Books

. . .And You Have Read What?

 

“Let’s Read” It has been suggested frequently — anything more than twice is frequent since we have such a short existence — that we have a book page/thread/forum.  It is a good idea and I have been waiting to open just such a door for when I had read a book to share and review.  Ha! I still have not read a book, but since I realize the world can not wait on me, I begin with the books I want to read.  I  rarely buy a book because you can usually get them out of the library.  The problem with this philosophy is after racking up, repeatedly, overdue fines equal to a couple of days worth of groceries (we feed ten people here), I had to admit library cards are not for procrastinators – and the family prefers to eat!

If I were to read a book, I would first choose from:

The Overton Window by Glenn Beck, The Manchurian President by Aaron Klein, Any Lord Peter Wimsey book by Dorothy Sayers, and any book by Mark Levin

After a day or two this thread will magically turn into a page and be a tab in the header as “Let’s Read”.  Feel free to contribute on a regular basis, particularly “reads” pertaining to discussions going in the Open Forums.

Anyone use a digital reader?  I use my son’s Sony Reader and love it.  I have learned I can go in and change the font so it is clearer which I think will make me even more excited.  All I have on their now are old books taken from Project Gutenberg for free download. Use this new Let’s Read page for info on ereaders, too.

And…….do you use a bookmark?  Is it unusual?  Now, let’s go turn some pages!

 

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85 Responses to . . .And You Have Read What?

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    Hello my Dear Honey Trail Buds…been busy with the holiday…people in…people out. Cooking, cooking, cooking. We can’t do alot of presents…but we do like to enjoy a good meal (or eight) with all gathered:)

    I did get Glenn Beck’s ‘Broke’ for Christmas…and I am ‘saving’ it for next week when I am all alone at work (for slow times). Someday I want a Sony, a Nook or a Kindle because I love to read, but like you Motley…sometimes the ‘return trip’ to the Library is problematic and and I too have (embarrassed here) accrued fines. (Since daughter’s wedding is out of the way and ‘new to me’ used Jeep purchased) one of those nifties might be in my future (Mother’s Day???)

    Just as a suggestion, what about an ‘online’ book club? Read a certain number of chapters and then have a cyber discussion?

    And as for a bookmark…well Hershey Bar outter sleeves work nicely (you have to keep up your energy to turn the pages) :)

    MQ-C

     

     

  2. Debra says:

     

     

    I’m currently reading my first P.G. Wodehouse book, Money for Nothing, and it is funny and delightful. I had enjoyed the Jeeves and Wooster tv series, but had never read one of his books. Fun for all, I think. (I assume this is open to non-political fiction too?)

     

     

    • violet says:

       

       

      I adore P.G. Wodehouse! He’s one of my very favorite authors, and a sure-fire pick-me-up whenever I’m feeling depressed. I love all the Jeeves and Wooster books, and all the Blandings books, and all the Mr. Mulliner stories. His other novels (the ones that aren’t part of any series) are wonderful too. Hot Water, Quick Service, Big Money, A Damsel in Distress, Laughing Gas, Uncle Dynamite — all fabulous. I’ve found, however, that it’s not a good idea to read them in waiting rooms or other public places, as other people look at me strangely when I’m sitting there shaking all over with suppressed laughter….

       

       

      • Debra says:

         

         

        Yay! I really liked it and now I’m ready for my second. And unlike Jane Austen, who wrote so few, HE WROTE A TON!! Like ninety or something. This will keep me occupied for quite awhile. My husband was the one who got me to read them, he’s quite the fan. I can think of scenes in the book I just read and still chuckle. Love it!

         

         

    • Mrs. Compton says:

       

       

      I was primarily a non-fiction reader before the Northridge earthquake. I very seldom read ‘fun’ books and god forbid I read the comics in the newspaper. It was all a throwback to a liberal I almost married who only read the New Yawk Times dontcha know. Gads, the things we do when we are young!!

      So anyhoo, after the quake I just couldn’t settle down and read anything, couldn’t concentrate, couldn’t focus. (forgot to tell you I lived in Northridge, heh!) So I picked up a Lord Peter Wimsey book, have no idea how it even came about and I was hooked!!! I’ve read every one of them! I would devour them during the day before I gathered up my babies and took them to the car to sleep. I refused to sleep inside, I was not going to get caught again by an earthquake. Jeeves helped me gain my sanity back.

      Just now I was looking at the free books on iTunes (I have an iPad) and there are a ton of Wodehouse books. And some of the titles are quite interesting!! I suggest you go take a look, you might be surprised at some of the titles.

       

       

      • Mrs. Compton says:

         

         

        Oh never mind!!! Seems my iPad was throwing up on me cause now I see nowhere a mention of Eugenics in Mr Wodehouse’s list of googies!!

         

         

  3. NeeNee says:

     

     

    Read Glenn’s “Overton Window” last summer and passed it on

    to my son-in-law. Unfortunately, my hubby is NOT a reader.

    He’s a retired walking letter carrier and he used to say he did nothing

    but read/process all day long! Asked him just when the last time

    he read an entire book, and he replied, “High school.” Gads! 1966

    was a long time ago, honey! He does read magazines and the local

    paper, though.

    I’m 100 pages into Glenn’s “Broke.” Great, historical info. But for

    me it’s a slow read because every page has two or three sidebars that

    must be read, too. So those little speedbumps hinder my usual reading

    style. I think a cyber book club would be great fun.

     

     

  4. ZMalfoy says:

     

     

    A Book Club would be great fun!

    I’m in the middle of so many books right now, some of them packed away! Most I haven’t touched since, October? Maybe? Ugh, moving is so time consuming!

    Anyway, my current reading, from the top of my head, is:

    The Bible. This is sort of perennial, as I usually use it for my lectio. I generally let it fall open, and read until I’ve found what I’m supposed to find.

    Meditations on the Tarot: A Journey into Christian Hermeticism. It’s a little piece at a time with this one, but it’s a big part of how I found my way back to Christianity.

    A Patriot’s History of the United States. Good stuff, there.

    The Devout Life by St. Francis deSales. I went to a Visitation High School, and deSales was a big deal there. Not hard to see why. . .

    Re-reading The Chronicles of Narnia. These were such a part of my childhood, it’s very interesting now to notice how much “Aslan” influenced my perception of the Divine. Come the Last Days, I would’t be surprised if most people interact with Jesus as, you know, Jesus, while I’m off a ways conversing with a giant talking lion. (Mind you, He’s not a tame lion . . .) Oh, but I’m funny like that. . .

     

     

    • violet says:

       

       

      The Narnia books are fantastic (in every sense of the word). I am a Christian today largely because of them. I enjoy them more every time I reread them.

