28 August 2018

52 Books in 52 Weeks ~ Pt3

Part 3:  This post contains the books, #107 to #140, I’ve read or listened through in June and July 2018. 

The number beside each book is my personal rating for the book, or audiobook, at the time of reading with the range being:
(1) = would not recommend,
(2) = some interesting aspects but not one of my recommended reads,
(3) = would recommend.
(4) = Really good, enjoyable, (or worthy) read, would definitely recommend
(5) = Excellent book, highly recommend

The next few are ongoing, sip, reads so I’m adding them here until they are finished:
A:  How the Heather Looks ~ Joan Bodger 
B: The Christian Family ~ Larry Christenson (4)
C: Christian Living in the Home ~ Jay Adams (4) 
D:  The Invisible Child: On Reading and Writing Books for Children ~ Katherine Paterson 
E:  Mere Christianity ~ C.S. Lewis
F:  The Autobiography of George Muller ~ George Muller 
G:  KJV Bible: The Book of Hebrews

(As in previous posts, I haven't include the books I'm reading for my own extra-mural studies;  and,  the titles in green are ones I pre-read as possible reads for Daisy.)  
1:  KJV Life Application Study BibleThe Books of Acts (5+) the Bible linked is lovely to use!

107:  Left to Tell: Discovering God Amidst the Rwandan Holocaust ~ Immaculee Ilibagiza, Steve Erwin (audio) (4)  N/F  Memoir  Gritty, sober, real life account.   Though I don't agree with her perspective on prayer being "postive thoughts", Immaculee’s developing relationship with God shows in sharp relief against the horror and despair happening all around her.  

108:  The Fingerprint: Miss Silver Bk30 ~ Patricia Wentworth  (audio)  (3.5) (Deeping, Lincolnshire)  Reviewed here:  https://tuesdaysviews.blogspot.com/2018/08/miss-silver-mystery-books-patricia.html

109: The Watersplash: Miss Silver Bk21 ~ Patricia Wentworth  (audio) (3.5) (Faux English Village) Reviewed here:  https://tuesdaysviews.blogspot.com/2018/08/miss-silver-mystery-books-patricia.html

110: Proof of Guilt: Ian Rutledge Bk15 ~ Charles Todd  (audio) (2.5)   Essex/ Norfolk/ Surrey/ Kent/ London  Others reviewers on Goodreads detail the ‘faults’ I got to navigate through this book as well; confusing collection of characters all starting with “B”, the anticipated location of one of bodies was referred to in passing – not concentrating and you’ll miss that portion being solved - and, so many loose ends made for a rather unsatisfactory read.

111: The Wonderful Mr Willughby:  The First True Ornithologist  ~ Tim Birkhead  (2) N/F (epukapuka) (Warwickshire/ Cambridge… so far)  http://tuesdaysviews.blogspot.com/2018/06/the-wonderful-mr-willughby-first-true.html

112:  Evelina ~ Francis Burney   Narrated by Dame Judi Dench, Finty Williams, Geoffrey Palmer  (pub. 1778  p.455) (4)  Classic   Dorset/London/ Bristol         http://tuesdaysviews.blogspot.com/2018/06/evelina-francis-burney.html

113:  A Matter of Justice: Ian Rutledge Bk 11 ~ Charles Todd,  narrated by Simon Prebble  (3)   Somerset/ Cornwall

114:  The Watsons ~ Jane Austen  (audio)  (4) Surrey    I really enjoying this story, what a shame Austen never completed it.

115:  Sanditon ~ Jane Austen (audio) (2)  Sussex (& a faux English town) I didn’t enjoy this unfinished work anywhere near as much as The Watsons.

116:  Judi Dench & Michael Williams: With Great Pleasure ~ BBC Radio 4 Variety show (poetry etc)  (4I love Charlotte Mitchell’s Just Incase poem; and when Judi Dench reads it, it’s delightful. 
(Some bawdy humour in this production, which is hard to skip on audio.)

