Holy cow I read a lot this month. I don’t know if you noticed, but I didn’t post a Reading Roundup last month–I didn’t read a single book during the month of June…well, no. I read one book but didn’t finish it in time. But this month, I read quite a bit. Granted, I read a lot of very easy 5th-grade level YA books. But, that’s because I’m desperately trying to finish reading all my classroom books before we move in a few weeks so I can pack them all up!
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Blink: The Power of Thinking Without Thinking by Malcolm Gladwell
I read this book for my church’s book club. It was an interesting break from all the fiction we’ve been reading. (Don’t get me wrong, I love fiction, so I was a little surprised at this choice.)
Gladwell does research on how our subconscious makes decisions and snap judgment without us having to actually analyze anything. He researches how we think without thinking–how our instinct is overwhelmingly typically right. It was an interesting read and reminded me of Quiet. But, it focused more on snap judgments without realizing we are making them. It got very political fast–all about racism and prejudice and classism, etc. I wish it would’ve stayed more on the fact of trusting our subconscious, such as intuition or instinct decisions. It did mention those but didn’t focus heavily on them.
And, I just hate the cover.
Adulthood is a Myth: A “Sarah’s Scribbles” Collection by Sarah AndersenClick To Tweet
My public library is having an adult summer reading challenge. They have about 20 different challenges, and for each challenge you complete, you get to add a ticket to a drawing for prizes. So, I’ve been reading a lot. One of the challenges was read a graphic novel, and this book was the spotlight of the graphic novel shelf. I read it in about 30 minutes.
Adulthood is a Myth is a collection of comics from the online comic strip “Sarah’s Scribbles“. I’d seen her work online here and there but never followed her. However, the collection was hilarious! And so relatable as a 20-something-year-old adult! I loved it! If you want a quick read, grab this book and have a few laughs!
Bendon Junior Classics Abridged Version of Little Women by Louisa May Alcott
Here is yet another classical novel I had never read. I know a lot of women love this book, so when I saw the abridged version at Target for $1, I had to grab it for future English classrooms! And I loved reading it!
Little Women is a sweet, sentimental, feel-good novel about a family of sisters during the Civil War. Their father is in the war but isn’t a soldier. Their mother teaches them a lot of moralistic and virtuous lessons and the girls truly learn them. There really isn’t one plot line or one problem or one antagonist. It’s more of a feel-good novel. But, there is nothing wrong with that. I fell in love with each sister during these short pages and now I really want to read the real Little Women. I may wait till Christmas though since the first scene takes place during Christmas and it really sets the tone.
Bendon Junior Classic Abridged Version of White Fang by Jack London
When I was in fifth grade, my mom rented The Call of the Wild. I loved that movie and decided to read the book. That never ended up happening. So, when I saw this find, I knew I wanted to read it.
I love the simplicity of Jack London’s style. He went to the Yukon Territory himself during the gold rush and fell in love with the wilderness there. And it shows in his novels. White Fang is about a wolf that has some dog heritage in him. He is tamed harshly by a native tribe, then taken by a dog fighter in one of the pop up gold rush towns. He was beaten and bullied by both the dog fighters and the dogs he was forced to fight. Then, he was bought by a nice young man who took him back home to southern California. White Fang learned how to be calm and happy and to love man. He even saved the man’s life when a convicted felon attempted to murder him.
It was a sweet story and I loved the way Jack London wrote it (…ahem…how it was abridged).
The Strange Case of Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde by Robert Louis Stevenson
But, I think the Bendon Junior Classic Abridged Version did a great job keeping the style but definitely “dumbing” it down. Putting it at a 5th grade reading level with 21st century American vernacular really made it a bit easier to follow. And, since it is a “murder mystery”, it makes it a bit easier for students to understand the timeline and who did what and why and when and how and their reasonsings behind everything.
Esio Trot by Roald Dahl
Last birthday, my sisters got me a collector’s set of favorites written by Roald Dahl. I grew up loving Roald Dahl’s works. I loved the Charlie and the Chocolate Factory, James and the Giant Peach, and Matilda movies. And, my third-grade teacher read us The BFG, Charlie and the Chocolate Factory, and James and the Giant Peach outloud. It spurned a love and I read a lot of his works.
However, I had never read the short story Esio Trot. It’s a cute little story (it took me maybe 25 minutes to read it) about an old man who falls in love with an old lady who lives beneath him but is too shy to talk to her. She has a pet turtle she keeps on her balcony but is upset he isn’t growing. So, the man makes up a “spell” for her to read to her turtle every night to make him grow. While she’s at work, he buys numerous turtles and replaces them every night with a bigger one, so she believes the turtle is actually growing. She believes it, he gains confidence, and in the end, they decide to wed.
Although it’s a cute, sweet love story about old folk, reading it as an adult gave me some confused feelings. When the man tells the woman he knows how to make the turtle grow, she says, “If you can, I’ll be your slave for life!” She is desperate to help her turtle. But Dahl writes that that phrase gave the man shivers and set him into action…that kind of creeped me out. And, after they end up getting married, she never finds out that the bigger turtle she now has is a replacement turtle! Their whole relationship is based on a lie!!!! But, that’s just cynical adult me reading too much into it.
The Magic Finger by Roald Dahl
I’m pretty sure I’ve read this short story before because it seemed so familiar. Again, it took me only about 25 minutes. The main character is a nameless girl. She gets mad at a family of boys who lives next to her because they like hunting ducks. So, she turns the magic finger on them. When she gets mad and points, strange things then begin to happen. The next day, the boys and their father went hunting again. Then, four ducks turned on them. They went home and went to bed. The next morning, everyone in the family had shrunk and had wings! They were chased out of their home by human-sized ducks with hands. Having to live like ducks for a day (out in the cold, aware of hunters, eating worms, sleeping in a nest), they realized that ducks have it hard. Finally, they turned back into humans and the ducks turned back to ducks. From then on, the family didn’t hunt anymore.
Again, a sweet, simple tale with a moral. It’d be a great read for a 1-3 grade class during an animal or ecology unit!
When God Made You by Matthew Paul Turner
**I received this book from Blogging for Books in exchange for a review. All thoughts and opinions are my own.**
As I am seriously starting to teach Rhys about God and Mormonism, I am on the search more than ever for Christian (and Mormon) picture books. He knows who Jesus is, but I want to really pound (I hate that term) it into him that Christ and Heavenly Father LOVE him. So, when I saw this book, I knew I had to get it.
The pictures are adorable and very colorful. I love the illustrations. It is a sweet book that tells the child just how much God loves them and why. How each child is an individual, different, and unique. But, they are all equally special because God made them. God made them just that way for a reason–it was part of His plan.
It was a little longer for a 3-year-old…probably more for a 5-7-year-olds, but Rhys sat still the whole time and kept looking back at our picture of Jesus hanging up. After I finished reading it to him, he decided to look back at the pictures because he enjoyed them too.
I definitely recommend you get this book for your Sunday collection!!!!!
This year, I’ve decided to reopen up Reading Roundup to other to linkup with! I’ve partnered up with two good blogger friends who love books too!
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- Reading Roundup will happen the last Tuesday of every month! The linkup will be open for two weeks!
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