound like we've been holed up inside trying to stay warm.


There may have been a couple of cold days so far this winter, but it's been rainy and mild here in the Southeast.

Reading is a huge part of our daily lives, and we read in all kinds of weather in any season.

During our morning read aloud time I've introduced Shakespeare through Charles and Mary Lamb's collection of Shakespeare stories for young children. In case you didn't know this, Shakespeare is not a fast read, so we have been working our way through this for about two months. The first few stories (each is about 12-13 pages long), I would read in their entirety. The rest I've broken up into two or three parts.

We've also ventured into some classic Winnie the Pooh tales through Audible.

We are currently listening to "The Railway Children" each morning during breakfast.

I spent January and February with these three novels:

"Longbourn" is basically the Downton Abbey story of Pride and Prejudice. It's hard to like the Bennets much when reading like this.

"Crazy Rich Asians" is a total guilty pleasure read. Designer names abound, so much so that toward the end I was almost ready to chuck the book if I had to endure one more name-dropping episode.

"Quiet Dell" is not for the faint of heart. It's a fictional account of a true and horrific crime that occurred in the 1930s. Luckily, the reader is spared most of the gory details and deals in the before and after of the crime.

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