Our history time period for this year of school runs from the 1600s to 1850. As part of school, I try to read stories that are set in that time period. Since we finished our last read aloud right around Halloween, I thought “The Legend of Sleepy Hollow” might be thematically fitting in multiple dimensions.
Published: 1820 originally, which means you can read it online for free, but I read it as part of the collection of Irving short stories, The Legend of Sleepy Hollow and Other Stories
Genre: gothic short story
Length: 32 pages
Setting: Tarry Town, NY, in the Hudson River Valley, early 1800s
Summary: Short version: We learn of the mysterious disappearance of the teacher, Ichabod Crane Continue reading
This is our book club choice for the month of January. I’ve read it before, but it’s been a few years so I read it again. I was also in the play with my kids (I was the narrator while Miss Adventure was Scout and Mr. Curiosity was Jem).
Genre: historical fiction
Length: 376 pages
Setting: Maycomb, Alabama, 1930s
Summary: Short version: Growing up in the 30s in the South Continue reading
This is the eighth and currently final book available in the Outlander series. This means I have completed my goal of being up to date on the Outlander series. (I can’t say “finishing” since the series isn’t complete, but I’ve read all the books available.)
Genre: historical fiction with time travel
Length: 825 pages
Setting: near Valley Forge, in 1778, and 1980s and early 1700s, Scotland
Summary: Short version: Outlander characters at the start of the Revolutionary War Continue reading
This was our book club choice for November. I had heard many people talk about it and thought it might be a good choice for us to read.
Subtitle: Nine Americans and Their Epic Quest for Gold at the 1936 Berlin Olympics
Genre: nonfiction historical sports
Length: 370 pages of story, 404 pages total
Setting: mostly 1899-1936, near Seattle, and 1936, Berlin
Summary: Short version: The background to the amazing men’s crew win in the Berlin Olympics Continue reading
This was my book club’s choice for October. I’d heard good things about it recently and was happy for the excuse to read it.
Length: 493 pages
Setting: Brooklyn, 1900s-1920s
Summary: Short version: An unapologetic view of growing up in Brooklyn in the early 1900s. Continue reading
This was one of the Modern Library’s top 100 novels of the century.
Genre: historical fiction
Length: 227 pages
Setting: 1938 in Albany, NY
Summary: Short version: Life as an old homeless man Continue reading
I’m not exactly sure how this book got put on my “read to the kids” list. I’m sure it had something to do with being a book in verse. It was our first read aloud book for the school year, mainly because it was available as an ebook. I had chosen a different book, but Mr. Curiosity went and read it the weekend before I was going to start reading it aloud, so I needed a quick backup without being able to go to the library.
Genre: middle grade historical fiction book in verse
Length: 272 pages
Setting: Vietnam and Alabama, 1975
Summary: Short version: Immigrant story from the Vietnam War Continue reading