04 February 2016

Back to Scheduled Learning 2016



This is our second week of 'ramping up the subjects'  (translated =  clicking the subjects back on, a few at a time, as opposed to having our first week back  filled with all of the  hair-tearing  subjects we've elected to study during the year).
We always delay extra- curricular subjects for a few weeks; so things like music lessons, driving tuition,  etc.  won't start until the 4th week in Feb.
Other than mentioning a few books, I probably won't be detailing much of what Jay is doing this year; so most of the posts will just be *week ahead* posts for Daisy & myself.

Here's what we're reading and discussing:

Family Book Basket
The Book of Luke (KJV)
How to Read Slowly: Reading for Comprehension ~ James W. Shire
The Giver ~ Lowry  (class discussion)   
Jay
Hard Times ~ Dickens
3 of Mark Twain's Shorter Stories
The Time Machine ~ Wells
Economy books ( & lectures)
Other, delight-led titles
Daisy
Huckleberry Finn ~ Twain
Great Expectations ~ Dickens (audio)
Zoology books ( & documentaries)
Stepping Heavenward ~ Prentiss  (and, other, delight-led titles)

02 January 2016

Modern Times ~ Idea Collecting Post

I'm reposting this archived list here for myself, to refer to as I pull together the reading schedule for our highschool options with a Modern Times History & Lit study in 2016
I've closed the comments off. on this post.

Modern Times History & Literature (Highschool) lists:
Norton timeline (great for slotting books into)
Ambleside on Line  (yrs 10 & 11)
Veritas Press, and, Sonlight's Booklists  (view Discontinued Sonlight Titles)
Christine Miller’s All Through the Ages (book)
Milestones Academy  
World Wars:    Suggestions from TWTM   
Greenleaf 20th Century Literature


Possible (other) options:
Titles we already owned, or available thru our public library

New Zealand
Petticoat Pioneers: North Island Woman of the Colonial Era ~ Macgregor
A River Rules My Life ~ Mona Anderson

Australia
The Hills: Pioneers in Australia from 1841 ~ compiled by Ronald Hill  (selections)
Gold! Gold! Gold! The Life & Times of John Mitchell Barr ~ Lynton G. Barr
We of the Never-Never ~ Aeneas Gunn (1902)
The Drover's Boy ~ Egan, Ingpen (Australia 1920's)  Picture book. mature content

Poetry  (&  Short Stories)
War & Peace: A Collection of Classic Poetry & Prose ~ (Morpurgo & Agnew)
Poetical Works of Henry Lawson  (Australian) 1867-1922
Greenleaf Guide Modern times Literature (Poetry) Guide (free download)
The Golden Treasury ~ Palgrave (Oxford
The Penguin Book of English Short Stories ~ Edited by Christopher Dooley
Essential New Zealand Short Stories ~ Marshall (Library)  NZ

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Items Selected: (subject to change)

Modern Times History Spines  
Biblioplan Companion Text (& Advance Maps)
The Story of New Zealand ~ Bassett
Kingfisher Encyclopedia

Modern Times Secondary History Spines  
Australian Pioneers ~ Cassell’s (selections) (Daisy)
Reed Illustrated History of New Zealand ~ Matthew Wright

Picture Books & Illustrators -  Art Study with Daisy  
The Red Poppy ~ David Hill; illust by Fifi Colston
The Butterfly ~ Patricia Polacco (purchase)
Little One Step ~ Simon James (already own)
Drawn from New England: Tasha Tudor ~ Bethany Tudor  1915-2008
The Life & Art of Lynley Dodd ~ Finlay Macdonald  NZ  (Content issues. Needs editing)
The Man Who Walked Between the Towers ~  Gerstein

Lectures  
TGC: Life & Writing of C.S Lewis (audible download) (book list here)
Book Study:  Mere Christianity         1942-44 (Jay)
Book Study:  The Screwtape Letters      1942 (Daisy)