       

       

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    Harry Stein: How I Joined the Vast Right-Wing Conspiracy and Found Inner Peace

    I Can’t Believe I’m Sitting Next to a Republican!

     

     

  6. Kristi says:

     

     

    George W Bush.. Decision points. Its excellent. I could not put it down.

    I am reading America by Heart by Palin… pretty good so far.

    I got my mom Pinheads and Patriots by Bill O’Reilly for Christmas.. she is already almost done reading it… she said its great. when she is done then she is going to pass it to me.

     

     

  7. frankie says:

     

     

    I just got a Nook recently & I love it. I like the idea of a “book” in my hand but also love the convenience of having many books at the ready on such a handy device when I need to travel. I researched the Kindle, Nook & other e-readers and decided for me, the Nook was the way to go. I gave one to my daughter for Christmas and she’s beyond ecstatic over it. She has neck & back problems and trying to get thru Atlas Shrugged about killled her neck, as thick & heavy as it was.

    I’ve read “Overton Window”, “The 5000 Year Leap”, Lavin’s “Liberty & Tyranny”, and am into “A Patriot’s History of the United States”. I just loaded GW Bush’s book onto my Nook as well as Beck’s “Broke”. In-between this “heavy” stuff, I love reading Vince Flynn and Brad Thor thrillers, several of which I have on my Nook for future enjoyment. Sure saves on trips to library & book store, shelf space and wonderful when I’ll be away from home & won’t have to worry about ending 1 book and not having another.

    I’ve looked at the bookmark and highlighting options on the Nook but haven’t utilized them yet.

     

     

    • GracieD says:

       

       

      Frankie, I love Brad Thor’s work. Have you read The Athena Project yet? It is fabulous! So much information packed into the book, it is almost scary.

       

       

      • frankie says:

         

         

        Athena Project was the 1st book I put in my Nook. I don’t know if I can manage to NOT read it but I’m currently reading his The Last Patriot and have several “real” books of Flynn & also The Real George Washington that I want to read while I’m at home and save my e-boooks for when I’ll be gone in March.

        I heard Beck say he never got a decent night’s sleep when he was reading Athena Project cuz he couldn’t put the book down.

        I had to put The Last Patriot aside to get ready for Christmas and have been in serious withdrawal. Now I can get back to it.

         

         

  8. NeeNee says:

     

     

    Guess I’m old fashioned and still prefer the tome in my hands!

    frankie, I certainly understand the logic and ease of your

    Nook—as well as the money savings.

    My only concern is that nagging little paranoid voice in the back of

    my head saying, “So . . . just how easy would it be for a publisher

    with liberal prog ownership to ‘accidentally’ delete portions of

    traditional history books that make the case for conservatism?”

    Or any other conservative author of fiction/non-fiction, for that matter?

    We’ve all witnessed Benito constantly omitting “Creator” in his

    reference to the Declaration. Someday if paper books & magazines

    go the way of the dinosaur, and hands-on real copies were outlawed,

    future generations would never know what the Founders really said.

    Also, could you explain how Nook, Kindle/etal work? Are all these

    download capabilities included with the initial cost? Or is it like a book

    club or select cable TV where you still pay but only for what you want?

    You gotta realize, people—I’m still having a love affair with cassette tapes

    although I own dozens of CDs. Hubby managed to find me a CD player at

    Radio Shack that also has radio & cassette player with dubbing

    features! I was excited because I direct our church choir and

    many times we need to listen to excerpts of a certain anthem section,

    not the whole song. As far as I know, CDs don’t have that

    capability; whereas I can back up a tape to the spot I need.

     

     

    • Menagerie says:

       

       

      I have had a kindle since they came out and I love it. As of this moment, there are 792,962 books available in kindle format on Amazon, a huge number of which are free. Literally thousands of the classics, as well as authors promoting their books, indy authors trying to get started, promotions, etc. Many of these books are very good. There are free business, motivational, religious, biography, science, fiction – all genres have freebies. I have over a hundred I haven’t read yet, and I’m a little picky about what I download, even if it’s free, and easily deleted. Yesterday I downloaded three free cookbooks, a business book, a motivational book, and three fictions. The wireless service is included with the price of the kindle, so you don’t have any unseen charges. I love being able to buy a book anywhere, without having to go to the bookstore, or sync with a computer. Most bestsellers are cheaper than the hardcopy, and you can buy your favorite authors books as soon as they are published, if they are available on the kindle, which almost all are. Since I am a serious book geek, I cannot part with a book I love, and I love almost all of them!. Getting the kindle has saved lots of space in my little home, which make my compulsively neat husband happy! Also, the kindle is small and easy to carry in my purse, and I always have hundreds of books with me wherever I go. I usually read this blog, and others from my kindle, and I use it to post most of the time, as well as read emails (can’t open attachments of course).

      Last two comments: the kindle is my favorite possession of all time, and if I had known the ipad was coming and could have afforded it, I probably would have bought it instead of the kindle 3, because there is a kindle app for the ipad, and the kindle store is better and cheaper than what is available through apple, from what I read. Hope this helps. Amazon has refurbished kindles at a good price, and they have an excellent rep for standing behind them.

       

       

      • Mrs. Compton says:

         

         

        Love my Kindle, DH surprised me with it when they came out, it’s changed the way I read. I loved that the books were cheaper but now the publishers are demanding their pound of flesh from us, oh well, I can wait for that book to get cheaper, no need to buy it on the best seller list, up yours publisher MAN! There is so much more to read and so little time!!!

         

         

    • Pat P says:

       

       

      There was a case in 2009 where Amazon just ‘erased’ two books from Kindles when requested to do so by the publisher. They were 1984 and Animal Farm.

      They later said they regretted the move, and paid off some of the Kindle owners.

       

       

    • AliRose says:

       

       

      Okay…I couldn’t decide where to post this, because so many people have commented throughout the thread. But since you asked directly, here are my two cents:

      I am obsessive about thoroughly researching everything before I buy it. With that being said, I just asked for (and received) a Sony Reader Daily Edition for Christmas. I, too, love paper books and was hesitant to “convert,” but like the idea for ease of use, especially when travelling, which I do a lot. Of all the eReaders, the three most common are the Kindle, Nook and Sony Reader. They’re all fairly similar as far as functionality, with a few minor differences (e.g., touchscreen). Depending on which version you buy, they’re all available with Wi-Fi and 3G, so you can download books wherever you go and even browse the web (Wi-Fi only, except for Kindle). There are advantages and disadvantages to each of them, depending on how you plan to use them and other devices you might own, on which you want to read your eBooks. One of the best things you can do to help you decide which one you prefer is to try them at the store. Best Buy carries all three, and a few other less common ones, and also has a pretty extensive chart comparing the features of each. The design, feel, buttons and even size vary slightly from brand to brand. As a personal disclaimer, they are constantly updating and changing their technology, even from month to month, so the details given below may differ slightly from what you are able to find. Be careful about researching online, because there is a lot of outdated information out there.

