It was our first week back to lessons. I'm always, always surprised by how much easier our lives go when we fall into our regular school routine. You'd think I could get more done when I'm not homeschooling, but nope. I am able to accomplish loads more while supervising my children's education. So, ta da! I finished my first book of 2014. Having a working book light made for e-readers has made reading at night so much easier.
The House at Tyneford was a charming story of cultural changes prompted by the beginning of World War II. Elise is a well to do young Jewish woman from Austria who takes shelter on an estate in England working as a maid. I expected more of a war story, but this focuses more on Elise's struggle to fit in with either social group within the home. In the end, I kind of loved it and grew quite fond of every character in the book. Recommended!
I've begun Wormwood Forest: A Natural History of Chernobyl and it's fascinating. I am staying up too late watching Khan Academy clips trying to refresh my understanding of half-life, isotopes, the very basics of the periodic table of elements. Yikes. The things I've forgotten! I can see reading this book with a young chemistry student because it makes everything very relevant and you can't really gloss over it all. To understand what's going on there on the grand scale, you have to understand - want to understand - what's happening on a (literally!) elemental level. Really enjoying this one so far!
We finished Calpurnia Tate and it definitely makes the top ten. Yes, Calpurnia never really understood that she could undertake her role as a homemaker (or any vocation) in a very scientific way but it ended on such a sweet, hopeful note that I'll let it go. Very highly recommended for girls. There are a couple of instances of mild swearing but my daughter thought that only added to the charm. I concur.
I'm stumped as to what to read next to my 13yo. I'm looking at Salt: A World History but am very, very open to suggestions. Also, while I'm requesting input, what about Gone Girl for me? It's not what I'm normally drawn to, but I've seen rave reviews from so many people that I'm about to cave. Have any of you read it?
Happy, happy Friday friends!