Lectures/Documentaries/Movies  
What Lies Beneath (History/geological) DvD  NZ  summer time (repeat) watch
World War 1 ~ Narrated by Kenneth Branagh (Dvd)
Our Heritage, Our Story, Our Legend: ANZACS (Dvd)
The Gathering Storm (Churchill.  DVD)  UK   Jay & Dn watched during summer 2016
The Rise & Fall of Adolph Hitler (youtube)
Good Morning Mr Hitler (archive for Dn, he wants to view this)
Nuremberg Trials (youtube)
The Hiding Place (Dvd)
Nancy Wake (youtube documentary)
Hiroshima: Out of the Ashes (Dvd)  preview first
A Tree Grows in Brooklyn ~ Betty Smith   (youtube 1945 film)
Death of a Salesman ~ Arthur Miller (youtube   act 1    act 2)  preview first.
A Man for All Seasons ~ Bolt (1962)
Gandhi (Dvd)
Sir Edmund Hillary (bio) Dvd  NZ

+Biographies/Christian Church  (in this colour would need ordering)  
Lincoln: A Photobiography ~ Freedman (America  1860’s)  (Jay & Daisy)
Runaway Soldier: The Kimble Bent Story ~ Nigel Ogle (1837-1916)  NZ (Jay & Daisy)
George MacDonald ~ C.S. Lewis  UK  (1842-1905)
Winston Churchill ~ Severance    (WWI & WWII/ Biography)  (1847-1965) UK
Queen Elizabeth II: Her Life in Our Times ~ Bradford  audio  (Biography)  (1926- ) UK
BBC - World Wars    The World Wars   (Churchill Speeches UK
Joseph Stalin : Dictator of the Soviet Union ~ Benda Haugen (Daisy) Russia
Stalin ~ Albert Marrin  Russia  (1878 – 1953)
Hitler ~ Albert Marrin  Germany (1889-1945)    find an alternate title?
The Hiding Place ~ Corrie ten Boom (1892-1983)
Mark of the Lion: The Story of Charles Upham ~ Kenneth Sandford (Jay)  NZ (1908-1994)  (content issues.  language)  WWII
Smith Wigglesworth ~ Stormont (1922)  UK
The Tartan Pimpernel ~ Donald Caskie  (French Resistance) (Jay)
Post WWII Evangelical Movement   Healing Revival in America  1947-1958
A Man Sent from God ~ Lindsey   1940
Just as I Am ~ Billy Graham   1997   (? or other?)   select a documentary (? )
Freedom in Exile ~ Dalai Lama    Tibet   China
A Long Walk to Freedom ~ Nelson Mandela   Africa
The Elephant Whisperer ~ Lawrence Anthony    Africa    2009 (unread. possible profanity content?)


English Literature Course or Guides  
Jay:
1:   NZ English Highschool Course - outsourced.  covers short stories, n/f texts, film, novel, biography, play, poetry, lyrics etc))
2: TGC: C.S. Lewis  (Mere Christianity)
3:  Some Greenleaf Guide 20th Century


Daisy:
1: Some Greenleaf Guide 20th Century
2:  TGC: C.S. Lewis (Screwtape Letters)
3: Shakespeare (2 plays, audio production & scripts.  The Merchant of Venice, &, The Tempest)
4:  Essentials in Literature Level 8   (ties in perfectly with modern times)
Fiction Unit
Stop the Sun – Gary Paulson
A Mother in Mannville – Marjorie Kinnan Rawlings
The Ransom of Red Chief – O. Henry
Checkouts – Cynthia Ryland
Raymond’s Run – Toni Cade Bambara
The Treasure of Lemon Brown – Walter Dean Myers
The Dinner Party – Mona Gardner
Nonfiction Unit
Louisa’s Civil War – Harriet Reisen
Roughing It – Mark Twain
Ten Top Touring Areas – Edited by Aaron Teasdale
Virginia Hamilton – (Scholastic Interview Transcript)
The Jews Are to Blame – Joseph Goebbels
The Great Rat Hunt – Lawrence Yep
Novel Unit
Night ~ Wiesel   (semi-autobiographical/ WWII Germany)  (1982)    (guide details portions that may be of concern)
Figurative Language/Poetry Unit
“Mother to Son” – Langston Hughes, “Mother ‘O Mine” – Rudyard Kipling
“I Am in Need of Music” – Elizabeth Bishop, “Stopping by the Woods on a Snowy Evening” –Robert Frost
“Sarah Cynthia Sylvia Stout Would Not Take the Garbage Out” – Shel Silverstein
“I’m Nobody Who Are You?” – Emily Dickinson, “Sonnet 18” – Shakespeare
“Lady of Shalott” – Alfred Tennyson
 “Barter” – Sarah Teasdale
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(Book Baskets) :
Family:  (Daisy & Dn will switch titles around amongst themselves so these first 2 lists will change)
+Biographies (select from list above)
The Nickel-Plated Beauty Patricia Beatty (USA) 1886    (hist fict)
Stories by O’Henry ( U.S.A) early 1900’s      (short stories)
The Road from Home ~ Kherdian ( Turkey.  Armenian) 1915  (SL300)
Parallel Journeys ~ Ayer  (WWII Germany)     (Biographical)
After the War ~ Matas  (post WWII/Palestine)  Emotive story.  Switching to a family read aloud, DN will enjoy it :).  Some editing out needed for Daisy.  For others that appreciate knowing content like this ahead of time; the later 1/2 of the book details two teens kissing passionately.  
Night ~ Wiesel   (semi-autobiographical/ WWII Germany)   pub 1982 (class study)
Modern Church history
A Collection of Short Stories (list collected)
Evidence Not Scene ~ Darlene Rose (only reading to Daisy, Jay will be in exam mode)