      So, what are the similarities and advantages to eReaders? In general, they’re easier to carry around than books and are easier on the eyes than a computer, because they use a different technology that doesn’t have a backlit screen. Also, you can usually get eBooks cheaper, because there’s no production costs associated with publication. They all allow you to change text size, take notes, bookmark pages, look up word definitions, start where you left off, listen to mp3s, etc. With all three major brands, you create an online account that keeps track of which books you’ve purchased and allows you to re-download them when necessary. The prices are also very similar, with $9.99 being the standard for many eBooks. New releases tend to be a little bit more expensive (~$12.99) and there are many books available for less, some even free. You can also purchase subscriptions to newspapers and periodicals, which download automatically if you purchase the 3G versions. There are slight differences in battery life, which are not really noticeable if you plug it in to charge every night like a cell phone. It depends on your use habits.

      So, what are the major differences? The Kindle has a text to speech function that will read English language books to you. One of the most important advantages, for some people, is that the Kindle is the only one that provides international 3G. So, military members, for instance, might prefer this if they plan to take their eReader overseas. You can also download the first chapter of many books, to help you decide if you’d like to purchase it. (I think this might be available in the current Nook, as well.) The Kindle and Nook both have built-in speakers, whereas the Sony Reader requires you to plug in headphones or external speakers to use the audio functions. The Nook allows you lend books to your family and friends, but you cannot read your book while it is lent out. Amazon is predicting they will have this feature available later this year for the Kindle. One neat thing about the Nook is that you can take it to any Barnes & Noble store and read some books for free while connected to their Wi-Fi (I think there is a time limit…1 hour?) and even gives you free books, on occasion, when you bring it into the store. Frequent Barnes & Noble customers may want to take advantage of these Nook features. Also the Nook and Sony Reader Daily Edition have a replaceable battery, whereas the Kindle and other Sony versions must be sent in to be replaced or have their battery changed when it will no longer keep a charge. The Nook & Sony have slots for memory cards to allow you to expand your storage. With the Kindle you have to delete content if it becomes full and you want to add another book. All eReaders say they will hold more than 1,000 books, however, and your books remain available to you online if you need to re-download them later. Nook and Sony have a touchscreen for inputting data. The Kindle has a keyboard built in below the screen. The Sony outperforms all other when it comes to note-taking and dictionary functionality. It includes a stylus, which allows you to take handwritten notes and draw pictures. It also features a double-tap function for quick dictionary look-up, versus manually inputting the words available on the other units.

      One of the biggest differences that is worth considering is file format. For instance, the Kindle uses a different format than the rest. So, you can only get eBooks directly from Amazon, while the current universal eBook format is .epub (which can be used by both Nook and Sony Reader). This also means that once you decide to go with the Kindle, you’re basically locked into that format, unless you want to repurchase all of your books in another format. But, if you’re a big Amazon shopper, this might be a good choice for you. Also, there are Kindle apps available for many different devices, which also allow you to read your Kindle books. Most eReaders also support .pdf, .txt., and .doc(x) formats, though sometimes conversion is necessary (which can be done with software included with your eReader account).

      One important point is the ability to borrow eBooks from the local library. Many libraries now have eBooks that you can “check out,” but they are available primarily in epub format. This means that if you plan to use this function, Kindle is probably not the route to go for you.

      As a final note, there are some new color readers available, but they’re backlit (unlike the B&W ones, so they’re harder on the eyes). They’re in the process of developing color e-ink, but it’s still in the testing stages and not yet available in this country. It’s predicted to make its debut within the next year or two.

      Okay…the longer I talk, the more I ramble. I just wanted to share, since it’s all so fresh in my mind. I hope you find the information useful.

      BTW…I love my Reader. I used it for hours while riding in the car and didn’t get nauseous at all, which is highly unusual for me!

       

       

      • yomotley says:

         

         

        I use my son’s Sony Reader but instead of the Sony Library for their e store, I use a free download software called Calibre. It is awesome. It will convert formats for you. It is easier to use and makes it so I am not locked into just buying from the Sony Store. I would love one of the color readers. I have directions to go into the innards of the reader and change the font for better clarity but have not tried it yet. I don’t like that I can’t read in dim light with the reader. If I get around to getting matte screen protector for the reader, the glare will be cut down. Combined with the change in font boldness should make me happy. I don’t mind not getting the books right from the internet with wifi. I just download to my computer and then transfer to reader. To some this is a hassle and reason not to go with the Sony 600, but it does not bother me.

         

         

        • AliRose says:

           

           

          The new Sony Readers have an upgraded screen that reduced the glare, so it’s comparable with the others. That’s why I didn’t mention it above. The Daily Edition allows you to adjust brightness and contrast, but that may not be a feature in the Touch Edition. It’s my understanding that the Kindle is the only one that you’re locked into buying directly from their store. The readers that use epub format give you more flexibility as to where you can get your books and publications.

           

           

  9. frankie says:

     

     

    NeeNee – I understand your feelings & concerns regarding the “real deal” where books are concerned. I have many books I’ve purchased and not read yet so I’m not totally giving up having a real book in my hand, not by any means. I will utilize my Nook for convenience when I’m not at home.

    I think for historical books or those containing important history – like The Patriot’s History of the United States, The 5000 Year Leap, The Real George Washington – those I am SO glad that I have in hard bound. Like you, I believe that the Progs can manipulate & change books to eliminate words, passages, paragraphs or total historical events if they want to and how would our children ever know the truth of our history. But – for things like Bush’s or Palin’s book, thrillers, romance novels, cookbooks, magazines, etc. a person shouldn’t have to worry.

    I don’t know if Kindle thru Amazon does special deals but I do know that the Nook, thru Barnes & Noble offer great price reductions when buying books to put on the Nook. In the summer they run super specials on classics that make it almost impossible not to download. The Nook also allows you to access books thru your local library – or at least I have the ability to access the Maricopa Country Library here in Phoenix. That’s *huge*! I can also go in to any Barnes & Noble and use my Nook to “find” any book in the store and sit there and read it right there – cookbooks, bird books, novels, kids books, *anything*. Before buying a book, the Nook also offers the option to read a 30-60 page preview prior to purchasing. I did that for Bush’s book, even tho I knew I wanted to buy it – just thought I’d try the preview feature.

