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His Hideous Heart, Part 2

Time for my next installment of an Edgar Allan Poe story compared to a modern re-imagined version.

Annabel Lee by Edgar Allan Poe

Published: 1849

Genre: poetry

Length: 3 pages

Setting: nothing specific since it’s a remembrance of a person

Short summary: The narrator laments the death of the beautiful Annabel Lee

Night-Tide by Tessa Gratton

Published: 2019

Genre: historical fiction short story

Length: 17 pages

Setting: the Kingdom by the Sea hotel along the Atlantic Ocean, probably around the start of the 20th century, summer

Short summary: Jaclyn is blamed for Annabel’s death over the winter because they were in love Continue reading

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After You by Jojo Moyes

This was my February’s book club choice. We read the first book, Me Before You, a few years ago. We decided to see how Moyes finished up the series.

Published: 2015

Genre: fiction

Length: 352 pages

Setting: London, 2010s. a few years after the events of Me Before You

Summary: Short version: Louisa has a hard time moving on from Will’s death Continue reading

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The Boy Who Was Mistaken for a Fairy King by H.L. Fullerton

I received a review copy of this book from the publisher in return for my honest review. It comes from Annorlunda Press, who specializes in entertaining books that make you think. The book was published today.

Published: today! 2019

Genre: fantasy novella

Length: 122 pages

Setting: the Catskills, NY, present day

Summary: Short version: Carl seems to be usurping the erlking’s role, which leads to consequences Continue reading

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The Teenage Brain by Frances E. Jensen and Amy Ellis Nutt

I went to a neuroscience talk and the speaker recommended this book. Since I have two teenagers in my house, I figured it would be appropriate to read.

Subtitle: A Neuroscientist’s Survival Guide to Raising Adolescents and Young Adults

Published: 2015

Genre: nonfiction science

Length: 296 pages of text. 358 pages with glossary, bibliography, and index

Summary: Short version: A discussion of how teenage brains differ from adult brains Continue reading

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Imperfect Birds by Anne Lamott

This was our book club choice for April

Published: 2010

Genre: fiction

Length: 278 pages

Setting: southern California, present day

Summary: Short version: Rosie can’t hide her drug use from her parents forever Continue reading

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What I Will Be Reading #36: It’s Been a While

It’s been a while since I’ve had a What I Will Be Reading post. Trying to homeschool on top of teaching a 70+ person class AND a lab (even if it only has 11 students in it) has been a bit too much for my brain. But, I don’t have much grading to do today so I thought I’d add some books to my reading list.

Let’s start with a couple of suggestions from The Modern Mrs. Darcy. Let’s face it, I could basically populate my reading list with books she writes about, but I’m going to try to branch out a bit.

Miss Adventure is nearly a teenager, which makes Untangled: Guiding Teenage Girls Through the Seven Transitions into Adulthood by Lisa Damour highly appropriate. This book came from a post about books to help you navigate the tween and teen years. As an extra added bonus, it provides that elusive “U” for my Title Alphabet Challenge.

My second book from The Modern Mrs. Darcy is another nonfiction book. This time, though, it’s a book about books – my favorite. The book is called Dear Fahrenheit 451: Love and Heartbreak in the Stacks: A Librarian’s Love Letters and Breakup Notes to the Books in Her Life by Annie Spence.

My next book is a suggestion from my mother-in-law. She reads quite a bit and besides having a stronger taste for mysteries than I do, has a similar taste in books. If she suggests a book, I’m likely to enjoy it. She’s suggested I read The Tea Girl of Hummingbird Lane by Lisa See. A major thread of the story is about growing and picking tea. I’m a tea drinker, not a coffee drinker, so I think this will be interesting to read.

Finally, a science fiction book to round out my books for the day: Six Wakes by Mur Lafferty. I’m a long time fan of Mur, ever since she started her Heaven series (which is still available to listen to on Scribl for free). Six Wakes is her new novel and it is nominated for a Hugo Award this year. It’s a murder mystery in space. Who has killed the entire crew? The clones don’t know, since they’ve just been woken and everyone is dead.

So, any books look good to you? What else should I add to my book list?

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Homeschooling: The Teen Years by Cafi Cohen

Subtitle: Your Complete Guide to Successfully Homeschooling the 13- to 18- Year-Old

Published: 2000

Genre: nonfiction homeschooling

Length: 318 pages of text, 344 pages with index

Interest: I’m a little nervous about Mr. Curiosity getting close to high school and how to modify my unit study style of homeschooling for high school or turning our topics into courses on a transcript. So, time for some research.

Summary: This book attempts to address all the components of homeschooling a teen. It breaks the information up into three parts. The first part covers details of what homeschooling can look like and why homeschooling a teen can be a good thing. The second part goes into some details of covering the topics a high schooler is expected to take. The final section talks about resources homeschoolers often utilize, like co-ops, the library and the internet. At the end of each section, the author summarizes key elements as simple starting points, and books that expand on the topics.

Final thoughts: This book was much more helpful than I expected. It was general enough that it would work for everyone from a school-at-home approach to a more unschooling approach. I’m not sure how many new ideas I got from the book, but It definitely bolstered my confidence that my approach will continue to work for us through high school. The biggest downside to the book is when it starts talking about internet resources (and sometimes even book or magazine recommendations). The specific websites are typically way out of date (geocities, anyone?). It was interesting to see how much things have changed in 15 years on the internet, with resources being much more available now compared to previous decades.

Title comes from: It is descriptive of the title.

Reading challenges fulfilled: 79/100 in my Finally to 100 Challenge

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