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
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
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
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
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
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
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.
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