    I bought the Nook and a cover for it (which is extra but found one that makes it look like a journal). Then I registered an account w/ Barnes & Noble (imagine it would be w/ Amazon for the Kindle) and put in a default credit card to charge your purchases to. Once you have an account, you can find books either on their website, or by using your device either by book name or author and select what you want to buy. Vince Flynn’s newest “American Assassin” sells for $27.99. I can buy it for my Nook (which I would but I already bought the hard copy a week before I got my Nook) for $12.99. That is standard for all new releases but most books are 9.99 or lower @ Nook price.

    You can buy what you want, when you want – you’re in control. No book club type rules. There are many other features on this thing but I’m still learning about all that is available to me on it. (another good thing about giving one to my daughter – she’ll pick this stuff up faster than me and will pass it on!) Not sure of any other questions but you know how to reach me if you want more input. :-)

     

     

    • frankie says:

       

       

      Oh – the Nook remembers where you stop reading and will pick up right where you left off by going to “reading now” – no constantly looking for a book marker – or using candy wrappers to mark your place. You can also highlight and make notes regarding anything you’ve read but then have ability to delete any or all of those at any time.

       

       

    • WeeWeed says:

       

       

      My sister in-law loves hers and says with the Nook you can share books with others…..with Kindle, you cannot (so she says.)

       

       

      • frankie says:

         

         

        WeeWeed – your SIL is correct in regard to sharing books. There are 2 different methods w/ the Nook. If my DH had one, he & I could share everything. There is also a way to share with as many as 6 people but you have to all use same email acct & pswd and my daughter & I haven’t figure out how that works yet. There is also a “lend” feature that I’m just learning about. Many Barnes & Noble stores offer 4-5 wks worth of seminar’s in-store to learn how to utilize all the features. I haven’t had a chance to do that yet. My daughter actually lives closer to a B&N store either we’ll both go or she’ll go & keep me informed.

         

         

  10. Menagerie says:

     

     

    Am I the only person who reads low brow crap? I love my fiction books, almost all genres. Right now I am reading the new Tom Clancy book. Right before Christmas I reread my all time favorite short story, The Gift of the Magi by O. Henry, free on the kindle. I also like the serious stuff, but I have a tendency to bury myself in escapism books if I’m a little down.

    I love the idea of the book club. Looks like you guys might improve my reading tastes.

     

     

    • ZMalfoy says:

       

       

      Oh, don’t let me fool you. My non-book reading is mostly trashy, romantic fanfiction. Swear to God, it’s a little embarassing, but a girl’s got to have a few guilty pleasures aside from chocolate and wine, yes?

      On my To Read list is the latest installment of the Wheel of Time Series, because over-ambitiously-long epics are things I just can’t stay away from . . .

       

       

    • WeeWeed says:

       

       

      You kiddin’?? I LOVE crap! Have to read something light to balance out the scary truth, ya know??

       

       

  11. JRD says:

     

     

    I just presently finished reading these three books and they are all outstanding

    Bought and Paid For

    The Unholy Alliance Between Barack Obama and Wall Street

    By Charles Gasparino

    Radical-In-Chief

    Barack Obama and the Untold Story of American Socialism

    By Stanley Kurtz

    Dupes

    How America’s Adversaries Have Manipulated Progressives for a Century

    By Paul Kengor

    Presently I am reading

    The President, The Pope, and The Prime Minister

    Three Who Changed the World

    By John O’Sullivan

     

     

    • Menagerie says:

       

       

      I have The President, The Pope, and The Prime Minister, but haven’t started it yet. Those three happen to be on my “most admired” list – at the top.

       

       

      • JRD says:

         

         

        I’ve worked on Wall Street for years and have tried to tell anyone who would listen that “The Street” loves Big Government. Wall Street doesn’t have a conservative agenda, despite its media image as a bastion of right-wing free-market capitalism. Wall Street supports the candidates on the left who are good for business. In order for a firm to be considered to underwrite one of the municipal-bond sales, it must first contribute significant amounts of money to the politicians orchestrating the programs, duh!

        Wall Street has morphed into a debt creating monster. One that pushed for more and more spending on the part of government so that banks could make more money. It’s a never ending cycle. The banks donate money to the leftists and the politicians throw business their way. Wall Street bought and paid for Obama. He was their boy. Wall Street hated McCain and they especially hate Palin because she exposed the corruption in the Alaska old boy political network.

         

         

  12. emmajeri1010 says:

     

     

    I just finally finished “The Rise and Fall of the Third Reich” by Shirer. It was published in the ’60′s, so is certainly nothing “new” but is considered one of the best narratives of the 20′s, 30′s and 40′s in Germany, pieces together all the uglies and bads, and the tragedies of the countries that got chew up and spit out through those years. It was one I had checked out of the library, and then after a week, realized there was no way I could finish it well (as in reading SLOW-LY instead of racing through it), so I bought a used one online.

    Just read “The Wave” which was a fun one about all the HUGEST waves documented around the world, both by scientists and by surfers, who sometimes die because they just HAVE to ride the biggest wave. Went into the dynamics of undersea waves (whether or not they make shore at which point they’re called a tsunami)….it was a fun read (and lots of purty pitchers!!…some of them with good-lookin’ hunks in ‘em)

    Also reading, for use by my spirit, “Roots of Endurance” by John Piper, in which he examines 3 guys of the 1700-1800′s; John Newton (yes, “Amazing Grace” author); Charles Simeon and William Wilberforce. Quite an amazing read. Combination of history, biography and theology. Can’t beat that.

     

     

    • Patriot Dreamer says:

       

       

      I read the first 200 pages of Shirer’s “Rise and Fall of the Third Reich” before I decided I couldn’t read any more. Some of the first things they did was take over health care, energy, and schools. Scarily reminiscent of what is happening now.

       

       

      • emmajeri1010 says:

         

         

        That’s exactly what freaked me out: I started writing “obama” in the margin every time I noticed something that is current events for us. So methodical. I ended up getting my own copy so I wouldn’t have to push myself to read faster than I could process it. I think it has taken me about 3-4 months to finish it, which is a first for me. I’m glad I have my own copy because I’m going to read it again, mark it again….and get the dynamics of the group tyrannies internalized so that I can remember them, and use the facts of history in hitting people up side the head as may be useful.

        But, boy, I’m with you re the first 200 pages.

         

         

  13. GracieD says:

     

     

    Let’s see…I have recently read America by Heart, by Sarah Palin. I have re-read Foreign Influence by Brad Thor, The Athena Project, also by Brad Thor. I have Crimes against Liberty by David Limbaugh, that I put aside when The Athena Project came in the mail. I need to re-read The Real George Washington multiple contributors, The Real Thomas Jefferson, Original Intent by David Barton. Pursuit of Honor by Vince Flynn, is a good read. I love to read! American History is one of my favorite subjects to read about. One Second After is also a great read, it is kind of scary, but a god read.

