April means wrapping our our Classical Conversations tutorial.
April means being outside more.
April means that the end of our school year is in sight and it's time to knuckle down and get 'er done.
All that adds up to the fact that I didn't get a ton of reading done this month and that's okay. : ) We also had a LOT (comparatively speaking) of traveling by two of the girls this month. The N's went with their dad on a short trip early in the month. N2 had her grandparent trip to the St. Louis Zoo at the end of the of the month. Those of us left behind didn't want to read ahead in our current chapter book (at the time it was The Green Ember) without the whole crew gathered so it took us much longer to get through it that might think. We more than made up for it by reading the last sixty pages in one fell swoop because we couldn't put it down!
Anyway, this is what I managed to get to this month:
- Theodore Roosevelt by Clara Ingram Judson - read and blogged for Amy's Newberry challenge.
- Steeped in Evil by Laura Childs 4/22/2015 - sometimes I just need a nice mystery and Laura Child's tea shop mysteries are a clean and easy read.
- The Unmapped Sea by Maryrose Woods - couldn't put it down when I got started with this one, which I think says a lot about this book which is 5th in the series. And, yet another cliffhanger!
- The Green Ember by S.D. Smith - our never ending April read-aloud. Even thought it is the only one that we read this month, it's not because it wasn't wonderful! If you don't have this book, you need it. Blogged a bit on it here.
- One failure - I was supposed to read 1984 for last month's Reading to Know challenge and I got about 1/3 of the way through and fizzled out.
On tap for May:
- Christy by Catherine Marshall I'm leading the Reading to Know bookclub this month and I hope you'll join me over there and read along with me!
- All of a Kind Family by Sydney Taylor our current read aloud. N1 has listened to the audio books of these stories so many times, but it's the first time I've read it. We are about five chapters in and it's delightful.
- The Beekeeper's Apprentice: or, On the Segregation of the Queen (A Mary Russell Mystery) by Laurie R. King this is one that I saw mentioned via Instagram by someone who's recommendations I trust and I'm slowly getting into it. Mary Russell is a young girl that meets Sherlock Holmes later in his life and they form a friendship. Mysteries and highjinks ensue. I'll keep you posted on this one. There's a whole series of these so I'm hoping it's a winner.
- I need to pick something for Amy's Newberry challenge this month.
- I'm also meandering through two non-fiction books: The Virtuous Life of a Christ-Centered Wife by Darlene Schacht and Sally Clarkson's Taking Motherhood to Hearts: A Guide to Starting, Leading, and Tending Your Mom Heart Group.
Fortunately, there is never a shortage of things to read, right?