hilary mantel

HSL Book Deal of the Day 5.14.17: Wolf Hall

Wolf Hall: A Novel
By Hilary Mantel

If you set out to create a totally fictional early Renaissance monarch, you would be hard-pressed to come up with a more interesting character than the real-life Henry VIII. Mantel's research bears this out in this fascinating historical fiction from the point-of-view of Thomas Cromwell, the complicated commoner who rose to power during the King's Great Matter—his efforts to divorce his first wife Catherine of Aragon—and fell from grace after the King's fourth marriage to Protestant Anne of Cleves proved unsatisfactory to his majesty. Wolf Hall focuses on Cromwell's ascent in the Tudor court and is a complicated, fascinating read rich in historical detail. Highly recommended.

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Stuff We Like :: 7.28.16

home|school|life's Friday roundup of the best homeschool links, reads, tools, and other fun stuff has lots of ideas and resources.

Around the Web

I’ve been enjoying the SDCC news (superheroes! movie trailers! superhero movie trailers!) on my favorite (and sometimes NSFW) movie site BirthMoviesDeath

I love Lynda Barry: When Heidi Met Carrie

Let’s face it: I was never gonna be able to afford to fly to NYC and see Lin-Manuel Miranda as Alexander Hamilton, but I will miss watching him host Ham4Ham

But (speaking of Lin-Manuel) we’re all excited for Moana, right?  Have you seen the Baby Moana trailer?

 

at home | school | life

for subscribers: We added the Time Cat reading guide to the subscribers library!

on the blog: Don’t miss your chance to enter our fab weather book giveaway.

in the classroom: There’s lots of good stuff coming up on the fall class schedule.

 

Reading List

I finally made my way through The Sandman series by Neil Gaiman and WOW, now I understand what people have been talking about all these years.  Bonus, The Omnibus editions make a very satisfying THUMP when you bring them back to the library returns counter.

Favorite very-post-apocalypse-plus-Brazil-and-matriarchy! YA of the month: The Summer Prince by Alaya Dawn Johnson

Favorite dutiful-daughter-and-her-doctor-fiance-and-the-squirrel-that-might-come-between-them fiction of the month: The Portable Veblen by Elizabeth McKenzie

Favorite French-Revolution-historical-fiction-that-posits-that-Robespierre-was- maybe-not-that-bad-a-guy? of the month: A Place of Greater Safety by Hilary Mantel

 

At Home 

We ain’t afraid of no (female) ghost(-busters): The whole family loved the new Ghostbusters movie!  

Haven’t made it to Star Trek Beyond yet (yes, we’re nerds), but we’re busy watching the first two reboot movies in preparation.

Our new kitten is all of FIVE POUNDS now and has already transitioned from fuzzy bitty kitten to mini-cat.

If anyone wants to meet up for a strawberry margarita or two, I think I’ll need it after dropping Eldest Kid off at his COLLEGE ORIENTATION tomorrow.  Cheers!


Stuff We Like :: 9.4.15

home|school|life's Friday roundup of the best homeschool links, reads, tools, and other fun stuff has lots of ideas and resources.

This has been a crazy week at Casa Sharony and a slow week here on the home/school/life blog as we try to adjust to the challenges of my two broken ankles. (I was taking out the trash. I tripped. That’s the whole story!) It’s definitely tough to be forced to slow down during out busiest time of year, but you can’t really argue with broken ankles. (I’ve tried!)  

 

around the web

Maybe it’s because I’m getting used to working from a new space, but I am loving this site that lets you create your own version of white noise. (I’m writing this with night + fire + rain in the background.)

Remember those long, intimate emails we used to write? I miss them.

Such a good read: This teenager left the classroom (with his school’s sanction) to learn more.

 

at home/school/life

on the blog: I always love Lisa’s posts, but this one, about how we sometimes need to move outside our daily routine to touch base with our life priorities, came just when I needed it.

on pinterest: I’ve been finding so many fun art project ideas that I started a board for them.

from the archives: We still get lots of mail about our fall 2014 list of the best cities for homeschooling families. Maybe it's time to think about doing an update?