     

     

  14. SleeplessinCA says:

     

     

    I have yet to read 5000 Year Leap……it has been on the top of my “stack” for over a year. I need some inspiration I guess.

     

     

  15. emmajeri1010 says:

     

     

    Couple weeks ago I read “Valley Forge” by Newt Gingrich. A narrative of the Valley Forge winter, focusing on the things that happened to allow for some real training of Gen. Washington’s Army so that when they appeared on the field of battle in the spring, the British were in for a rather nasty surprise: the colonists had learned to stand and fight!

     

     

  16. Wraith says:

     

     

    I’ve been reading since the age of 2.5(yep, I was the one in the library at recess, who’d rather read than chase a stupid ball). So a list of books I’d recommend would likely crash the WP servers.

    Currently, in addition to all the blogs, news and other stuff online, I’m in the midst of Hazlitt’s Economics In One Lesson, Beck’s Arguing With Idiots, The Book of Mormon, and the Qur’an (in order of revelation, not publication). I’m also brushing up on the New Testament of the Holy Bible–it’s been a while since I read it, and I’m doing so with newly Christian eyes.

    I need more hours in the day, or a cyberpunk-style wordfeed directly into my brain.

     

     

    • GracieD says:

       

       

      “I’ve been reading since the age of 2.5(yep, I was the one in the library at recess, who’d rather read than chase a stupid ball). So a list of books I’d recommend would likely crash the WP servers.”

      I hear ya, Wraith. I was an early reader too. Books were the perfect babysitter for me. Mom could give me a book, and not hear a peep out of me for hours!

       

       

      • Debra says:

         

         

        I used to get grounded from reading. Couldn’t read until I cleaned my room. LOL…I hope I can ground my own daughter from reading someday…

         

         

    • Menagerie says:

       

       

      Wraith I hope you are smarter (and more humble) than me. The first time I read the Bible through, I thought the Isrealites were really thick headed and the Pharisees and Sadducees were really dumb. Second time, I thought “I have done some of those things.” Third time I thought “I am a pharisee”.

       

       

  17. Pat P says:

     

     

    Received three books for Christmas, and have read two of them:

    “It Ain’t All About The Cookin’” by Paula Deen

    “These Is My Words” by Nancy E. Turner

    I never would have picked either of these books for myself, but they were both surprising good.

    The second one is a fictional journal-style account of a young woman in the Arizona territory from 1881-1901. The book is, however, based on accounts passed down in her own family. It was a finalist in the Willa Cather Literacy Award. I read it right through from beginning to end.

    The Paula Deen autobiography is just fun. She dishes all of the dirt about herself – things I would never have the courage to write down for the world to see. Really very interesting.

    Next I will read “Decision Points”, as I ordered it myself along with my Christmas gift purchases.

     

     

  18. Patriot Dreamer says:

     

     

    If you are interested in political thrillers that are based in Bible prophecy, then you might like the novels by Joel C. Rosenberg. He also wrote a non-fiction book that explained the background behind his novels called “Epicenter 2.0: Why the current rumblings in the Middle East Will Change Your Future”

    My “guilty pleasure” is the military sci-fi series “Honor Harrington” by David Weber.

    I got Brad Thor’s “The Athena Project” for Christmas, so I will be reading that soon.

    Also got William Forstchen’s “One Second After”, which is a cautionary novel about what life might be like if the U.S. were attacked by an EMP (ElectroMagnetic Pulse).

    I’m currently reading Glenn Beck’s “Broke”, which is excellent, but full of very dense material, so it’s taking me a while to get all the way through it.

    I’m also currently reading the “5,000 Year Leap” which is a very interesting read. I only wish that the author had included end notes, because I like to be able to independently verify things. Always best to go back to original sources, if possible.

    I would like to read “Economics in One Lesson” by Henry Hazlitt, “The Law” by Frederic Bastiat, and anything by Thomas Sowell (we have several of his books, but I haven’t gotten around to them yet). I would also like to read “Radical-In-Chief” by Stanley Kurtz and “Dupes” by Paul Kengor.

    I also recommend anything by Mark Levin. His Liberty and Tyranny is excellent.

     

     

    • AliRose says:

       

       

      HaHa…I’m in the middle of Broke and The 5000 Year Leap, too! And I asked for The Law for Christmas. It came highly recommended by one of my cousins. I saw it for about $4 in the Sony Reader store, so I’ll probably begin that one soon.

      BTW…I plan to write reports for anything I read on my blog. So, I’ll let you know if I post anything.

       

       

  19. Integrity1st says:

     

     

    Hikers, Hikers, you put me to shame! Why can I not find the time? Oh yea, I keep reading legal books of how the court system is intended to work, and then experience the opposite. At any rate, the kindle/nook information is quite valuable to me, and it appears the nook has the most advantages??? Also, can you highlight or dog ear with those books? I can’t imagine not being able to do so even though I never get back to them. Still, it is a need.

    Also, I love the idea of a book club with you guys if not just to help me try and keep up and get those books under my belt, though I am just catching up on this blog for about a week or two’s worth. Let’s do it!

    Lastly, for those that have commented on what they have read, I would be grateful for a more extensive review. Then I might be able to eliminate those less worthy and get on with those MUST READS. Love and Kisses to all. Looking forward to catching up . . . soon.

     

     

    • Menagerie says:

       

       

      The kindle, like the nook, keeps your place. you can also bookmark pages you like and highlight text and make notes. I cannot give you an opinion on the nook becuase I have been sold on the kindle for three years. My DIL tells me she wants a nook over a kindle. I also have the kinldle for droid on my phone, so I read on the phone too. Kindle will sync to last page read over all devices.

       

       

  20. Jennifer H says:

     

     

    I have been reading about Islam. Infidel, The God who Hates, Why We left Islam, The Truth about Muhamed, and the Politically Incorrect Guide to Islam. Also the 5000 Year leap in small doses- (there are 28 principles our founders held as true in order to craft our constitution and form of government) to learn- reflect upon and understand. For lighter reading Anne Rice Of Love and Evil, the story of a contract killer who was redeemed by an angel in order serve gods will by answering the prayers of people who would otherwise be doomed. :)

    I also got a Kindle and love it.

     

     

  21. ZMalfoy says:

     

     

    Okay, I got one book for Christmas, which I finished last night. It will explain a lot about my screenname. It was:

    The Magical Calendar: A Synthesis of Magial Symbolism from the Seventeenth-Century Renaissance of Medieval Occultism Trans. Adam McLean

    This book is basically the history and a breakdown of a rather complex engraving from the 17th C., which is basically a large chart of associations based on the numbers 1 through 12, starting with the Names of God through various angels, mathematical, scientific, alchemic and kabbalistic ideas, and a whole slew of other things, and with little symbol-pictures to illustrate. Really, really, quite facinating and right up my alley.