117:  All Roads Lead to Austen ~ Amy Smith  N/F  (3-)  (this is a Latin American adventure with Austen’s books on board) 

118:  The Clock Strikes Twelve: Miss Silver Bk7 ~ Patricia Wentworth, narrated by Diana Bishop   (faux English village) (Comparing this alongside other Wentworth titles 4)  Reviewed here:  https://tuesdaysviews.blogspot.com/2018/08/miss-silver-mystery-books-patricia.html

119:  The Benevent Treasure: Miss Silver Bk26 ~ Patricia Wentworth, narrated by Diana Bishop (4+)  Dorset (?)  Reviewed here:  https://tuesdaysviews.blogspot.com/2018/08/miss-silver-mystery-books-patricia.html

120:  The Woman in White ~ Wilkie Collins (p.720  Chuckster) (5)  
Audible Audio, &, Free kindle   By purchasing the free kindle first I was able to procure the audio for $1.14 USD   Lancashire, Cumbria, London, Hampshire
“Our words are giants when they do us an injury, and dwarfs when they do us a service.”

121:  The Chinese Shawl: Miss Silver Bk5 ~ Patricia Wentworth, narrated by Diana Bishop (3+) faux country village/ London  Reviewed here:  https://tuesdaysviews.blogspot.com/2018/08/miss-silver-mystery-books-patricia.html

122:  Black Sheep ~ Georgette Heyer (4) Bath   Though referred to euphemistically, quite a few of adult themes in this story.

123:  Farther Afield ~ Miss Read  (2)  Imaginary English Village    My least favourite Miss Read book to date.

124:  Dominion ~ C.J. Sansom  (p.656  Chunkster)  (2-West Midlands/ Birmingham/ Hampshire/ London  Alternate WWII history. Adult content.  Lots of profanity (hard to skip over on an audio)  F-bombs and repetitious use of the c-word.

125:  And There Was Light: The Extraordinary Memoir of a Blind Hero of the French Resistance in World War II ~ Jacques Lusseyran  (3)   N/F   France WWII (Audio  epukapuka) Much of Part 1 and 2 of this audiobook deals with Lusseyran’s personal worldview.  I enjoyed the portions that dealt with his life and experiences in WWII.

126:  Astrophysics for People in a Hurry ~ Neil deGrasse Tyson (2+)  N/F Astronomy 
A family memberreally enjoyed this audio book, I enjoyed listening to them talk about it more than listening to it myself (grin).

127:  No Wind of Blame ~ Georgette Heyer  (4+) Faux Country House (wildcard) A favourite repeat listen.   Flufferton mystery, filled with all the charm of Heyer’s trademark wit.  I’ve grown into listening to Ulli Birve, she has a unique reading style which used to irritate me: It’s taken a good while to get used to Birve’s reading quirks but they no longer bother me.
Extra: A married man’s affair with a single young woman results in a pregnancy – part of the story revolves around trying to procure financial support for her unborn child. Some cursing, no profanity.

128:  A Pocket Full of Rye ~ Agatha Christie  (3+) London/ Derbyshire Repeat listen.  It’s been years since I listened to this story and I couldn’t remember who’d dunnit.

129:  The Red House Mystery ~ A.A Milne  (4+) wildcard   A BaW recommendation. Enjoyable, vintage, whodunnit.  Delightful take off of Sherlock and Holmes, penned with Milne’s humorous wit.  I dragged my ds and dd into listening to the wonderful narration by Bill Wallis.  The ending seemed to be lacking somehow, so while the audiobook slid to just under a 5* for me it is still a title I absolutely recommend to Sherlock Holmes, cosy-mystery, and, Winnie the Pooh appreciators to try.

130:  A Fearsome Doubt: Ian Rutledge Bk6 ~ Charles Todd   (3-) Kent/ London

131:  Appointment With Death ~ Agatha Christie (3+)  (epukapuka)

132:  Charity Girl ~ Georgette Heyer  (3(audio)    Hertfordshire/ wildcard “Hazelford”/ Somerset/ London/ Harrowgate, County Durham (?)

