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Traveling again!

We sent the kids off to camp for the week, which means it’s time for the adults to go on a bike trip. I’ll have more book reviews for you when we get back. Until then, wish us nice weather! (This is us from our recent family bike trip, but things will look very similar this week.)

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Blog hiatus

Just to let everyone know, I’m taking the week off. Everything has come together to make for a crazy week. It’s the last week of classes, so I have to finish all the grading. Plus, rehearsals for Mr. Curiosity have moved into the week. Plus, I have two rehearsals for Choral Club, and since I’m one of the accompanist, I can’t skip. Plus, I had a hockey game on Monday. Plus, I had book club (we read The Paris Wife, which I didn’t love, so I really wanted to go and talk about it with the group). Plus, it’s Miss Adventure’s birthday tomorrow, which we won’t even celebrate completely until Saturday because life is so busy. Plus, hubby is just as crazy busy so he can’t take up the slack. So, trying to get blog posts up is just too much this week.

If you some book recommendations, check out PBS’s The Great American Read list of 100 books or series that got the highest popular votes in a recent survey. It includes everything from recent bestsellers (like Gone Girl – not one of my favorites) to classics like Gulliver’s Travels or Charlotte’s Web. I think I’ve read about 80 of the books, although a good 10 of them were read back in high school. I might try to finish up the list at some point. There’s definitely a couple of good suggestions to check out!

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Back home!!

We had a lovely vacation, except for one little incident that involved our car getting towed because we mistakenly parked illegally. Luckily the impound lot wasn’t too far away from the apartment we rented. I finished three books on the trip (and another this morning), so I got some good reading in. We also spent an hour reading at the Enoch Pratt Free Library and some time wandering the Barnes and Noble in the Power Plant in the inner harbor. Here’s a couple of pictures from the trip:

The trash bug in the Baltimore inner harbor

Swimming in the Chesapeake Bay

At the National Aquarium. Our favorite was the touch tank with moon jellies

I’ll be back to more book reviews tomorrow!

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On vacation!!

It’s time for my husband’s annual conference/family vacation. We’ll be gone for a week, but I have a series of math textbook reviews lined up while I’m gone. I know, most of you aren’t interested. But, homeschoolers are in the midst of planning this year’s curriculum. I found it helpful to read other homeschoolers’ reviews of math texts as I was looking for what to use for my kids. Hopefully these posts will help someone else. I’ll leave you with a photo from paddleboarding on Lake Erie the other night.

paddleboarding on Lake Erie

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by | July 30, 2017 · 12:50 am

Summer vacation

While the kids technically have two days left of school, we’re done with scripted schooling. Instead, we’re starting our summer travel tomorrow with a family first – we’re taking the kids on their first multi-day bike trip. We’re planning on a three-day trip around the Niagara Peninsula, which is about 100 miles long. We’ve been training for a month so the kids can handle the 30+ mile days, and we’re hoping the forecast for lots of wind is wrong. But, since I’ll be out on my bike, I won’t be posting book reviews. I will be posting pictures on the family Instagram account – you can follow our travels @rutters_on_the_road.

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Thanksgiving break

Just wanted to let all my readers know that I will be taking a bit of a break from the blog. We’re heading to Toronto for a mini-vacation today, and then Thanksgiving is when we come back. Between all the travel, I won’t have time to update the blog with any new book reviews. So, check out some of the archives if you’re looking for a book to read over the holidays, and I’ll be back in a week!

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I’m back!

Japan was pretty awesome. We saw amazing temples like:

The Senso-ji temple in Tokyo

The Senso-ji temple in Tokyo

Beautiful castles like:

Osaka Castle

Osaka Castle

And modern skylines like:

Tokyo from the Tokyo Metropolitan Government Building

Tokyo from the Tokyo Metropolitan Government Building

The two weeks flew by, but I’m still happy to be home. We will often visit a library when we go to a big city, but it wasn’t really worth it on this trip. However, the hostel we stayed at in Tokyo had a manga library with multiple volumes of several series. The kids were able to lose themselves in those books, and took every opportunity to head up and read. Mr. Curiosity got through several volumes of One Piece. This series definitely tends toward the silly end of manga. He also bought a volume containing the first three issues of Fullmetal Alchemist. I’d watched some of the animated series on Netflix and knew it was child appropriate (not always a guarantee) and contained enough magic/fantastical elements that he’d enjoy the book.

Miss Adventure, on the other hand, started the Dragon Ball series. This is another silly manga, which was just was Miss Adventure wanted.

I’ll be back to regularly scheduled book reviews tomorrow!

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