Saturday, May 12, 2018

Summer Romance Book 2018 Bingo!

Summer Romance Book Bingo was started by Not Just Romance Novels on youtube and I'm joining in!  This just sounds like fun to me.  I love romance books anyway and this would be a great way to challenge myself to read more than my normal historical romance books.  

It officially starts June 1st and runs through August.
You can watch her announcement video with all the information HERE.  
Cohosting with her is Sissy from Romance Queen of Booktube.

Below is her link to the bingo cards.  Refresh to move the squares around until you find a board you like. 

Bingo Card: https://tinyurl.com/yb3a6fuo

This is the board I chose and I've chosen the first line I want to complete.  After that I don't know what I will go for next. :)  There will be a whole summer to work on it.  So join if you want!  

Also follow me on Twitter and Goodreads if you want updates on what I'm reading.

#SummerRomanceBookBingo

























Happy Reading!

Tuesday, April 17, 2018

Senior Homeschool Schedule

Let's jump straight to his classes before I start explaining and chatting about his year, I will save that for another post. Before I do, though, let me say that his credits are enough to graduate in the state of Tennessee but may not be all the credits he would need to start college without taking remedial classes or extra testing.  We are aware of this and after much discussion decided that graduating with a diploma was more important than being college ready.  You will have to decide that with your own child.

OKAY.
So here we go.  He needed 5 more credits to graduate.  

These are the classes and resources we chose together.
Links are to Amazon unless otherwise stated.















Barron's E-Z Business Math - Calvin Goozner















Astronomy: A Self-Teaching Guide - Dinah L. Moche



English 12 which has consisted of reading books and doing accumulated worksheets that I actually don't have any links to but are all from a grade 12 book I've had from years ago.  I will include one of the books and resources we did use.  We read Things Fall Apart - Chinua Achebe and used this website as a jumping off point for discussions and lesson plans.












World Mythology The link will take you to the video I did on the books we purchased for that unit if you are interested in that. Currently we are reading and working from D'Aulaires' Book of Norse Myths - Ingri D'Aulaires'.



And lastly a Photography 101 course through UniversalClass.
Our public library offers a free subscription to a couple different online course websites and language learning websites so always check your public library first to see if that is a free option for you.  I'm even taking a couple courses on it too.  One of which is psychology. 

And that is all the courses he has been working on this semester.  

I'll have another homeschooling post coming up soon.  
Thanks for reading.







March 2018 Reading Wrapup





Spring is always such a busy time for everyone, I think.  My oldest is a homeschool senior and after a very trying year he will be graduating in June! Thank goodness.  There is quite a bit to making sure he gets all his credits and hours in to get his diploma.  Plus a few of the fun stuff.  Such as taking senior pictures. 



I so wanted to participate in the March Mystery Madness real along but didn't actually pick up any mysteries.  #fail



As always, below are links to all the books I mention.  I include amazon affiliate links and goodreads links to the books mentioned.  :) 



The Devil in the White City - Erik Larson



https://amzn.to/2HHu92D

https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/21996.The_Devil_in_the_White_City



And the Miss Ran Away With the Rake - Elizabeth Boyle



https://amzn.to/2EVel9r

https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/15704780-and-the-miss-ran-away-with-the-rake



Reading Lolita in Tehran - Azar Nafisi



https://amzn.to/2HGQHAx

https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/7603.Reading_Lolita_in_Tehran?ac=1&from_search=true



The Dark - Andrew Neiderman



https://amzn.to/2JRRmQe

https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/374906.The_Dark



Devil's Bride - Stephanie Lauren



https://amzn.to/2H97MGn

https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/363499.Devil_s_Bride



One Chance, One Moment: Book One - The Mandy Story - Judith Ann Kohnen



https://amzn.to/2JW1YNU

https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/25043108-one-chance-one-moment



Hope you enjoy. 

Thanks for watching and reading!