133:  Rocket Men: The Daring Odyssey of Apollo 8 and the Astronauts Who Made Man's First Journey to the Moon ~ Robert Kurson, narrated by Ray Porter & Robert Kurson  (4+) audible audio  N/F science memoirs  I found this such an interesting, and informative listen.  Getting to the moon was, and remains, hard and dangerous work.    Extra: some swearing, no F-bombs

134:  The Dog Who Was There ~ Ron Marasco  epuk audio  (3+Christian based historical fict.  Marasco penned this, seemingly, simple-toned story from the dog’s point of view.  Would make a good Easter time family read aloud.  (Not for young or sensitive children.  Barley’s litter and his mother are drowned – later in the story he is injured - he witnesses and describes executions by hanging, and, Barley recounts the things he sees at the Crucifixion.)    

135:  Sprig Muslin ~ Georgette Heyer  (4(audio) Cambridgeshire/ Bedfordshire/ London    ( Hester’s uncle, Fabian Theele, is a lecherous creep. )

136:  Latter End: Miss Silver Bk11 ~ Patricia Wentworth  free ebook  (4+)
Wildcard “Rayle” faux English village

137:  To Destroy You is No Loss ~ Joan Criddle, Teeda Butt Mam,  narrated by Christina Moore   (5) Biographical    Audible Audio   See my review here: http://tuesdaysviews.blogspot.com/2018/08/to-destroy-you-is-no-loss-joan-criddle.html

138:   Food Pharmacy ~ Lina Aurell   (epukapuka)  Some interesting recipes in this book which I’ve archived to try out later.  I’ll rate this book once I’ve tried them out.

139:  They Found Him Dead ~ Georgette Heyer  (3+)  Faux English Country House Repeat listen , this is the 1st book about the Kane family.  “Terrible Timothy” is a one of my favourite Heyer characters (-:

140:  Miss Kopp's Midnight Confessions ~  Amy Stewart  (epukapuka ebook) (2.5Read ¾ then skipped to the end.  I didn’t find this as engaging as the others in the series

03 August 2018

Learning to Read Craft ~ Letter a Week Crafts

When the children were young we used to focus on a letter each week, complete with a craft, books, and our LeapPad Phonics tool on the fridge: the children loved it, learnt the shape and sounds of letters; and it made me feel I was achieving something pre-schoolish with my two.

I had a folder filled with options for crafts that Daisy would love, colouring or paint, cutting and glueing  - which a kindergarten teacher purchased off me years later in a box of pre-school 'teaching' tools - I guess I could have saved myself the hours of fun compiling those pages if  All About Learning  to Read's ABC craft pages  had been available back then.

29 July 2018

Picture Post, and a book review ~ July 2018

The Ranchsliders are finally in and glazed
One of the engagement cards Daisy crafted
The first wedding card Daisy's ever made, she really struggled with it.
Leroy LOVES to be in on piano practice
Daisy's current read. I edited the profanity out first.
Adding a review of a 'highschool' audiobook I've just listened to: 
This was a recommended homeschool history book (Sonlight Core 300) that we never  read with the children - we have heard some first-hand accounts from Cambodian friends who were young teens in Cambodia during the late 1970's.
This a sober, harrowing, and gritty listen. The love, care and respect this family have for one is heartening – along with their deeply held Buddhist faith – those traits seem to undergird the incredible resilience Teeda's family required to endure each next heartache and hardship.  The fact that all, bar one member of their family group make it through that holocaust seems miraculous.  Although the writing may not rank as the very best in literary terms, I felt compelled to keep reading.  This is a story that stays with you, long after the last word is read.  
(Extra: while the author/s detail the atrocities of a despotic, genocidal, regime it is done in a more sobering, factual tone without “glorifying” the very real horror or the gore of the events taking place.  Beheadings, mass murders, the horrors of slavery, an account of gang rape, the desperation and vulnerability of fleeing refugees.) 

03 July 2018

New Zealand Fungi and Mushrooms ~ Nature Study

Daisy and I happened upon this handy poisonous mushroom guide while trying to identify some of the mushrooms and fungi Daisy had been photographing.
Cup Fungi - April 2018
Nature study doesn't need to be drawing or painting based to be successful - photography works beautifully in our home.

22 June 2018

June catch up ~ Homeschooling Highschool with Daisy

It's been a while since we've given an update on the progress being made in our home educating, highschool, space.

Daisy is making steady and good progress in NCEA Maths.  The lack of clear,  in-depth instruction, and then the volume of work given to complete does not match up; it's often a case of trying to find clear instructions of how to work the maths equations elsewhere.  Khan Academy is often a sanity saver!