Free, unscheduled, Family Read alouds:
The Giver ~ Lowry   1993     (Dystopian)
How to Read Slowly ~ Sire  (N/F)
Outliers: The Story of Success ~ Malcolm Gladwell    SL400
Do Hard Things ~ Harris & Harris (complete)
Mama's Bank Account ~ Forbes
Something about Jeeves (1919-74)  by P.G. Wodehouse   (humour)
The Book of the Dun Coloured Cow ~ Wangerin. jnr   1978    (fantasy)
Essential New Zealand Short Stories ~ Marshall (Library)  NZ

Daisy   (order scheduled)
Invitation to the Classics ~ Cowan & Guinness
Huckleberry Finn ~ Twain (summer time read )  1884
A Great Expectations ~ Dickens
Runaway Settlers ~ Elsie Locke    1859  (younger,  but still a good read for Daisy)
The Land ~ Taylor   U.S.A    1880's
The Red Badge of Courage (Graphic Novel) ~ Crane (Civil War) (SL100)
Turn Homeward, Hannalee ~ Patricia Beatty (U.S.A Civil War, end  1865) (SLRA4)
Keeping Corner ~ Kashmira Sheth (India) set in 1918?
Or
Boys Without Names ~ Sheth (India) 2000+
Out of the Dust ~ Hesse ( U.S.A) 1934+  (SL)
Follow the Rabbit-proof Fence ~ Pilkington  1931+ (Australia)
The Endless Steppe ~ Hautzig  (Poland/Siberia) 1941  (SL)
The Screwtape Letters      1942 (Daisy)  
Animal Farm ~ Orwell   1945 
Sadako & The Thousand Paper Cranes ~ Coerr (1955)  written 1977
Nothing Else Matters ~ St. John (Middle East) 1976+ 
Night ~ Wiesel   (semi-autobiographical/ WWII Germany)   pub 1982 (class study)
The Green Book ~ Walsh (Sci-fi) 

Free, unscheduled,  Reading for Daisy:
Persuasion ~ Austen (audio)   1818  (summer time)
Around the World in Eighty Days ~ Verne   1873  (summer time)
One of George MacDonald's titles not already read (perhaps Sir Gibbie bk:1  1879)
The Prisoner of Zenda ~ Anthony Hope   1894
The Keeper of the Bees ~ Stratton-Porter  (post WWI)
Year of Impossible Goodbyes ~ Choi (SLH)   1945  Korea
The Cottage Tales (audio series about Beatrix Potter) ~ S.A Wittig
Betty Green ~ Benge (WWII)   1920-77
The Gammage Cup ~ Kendall (fantasy) (SL200)