    . . .

    So . . . yeah. . . In other news, my dad recently started George Washington’s Sacred Fire, which was my Father’s Day gift for him. ^_^ Yay!

     

     

    • Patriot Dreamer says:

       

       

      I thought your screen name was a Harry Potter reference.

       

       

      • zmalfoy says:

         

         

        Yes, absolutely. But I picked the Malfoy family and the Slytherins in general for a reason, that being: I can be myself. Should anyone think to be disapproving of my talents, reading habits, politics, etc (and not just all of you, but anywhere on Teh Internets), and can shrug and say: “Yeah, well, what do you expect from a Malfoy and a Slytherin?”

        It’s been difficult in some places (not here!) to be myself, because people read one little thing, and extrapolate a whole slew of assumptions. So, like, they’ll see I’m a Catholic Nerd, and then assume I’m some manner of ultra-orthodox, More-Catholic-Than-The-Pope person. Then, when conversation comes about that invited commentary or reference to Alchemy or various related disciplines/ Philosophies, they get upset and accuse me of all sorts of thoughts and actions, which are completely unreasonable and sometimes, more than a little upsetting. Likewise on various social or political conversations.

        I’ve been happy to see that most (all?) Hikers here seem to understand that people have dimentions, depths, facets and layers, and so don’t make those assumptions. But 10 years of caution, and then getting tired of it, leads to a defensive Self-Labelling.

         

         

        • Patriot Dreamer says:

           

           

          I completely understand.

           

           

        • yomotley says:

           

           

          Good rant Z! I like, “….understand that people have dimensions, depths, facets and layers………”

          On top of all that we each are always evolving into new opinions and challenging our own convictions. Keep being yourself.

           

           

          • zmalfoy says:

             

             

            Thanks y’all. I really appreciate it– I love that this is one of the few places where no one is trying to cram me into a preconcived mold of who or what I should be. It’s relaxing, and fun.

            All we need to know about each other, really, is that we all love America, and want her to remain the Land of the Free and the Home of the Brave. All the rest is details. . .

             

             

            • emmajeri1010 says:

               

               

              Don’t give us too much credit here! I don’t know enough to have preconceived notions to cram you into. That’s why sometimes I ask stupid questions and say, “Ok, what am I missing here?” It is such a privilege to be ourselves with our limits, our interests, our passions and opinions and stand together as Americans, learning from one another and pushing ahead.

               

               

  22. butchcracker says:

     

     

    Does The Elf on The Shelf count???…lol…lol..

    Have read wonderful,wonderful book called Mutant Message From Down under.

    An amazing story,provides one with many ‘ahhhhhhh haaaaa’ moments. Would recommend to all.

    God Bless

     

     

  23. Thomas Hooker says:

     

     

    It seems as if so much of modern juvenile fiction assigned for school is depressing. Have you noticed this with what your children/grandchildren are reading? Then there is the overall school agenda that runs counter to so many values. Children can listen to chapter books long before they are able or willing to read those same books on their own. Starting with fiction, and the concept of supporting liberty over socialism/totalitarianism, what books would you suggest for reading with youngsters?

    For instance, A Wrinkle in Time by Madeleine L’Engle

     

     

    • Jennifer H says:

       

       

      Hatchet, by Gary Paulson is a great read for young boys – and his other books in the series after this one will keep them reading. :)

       

       

      • Jennifer H says:

         

         

        Oops, it is a series about personal responsibility, choices, right and wrong- and rugged individualism. The first book is about a boy who is stranded alone in the Canadian wilderness with only the clothes on his back and a Hatchet, and how he survives.

         

         

    • Thomas Hooker says:

       

       

      Bringing over the responses from the cross-posted open thread to consolidate:

      • AFinch says: 
January 2, 2011 at 1:35 pm 
Not sure what age group/reading level you have in mind, but my niece loved the His Dark Materials Trilogy (The Golden Compass, The Subtle Knife and The Amber Spyglass) when she was in middle school.

      ◦ Thomas Hooker says: 
January 2, 2011 at 2:41 pm 
Hmmm. I found those depressing. And anything that is pushed that much by the American Library Association gives me pause.
All age groups, really. For reading aloud when they are younger, for reading on their own later. Good stories that support the concept of a free people.

      ▪ Ting says: 
January 2, 2011 at 4:21 pm 
Try “Love Among the Walnuts” by Jean Ferris. I had to look hard for something amusing and uplifting in Young Adult Fiction back when my daughter was a 6th or 7th grader. We read it aloud together at night after she finished all the school-assigned reading that was depressing the ever daylights out of her. She could not stand reading from about 5th grade until after high school because everything they assigned, even for summer reading was so depressing, so they could learn empathy, don’t you know.

      • Patriot Dreamer says: 
January 2, 2011 at 6:09 pm 
Can’t go wrong with “The Chronicles of Narnia” by C.S. Lewis.

      ◦ violet says: 
January 2, 2011 at 11:33 pm 
I agree with this recommendation — the Narnia books were my favorites when I was young (they still are!) and have been favorites of all my kids.
Other good books for young kids:
The Great Brain books by John D. Fitzgerald — a series of books about three brothers growing up in Utah in the late 19th century. These books are very funny and kids love them.
“Henry Reed, Inc.” and its sequels, by Keith Robertson — Henry is an teenage entrepreneur who is always cooking up new plans for making money. These were written in the 50s – 60s and reflect the values of the time. They are a lot of fun to read, and introduce modern kids to what life was like before computers, video games, ipods, etc. My kids loved these.
For girls, I recommend the Betsy-Tacy books by Maud Hart Lovelace. My girls loved them. (Girls will also read the Great Brain and Henry Reed books, but boys will not read Betsy-Tacy. Girls [in my experience] are a lot more open to reading books about boys than boys are to reading books about girls. Decades ago, when I worked in an elementary school library, I noticed that the girls would read both Nancy Drew and the Hardy Boys, but boys would read ONLY the Hardy Boys.)
Also for girls, “Little House in the Big Woods” and its sequels, by Laura Ingalls Wilder. 
All of my kids loved books by Dick King-Smith. “Babe the Gallant Pig” is one of his best, but he wrote dozens of fun books for kids.
All of the above are good read-aloud books, by the way. I have personally read most of them aloud myself. This was a nightly ritual when my kids were little, and (in my opinion) the most fun part about having kids!

      ▪ Patriot Dreamer says: 
January 3, 2011 at 6:29 am 
I was also thinking about the Little House series of books by Laura Ingalls Wilder. Great books about self-reliance before the era of big government.

