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Over the years we’ve read many books about Dr. King (this is still my favorite) and on Saturday, his birthday we read Happy Birthday, Martin Luther King Jr (it was okay). Today, we found another good one!
Gage already knows quite a bit about Martin Luther King Jr. and he took an hour long Outclass class about him this morning, so I was excited to find this picture book with a new approach.
In the Rabbi and the Reverend: Joachim Prinz, Martin Luther King Jr., and Their Fight against Silence is fantastic. Rabbi Prinz and his family had been kicked out of Nazi Germany for speaking out. In America he found the same kind of injustice in the South and he joined his voice to others in the civil rights fight, forming a friendship with King.
He spoke at the March on Washington and this was part of the speech included in the book. It’s something Gage and I talk about often.
“When I was the rabbi of the Jewish community in Berlin under the Hitler regime, I learned many things. The most important thing that I learned…was that bigotry and hatred are not the most urgent problems. The most urgent, the most disgraceful, the most shameful and the most tragic problem is silence. America must not remain silent.”
Highlights of the Week My back started feeling almost normal by Friday.
I got pulled over after dropping Gage off at morning nature camp for a brake light that was out. I couldn’t provide proof of insurance and he still let me off with a warning. Yay me!
I signed up for Book Riot’s TBR service and am looking forward to seeing what they choose for me.
On the homeschool front, we started a real math curriculum (it’s a book, but with worksheets, lesson plans, and tests included) instead of me making the lessons myself and not only has it taken some of the stress off, but Gage is flying through. He’s tested out of the first 25 lessons so far and I’m sure he’ll continue to ace the tests for at least the next 20, so I’m feeling way more confident that what I was doing before was working.
Could’ve been better I was in considerable pain until Friday.
Books I reviewed this week
Books read this year – 24
Plans for the weekend
Hoping to spend some time outside in the sunshine. What about you?
In addition to Her Secret War, I read two more great fiction books this week! Have you read any of these? What did you think?
People We Meet on Vacation was everywhere last year and I finally got around to a listen/read. I loved the friendship between opposites Poppy and Alex. As someone who had a best friend of the opposite sex in college and beyond I loved the banter and the love.
As Poppy found herself having everything she wanted, but still not being happy she decided that making up with Alex was a good first step. The story hops from past to present so that we find out what happened to break their friendship.
A fun modern romance even if I wish more of that lightheartedness would have carried through to the end.
This was the Goodreads Award Winner for Best Romance.
What a great way to start my reading year! Inspired by part of a real conversation she heard at a restaurant in Atlanta. “Would you have waited seven years for me?” And the response “But it would not happen to you.” gets to the heart of this tested marriage.
From the very first pages I felt like I knew Roy and Cecilia. There was an exchange of letters explaining the current situation and then a look back at their upbringing and marriage. Their story was raw and poignant. It’s also the story of Atlanta and all that it means to them both.
If your spouse of 1 1/2 years was falsely imprisoned for 12 years how would you go on? If you like stories about marriage I highly recommend this book. I wish it had gone further in the end, but was still enraptured in their relationship and the secondary characters, especially Roy’s dad.
A moment that ruins her life
On 31st May 1941, Germany drops bombs on neutral Dublin and Sarah Gillespie loses her family and home that fateful night. Days later, the man she loves leaves Ireland to enlist in the RAF.
A decision that changes her life
With nothing to keep her in Ireland and a burning desire to help the war effort, Sarah seeks refuge with relatives in Hampshire, England. But before long, Sarah’s family history catches up with her.
A mission that could cost her life
Sarah is asked to prove her loyalty to Britain through uncovering a spy at Vickers Supermarine, the manufacturers of the legendary Spitfire fighter plane. But to progress with her mission, she must become involved with a fifth columnist. And so the most dangerous game she’s ever played ensues…
I thoroughly enjoyed this WWII historical fiction novel. This is not an era I’m drawn to, but this one hit the spot with it’s sympathetic and smart protagonist, warm characters, fast moving plot, and the addictive writing that keep me wanting to read more every time I had to put it down. There was even a twist that made me think we may see more of Sarah in the future.
Sarah hadn’t had an easy life. Her mother died when she was young, leaving Sarah to raise her little sister in a house with an abusive father. When Dublin is bombed the day after she breaks up with her boyfriend, she is left severely injured and alone. Thankfully she has family in England that takes her in and secures her a job. Just as she settles in, she is forced to prove her loyalty to her new country.
If you like historical fiction with a bit of excitement then this is the book for you!
Last year I spent so much time reading that I lost time for other things along the way, like these weekly checkins! I had the best of intentions today and then tweaked my back this morning and am in quite a bit of pain. Still in pain, but need to focus on something else so here I am!