Jay  (order scheduled)
Invitation to the Classics ~ Cowan & Guinness
Hard Times ~ Dickens   summer time  1854
Huckleberry Finn, Twain (1884)    summer time (already been thru twice)
Select 3 Short Stories of Mark Twain
The Land ~ Taylor   U.S.A  (set in 1880's)
A Fortunate Life ~ A.B. Facey (Australia)  Library 1894-1982
optional book basket. good story, though it does amble along at a very gentle pace.
Evil Master ~ Scandiffio (selections)
Follow the Rabbit-proof Fence ~ Pilkington  set in 1931+ (Australia)
Murder in the Cathedral ~ T. S. Eliot (1935)   (switch to poetry)
Anthem ~ Ayn Rand (Dystopian) (1937)     (mature themes)
Churchill's History of the Second World War   (audio option available)
  The Second World War: Bk 1:  Milestones to Disaster
  The Second World War: Bk 2:  Alone
  The Second World War: Bk 3:  The Grand Alliance
  The Second World War: Bk4: Triumph and Tragedy
Mark of the Lion: The Story of Charles Upham ~ Kenneth Sandford (Jay)  NZ (1908-1994)  (content,  profanity,  issues)  WWII
Reach for the Sky: The Story of Douglas Bader ~ Paul Brickhill WWII
Operation Mincemeat ~ Macintyre   audio  WWII Britain  (optional)
The Tartan Pimpernel ~ Donald Caskie  (French Resistance)
Mere Christianity ~ Lewis  1942-44
Animal Farm ~ Orwell   1945  
Fahrenheit ~ Bradbury 1953( Dystopian, Needs discussion in our home. Content issues, thought they seem tame after reading 1984 & Brave New World 
A Man for All Seasons ~ Bolt (1962)   switched to visual format
Night ~ Wiesel   (semi-autobiographical/ WWII Germany)   pub 1982 (class study)
Babylon's Ark ~ Lawrence Anthony    Iraq       (content,  profanity,  issues)   pub 2007

Free, unscheduled, Reading for Jay:  
Three Men in a Boat ~ Jerome  (1889)
The Time Machine ~ Wells   audio  (Sci-fi) (1895)
A Ngaio Marsh  mystery (A Surfiet of Lampreys) (1941)
The Great Escape ~ Brickhill   (content issues)  (audio option)
Fallen into the Pit ~ Ellis Peters  mystery (post WWII related titled) 1951 (a few content issues)
Nancy Wake ~ FitzSimons  audio  (Australia/Paris/Spy Biography)    content issues.  I won't be handing this to Jay; we'll go through the documentary instead.
To Kill a Mockingbird ~ Lee (1960)

Anyone:
Heroes of the Faith: Charles Sheldon ~ Ellen Caughey   1857-1946
Flesh & Blood So Cheap ~ Albert Marrin  (U.S.A)  1911
The Lost World ~ Doyle (1912)
Shutting Out the Sky: Life in the Tenements of New York  1880-1924 ~ Hopkinson 
Murder on the Orient Express ~ Christie (1934+)  already read??
Years of Dust ~ Marrin  N/F (USA/ Depression) 1930’s
The Cay ~ Taylor   WWII
The Chestry Oak ~ Seredy (Hungary) 1943
The Small Woman ~Burgess    1932-48
Black Like Me ~ Griffin  (audio)  1959
The Cross and the Switchblade ~ Wilkerson   pub 1962
or
Run Baby, Run ~ Cruz 
Raid at Entebbe ~ Ira Peck  1976 (or could switch to the film?)

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Would need purchasing.    **Content? Pre-read
United Kingdom
Queen Elizabeth II: Her Life in Our Times ~ Bradford  audio  (Biography) 

U.S.A
No Promises in the Wind ~ Hunt  (1932 USA/ Depression) audio
Bomb ~ Steve Sheinkin (library) (1938, pub 2012)    (already read)

WW
The Churchill Club ~ Phillip Hoose   (too expensive to purchase in NZ :/  )

Other Modern Titles
The Chosen ~ Potok  (modern era, year?)
Cry, The Beloved Country ~ Paton (Africa) audio option  SL300
To Kill a Mocking Bird ~ Lee
Kon-Tiki ~ Heyerdahl SL300

After pre-reading these next 2 titles: they are not what I'm wanting our 16 year old reading:
A: Brave New World ~ Huxley  (loaded with s3xual content, including interaction amongst children,  adult groups.  Ends with a suicide.)

