Monday, January 1, 2024

Read-at-Home Mom Report: December 2023 Wrap-Up

December Favorites 

I'm late with this month's post, so I'm going to skip adding book covers or commentary so that I can get this done quickly and jump into a new year of reading! These were all five star reads: 

  • A Lot Like Christmas by Connie Willis 
  • The Appeal by Janice Hallett 
  • Credo by Bishop Athnasius Schneider 
  • Gifts: Visible & Invisible by Catholic Teen Books 
  • The Holiday Stand-In by Kortney Keisel 
  • The Mind of the Maker by Dorothy L. Sayers 
  • Date with Death by Julia Chapman
  • Pop Sonnets: Shakespearean Spins on Your Favorite Songs by Eric Didriksen
  • 4:50 from Paddington by Agatha Christie 
  • The Unselected Journals of Emma M. Lion Volume 1 by Beth Brower 
  • The Catechism of the Catholic Church 

Read-Aloud and Homeschool Books

  • The Ancient Egyptian World by Eric H. Cline 
  • The Lion in the Box by Marguerite de Angeli 

Sequels and Series Books

  • Jeeves and the Yule-Tide Spirit by P.G. Wodehouse (from The World of Jeeves)
  • The Christmas Appeal (The Appeal book 1.5) by Janice Hallett 
  • We Grant You a Merry Christmas (Save the Date short story sequel) by Morgan Matson 
  • Solo for the Season (Gift Wrapped Romance) by Martha Keyes 
  • Merry Kismet (Gift Wrapped Romance) by Anneka Walker 
  • Cabin Crush (Gift Wrapped Romance) by Kasey Stockton
  • The Clause in Christmas (Poppy Creek book 1) by Rachael Bloome
  • It Happened One Christmas Eve (Museum of Literature Romance Book 3) by Jenn McKinlay

Standalone Books

  • Things Fall Apart by Chinua Achebe
  • So This is Christmas by Tracy Andreen 
  • A Christmas Legacy by Anne Perry 
  • Bright Lights, Big Christmas by Mary Kay Andrews
  • A Cross-Country Christmas by Courtney Walsh 
  • Leaf by Niggle by J.R.R. Tolkien 
  • On Fairy Stories by J.R.R. Tolkien 
  • Simon Sort of Says by Erin Bow 
  • The Unlikely Romance of Kate Bjorkman by Louise Plummer 
  • The Christmas Guest by Peter Swanson
  • The Christmas Joy Ride by Melody Carlson
  • Christmas in Winter Hill by Melody Carlson 
  • The Christmas Spirit by Debbie Macomber 
  • You Make It Feel Like Christmas by Toni Shiloh 
  • Starstruck by Amy Clipston
  • The Velvet Room by Zilpha Keatley Snyder  


  • My True Love Gave To Me: The Costa Family Christmas Romance Series Box Set by Ellie Hall 
  • Baggage Claim by Juliana Smith

Family Reading Lists

M. (girl, 10 years, 1 month)

  • Call of the Wild by Jack London 

C. (girl, 8 years, 3 months)

  • The Flight and Adventures of Charles ll by Charles Norman
  • Fire on the Wind by Geoffrey Trease
  • The King's Day by Aliki
  • William Penn, Quaker Hero by Hildegarde Dolson
  • The Puppets of Spelhorst by Kate DiCamillo
  • The Explorations of Pere Marquette by Jim Kjelgaard

E. (girl, 6 years, 2 months)

  • Lysis Goes to the Play by Caroline Dale Snedeker
  • The Spartan Twins by Lucy Fitch Perkins
  • The Boxcar Children by Gertrude Chandler Warner 
  • Our Little Athenian Cousin of Long Ago by Julia Darrow Cowles
  • Our Little Spartan Cousin of Long Ago Julia Darrow Cowles
  • Archimedes Takes a Bath by Joan Lexau 

R. and A. (boy and girl, 3 years, 9 months)

  • Dinosaurs and Other Prehistoric Life (mostly R.)
  • How the Grinch Stole Christmas by Dr. Seuss 
  • Mercy Watson series by Kate DiCamillo 
  • The Kingfisher Young People's Book of Oceans
  • The Lorax by Dr. Seuss 
  • Oliver Elephant by Lou Peacock
  • The Lost Gift by Kallie George 

My husband

  • Mara of Old Babylon by Elizabeth P. Witheridge  
  • The Animals' Christmas by Anne Thaxter Eaton 
  • The Lion in the Box by Marguerite  de Angeli 
  • Christmas by Alice Dalgliesh 
  • The Flying Classroom by Erick Kastner  
  • Anson's Way by Gary D. Schmidt

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