      ▪ FranklytheNut says: 
January 3, 2011 at 10:03 am 
John D. Fitzgerald, who wrote the Great Brain books for kids, also wrote 3 books more for adults about his family. They could generally be read to older kids, but there’s some sedate out-of-wedlock romance stuff that might need “pruning.” They are Papa Married a Mormon, Mama’s Boarding House (sequel), and Uncle Will and the Fitzgerald Curse.

      ▪ FranklytheNut says: 
January 3, 2011 at 10:05 am 
The Great Brain kids are in the big-people books, but the stories focus on the adults more than the children.

       

       

      • violet says:

         

         

        Another really good series for young readers is the “Ike and Mama” books by Carol Snyder. Ike is a little Jewish boy growing up in the Bronx in the early twentieth century. My kids and I really enjoyed these, and learned a lot about Jewish traditions and customs. They are out of print, but your public library might have them, and there are lots of used copies available on Amazon.

         

         

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  24. emmajeri1010 says:

     

     

    Two book titles to mention: First, the fun easy-to-love one: Got Decision Points, GWB, as a Christmas gift from our son. I love the way he organized the book….and am enjoying it so much. They sent us a gift card, so when I was in the book store picking it up today I couldn’t find it right away, and thought, “Oh, shoot…I bet they’re hiding it….” wrong! I asked one of the clerks, and she said rather brightly, “Oh, that’s not on the regular shelf–it’s up here” and led me toward the back area of the store (near the check out cash registers) but I was thinking, “HA! Caught you! You’re hiding it, aren’t you!!” Wrong!!! It was near the cash registers because, as she said, “It’s a best seller, so they get displayed here, and also carry special discount blah blah”….and sure enough, there it was and there’s George . Am loving it and TRYING to read slowly, savor, retain….but it’s a page turner.

    Second title: “Ransom” published in 1995….if you read Prayer Requests today you see one from me dealing with the reality of drug cartel kidnappings in Mexico, followed by ransom demands and murders. This book “Ransom” is written primarily about a tourist kidnapping and murder in Kashmir, India….but the book at large is an attempt to educate the western world to the fact that this kind of kidnappings are NOT the “routine kidnappings” that we may think we understand, even where some ransom demands are involved. The book instructs and makes the point that such kidnappings (and it does end up discussing Mexico and other SA issues as well) are literally a primary fundraising tool for drug cartels, terrorist groups, what pass for political parties in some countries, etc. and makes the plea that we have GOT to stop responding to them as “tragic personal events.” They are, literally, fundraisers.

    Even though that title is 16 years old now, it came back in my thoughts tonight after hearing about the family member of our son’s co-worker who was kidnapped 3 months ago in mexico by drug cartels….his body was found this past weekend…..”Ransomed”….check it out of a library at least and take a look. 16 years ago this was already understood. We are so blasted far behind the curve. But we’re on the move….and we’re not going to back down, sit down or shut up.

     

     

  25. zmalfoy says:

     

     

    So, I just finished the most recent (and next-to-last) installement of the Wheel of Time series, called The Towers of Midnight. Quite good– Sanderson again illustrates why he was an excellent choice as the man to pick up Jordan’s pen and finish the work. That said, this was one of those books where something happens, and it has a profound emotional impact on you, even though you know “It’s just a story in a book.” I won’t say what it was exactly that happened, since we’re still in the time when posting spoilers would be ill-advised. But one of the main female characters saw something that really just punched me in the gut, and has had me unsettled since I read the scene (and finished the book) last night.

    Guess that means it was well written, huh? Anyway, if anyone is looking for an epic that sort of takes the idea of Epic and blows it out of proportion in awesome ways with great characters, the Wheel of Time series (this is fantasy, btw) is a great, looooong read. The final installment, A Memory of Light, is due out next fall.

     

     

    • Jennifer H says:

       

       

      I love that series, and am looking forward to reading the last of them. At which point I may have to reread it in it’s entirety!

Marxists Call Children’s Book Series “Racist” — (And So My Kids Will Read Them)

 

A Honey Trail Hiker, Thomas Hooker, recently asked about good juvenile books as a balance for all the dreary “literature” given in school. Surprisingly, my children gave me the answer. After their enlightening me, I conclude:  Anything the MarxistsSocialists make a point to criticize, especially if going so far as to see the criticism included in Wikipedia, is potentially a mighty fine read for the children. This may sound pretty juvenile as a guideline but it will work for me. Here is the background:

My children have read all the “Redwall” Books by Brian Jacques (Not being a fan of animals simulating humans, I have not read them.) Now mind you, it is rather unusual for me not to have censored their reading, but these slipped by and I never gotten around to approving them. Darling Daughter and Son, ages fourteen and twelve engaged in a conversation today about Wikipedia saying some people find the Redwall series filled with racism. They shared the Wiki article with me, wondering if they were reading it correctly, since they do not see racism in the books. The reviews includes,

“The books have been criticized in some quarters for allegedly promoting an overly simplistic view of race and ethnicity. Critics point out that the good and bad characters are drawn almost exclusively along species lines, with a few rare exceptions. These criticisms have been advanced as a concern, as the books are primarily read by children and young adults. There is also a class element involved in these criticisms, with the denizens of Redwall being either educated, aristocratic animals such as badgers, or rustic, simple creatures such as moles. This contrasts with the vermin, who are almost exclusively portrayed as a greedy, stupid, and violent rabble commanded by a charismatic evil leader. These narrative structures do resemble in many ways the British class system, with the upper class animals governing the working class ones, and the Abbey remaining an ever present and strong symbol of religious authority.

Another criticism is that the Stormtrooper effect is prominent in the books. There are a number of battles in which the good protagonists are able to kill or defeat large numbers of bad animals with minimal loss of life. This effect was not as pronounced in the very earliest books in the series (such as Redwall and Mossflower), but in later books it was not uncommon for a few good beasts to kill hundreds of vermin while only losing one or two of their own soldiers; these good soldier deaths were always intensely publicized, even for minor characters. The stormtrooper effect has been explained as the good creatures having tactical advantages, superior training and armaments, and assorted supernatural guidance and effects. However, some fans enjoy the stormtrooper effect, having it mean that more of the favorite characters survive.”

Daughter’s and Son’s Response to Review:

“Who are the critics?”

“Two classes; one educated and one not, getting along to do away with the bad guys. That’s bad?”(Mom adds, “Like the Tea Party”)

“Well, duh, greedy, stupid and violent rabble babble is what makes them bad.” (Mom had to point out that when discussing class element, the author did not put the followers of the “charismatic evil leader” in a class but gave them character traits.)

“In the Abbey everyone becomes equal except for the Abbot or Abbes, or the Warrior which are also equal but just the leaders in charge to organize.”

