Our Reading Nook: March 1, 2019

This week was filled with our Kindles and Audible books. Therefore, I didn’t get to take any of my pictures. Our school books are mostly real, but I didn’t want to take photos of them. Also, I’m not linking to the books anywhere; you all can copy and paste the titles into your library search engine.

I read some DRCs:

The Valedictorian of Being Dead: The True Story of Dying Ten Times to Live by Heather B. Armstrong
Release date- April 23, 2019

I don’t generally read “mommy blogs” so I wasn’t familiar with Heather at all. I accepted the advance copy because so many people in my family suffer from depression and I thought that reading her profoundly personal story might give me a clearer picture of what life is like at the bottom of the depression pit. It’s not great, even if you have family support and money. Heather is pretty funny about the entire situation in a believable way.
Overall I’d say that it’s an important book to help people understand the utter helplessness and hopelessness of depression and the extent that Heather was willing to endure to get better.

**** try your library for it; it’s a quick read and not one I would keep for a re-read.

The Oxford Illustrated History of the World
Felipe Fernandez-Armesto

March 10, 2019

I grabbed this DRC simply because I’m on the lookout for a new World History Spine. (For the homeschoolers out there I’m looking for an overview, with Science at a more difficult reading level than say the Kingfisher that I’ll use in high school for an overview course.) The problem being it is pretty difficult getting a good feel for the illustrations on my Kindle. That said, I think I have a winner. I’ll check it out of the library in a couple weeks and let you know for sure. Beginning with the Ice Age and ending in the present with global warming it appears to be well researched as most books coming out of the Oxford University press are.
 It looks at the rise and fall of ages and empires, the growth and evolution of culture, science, religion, and the arts, and present-day changes to political and social behaviors- in short, it is exactly what I was hoping to find.

The Secret Wisdom of Nature
Peter Wohlleben, Jane Billinghurst
March 5, 2019

Super duper interesting topic. Srsly. Why Deer taste bad to Trees? This is nature study like I’ve never read it before. Readable yet meaty all at once. I read a chapter at a time and then digested before beginning the next topic. In the intro, the authors compare nature to running like a clock. If you take it apart and then end up with spare parts that don’t quite fit back anywhere- you end up with problems like wolves in the U.S. today. It’s a book-length study of interconnections between animals, plants, and humans.
I’m thinking of buying it as a gift for several people in my life this year. I may also use it as part of our homeschool nature study later on.

In the world of Homeschool and Fun Reading/Viewing, My 13yo gave his permission for me to list his books here too:

Scythe by Neal Shusterman (on Audible) (for fun)
Henry Reed Inc. by Keith Robertson (part of our Bookshark curriculum)
Just So Stories by Rudyard Kipling

During our lunch breaks, we watched Contact (brought on by the mention of prime numbers and our upcoming Spring Astronomy study) and The Black Panther (because we wanted to check out the costumes after they won an award this week and because we are studying The Periodic Table in Science and chatted about Vibranium.) Screen time during the day is one of the perks of homeschooling only one kid.


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