I’d seen his version of “Space Oddity” performed in space and been a fan ever since. When I found out he wrote a book, I put it on my TBR list and picked it now because it gave me a letter in my reading challenge.
Subtitle: What Going to Space Taught Me About Ingenuity, Determination, and Being Prepared for Anything
Length: 284 pages of text, 295 pages total
Setting: various Canadian, U.S. and Russian locations and the International Space Station, 1980s-2000s Continue reading
This book was recommended in the book Natural Born Learners. It’s been a while since I’ve read a homeschooling book, and it got me an A author for my reading challenge.
Subtitle: Adventures in Homeschooling and Community-Based Education
Genre: nonfiction education
Length: 220 pages Continue reading
Chan writes the webcomic PHD Comics that I follow. As he was writing this book, Chan provided regular updates, so I knew when it came out. I thought Mr. Curiosity might enjoy the light-hearted, yet scientific tone I expected based on the comics.
Subtitle: A Guide to the Unknown Universe
Genre: nonfiction science
Length: 340 pages of text, 354 pages total Continue reading
This is book The Well-Trained Mind recommends getting and reading to learn how to read different types of literature. I decided to read it to see if I should buy it for Mr. Curiosity to use for homeschooling this year and for my own personal knowledge.
Subtitle: A Guide to the Classical Education You Never Had
Published: I read the 2003 edition, but there is a 2015 edition as well
Genre: nonfiction education self-improvement
Length: 404 pages of text, 432 pages total Continue reading
This is the fourth and final of L’Engle’s Crosswick Journals. I skipped the third one (The Irrational Season) because it focuses on L’Engle’s relationship to Christianity, and I’m just not interested in that topic, even if it is L’Engle writing.
Genre: nonfiction memoir
Length: 232 pages
Setting: Crosswicks in 1987, NYC in the 1960s Continue reading
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
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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