Sunday, March 11, 2012

What We've Been Reading Lately

For Blaze:

Since we've been learning about the American Revolutionary War at school, Blaze's bedtime story for the past couple weeks has been A Dangerous Engine: Benjamin Franklin, from Scientist to Diplomat, by Joan Dash, Dusan Petricic.

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The book has been slow going at times, but we have both been learning a lot about the life of Benjamin Franklin that we didn't know before.

For lighter reading, Blaze has asked me to read Her Majesty's Explorer to him two nights in a row. Though aimed at much younger children, Blaze really likes the rhyming text and whimsical, mechanical explorer. We have even talked about writing our own poem about Steam Pig (Blaze's piggy bank) based on the poem at the end of the book, which is about Steamduck.

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I just recently read Timeless, the final book in Gail Carriger's Parasol Protectorate series. If you haven't read any of these books yet, I highly recommend them. They are fast moving, fun books to read, full of action, humor, romance, vampires, werewolves, outrageous hats, and Victorian manners. I wish this was not the final book in the series, but I look forward to whatever Gail Carriger writes in the future.

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I'm almost done reading The Hunger Games.

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The trailer for the movie, which will be coming out March 23, does a pretty good job of explaining what the book is about.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HryK0nqejHA&feature=related

My newest book acquisition has been the cookbook, Last Dinner on the Titanic. The 100th anniversary of the sinking of the Titanic will be April 14, so I thought it would be interesting to try some of the foods the passengers were served. The book is full of historical information and photographs, as well as recipes.

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2 comments:

Tammy said...

Sounds like a bunch of good books...I am going to have to see if our library has any of them.

What do you think of The Hunger Games? Our family loved all 3 books. My fave was the first book, Kayla's fave was the last book, and Emily and Katie's fave was the middle book. LOL! I'd love to know what you think of it when you finish book 1. :)

Sandra said...

Gail is writing a young adult series that is supposed to come out in the future. Prudence is the main character.

Crafty Crow