Tuesday, May 20, 2014

Current Reading

I don't like to read more than one book at a time, so I was amused today to realize that we are all reading multiple books right now.  I am reading two books aloud to N. at bedtime and throughout the day: Understood Betsy by Dorothy Canfield and Grayson by Lynne Cox.  Understood Betsy, published in 1916, tells the story of a girl who moves from a coddled, overprotected urban life to a rural life where she develops competence and self-sufficiency.  N. and I are really enjoying it; N. has remarked several times that it reminds him of Mary Lennox's transformation in The Secret Garden.  Grayson tells the true story of extreme swimmer Lynne Cox's encounter with a baby whale when swimming off the California coast when she was seventeen.  Cox's account is both lyrical and scientifically rich.

N. is alternating among Whittington by Alan Armstrong, The Mysterious Benedict Society and the Perilous Journey by Trenton Lee Stewart, and Logicomix, a graphic novel about the life and work of Bertrand Russell (whose autobiography Tim read to N. over the past year).

In his reading aloud to N., Tim alternates between Mark Twain's Life on the Mississippi (which he read to N. several years ago, though N. doesn't remember it) and The Case for Pluto.

I am reading The Mysterious Benedict Society (at N.'s request) and Americanah by Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie.

Tim's reading isn't pictured here but he just finished The Spanish Tragedy by Thomas Kyd for the literature tutorial he does with a high-school-aged homeschooler and he's about to start The Answer to the Riddle is Me.  


Supratentorial said...

Grayson looks really interesting. I loved Cox's Swimming to Antarctica and my oldest son is a swimmer, ocean lover and reader. :)

Fanny Harville said...

I'd love to hear what you and your son think of it!