Highlight of the week I started intermittent fasting and have given up alcohol for the month and those two things shaved off almost 5 pounds!
Also, I’ve decided to continue last year’s book a day challenge, but in a way more relaxed way. I plan to utilize picture books and can count mini-series, like Stay Close, for books I’ve read. So far I’ve read 14 books and watched one. I’d just like to make it a lifestyle and we’ll see how it goes. If that means I’m reading a picture book to Gage some nights, all the better!
Could’ve been better It’s time for Gage’s ETR and IEP and that meant in-person assessments at his old speech therapist’s office and the school. The assessments were fine, but the dozens of pages I must now fill out is not fun.
Posts this week
Emily In Paris, season 2 This Netflix series is one of those guilty pleasures that I really don’t feel guilty about at all! Paris in all of it’s outrageous beauty.
Stay Close the Netflix series based on the book by Harlan Coben. Jason and I have felt ho-hum about the last few Coben adaptations so we were excited that this was one of the better ones. We both really liked it.
Plans for the weekend
Moving as little as possible and hoping my back decides to start acting right.
Linking Up with the Sunday Salon
It’s been a great week for picture books! I read the 7 picture book finalists for this year’s Cybils Awards, but since I’m a judge I can’t give my thoughts until the winner is announced. Check them out here.
Obama writes about the traits of his daughters (and all Americans) based on those who have come before us. Qualities like the strength found in Helen Keller and the pride in America found in George Washington. He also featured ten others. Beautiful illustrations too. This is not a political book, but an American one.
In the 1700’s Benjamin Banneker built a clock with a bell (called a striking bell) to sit on a mantle using only his own drawings and a knife (the bell he purchased). Perfectly shows that ingenuity is just as important as good schooling and money.
How to mark the anniversary of January 6 in our homeschooling day? By spending over an hour studying fake news, who spreads it and the damage it causes, like January 6 when it almost derailed the foundation of our government.
This book was excellent. It’s short, but up to date with social media dangers and real examples of the harm it does to the world as a whole. A great current resource for worthwhile discussion.
This book tells the story of how the multicultural mambo came to be in New York City. It showcased each of the cultures in their parts of the city beautifully. Great for showing different cultures coming together to make something new.
Also, um, I’ve decided to see if I can keep this book a day thing going for another year, lol. It’s the 4th and I’ve read 9 books, 8 of them kids picture books. I discovered a real love for picture books last year that surprised me and I’d like to keep that passion alive.
These past few years have been challenging for everyone. Nothing like living or trying to raise kids during a global pandemic to throw life into uncertainty, depression, and confusion. I think this is the perfect time for Haig’s latest, The Comfort Book. And I’ve paired it with a comfort food just because it’s a sunny January day in Cleveland so why not?
This is a self-help, memoir, inspirational, and more book written by a skilled author who has battled suicidal depression. This book is for everyone who needs a hug right now, or a knowing nod letting you know that you are not alone, you are seen.
Loved it! I listened to the author reading this as well as looking through my book at favorite passages and I’d recommend both.
“Nothing is stronger than a small hope that doesn’t give up.”
“None of us are the same people we were ten years ago. When we feel or experience terrible things, it is useful to remember that nothing lasts. Perspective shifts. We become different versions of ourselves. The hardest question I have ever been asked is: “How do I stay alive for other people if I have no one?” The answer is that you stay alive for other versions of you. For the people you will meet, yes, sure, but also the people you will be.”
“Pasta. No physical appearance is worth not eating pasta for.”
“Realization. I used to worry about fitting in until I realized the reason I didn’t fit in was because I didn’t want to.”
What are your reading plans today? We had movie night last night and around 11:30 Gage started feeling sick. He spend the beginning of 2022 puking his guts out and falling asleep on the couch.
“This isn’t a good way to start 2022,” he says. We can only go up from here!
I’m not going to lie, this wasn’t the best movie year for us. We didn’t get to the movie theater (although we did get to the drive-in for a double feature) and our choices were more of ‘what’s on Netflix that we can agree on in 5 minutes?’ than intentional viewing. We did binge lots of shows, but I wasn’t great about keeping track of those. Maybe next year.
49 movies (same as last year)
2021 was our most watched year with 12 movies, followed by 2020 with 8.
Gigi (1958) was the oldest movie we watched.
We watched the most movies in the month of May with 8.
The two actors I saw the most of at 3 movies a piece were Mathias Schoenarts (A Little Chaos, Red Sparrow, Our Souls at Night) and Jack Black (Goosebumps, Jumanji: Welcome to the Jungle, Jumanji: The Next Level)
My Favorite Movies
What was your favorite movie of the year?