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Little Women by Louisa May Alcott

I had Miss Adventure read this as a piece of literature after she saw the movie. I read it alongside her so we could discuss the book.

Published: Part I in 1868, Part II in 1869, together in 1880

Genre: YA fiction/ semiautobiographical

Length: 449 pages

Setting: New England, during the American Civil War (1861-5) for Part I and a few years later for Part II

Summary: Short version: We follow the lives of the March sisters as they transition to adulthood Continue reading

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Don Quixote by Miguel de Cervantes

I chose this as the kids’ first piece of literature for the year since it is billed as the first Western novel. Mr. Curiosity read an abridged version of the first part, but I decided I wanted to read the original. It took me a while since I typically read two chapters a day.

Translator: John Ormsby

Published: 1605 for part I, 1615 for part II, 1885 for this translation

Genre: classic fiction

Length: 1189 pages

Setting: Spain, 1600s

Summary: Short version: Don’t Quixote’s adventures as a knight wandering 17th century Spain Continue reading

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The Legend of Sleepy Hollow by Washington Irving

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

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Don Quixote of La Mancha adapted by Ilan Stavans

I have the kids reading Don Quixote as their first piece of literature for the school year. I found this graphic novelization version of the book for Miss Adventure.

Illustrator: Roberto Weil

Published: originally in 1605, this version in 2018

Genre: graphic novel of literature

Length: 124 pages

Setting: mostly in the early 1600s Spain

Summary: Short version: Don Quixote has many adventures pretending to be a knight Continue reading

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Three Kingdoms by Lo Kuan-chung

Mr. Curiosity read several medieval classics this year, based on recommendations from The Well-Trained Mind. While I like their recommendations, it focuses on Western literature. I wanted Mr. Curiosity to read one of the great Asian classics. I have him a choice between this one (a Chinese classic) and The Tale of Genji (a Japanese classic). I chose this edition (there are many) because our library had it.

Translated and edited by: Moss Roberts

Published: this edition in 1976; originally in the 15th century

Genre: medieval classic historical fiction

Length: 304 pages of text, 318 pages total

Setting: third century China

Summary: Short version: A long-ranging fight over who will control China Continue reading

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Utopia by Thomas More

Mr. Curiosity is studying medieval history this year. As part of his work, he’s reading several medieval pieces of literature. This was one of his choices for the year. I read the books alongside him.

Translated by: Robert M. Adams

Published: originally in 1516, this edition in 1975

Genre: classic philosophy

Length: 85 pages

Setting: Utopia, a medieval society

Summary: Short version: More’s description of a society set up to benefit all Continue reading

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Murder on the Orient Express by Agatha Christie

When the new movie version of the book came out, I thought perhaps I could read the book to the kids and then we could watch the movie and compare.

Published: 1934

Genre: murder mystery

Length: 212 pages

Setting: a train car in the Orient Express, 1930s

Summary: Short version: A closed room mystery of who killed Ratchett Continue reading

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