The Reading Chair

The morning air has a bit of a bite to it. There is a lovely golden quality to the afternoon sun. Newt has come down with a case of the sniffles. All signs point to fall on the horizon. We’ve been getting ready by brewing pots of gingerbread spice herbal tea to sip while we read (even if we have to turn on the air conditioning to really enjoy it).

What I’ve Been Reading
I am so slow! I’m still working on Cheaper by the Dozen and Gulliver’s Travels.
Blogging and other writing, church responsibilities and setting my DVR to record the new fall shows (hello *Castle, I’ve missed you) have taken most of my time this week.
Newt has given me strict instructions to read Holes for our next book “club” (membership: 2) read. She just finished it; I’ll read it this weekend.

*A cop and a writer, what’s not to like? I may have to start referring to Walt as Beckett…
Too weird? Maybe.

What I’ve Been Reading to Newt
The Magician’s Nephew
We are reading it from an anthology of all the Narnia books (building my biceps while I read!). Yesterday Newt looked at it and asked, did C.S. Lewis write anything else? I like his books.
Me too.
I’m thinking of introducing her to The Great Divorce soon. I’ll have to reread it and see if she would get any of it.

What Newt’s Been Reading

The Land of the Silver Apples
This is the second book in the Sea of Trolls trilogy by Nancy Farmer. We listened to all three on CD last year in conjunction with our history study – vikings and medieval Europe. This story is amazing. It has adventure, magic, friendships, and history. The characters are realistic and they grow through the series. It’s worth reading just to meet Thorgil, a young female Viking Berserker. She is one of my favorite book characters of all time.
Speaking of favorite female characters, Newt is also listening to an audio version of To Kill a Mockingbird . Who doesn’t love Scout?
This is also a repeat story for Newt, we listened to it together last year and she loved it. It may have been the first not-written-for-children book I have ever shared with her, but it was perfect. We had read Roll of Thunder, Hear My Cry and she wanted to know more about racial issues in the South around that time.
She has told me that she feels that both books have changed her and made her want to be a good person who helps others. I can’t think of anything better to come from a book.

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One Response to “The Reading Chair”

  1. Kelly says:

    Love the comment about turning on the ac to enjoy your tea, sounds like something I would do if our ac had made it up here from the cellar this summer!

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