Monday, January 8, 2018

Reflecting On My 2017 Literary Accomplishments...

I've been looking back at the books I read in 2017. Most of my reading was books read aloud to the kids for academic purposes. I did manage a couple for Mother Culture, but not as many as I'd hoped. However, this seems to be a reoccurring theme over the past few years as it's the season I'm in. I am learning to adjust my reading habits and savor the slow reads. Here are the books I read in 2017....

School Reading

Oliver Twist by Charles Dickens
The Call of the Wild by Jack London
Julius Caesar by Shakespeare
Alexander the Great by John Gunther
The Story of the Ancient World by H.A. Guerber, reprinted Christine Miller
Genesis: Finding Our Roots by Ruth Beechick
D'Aulaire's Book of Greek Myths by Ingri and Edgar D'Aulaire
The Golden Days of Greece by Olivia Coolidge
The Trojan War by Olivia Coolidge
Cleopatra by Diane Stanley
Augustus Caesar's World by Genevieve Foster
The Bronze Bow by Elizabeth George Speare
City by David Macaulay
Birds of the Air by Arabella Buckley
Plant Life in Field and Garden by Arabella Buckley
Galen and the Gateway to Medicine by Jeanne Bendick
An Illustrated Adventure in Human Anatomy by Kate Sweeney
Exploring the History of Medicine by John Hudson Tiner
How To Be Your Own Selfish Pig by Susan Schaeffer Macaulay
Whatever Happened to Penny Candy? by Richard Maybury
Beowulf by Micheal Morpurgo
One Thousand and One Arabian Nights by Geraldine McCaughrean
King Arthur and His Knights of the Round Table by Roger Lancelyn Green
Black Fox of Lorne by Marguerite de Angeli
The Pied Piper of Hamlin by Robert Browning
Otto of the Silver Hand by Howard Pyle
Magna Carta by C. W. Hodges

Mother Culture

Jayber Crow by Wendell Berry
Consider This by Karen Glass
Mere Motherhood by Cindy Rollins
Home Education, Vol. 1 by Charlotte Mason - Though I read the majority in 2017, this will carry over to 2018

In addition, I read a passel of picture books throughout the year.

Overall, I enjoyed all of the Mother Culture titles immensely. My top five School Reading books were, in no particular order, Oliver Twist, Augustus Caesar's World, The Bronze Bow, Beowulf, and Black Fox of Lorne. I was a little disappointed with Genesis: Finding Our Roots. I'm a huge Ruth Beechick fan and had been looking forward to reading this book for some time. Though there were some interesting facts, the book felt long and drawn out. It wasn't as living as I expected. All in all, it was a good year. I look forward to the possibility of more Mother Culture in 2018!

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