B:   1984 ~ Orwell  (too many content issues to be used as a reader for our teen;  some profanity,  and detailing physical relationship problems, and then s3xual encounters Winston embarks on, includes sadistical torture and a seriously!! depressing ending. )  

Sci-Fi/Fantasy
The Time Machine ~ Wells   audio
Enchantress from the Stars ~ Engdahl (SL200. sci-fi) Not us.

Literature Guides
7 Sisters Literature Guides various options
Greenleaf Modern Times Lit Guide (Jay?)

18 December 2015

52 Books in 52 Weeks ~ 2015

Quite a few of the titles listed beneath are ones I've been previewing before I hand the book, or audio, over to Jay or Daisy to go through.  Those titles are listed in green.   Doing this really helps when it comes time to discussing literature study books with them - much more effective than just reading book notes ☺ and, I like to know any content issues before just handing them a book to read. 
I wanted to be more organised before Christmas/summer holidays arrived this year, and have a good amount of audio's already pre-listened to.  This means the children can leap way ahead without me, during afternoon audio time, and I haven't missed any of the story ;-) were wanting to listen through together.
ETA: I didn't complete some of the books (3) so those don't count as part of the 52.  They are now in grey with a line through them
(As in previous years, I won't include the books I'm reading for my extra-mural studies. ) 
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 (or worthy) read, would definitely recommend
(5) = Excellent book, highly recommend

