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What We’re Reading in November

November is a busy month for our family, (probably more so than December) so maybe I should title this “What We’re Not Reading”……well, we are reading, just not as much as I’d like.  I’ll begin with our read aloud:

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Noah Webster:  Man of Many Words by Catherine Reef.   First off, the book itself if beautiful!  It is a large, hardback book with thick, glossy pages and larger type.  It has black and white  illustrations throughout, and is one of those books that look great on a shelf after it’s been read.  We have read close to half of this biography together, and I am impressed at how the author has thoroughly woven all the things that were going on in the forming of early America in his biography, and his influence on our country.  There is so much more to his story than the dictionary that we associate him with today.  We are looking forward to finding out how his story unfolds and his role in Early American history.

Frindle:  I purchased this book at the beginning of the month for the kids to read aloud to me.  Unfortunately, it’s arrival was delayed, and I just received it yesterday.  My intentions were to let this take the place of their own reading for this month.  I thought this one would be a fun, light read to go with our biography of Noah Webster, since it has a similar subject of “words”.    The book is described as “a quirky, imaginable tale about creative thought and the power of words that will have readers inventing their own words.”  It is under their level, but it will be a great opportunity for them to practice their read aloud skills and speaking.

What I’m reading:  The Happiness Project by Gretchen Rubin.  I’ll admit, this is not one I would typically choose.  Unless the topic is solely cleaning/organizing, I stay clear of most books I would put in the self-help category.  To be totally transparent, and let you in on something personal – I’ve been feeling slightly grumpy.  I love to laugh;  it’s one of my favorite pastimes!  Lately, I’ve noticed I’ve not laughed as much as I’m used to doing.  If I’ve noticed, I’m sure others may have also, and I wasn’t happy about that.  So, in one of my night owl moments, I searched “Happy” on Amazon, and found this book.  I was in total agreement with the author, that the opposite of happy is not depression.  I knew a mild care of the “grumps” was certainly not the same.  I have so much to be happy about, and I have never lost sight of that!  What caught my attention,  under the title was a great little description:  Why I Spent a Year Trying To Sing in the Morning, Clean My Closets, Fight Right, Read Aristotle, and Generally Have More Fun.  Plus, I love projects!  I prefer to call this a “self-improvement” book.  The premise of the book is based on a thought the author had while on a city bus – “The days are long, but the years are short.”  She realized “Time is passing, and I’m not focusing on the things that really matter.”  Gretchen writes about her account of perfecting her character by focusing on a different subject each month.  I was intrigued with the idea.  So far, the verdict is still out on this one, as I still have much to complete.  The first section, I could totally relate to, the next couple of chapters, I could not.  I will continue to check out her project, and will report what I think of it in next month’s reading post.

As the hustle and bustle is just beginning for most of us, what are you and your family making time to read?  I’d love to hear!

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