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    Books Read in July and August

    September 27, 2012 by Brandy Vencel

    Since September is almost over, it seems like I should post E-Age-Ten’s final summer lists! I am always amazed and his desire to reread books–some of the books on this list he first read when he was six or seven, but he still brings them back out a couple times a year. I suppose I could say we’re getting our money’s worth.

    Books Read in July

    July Favorite

    The Wonder Clock by Howard Pyle
    Caddie Woodlawn by Carol Ryrie Brink
    The Princess and Curdie by George MacDonald
    The Story of Stephen Decatur by Iris Vinton
    John Wanamaker by Olive Burt
    The Sign of the Beaver by Elizabeth George Speare
    Duncan’s War by Douglas Bond
    Gabriel and the Hour Book by Evaleen Stein
    The Fields of Home by Ralph Moody
    The Story of John Paul Jones by Iris Vinton
    The Story of Dwight D. Eisenhower by Arthur Beckhard

    Books Read in August

    August Favorite

    A Knight of the White Cross by GA Henty
    The Boy Mechanic: Vol. 1 from Popular Mechanics
    A Final Reckoning: A Tale of Bush Life in Australia by GA Henty
    Unknown to History by Charlotte Yonge
    Riley Child Rhymes by James Whitcomb Riley

    He told me he didn’t read as many in August because he read Unknown to History, which is quite lengthy. Apparently, it was worth it, since he labeled it as his favorite for the month.

    I’ll be curious to see how many he reads this month, as it was full of school reading rather than leisurely…

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  • Reply amy in peru September 30, 2012 at 2:58 am

    i loved unknown to history. i could NOT convince my boys to read it. so sad. i normally don’t skip any of the free reads but we didn’t have a hard copy of that one that year. i think my boys would like it NOW though.

    i’ll have to tell them your boy liked it.

    • Reply Brandy @ Afterthoughts September 30, 2012 at 3:28 am

      Confession: I have never read it! I keep meaning to, but it *is* long–he’s not kidding! I keep meaning to get around to it, and now that I know it numbers among his favorites I suppose I am going to have to. πŸ™‚

      If your boys read it, do let me know if they like it! It would make my boy happy to know they did. πŸ™‚

  • Reply sara September 28, 2012 at 4:10 pm

    What a great list! How do you track his reading? I have often considered requiring my daughter to keep a list, but it seems to be a layer of administrative burden. On the other hand, it might be rewarding to have a list going…

    • Reply Brandy @ Afterthoughts September 30, 2012 at 3:27 am

      I have him keep a list. I told him I wanted to use it here to give ideas of what a boy might like to read, and he got exciting about that. He is like his mother in that he likes recommending his beloved books to other people. πŸ™‚

      The first time he ever kept a list of books, though, was the summer he first participated in the Veritas Press summer reading competition. He won $10 (in credit, anyhow) and that was a nice, positive way to keep his first list.

      What I have found fascinating is to have him pick out his favorites. They are often not what I would expect, and I feel I learn a lot about him through this.

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