“What is wrong with NOT wanting to kill everyone ?”

“The winner of any war has advantages! That is how you win. You mean if someone stupider or have less money starts a war, you, the smart person with lot of money and war know-how is not supposed to fight back and instead hand everything over to them? The critics must be mentally ill!”

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When Daughter said the critics must be mentally ill, I asked her if she had been reading Honey Trail for that phrase. The answer was, “No, I don’t have to read it to know they are mentally ill if they think everything is equal and fair and to win you have to want to kill everyone!”

Since I have not read the Redwall series, I really don’t know if my children are reading the books correctly or merely reading them through the world view of their mother. I do know the Marxists/Socialists are complaining the series is not to their agenda and are threatened enough to attempt, albeit lamely and disjointed, exposing the books as racist. Unfortunately for the Marxists, calling something “racist” is, so like, passe.

This could become a new sport for us Conservatives — writing Wiki reviews for juvenile books.  Why not look up a few children’s books and see if they meet the “Not Marxist Approved” award.

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Note: I have used “Marxist” and “Socialist” instead of “Progressive” or “The Left” because of a video at breitbart.tv that leads in with the caption summary, “A look at the growing Marxist movement in New York City. Even though they read Marx and Stalin, organize protests against Israel and play a board game that equates capitalism with barbarism, they shy away from calling themselves “socialist”. As one member puts it, “It’s more positive to say progressive or left.” video

 

15 Responses to Marxists Call Children’s Book Series “Racist” — (And So My Kids Will Read Them)

  1. violet says:

     

     

    I’m so glad you brought this up, Motley.

    I read the first seven books of this series aloud to my two middle children when they were little. My son was a late reader who nonetheless loved good books with interesting characters and exciting plots, so I read aloud to him a LOT. His younger sister always joined us, and she was pretty open-minded about what she would listen to, so I mostly chose books with my son’s interests in mind. At the time, I had a part-time job working in the library of the private school my eldest daughter attended, so I was constantly reading library catalogs and finding out what was out there. The Redwall books looked like fun, so I tried the first one — and we were hooked! They are well-written and very engrossing… I would get so into the story that I would keep reading to my kids long after bedtime had come and gone, just because I couldn’t wait to see what happened next! (They are multi-plot stories, and nearly every chapter ends on a cliffhanger.) Sometimes my kids would fall asleep on the couch when it was an hour or two past their bedtime and they just couldn’t stay awake any longer, but even then I sometimes kept reading because I was too enthralled to put it down. Each time a new one was published I bought it and we read it, up through the 7th one in the series (this was a long time ago, so my memory is a little dim). I had to stop when my kids were 7 and 10 years old, because we had another baby, one that never slept, and I was so exhausted and brain dead all the time that I could no longer read to the older kids at bedtime. So I can’t vouch for the later books in the series, although I have no reason to think they are not as good as the earlier ones.

    The stories are about the struggle between good and evil — that’s it in a nutshell, and that alone is enough to make the left hate them. They want to see everything in murky shades of gray, and so they denounce the Redwall books as “simplistic” and “unnuanced” and whatever other dismissive terms they use to describe good old-fashioned literature where good triumphs over evil and the story ends happily.

    Obviously, I love these books and recommend them whole-heartedly — with the caveat that they will not be everyone’s cup of tea. If you (or your children) hate fantasy, or books that involve animals that talk, wear clothes, and otherwise behave like humans, you won’t like these. For me, having grown up with and dearly loved Winnie the Pooh, Alice in Wonderland, and the Chronicles of Narnia, the Redwall books were right up my alley.

     

     

    • WeeWeed says:

       

       

      “The stories are about the struggle between good and evil – that’s it in a nutshell…”

      Bingo, Ms. Violet!!

      That said, if “they” hate it, I’d let the kids read it. Mine grew up with (among other things) Harry Potter, even though the first one didn’t come out until about jr. high or so.

       

       

  2. TNWAHM says:

     

     

    Thank you for the reviews. I will have to find these books for my daughters. ~8 and 10~ My 10 yr old is always reading whatever she can get her hands on.

     

     

  3. Pat P says:

     

     

    We loved the Lloyd Alexander series, the chronicles of Prydain, the second of which is The Black Cauldron (as in the movie). I think they are based on Welsh tales.

     

     

  4. Thomas Hooker says:

     

     

    Thank you for posting this!! These are an excellent addition to the list. I am still researching for more possibilities and will post as they turn up. One suggestion has been Heinlein, and indeed science fiction would be a rich vein, but I would like a variety of selections so as to appeal to a broad range of readers and ages.

     

     

  5. G8rMom7 says:

     

     

    Very inerested in these…I asked my avid reader 12 year old if she had ever heard of this series and she hadn’t. I didn’t think it would be up her alley but when she read this post, she said she actually does like fantasy and stories with animals that talk and such. Not to mention she is always looking for more conservative/traditional good and evil stories. She laughed at your kid’s comments to the wiki review. True.

    Speaking of books, I just signed on with my local As A Mom group to do a textbook project. Someone has found a certain number of textbooks used in some counties in Florida and my county has 7 incorrect books. I have committed to write our school board member, and other pertinent people (of which they are guiding me who to find), but before I do anything, I want to know what textbooks and what parts of those textbooks are wrong.

    I am as conservative as the next guy…unless the next guy is some loony anarchist. So sometimes what may seem “wrong” is just more of an interpretation. Personally, I have no problem with my child learning every possible “theory” for things…as long as theories aren’t presented as facts (i.e. evolution, global warming, etc.). So anyway, I’m still gathering information about the project but I’ve been looking for something I can get involved in that won’t take too much out of me emotionally and physically because my 4 kids get the majority of my focus (as it should be). But this project is not only helping my community, but also directly affects my kids…extra motivation.

     

     

  6. Ting says:

     

     

    I also endorse this series. I used to teach in an all boys K-12 prep school. The lower school library could not keep the Redwall books on the shelf. They were so popular that the school spent a lot of money to have the author come and spend the day at the school. This was 20 years ago and I know the books are still very popular with boys. I don’t know if the girls liked them as well, but for the 3 or 4 years that I taught there they were all the rage. Sort of like Harry Potter was a few years ago.

     

     

  7. Integrity1st says:

     

     

    Not having any kids in the read to range, I’m chiming in because I just can’t believe the left is actually doing this. Unbelievable. Is it possible the left could ever accuse the right of this? It is all so pathetic, but I do think all those well enough versed, should absolutely do that idea of posting on Wiki. Please share when you do!

     

     

  8. Patriot Dreamer says:

     

     

    What do you all think about the “Guardians of Ga’Hoole” series of books?

    Or “The Warriors” series of books about wild cats?

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