What we are reading

We have been into some good books lately, so I figured that I would mention them…

In the car, we have been listening to The Lightning Thief by Rick Riordan. The boys absolutely love it. As in we sit in the car in the garage when we get home so that we can listen to the end of the chapter. As in they get excited if we have to drive anywhere because they get to listen to it. It is about a 12 year old boy who finds out that he is Poseidon’s son…a half-blood and has to go on a quest to retrieve Zues’ lost master thunderbolt. Lots of humor, (I love the titles of the chapters) and lots of action. It is great to find a book that both boys (and myself) really enjoy.

Kyle and I have been working our way through the Time Warp Trio books by Jon Sczieska. Kyle is just getting into longer chapter books (he still enjoys longer picture books as well). I am just glad that I survived the Magic Treehouse Books. The Time Warp Trio books are similar, but much more enjoyable to read. They have a lot more humor as well. They are about 3 boys who have a magic book that takes them back into different time periods.

Jason and I are reading The Book of Three by Lloyd Alexander. Good fantasy book with a kind of complicated plot. We are about half way through and I am not sure how it is going to turn out. We both are enjoying it.

Jeff and Jason are reading Gregor The Overlander. Jason likes it a lot, I don’t think that Jeff is as thrilled with it. I may need to get the second book on tape for Jason.

We are also reading lots of other miscellaneous books. Jason is really enjoying the Theoni Pappas math story books like Fractals, Googols and Other Mathematical Tales and we have started reading the Murderous Maths series that are really funny and talk a lot about different math topics.

Kyle is still very much into birds, so we have been reading a lot of Usborne books and DK books on birds. Hummingbirds seem to be his favorite and we may need to try to set up a hummingbird feeder this spring.

I had thought at one time that it would be neat to keep a record of all the books that we read, but I realize now that would be impossible. We do enjoy our books though!

~Stephanie

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I am a homeschooling mom to two sweet, energetic boys although I am probably not exactly what you would expect (definitely NOT your stereotypical homeschooler, if there is really such a thing). I support progressive political causes (yes, liberals can and do homeschool!) and I have found a spiritual home in the Unitarian Universalist Church. I have no real idea of how I want to use this blog, but will probably focus on homeschooling, things that I am learning from my boys, personal thoughts and opinions and maybe some liberal politics thrown in, who knows!
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4 Responses to What we are reading

  1. I read the whole Prydain series out loud to my middle son a couple years ago. It was such a wonderful time. Did you know they are based on an old Welsh Legend? The Matab…… something unpronouceable! Anyway, those books always bring a glow to my heart because I remember how much my son and I enjoyed them together.

  2. Steph says:

    Thanks for sharing these!

    Thank you for your encouraging comment on the topic of “throwing marshmallows.” I basically have the same philosophy, but it helps SO much to hear it from someone else … particularly someone whose ideas I really respect. :-)

  3. The Lightning Thief sounds great. I’d bet Ani and Cameron would love it. Ani absolutely loved the Magic Treehouse books. She was not a huge fan of Time Warp Trio, but Cameron sure is. He especially enjoyed the one with lots of farting (can’t remember which it was now). Of course he did. This is the boy who repeated “booby-trap” over and over for a week after hearing it one day lol

  4. Kim c says:

    You guys are busy with the reading! I think I need to go order the Lightning Thief right away from the library. Have you guys tried Lion Boy yet? It is really good on tape.