Category Archives: Books

Homeschooling High School So Far — English & Humanities

Our Topic for the Year: Science Fiction, Fantasy, and Dystopia — We’re still working on finding our groove with this, and I’m trying to find ways to get James more interested and engaged. Although we agreed to this mom-made curriculum, as preparation for college, he seems to be participating reluctantly. Maybe since he is such a visual-spatial, hands-on kind of learner, this is just too bookish for him.

BTW, James has ADHD, and like many people with this “disorder,” he is blessed with high energy, a quick mind, a strong “right brained,” visual-spatial learning style, and great problem-solving skills. But keeping him interested in anything for more than 20 minutes is challenging.

Suggestions? 🙂

Books & Stories Read So Far:
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Defending Jacob

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Published: January, 2012 (Delacorte Press)
Format: Kindle E-Book
Recommended By: Wendy at Musings of a Bookish Kitty
I Categorized It As: Mystery/Thriller, Psychological Fiction & Popular Fiction
My Rating: 4/5

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Gone Girl by Gillian Flynn

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Published: June, 2012 (Crown)

Format: Kindle E-Book

Recommended By: Trish at Love, Laughter and a Touch of Insanity, Jennifer at The Relentless Reader, and Wendy at Musings of a Bookish Kitty, and it just seems to be one of those popular novels lots of people are talking about.

I Categorized It As: Mystery/Thriller & Popular Fiction

My Rating: 3.5/5 (Thumbs Up)

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Life After Life by Kate Atkinson

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Life After Life by Kate Atkinson

Published: April, 2013 (Reagan Arthur Books)

Format: Kindle E-Book — I might also order a hardcover copy from Random House, Canada — the one with the pretty fox on the cover. 🙂

Recommended By: Jennifer at The Relentless Reader and Lucy at Therapy Through Tolstoy

I Categorized It As: Historical Fiction, Literary Fiction, and Science Fiction/Fantasy.

My Rating: 5/5

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The Guilty One by Lisa Ballantyne

The Guilty One by Lisa BallantyneGuilty One

Published: March, 2013 (William Morrow)

Format: Kindle E-Book

Recommended By: Several book bloggers including Jennifer at The Relentless Reader

I Categorized It As: Mystery/Thriller & Popular Fiction

My Rating: 4/5 (Thumbs Up)

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Mandatory Release by Jess Riley

Mandatory ReleaseMandatory Release by Jess Riley

Published: July, 2013

Format: Kindle E-Book (CreateSpace)

Recommended By: Jennifer at The Relentless Reader

I Categorized It As: Popular Fiction, Romance, and Women’s Fiction

My Rating: 4/5

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Recovering from a devastating experience and the end of a long-term relationship, Drew returns to her parents’ home and accepts a teaching position at the prison where her mom works.

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The Magician’s Nephew (1955) by C.S. Lewis

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Published: 1955

Format: Paperback (Chronicles of Narnia Collection)

I Categorized It As: Science Fiction/Fantasy, KidLit, and Classic

My Rating: 4/5

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