the secrets of wishtide

Some of Our Favorite Books of 2017

Some of Our Favorite Books of 2017

It's time for our favorite books of 2017 roundup! From picture books with swagger to hard-hitting investigative journalism, from feminist dystopias (not what you think!) to Victorian mysteries, these are our picks for best homeschool reads of the year.

Book Nerd: Library Chicken Weekly Scorecard (11.21.17)

Book Nerd: Library Chicken Weekly Scorecard (11.21.17)

Adventures with the Bloomsbury set, gossipy Edwardian servants, a delightful Victorian mystery, and more Library Chicken.

Stuff We Like :: 7.28.17

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

Just FYI: Our subscription service is raising its price-per-purchase, so the price of a subscription to home/school/life magazine will be going up $2 (to $21) in August. If you want to renew or subscribe before August 1, you can still do it for $19. The blog will obviously continue to be free. :)

around the web

Great tips for helping introverts participate in class without telling them to “just speak up.”

Timely read: How to do nothing

Why representation (in literature, art, and life) matters so much


at home/school/life

on the blog: I love Maggie’s ideas for creating a list of writing topics.

one year ago: What to read next if you loved the Warriors series

two years ago: I love this: When your child is ready to do it “all by herself”—but you aren’t

three years ago: Books we read in June 2015


reading list 

My Library Chicken score this week: The Secrets of Wishtide (which I totally loved, and I thought it was a series but it’s not, and why the heck not? +1), The Art of Eating (+1), The Murder at the Vicarage (+1), The Power of Myth (+1, work-related, though I ended up buying a copy, too), The Unabridged Journals of Sylvia Plath (+1), Devil in the Grove: Thurgood Marshall, the Groveland Boys, and the Dawn of a New America (+1, work-related), Showdown: Thurgood Marshall and the Supreme Court Nomination That Changed America (+1, work-related, and the book that launched me on my current Thurgood Marshall kick)

My son is reading Survivors obsessively, making this his second book series obsession of the summer and me pretty much the happiest mom in the universe.

Speaking of series obsessions, my daughter just zoomed through the Jackaby series (which you already know I love) and Chrestomanci series. Apparently summer is serial reading season here!


at home

Jason and I are watching our way through season two of Poldark and lots of Marple while I work on my current baby shower knitting project. (Acorn TV is definitely the best subscription television for me!)

I am SO HOPEFUL about the Wrinkle in Time movie. Do not let me down, Ava DuVernay.