 

reading list

One good thing about bedrest is that it’s the best excuse to listen to audiobooks. I’ve been digging Bringing Up the Bodies (the sequel to Wolf Hall), about Thomas Cromwell’s campaign to dethrone Anne Boleyn; The Spire (read by Benedict Cumberbatch, which may or may not be why I picked it up); Stone Mattress, Margaret Atwood’s short story collection that I’ve had on my to-read list forever; and Odd and the Frost Giants by Neil Gaiman, which we’ve been listening to together in the evenings.

I’ve also been doing more than usual reading aloud, and we finished Crenshaw, which was lovely — a delicate story of how a boy’s imaginary friend helps him cope with a difficult family situation. It really deserves its own review — I'll give it one when it officially hits shelves later this month.

The time seemed right to finally read Hyperbole and a Half: Unfortunate Situations, Flawed Coping Mechanisms, Mayhem, and Other Things That Happened.

 

in the kitchen

Since I can’t actually get up the stairs to my kitchen right now, I am eating the end-of-summer tomatoes just sliced with salt and pepper. And honestly, they’re as good as any of my fancier efforts.

I am definitely thankful that we have a few freezer meal options tucked away, including a couple of pans of this easy macaroni and cheese.

I am eternally indebted to Shawne for introducing me to Instacart.

 

at home

Lots of couch time means lots of knitting time. I may finish my Beekeeper’s Quilt yet!

The kids and I have been watching the past season of My Little Pony together on Netflix. It’s always fun to watch something they really love with them.

Jason and I have been absolutely loving The Flash. (We bought the first season because Suzanne kept recommending it even though Suzanne still hasn’t watched Firefly. Ahem.) It’s delightfully refreshing to see a superhero who thinks his super powers are ultimately pretty cool — plus lots of science nerdiness.


Stuff We Like :: 6.19.15

home|school|life's Friday roundup of the best homeschool links, reads, tools, and other fun stuff has lots of ideas and resources.

It’s a busy week here at home/school/life as we prep for our web relaunch, work on the summer issue (I just signed off on our summer reading guide!), welcome our awesome new intern Erin, and try to log as many pool hours as possible.

Around the Web

Obviously, this list of Myers Briggs book recommendations is spot on since it gave me Jane Austen.

There is no way I am not going to get a little excited about a new Anne of Green Gables movie, but Martin Sheen is not my Matthew Cuthbert.

Why hover boards aren’t going to happen: Way to break everybody’s futuristic-dreaming little hearts, Neil deGrasse Tyson.

I teared up a little reading this story about inclusiveness and kids with special needs. I’m going to do this better.

 

On home/school/life

On the blog: Starting next week, we’ll be featuring new content every single day for the next four weeks to celebrate the relaunch of our website. And y’all, there is some good stuff in the lineup—be sure to check it out!

On Pinterest: I love this idea for prettying up all those inevitable cords.

On the blog: Tracy tackles the question that never fails to stump a homeschooler: “Are you enjoying your summer break?”

 

At Home

Jason and I are listening to the audiobook of Wolf Hall.I love how the narrator reads Wolsey like a dissipated Winnie-the-Pooh — it feels so appropriate!

My daughter signed up for this anime drawing classthrough Craftsy — the instructor has been awesomely available and responsive. (Thanks to Stephanie for the recommendation!)

This Firefly t-shirt has found its way into Jason’s Father’s Day gift pile. (Shh, don’t tell him!)

 

Notable Sales

The KnitPicks summer yarn sale is going on now, with lots of yarns up to 40% off. I’m eyeing this dreamy gray fingering yarn for a second Boxy. (I love my first one, the worsted version that I knit last winter.) I’m also going to grab some superwash bulky for baby knitting, but I can’t decide between this avocado green color or a sunny but not-too-bright yellow. I’ll definitely be using it to knit this Fisherman’s Pullover, though. (I think it might be my favorite boys' sweater pattern.)

Get 20% off select items at Oak Meadow's Summer Solstice Sale this weekend (June 19-22). If you don't have Crafts for the Early Grades (such a great resource!) or a copy of The Heart of Learning, this is a great opportunity to scoop them up at a discounted price.