The next few are ongoing, sip, reads so I will add them here:
A: Ultimate Guide to Homeschooling Teens ~ Debra Bell (4++ so far)
B: Teaching from a State of Rest ~ Sarah Mackenzie (4++ so far; 3/4s of the way through reading this)
  1. The King James Bible: 1 Thessalonians to Hebrews, and, The Book of Proverbs  (5+)
  2. The Lacemaker and the Princess ~ Kimberly Bradley    (4)                                                      well written children's book
  3. N or M?: A Tommy and Tuppence Mystery ~ Christie, audio read by Hugh Fraser (3+)
  4. Thomas Paine: Crusader for Liberty (3++)
  5. And Then There Were None ~ Agatha Christie (1)                                                                   very dark book with the kind of ending I loathe!
  6. A Spy in the House: The Agency 1 ~ Y. S. Lee  (1 )                                                                     Many of the reviews I read highly recommended this book; obviously they're not as picky about the literature they have their daughters read as we are;  for me, something just felt off in this book and then after Ms. Lee dropped in that women are more logical than men, and are more powerful because they appear weaker,  I figured I did not need to load this onto my daughter’s Ipod.  We get enough anti-men propaganda elsewhere without actively choosing to ‘drip feed’ it to her inside an audiobook.    Other’s may enjoy this story, but it’s not one I’m recommending.  The writing is similar in tone to a mystery styled harlequin romance, and would appeal to those that enjoy that genre.  I don't. My blog, my review :-)
  7. Enjoy! ~ Sophie Gray (cookbook) (4)
  8. Shakespeare: His Life and Work ~ Timothy West (4-)                                                        interesting and finely executed renditions of selections of Shakespeare's works.  More enjoyable if you know the works that the excerpts are being read from.
  9. The Secret Holocaust Diaries ~ Nonna Bannister (3)                                                               the audio version of this biography was off putting - all the footnote interjections made the experience feel like the editor was constantly giving the reader an 'out' in  believing that the details being mentioned actually happened.
  10. Paul Temple and the Geneva Mystery ~ Francis Durbridge (Dramatised Audio) (3)
  11. Don Quixote ~ Cervantes (3++)                                                                                                      I have to include this on my list of titles 'covered', as it was such an epic listen!  The children and I listened to the first 3 parts together, since part 2 definitely has content issues that I wanted to discuss *with* them, then we listened to the rest, each, in our own time.
  12. Scaramouche ~ Rafael Sabatini     (5 )  ;-)               really engaging story.  I wished I'd known how gripping the story line was going to be.... don't start this book unless you have a day to indulge in a rest and reprieve read.
  13. The Wonderful World of Henry Sugar ~ Dahl (2-)
  14. Tartuffe ~ Moliere (3+)
  15. Dumb Witness: A Hercule Poirot Mystery ~ Christie, audio read by Hugh Fraser  (2)
  16. The Mirror Cracked from Side to Side ~  Christie, audio read by Emilia Fox  (3)
  17. They Came to Baghdad ~ Christie, audio read by Emilia Fox  (3)
  18. Dr. Jeckyll and Mr. Hyde ~ Stevenson  (2+)
  19. David Copperfield ~ Charles Dickens (5-) I was surprised at how much I enjoyed this story
  20. The Diary of Samuel Pepys: The BBC Radio 4 Full-Cast Dramatisation by Samuel Pepys, Hattie Naylor (3)            Contains content issues (!)
  21. The Unpleasantness at the Bellona Club (Dramatised Audio) by Dorothy L. Sayers (2-)
  22. A Case for Paul Temple ~ Francis Durbridge   (Dramatised Audio)  (3)
  23. Paul Temple and Steve ~ Francis Durbridge   (Dramatised Audio)  (3-)
  24. The Scarlet Letter ~ Hawthorne (3+)
  25. Mary Poppins: The Mary Poppins Series, Book 1 ~ P. L. Travers :-) (2-)      I always wondered what this book was like, I'm pleased I read it but don't think it's a keeper.
  26. Charles Dickens's Our Mutual Friend(Woman's Hour Drama) by Charles Dickens (3-)  I think I will just need to bite the bullet & listen to the unabridged version as the dramatized audio was a rather dissatisfying option, for me, to try and go through with this particular title.  I think I'll enjoy the unabridged (long) version :D 
  27. Rob Roy by Walter Scott (audio) (2-)                                                                                                        I just wasn't in the frame of mind for this book.  I may need to go back and relisten,  as Jay enjoyed it.
  28. George Whitefield ~ Arnold Dallimore (4+)
  29. Project-Based Homeschooling: Mentoring Self-Directed Learners ~ Lori Pickert (3++)  I know I would have benefited more from this in our earlier years of home educated; however, we've  already found our own stride with including project base, delight led, learning in our home, yet this book has encouraged us to branch out more in that area.  I should add, that we'll never be a 100% project based home educating family.  Recommending this as a worthy read for those with younger children!
  30. The Amazing John Wesley: An Unusual Look at an Uncommon Life ~ H Newton Malony (3+)
  31. Child of Divorce, Child of God ~ Kristine Steakley (5)                                                                Highly recommend!!!  Hope filled read. See my review in this post.
  32. Alone, Yet Not Alone ~ Tracey Craven (3++)                                                                      Daisy asked that I read this book, as she'd just read it and enjoyed it immensely.  Recommending it as a read aloud, or for non-sensitive children. 
  33. Do Hard Things ~ Alex & Brett Harris (4++)    Repeat read.
  34.  Just a Little Prick ~ Hilary and Peter Butler  (4)           A 'controversial' read that I wish I'd read before we allowed ourselves to be shoe-horned into fully vaccinating our children.   
