The Mystery in the Drood Family by Montagu Saunders (Cambridge: at the University Press, 1914) — I read this after reading Dickens’ last (uncompleted) novel for the ‘Dickens’ Project’.
A Long Way from Chicago, A Year Down Yonder, Here Lies the Librarian, The Teacher’s Funeral: A Comedy in Three Parts, A Season of Gifts, and Fair Weather by Richard Peck — Very funny books! Of the six, The Teacher’s Funeral was my favorite!
The Big Book of Homeschooling by Debi Pearl — This book has lots of great ideas for teaching children. It is also a good reminder of why to homeschool.
Real Reads Mansfield Park retold by Gill Tavner and illustrated by Ann Kronheimer — I read this in preparation for my month of posts in honor of the bicentennial of the publication of Jane Austen’s Mansfield Park.
The Lion, the Witch, and the Wardrobe; Prince Caspian; The Voyage of the Dawn Treader; and The Silver Chair by C. S. Lewis — I have read the entire Narnia series before, but decided to reread some of them to refresh my memory as I watched the new Narnia movies for the first time recently.
Hidden on the Mountain: Stories of Children Sheltered from the Nazis in Le Chambon by Deborah Durland DeSaix & Karen Gray Ruelle (New York: Holiday House, 2007) — A well-written children’s book about the lives of several children living through World War II without their parents and of some of the people who helped them. It also included some history about Le Chambon. The authors did an excellent job of writing the material in an engaging way.
The Man Who Was Thursday by G. K. Chesterton — I read this while traveling to and from Chicago by train. The rest of the books I read during the first half of the year, this I read in July.
I have also been making my way, very slowly, through War and Peace by Leo Tolstoy — I’ve nearly finished the eleventh book now.
Painting is “Girl Reading” which I believe is by Jean-Baptiste-Camille Corot (1796 – 1875).