Last time I wrote about the books I am working on I had just started Journey to the Center of the Earth by Jules Verne. That took me less than a month to destroy. It was hard in parts because I feel like the book needs some editing….not from a content standpoint, but a fact check of sorts. For instance, the dates jump around in places to where I had to go back and check that I wasn’t crazy in thinking that they were out of order.
Let’s not focus on the negatives though. I really enjoyed this story and it reminded me of the summer when all I read were “the classics” like Jane Eyre, Pride and Prejudice, and Portrait of a Lady. The language is quite beautiful in this type of book, but I can’t read it every day anymore. The only other downside to the book was that the story ended so abruptly. I expected a little more adventure…..
For instance, when they saw the giant man and the mastodons, why did they not go and investigate more? It seems to me that the book really told little of a “Journey” and more of a hike gone awry with little adventure at all other than storms, near starvation, and a few explosions.
My son is waiting on a different version of the book so that he can read it as the language did prove to be a little much for him.
We are still working on The Secret Garden at bedtime and I have gotten about 1/3 of the way through Part of Our Lives (more on those to come). My youngest just finished reading me The Tale of Despereaux by Kate DiCamillo and we’ll be watching the movie for our Friday night pizza/movie session tonight. He is now working on Mighty Jack and Zita the Spacegirl by Ben Hatke (the third in this series of graphic novels he has read). And the oldest just completed Robinson Crusoe by Daniel Defoe (another I haven’t yet read) and is on to something I can’t wait to read myself: Echo by Pam Munoz Ryan. It’s 500+ pages! I am so proud that he’s attempting such a large book at his age!
What have you read lately?
What’s the biggest book you or your kid(s) have read?
What are you reading with/to someone?
Any suggestions for my summer reading list?