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The Iliad by Homer

I chose this as Mr. Curiosity’s next literature book for the school year. I chose this particular edition based on the recommendation from The Well-Educated Mind. To be able to discuss the book, I read it alongside Mr. Curiosity. I’ve never read it, so it’s something new for me as well as Mr. Curiosity.

Translator: Martin Hammond

Published: this edition in 1987; the original in the 12th century BCE

Genre: epic poetry but ours wasn’t in a poetic form so I’m going with literature

Length: 410 pages of text, 464 pages with index

Setting: around the city of Troy during the Trojan War, 13th century BCE Continue reading


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Under the Net by Iris Murdoch

This was #95 in the Modern Library’s top 100 English novels of the 20th century. It’s also one of the Time Top 100 novels. I read my way through both lists.

Published: 1954

Genre: literary fiction

Length: 253 pages

Setting: London, early 1900s Continue reading

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Angle of Repose by Wallace Stegner

This was one of the Modern Library’s top 100 novels of the century.

Published: 1971

Genre: literary fiction

Length: 569 pages

Setting: 1960s and probably early 1800s U.S. Continue reading

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The Well-Trained Mind by Susan Wise Bauer and Jessie Wise

This book has been on my radar for a while since I’m always looking for inspiration for homeschooling. A recent post on books about books and reading from The Modern Mrs. Darcy pushed it to the top of my reading list.

Subtitle: A Guide to Classical Education at Home

Published: originally in 1999. I read the second edition published in 2004. The newest (the fourth) edition was published in 2016.

Genre: nonfiction education

Length: 710 pages of text (but probably 1/4 of that is book lists), 810 pages total Continue reading

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What I Will Be Reading #32: Keep Them Coming

I’ve been working down my reading list, but I always manage to add books faster than I take them off. Here’s some new ones I’ve got:

GeekDad is always a good source of books. They had a post recently about space opera series. Just what I need, more series to read, but I do so love a good space opera. I’ve already read the Old Man’s War series, so that cuts six books off the list. I’m most intrigued by the Lost Fleet Series by Jack Campbell, starting with Dauntless, and the Antares series by Michael McCollum, starting with Antares Dawn.

My other big source for books is the Modern Mrs. Darcy. I’ve got two from her this time. I’m in the planning stages for a new year of homeschooling, so my attention went right to The Well-Educated Mind: A Guide to the Classical Education You Never Had by Susan Wise Bauer and Jessie Wise in her post on Books About Books. It’s been on my radar before, but I never got around to it. This time, I requested it right away from the library and I’m reading it right now. It’s quite interesting and I’m thinking about changing things up for homeschooling this year. We’ll see. The other book came from episode 83 of her podcast, and is called How to Read Literature Like a Professor: A Lively and Entertaining Guide to Reading Between the Lines by Thomas Foster. Mr. Curiosity is at the high school level, and I’d like to be able to discuss some literature with him. I’m terrible at finding symbolism or themes or anything like that from books, so I’m hoping this book will help.

My final book addition is more of an author addition, and he’s also useful for homeschooling. I’m always on the lookout for Fun Math activities, and nicoleandmaggie posted some details on how to keep a gifted kid challenged. In that post, they mentioned puzzle books by Martin Gardner. He’s published a number of books, and they should provide me some inspiration for the year!

And those are the books I’m adding to my reading list. Anything look good to you?

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Laughing Boy by Oliver LaFarge

I’m slowly making my way through all of the Pulitzer Prize winners. My library happened to have this one on the shelf.

Published: 1929

Genre: fiction

Length: 302 pages

Setting: New Mexico, 1910s Continue reading

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The World According to Garp by John Irving

I’m still trying to finish my Reading the Alphabet Challenge for this year, although it’s looking less and less likely that will actually happen. I do have all the books planned out to finish the letters I need. This fills in an I author. I pulled it off the BBC’s The Big Read list that I’m working my way through.

Published: 1978

Genre: literary fiction

Length: 688 pages (long books like this don’t help me finish my challenges – what was I thinking!)

Setting: mostly New Hampshire, 1940s-1970s Continue reading

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