  35.  Nicholas Nickleby ~ Charles Dickens (4)
  36.  Dumbing Us Down ~ John Taylor Gatto (4-) 
  37.  Safe Passage ~ Ida Cook (3)             (lots of mid 1900's Opera history in this which I'm not overly interested in, hence the lower rating ;) )
  38. The Key ~ Patricia Wentworth (3+)
  39. The 39 Steps ~ Buchan (4)       repeat listen :)
  40. Greenmantle ~ Buchan (3+)    repeat listen
  41. Cottage Tales of Beatrix Potter ~ Susan Wittig Albert  (8 audio books total) (4-)                     I'm giving a rating for the whole series as I listened to them back to back to find out what happened to Beatrix Potter, and so that I'd be a jump ahead of Jay with content.  Read my comment here (at the end of that post) for a fuller review on the start of this series
  42. Missus ~ Ruth Park (2+)     promiscuity and pre-marital relationships.  not my cup of tea. 
  43. They Found Him Dead ~ Heyer (2)                                                                                                                    I decided we might give Heyer's who-dunnits a whirl.  Should have waited until summer time, when I'd be more more in the frame of mind to 'like' bubble gum reads... 
  44. The Affair of the Bloodstained Egg Cosy ~ James Anderson (3)                                         This is a older styled secular read.  The characters do not all, nor always, display good moral conduct. "language content".  Mature themes!
  45. The Affair of the Mutilated Mink ~ James Anderson (2+)                                                     as above.  Jay won't be listening to this series, this Christmas holiday!!
  46. The Affair of the Thirty-nine Cuff links ~ James Anderson (2)                                                           I contemplated ditching this one - but decided to skip ahead of the excerpt on the adulterous M.P.   Pleased I did, as the rest of the story is rather good.  Mature themes!
  47. Babylon's Ark ~ Anthony (3)                                                                                                   Given with a PLEASE NOTE:  This book contains cursing and swearing -  I was listening to the audio and it put me right off  the story!  In the first few chapters the author is rather free with ensuring he onshares the f word.  I ditched the audio for a while, but wanted to know what happened to the animals, so skipped ahead a bit.  The story is interesting!!   Purchase the book, and black out the swearing.
  48. The Man in the Brown Coat ~ Christie, read by Emilia Fox (3)  repeat listen, as I couldn't remember if the content was okay for Daisy ;)
  49. One Day in the Life of Ivan Denisovich ~ Solzhenitsyn  1945+  () (I have an aversion to profanity & course language, and couldn't  be bothered trying to edit out, yet, another book)
  50. All Quiet on the Western Front ~ Remarque  ()                                                                       content issues.  Dropped.  Just couldn't get into this book & I'm anti books with swearing in them.
  51. I went ahead and listened to the dramatised (bbc) version.  It editions out much of the language, the portion on mas  t  bating and the episode with the French "prostitutes".  Still, it's not an audio I'd recommend.
  52. Enchantress From The Stars ~ Engdahl (2)                                                                               Sonlight title.  Teen books with 'emotional infidelity' never rank high on my reading list; the  main character is engaged, and yet spends the entire second  half  the book in love with someone else.  
  53. The Book Thief ~ Markus Zusak (2)                                                                                         This is one of the few times I would recommend the movie over the book.  The movie is free from continual use of 'bad language' and taking God's name in vain.  Some of my Catholic faith friends may appreciate the heads up on Jesus, Mary, and Joseph being used as an expletive throughout the book.
  54. Nancy Wake ~ Peter Fitzsimons (2)                                                                                   Content Issues!!   Constant swearing through out the book.  Nancy's attitude and world-view concerning (most of life) marriage vows, and extra-marital affairs, are polar opposite to mine.  (She happily lives her life to the full.)   I had originally thought of giving this book to Jay to read....needless to say, he won't be reading it; however, we will go through the documentary on Nancy Wake's war time achievements, as they are outstanding. 
  55. Jane Eyre ~ Bronte (3)
  56. Death in the Clouds ~ Christie, read by Hugh Fraser (3)
  57. Emma ~ Austen (3)
  58. Postcards from the Past ~ Marcia Willet (1)
  59. A Man Called Ove ~ Fredrik Backman  ()    (dropped; as I was not enjoying the tone of this book, nor the swearing.)
  60. Evidence Not Seen ~ Darlene Deibler (5-)   Excellent testimony.  The 2nd quarter of the book seems to drag; stick with it, the 'story' is worth it!  
  61. A Fortunate Life ~ A.B. Facey  (3+)
  62. Among the Mad ~ Winspear (3)
  63. After the War ~ Carol Matas   Sl300 (4-)  See my review here listed under Family Book Basket
  64. A Lesson In Secrets ~ Winspear (2) 
  65. The Rabbit Proof French ~ Doris Pilkington Garimara (3+)
  66. A Dangerous Place ~ Winspear  (1)       I should have taken notice of the rating I gave the last Winspear book,  and just stopped ! Maisie Dobbs-ing. 
  67. The Heretic's Apprentice  ~ Peters, read by Derek Jacobi (4)                This would have made an excellent, highschool level, tie-in title during our study of church history and the debate over the Godhead; and then St. Augustine's teachings.
  68. The Sings My Soul.  Bk2 ~ Robert J. Morgan (4+) I'm going to close my 52 weeks of reading (Dec 24 to Dec 24) with more sip reading from this book.  It's a favourite so it already has a rating :)
  69. The King James Bible: The Book of Luke  (5+)