I LOVED this book.
It's about Holling Hoodhood and it's 1967 and the Vietnam War is going on. Holling has to spend Wednesday afternoons with Mrs. Baker because he doesn't have religious instruction at that time like all of his classmates. She makes him read Shakespeare!
There is SOOOOO much heart in this book. The writing is wonderful. Wow, I was not expecting to be so moved by this book.
Monday, March 20, 2017
Wednesday, March 15, 2017
I love Lamott's writing and her thoughts on life, faith, and what matters in life.
Monday, March 13, 2017
The Subtle Art of Not Giving a F*ck: A Counterintuitive Approach to Living a Good Life by Mark Manson
I think a lot of people could benefit from reading this book and actually thinking about why they are pursuing the things they pursue.
Wednesday, March 8, 2017
A young friend of mine, Graeson, highly recommended this book to me, and so I checked it out! Graeson is a very smart young man with a head full of interesting facts, and I will not be surprised if he becomes president one day. I will vote for him!
As the title says, this book goes into different stories about the presidents when they were kids.
Super interesting, especially the story about Franklin Roosevelt. His mom was very controlling and kept him on a strict and regimented schedule. After asking for a bit more independence, his parents allowed him one day to do whatever he wanted. He left the house and came back at night all dirty. He never told anyone what he did that day.
What makes this book really cool is the great illustrations by Doogie Horner. They are cartoonish and very funny and fitting.
There are two more books in this series, one about Kid Athletes, and another about Kid Artists.
Monday, March 6, 2017
I'm pretty sure that this is fiction. But it's confusing because there's an epilogue reads like Scott Pendleton Collins was an actual guy. Some clarification, please?
Anyway, I read this book before I gave it to one of my friend's sons who is in late elementary school and interested in reading about World War II. I think he'll like it! I did, mostly because it's always good to remember all of the lives lost to fight for freedom. In addition, several years ago, Boomer and I traveled to Omaha Beach and the American Cemetery in Normandy and it was a sobering experience. Anyway, just like the title describes, this is a journal of one soldier that starts with the D-Day landing. It describes the horrors of war, what the soldiers of WWII might have faced, and the little things that kept them going (e.g. letters from home, SPAM!). Appropriate for upper elementary school kids too.
Wednesday, March 1, 2017
This is another book that falls under Gentle Reading. It is a sweet and surprisingly deep and thoughtful book about life and the journey we're on. And how important it is to be kind.