I started feeling a teeny tiny bit guilty that I DON'T feel guilty that all of a sudden a zillion (only a slight exaggeration) new people (Hello, new people! Hope you love parentheses!) are visiting my blog and the first post they see is of my husband cross-dressing as a pregnant woman.
Hah! That may be my most favorite sentence I've ever written in the history of me knowing how to write.
So let's pretend to be fancy and have a chat about high-brow things, shall we? High-brow things like books and...well, pretty much just books. That way I can stop feeling guilty about not feeling guilty.
Ten Books We've Read This School YearAll of us have read all sorts of things this year, so I'm going to keep this to books one or the other of us super mature adult folk has read out loud with at least one of the small folk.
1) Anne of Green Gables
A childhood favorite of mine. I couldn't wait to share it with my big girls. And *SIGH* it was even better reading it as an adult than it was when I was a child. I wrote an entire (short) post about it when we were finished because I was just that excited.
And then we made raspberry cordial and pound cake.
3) HeidiThis one was at hubby's request. And then he read it out loud to us. Such a beautiful, truly uplifting story and it made us really want to get goats.
4) Tom SawyerIf this is not the most entertaining story of boyhood hijinks ever, then I don't know what is. If you have a suggestion, lay it on me! Plus, it was exciting to discover that Mark Twain loved Anne of Green Gables, too. It's like we're twins or something.
5) Huckleberry FinnIf you think that this is going to be like a Tom Sawyer Part 2 (which is totally what I thought), think again. This book is an emotional, existential roller-coaster filled with all sorts of quandaries and messages that can so easily be applied to the current pro-life movement that it was sometimes almost too much for me to handle. It was a fantastic, challenging book to share with my older kids, but I wouldn't recommend kids under the age of....I don't know...14? read it alone. Yes, it's like that.
7) The Horse and His Boy
Anyway, this is one of my favorite C.S. Lewis books. The scenery and the plot, the growth of the characters in their character, the piles and piles of metaphor, the silliness. It's just lovely. Truly
This is our current read-aloud, another husband pick. Seeing my girls' eyes light up when they hear little phrases that we say all the time ("my precious" and "second breakfast" to name the two most obvious) is just priceless.
And for the littles...
8) Goodnight MoonI don't even need the book to read this book. It's been such a favorite for our entire 11 years of parenting that we are currently keeping an eye out for our third copy, because even in board book form, things wear out when they're used as much as this book is.
9) Sammy the SealAlright, this is just a silly I Can Read book. BUT it was one I had as a child and the very first book my very first baby ever held when she was mere months old. It has sentimental value, okay? And really, any seal that can learn to read, write perfect cursive AND play volleyball all in one day is okay in my book.
10) Katie Morag Island StoriesYou've probably never heard of this but you should scrounge it up immediately anyway (and note that the only non 5 star review is someone who never even received it and is trying to, um, I don't know...punish Amazon by being sassy? Whatevs). A collection of short stories about an adventurous little girl with red hair...
Wait a second.
It does appear I have a type, doesn't it?
So, what books have you read this year that you love? Any you loathed so much that you could barely finish?