Recent Reads is where I talk about the last five books I finished reading that were not part of a specific tbr.
The Princess in Black and the Science Fair Scare by Shannon and Dean Hale
The only downside to this book is that it’s the last one in the series, at least for now. In this book the princesses are taking part in a science fair. There is Princess Magnolia’s poster about seeds, Princess Snapdragon making an egg be sucked in to a bottle, Princess Orchid’s Bucket Boosting Teeter-Totter, and more amazing inventions. Unfortunately, Tommy Wigtower accidentally created a goo monster in his volcano and it wants to eat people. It takes the help of five princesses to get the monster to monster land. This was a fantastic addition to the series. I loved to see the princesses doing science, looking beautiful, and still kicking butt. We’re up to five princess heroes and a goat boy hero too! This is sure to be a favorite series for years to come. My daughter constantly acts out the books. She’s the star, Princess Magnolia or the Princess in Black, and she goes through all the actions. She loves to shout “Twinkle twinkle little smash” and “behave beast.” My daughter has also asked for the series for her birthday next week. That is one request we will definitely make happen. Obviously this is a ✰5✰ book for us and ✰5✰ series over all. We highly recommend it.
The Unhurried Homeschooler by Durenda Wilson
The subtitle of this book, “A Simple, Mercifully Short Book on Homeschooling” is accurate. This book clocks in at only 76 pages, but the text actually ends on page 62, there are some footnotes and some blank pages after that. Even being so short this book is packed full of wonderful advice on how to let your child take the reins in regard to their learning. Don’t rush them. Let them find what they are interested in and run with it. Etc. This is great advice for raising a child that loves learning and that is one of my primary goals in raising my daughter. I ended up giving this book ✰4✰ My only real wish for this book was more information on how to let my child lead the way in her learning, while still adhering to the strict homeschool laws I’ve heard my state has. I love the concept of letting my daughter choose to study what she loves, but I’m afraid when we officially have to start reporting her homeschooling to the state that will all have to be out the window. Only time will tell I suppose. The only other reason I didn’t give this book 5 stars is all of the religion in this book. We are an atheist family. Even so I got a lot out of this book and I’m sure I’ll go back to it from time to time for inspiration on how to live our lives unhurried.
Do you have any recommendations for books about homeschooling from a secular point of view?
Y: The Last Man, Vol. 5: Ring of Truth by Brian K. Vaughan
This is the fifth installment of this series and it takes place 2 years after the outbreak that killed all the men. In this volume Yorick gives in to sex for the first time after waiting that long for the love of his girlfriend. He also nearly dies. His sister ends up on his side again. And we find out how he survived the plague. But now Ampersand is missing. I really enjoyed this volume and can’t wait to pick up the next one. ✰5✰
An Anonymous Girl by Greer Hendricks and Sarah Pekkanen
This is the first book I finished after my husband’s hospital stay. He suggested I get back in to my reading and blogging after we had been home for a few days and I devoured the remaining 150 pages in an evening. This book drew me in to the story and I could not put it down whenever I had a moment to read. The ending was pretty satisfying, but I didn’t really like any of the characters. I gave this book ✰4✰. The book is about Jessica who sneaks her way in to a morality study being conducted by Dr. Shields. The therapist pulls Jessica deeper and deeper in to her own life and we get to find out just how mentally disturbed the two woman and a mutual man in their lives really are.
Y: The Last Man, Vol. 6: Girl on Girl by Brian K. Vaughan
In this volume of the series Yorick and crew are on a ship trying to get to his monkey in Japan. They find out they are on a ship taking opium to Australia and they are attacked by a submarine. The final issue in this collection shows, via dream, that Beth, Yorick’s girlfriend, might still be alive after all. I can’t wait for her to come back in to the story. I enjoyed this volume and gave it ✰5✰. This one felt action packed with bombs and pirates and I can’t wait to see what we get in volume 7.
What have you read recently?