I gave this to Miss Adventure to read while Mr. Curiosity and I were reading Seamus Heaney’s translation of Beowulf. I’m still following many suggestions in The Well-Trained Mind for homeschooling, and Bauer and Wise recommend having middle-schoolers read some of the original literature. They recommended this version of Beowulf for the younger audience. After I talked to Miss Adventure about the book, I realized there were some significant differences between the two versions. I decided to read this version to compare to Heaney’s.
Genre: historical fiction
Length: 92 pages
Setting: Scandinavia, some time before it was written
Summary: Short version: Beowulf defeats the monsters Continue reading
This book was discussed in The Contrary Farmer and has been sitting on my TBR list for five years. I decided it was finally time to get it off the TBR list and onto the read list.
Genre: nonfiction agriculture
Length: 136 pages
Summary: Short version: Essays on living with the landscape Continue reading
I happened to see this short book in the new books section at the library. I’m a big fan of Neil Gaiman for many reasons, and picked it up just because it had his name on it.
Designer: Chip Kidd
Genre: graphic design/speech
Length: 80 pages
Summary: Short version: Gaiman’s commencement speech to the University of the Arts in Philadelphia Continue reading
I saw this at the local library and just had to scoop it up. It’s an A Wrinkle in Time story that I’ve never read, mostly because I didn’t know it existed. Once I learned about it, I had to read it.
Illustrator: Hope Larson
Published: the story was originally published in 1970; this illustrated edition was published in 2018
Genre: middle grade science fiction
Length: 107 pages
Setting: mostly the Third Planet of the Teachers, after A Wrinkle in Time
Summary: Short version: Meg’s entrance exam into Intergalactic P.S. 3 Continue reading
This is Edwards’ second book. I highly enjoyed his first, Okay, So Look, and was thrilled to see he was continuing his retelling of the Bible with Exodus. I received a free copy of the book to review, but all of my opinions are my own.
Subtitle: A Humorous Retelling of the Book of Exodus (Bible: Faster, Funnier)
Published: 2018 (it comes out officially tomorrow)
Genre: religion novella
Length: 136 pages
Setting: Egypt and its surrounding areas, during the time of the Pharaohs
Summary: Short version: just look at the subtitle Continue reading
I was given a copy of this novella to review (although my views are my own). It’s published by Annorlunda Enterprises, a small-press publisher that focuses on stories that make you think.
Published: 2018 (today is the release day, in fact!)
Genre: maybe post-apocalyptic fiction? It was Judgement Day that happened, not the apocalypse, but it changed everything
Length: 152 pages
Setting: a generic city, near future Continue reading
My mother-in-law read this book for book club ten years ago and passed it along to me afterwards to read.
Translator: Alan R. Clarke
Published: 1988 in Portuguese; 1993 in English
Genre: inspirational fiction
Length: 167 pages
Setting: starting in Andalusia and traveling to Egypt, present day Continue reading