Wednesday, April 11, 2018

Mystery and Thriller Shelf Tour

I recently did a shelf tour of all the Mystery, Thriller, and Suspense books.  The first part is all the books I have on my bookshelf.  The second part are all the books stored in a tote until I have a place to put them.  We had a flood a few years ago and although we had someone come install a sump pump and the protective stuff on the walls, our basement isn't finished.  I have weeded and decluttered quite a few books since then but I still have quite a few books stored in totes.  Hopefully in the next few years we will either to decide to purchase the house we live in and fix the basement or move somewhere that we don't have to gut and fix so I can just install bookshelves and have all my books on display.  What an amazing thing.  You don't appreciate what you have until its gone.  I do miss all the bookshelves that were ruined in the flood.   Sigh. 
Onward to the books! 




Thanks for watching!  Hope you enjoyed.  

Let me know if you have any recommendations for me.  I really enjoy thrillers and have read quite a few that I no longer have on my shelf.  


Sunday, March 18, 2018

Urban Fantasy and Paranormal Bookshelf Tour

I'm working my way through all my books to show you what I have.  This time around I'm focusing on my paranormal and urban fantasy books.  The first video is all the books on my bookshelf.  These are my favorite books and the oldest books that I keep telling myself I need to read or find them a new home.  So that would be my TBR shelf.  Although I don't understand a TBR shelf.  Aren't all your books TBR?  Either you want to read them for the first time or you want to read them again or they wouldn't be there.  And honestly I don't make TBR (to be read) lists as I'm a total mood reader. 
The second video is all the books I wish I had room to put on my bookshelves.  For now they are in a tote. One day I will have the space! 


















Thanks for watching!  And as always if you have recommendations then please let me know.  I'm always looking at new books! 

Thursday, March 8, 2018

February Chatty Reading Wrap Up







Books Listed:

An Unquiet Mind: A Memoir of Moods and Madness
Kay Redfield Jamison

https://amzn.to/2H9HeRg
https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/361459.An_Unquiet_Mind


Do You Want to Start a Scandal
Tessa Dare


https://amzn.to/2H78gss
Spirit of the Cedar People
Chief Lelooska

https://amzn.to/2J2r5xw
https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/1686194.Spirit_of_the_Cedar_People


Lock and Mori
Heather W. Petty

https://amzn.to/2JUmMFN


Drawing Down the Moon:  Witches, Druids, Goddess-Worshippers, and Other Pagans in America
Margot Adler

https://amzn.to/2J40qjK
https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/12724.Drawing_Down_the_Moon

Last Child in the Woods: Saving Our Children from Nature-Deficit Disorder
Richard Louv

https://amzn.to/2qHO9Kj







Amazon links are affiliate links.  

Saturday, December 9, 2017

Homeschool Update

   This past week has been a stressful but fruitful week.  My 10 year old daughter who has always been in public school finally convinced her father that she really did want to homeschool.  After fighting with the school for the past month over their pushing religious readings and music on her class, we decided that it was time to bring her home.  Next week all three of my children will be homeschooling.  My oldest, who is 17 has made some decisions of his own too.  Next week he will turn 18 and he can make those decisions and I can't really stop him.  Sigh.

   Now I need to pull together a 5th grade curriculum.  The difficult part will be finding where she was academically in school and find that point in materials.  The great part is that its almost Christmas break so I will have time to pull it all together. 

   Let me ask this to you parents, do you think that the public school material goes faster through curriculum than the home school books.  I'm finding that 5th grade homeschool materials are things she has already covered.  I handed her a 6th grade math workbook to see if she could find something she was currently working on or hadn't done.  She handed it back after looking.  Nope, went over all that.  So I hand her a middle school book, there she finally found a couple things she hadn't covered. 
I realize it could just be the books I have.  But do you think that the grade level on homeschool books versus public school books are the same?  Let me know in the comments what you think.  Also I'm mainly referring to math in this instance. 

  Off to go through some more homeschool books to see what we have and what we will need.
Hope you all are having a wonderful Yule or Christmas or whatever you celebrate. 

Happy Yule!