Family Read Alouds
Last month, we read several Anansi stories.
These are lots of fun.
This month, we're reading a few more trickster tales. Particularly, we're reading Sister Tricksters, because the boys shouldn't get to have all the fun . . . or suffer consequences alone.
Ella's Reading List
Last week, Ella finished reading, Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows. I have never seen her so excited to carry around such a big book. The pride in her face . . . oh, it made my mama heart happy. It came with lots of tears in those last few days, but it was so worth it in the end.
She also read The Watcher: Jane Goodall's Life with the Chimps . I'm a big Jane Goodall fan. Big. Huge. I was thrilled to find this book. I meant to use it as a read aloud, but my little bookworm devoured the whole thing before I had the chance to crack it open. And yes, I did give her a little oral quiz to make sure she actually read it. :)
Mom's Reading List
In April, I picked a book to go with my kids' tricksters theme. I read Neil Gaiman's Anansi Boys. I really enjoyed this one. It was particularly enjoyable because we were already talking about the trickster tales, and I could compare Gaiman's story and see how he was both using the Anansi character and mimicking the structure of the tales.
Also last month, I finished A Game of Thrones (Book 1). Wow. It's great, but be prepared. It's rough. My best advice is do NOT get attached to any characters. You've been warned.
So, of course, I started A Clash of Kings (Game of Thrones, Book 2) once I finished the first one. Except, Ella wanted me to read Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows,*** with her, so I took a break and downloaded the ebook from my library. But I'm halfway through and there's a two week limit on checkouts and a waiting list, so I'm going to go back to A Clash of Kings until I get Harry back. Because I really only read at night, in the girls' room, in the dark, while I'm waiting for Harper to sleep. My e-reader is kind of vital to the whole process. When I do read during the day, I grab my husband's paperback copy of A Clash of Kings.
And yes, for those of you doing the math, that means I am reading TWO big-ass books simultaneously. Don't worry. My brain is used to it.
It's my superpower.
*** Confession time: I have never actually read any of the Harry Potter books.
Begin shock and awe now . . . I'll wait . . . go ahead . . . get it all out. . .
I don't know why. I was busy with school and work when they first came out, and since then it's been on my list, but I just never got around to it. But that means I'm doing the indefensible . . . I'm reading the last book without have read the previous six. *sigh* I know, I know. But I did see the movies, and I do intend to read them all one day. I just swore I'd read the last one before watching the movie, and Ella really wanted me to read it so we could talk about it. And I just couldn't tell my girl, "No."
Ok . . . begin mocking me . . .