Digital Studies is the NCEA subject she finds the most enjoyable and has completed these, pre-set, assignments in lately: Design a greeting card - we did laugh over this one as she does much better card crafting by hand, not digitally - design an advertising poster for a bake sale, and, design a certificate.

English and Literature:
Leroy adores Daisy's prescribed, and free, reading time - a perfect chase to snuggle up beside a stationary lap.
Jane Eyre ~ Charlotte Bronte  (1847)  Classic/ British Literature  
(Essentials in Literature 10)
Daisy got so involved in this book, and even though she is familiar with the storyline she enjoyed the unabridged edition so much more.  

Anthem ~ Ayn Rand  (1937) Dystopian    (sensual content at the end. we skipped that portion) Daisy has read this but hasn't crafted a reader response yet  (NCEA Reading Response required).

Fahrenheit 451 ~ Ray Bradbury  (1953)  Dystopian   NCEA Reading Response completed.  
We need to wait until Daisy has completed all 6 of her reading response papers before she can submit them for marking.  Daisy's English teacher confirmed she has met the rubric for this paper.  I'm thankful that her experience with NCEA, so far, has been smoother than Jays - he ended up with 3 different teachers in one year, and each approached rubric requirements differently.  

The House on Mango Street ~ Sandra Cisneros (1984) (I haven't pre-read this one yet.  Daisy said this has some boy & girl tension in the book, with the boys aggressively pursuing girls)

Other Books:
Matilda Bone ~ Karen Cushman   1300’s  gritty content. Historical Fict
A Parcel of Patterns ~ Jill Paton Walsh   set in 1665   Historical Fict.  Not for Sensitive readers 
Night Witches ~ Kathryn Lasky    set in WWII   Historical Fict   This book has some swearing in it, no f-bombs though.

Free Reading:  
The Trial ~ Charlotte M. Yonge
Ember Rising ~ S.D. Smith
Under Drakes Flag ~ G.A. Henty (audio. Jim Weiss)
Sherlock Holmes  (collection of stories on audio)
Mildred and Elsie: Bk3 ~ Martha Finley
Mildred's Married Life: Bk4 ~ Martha Finley
Daisy ~ Susan Warner
Daisy in the Field ~ Susan Warner
Vanderbeekers of 141st Street ~ Karina Glaser (younger years book)
The Cat of Bubastes ~ G.A. Henty (audio. Jim Weiss)
Tom Brown's School Days ~ Thomas Hughes  (see my review here)

For science we are continuing on with our own interest led studies:  Practical application with raising and selling livestock.   Daisy can only have the number of cattle and sheep that our small lifestyle property, 12 acres, can support each season.  During summer we had too much grass due to too much rain,  and even with topping the paddocks Daisy needed to bring in more livestock to keep the paddocks down - we don't make hay - so Char and Coal, two young steers were added to her paddocks.
(L) Bach and Mocha (Frnt)
As we don't like to feed out to a large number of cattle during the winter months Daisy is getting ready to onsell some of the cattle - via a cattle broker - and yes, we will be 'harvesting' one beast and a few sheep. 
The lake Dn dug for the property attracts a variety of bird life and we enjoy finding newcomers, like the New Zealand, or sacred, Kingfisher, above.  Dn rescued it, dazed,  off the road where he thinks it may have been sideswiped by a vehicle.
Aluminium frames fitted in.
Daisy has a part-time job, and is helping with our family's house build - which keeps a good chunk of her daylight, after schooling hours , busy.
This week she got to assist with putting in the aluminium window frames - we joke that together she and I are nearly as strong as one weak builder  - it feels like a huge sense of achievement, to fit the window frames into the bedroom you're going to sleep in.

Daisy is working on crocheting Austin the Rhino out of the book Edward's Menagerie ~ Kerry Lloyd.  She's crocheting him in steel and cream, he looks adorable, I'll try to share a picture when he's completed.
Cardmaking is something Daisy continues to delight in doing, and it goes so well with audiobooks, lectures, sermons, or, music pieces she is wanting to listen to.   She's just made some really lovely engagement cards - which I won't share a picture of until the recipients have received them :)