Monday, August 7, 2017

The RAHM Report for 8/7/17

This past week I finally caught up on my Goodreads challenge. I accomplished this mainly by reading through an entire box of beginning reader books to preview them for my three-and-a-half-year-old, who has suddenly started reading. But once I got through those, I spent the rest of the week catching up on my own reading. Here's what I read and what I'm reading next.

Finished reading:

  • Up at Butternut Lake by Mary McNear
    This was a decent women's fiction novel, but heavier on the romance than I really wanted. Reviewed on Goodreads.
  • Murder at Vassar by Elizabeth Atwood Taylor
    I read this mystery only because it was set at Vassar. I have no interest in the rest of the trilogy.  Reviewed on Goodreads.
  • Teaching from Rest by Sarah Mackenzie
    My husband brought this home, and it's popular in the Catholic homeschooling world, so I read through it. Not impressed. Reviewed on Goodreads
  • Life Among the Savages by Shirley Jackson
    I'm reading the omnibus edition of this book, which also includes the sequel, Raising Demons. I have finished the first book, and just started the second. I'll review them both together when I finish. 
  • A Picturesque Tale of Progress: Beginnings I by Olive Beaupre Miller
    I read this book for the Old School Kidlit Reading Challenge and to start familiarizing myself with the resources we have collected for our homeschool. I have the review scheduled for the middle of next week. 
  • What's the Big Idea, Ben Franklin?; Can't You Make Them Behave, King George?; and Where Do You Think You're Going, Christopher Columbus? all by Jean Fritz
    I had never read any of these, so I'm doing a review of the series (or as many of them as I can read) for Old School Kidlit. I'll probably wait to post it at the end of the month.

Currently reading:

  • Juvenile Story Writing by Mabel Robinson
    I'm hoping to finish this and also read Robinson's later work, Writing for Young People, and then write up a review for Old School Kidlit. 
  • Confessions of a Domestic Failure by Bunmi Laditan
    I had forgotten that I put this on hold but decided to give it a try when my turn came up. The reviews are very mixed, and though I have laughed a lot so far, I'm not quite sure what I think of it yet. 
  • Dandelion Wine by Ray Bradbury
    I'm slowly making my way through this old favorite. Bradbury's writing is just so pretty. 
  • Raising Demons by Shirley Jackson
    I haven't read much yet, but I just love Jackson's sense of humor. 
  • The Silver Moon of Summer by Leila Howland
    It seemed like it took forever for a local library to order this, and then I had to wait for my turn on the hold list. I'm sad to see this series end, but I am looking forward to one last summer in Pruet, Massachusetts. 
I'm linking up today with Book Date and Teach Mentor Texts / Unleashing Readers for It's Monday! What Are You Reading?


  1. Those Jean Fritz books are familiar. I haven't read them but know they were in my school media center. Come see my week here. Happy reading!

  2. I love Dandelion Wine. I have a copy in storage. Come see what I'm reading.