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What We're Reading in December 2014

What We're Reading in December (Book selections for a homeschooling family of 7)

Christmas carols ringing from the speakers?....check!
Mug of hot cocoa at our sides?....check!
Good book in each of our hands?...double check!!

December's sights and sounds always have a way of drawing us to the pages of one good read after another. December is cozy. So are books. It just feels right to put the two together.

Here's what we're reading.

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Read Aloud- Everybody

The True Gift- After finishing the last two books in the five book Sarah, Plain and Tall series, it was only natural that we would want to start our Christmas season with this MacClauchlan holiday classic. (This particular MacClauchlan book is a bit more modern than her others. I've had to do a little omitting of words like "dumb.")

Jamie- that's me!

7: An Experimental Mutiny Against Excess- I thought the Christmas season would be the perfect time to take a big gulp and start this one. I'm sure it is going to be a wee bit painful, but I'm kind of looking forward to it. 

Sweetie Pea- 6th grade

The Body Book- (Mom assigned book) This is the second-to-the-last in a group of four books that I have intentionally assigned my daughter to prepare her for all the many changes that are happening in her world and her body as a preteen girl.

Redwall- (Read-for-fun book) She hasn't started this one yet as she's currently finishing another book. But she can't wait to crack it open.

Super Boy- 3rd grade

Henry and Ribsy- (Mom assigned book) The misadventures of Henry and his faithful dog, has my son hooked.

Buffalo Bill and the Pony Express- (Read-for-fun book)

Blonde Warrior- 2nd grade

Tornado- (Mom assigned book) My older two kids both loved reading this book. It's so fun to see the next-in-line enjoying it too!

Greased Lightning- Kindergarten

Scholastic Phonics Ready Readers- This is a series of graduated phonics readers that come in a boxed set. This is set 2 in the series. 

So, while the chestnuts are roasting on an open fire, we'll be reading! (Ok...not really...we have no chestnuts and we certainly don't have any open fires. But, we have lots of books! So the "reading" part is true.)

How about you? Whatcha' reading?


  1. I really look forward to these posts every month. Last months WWR, I asked a specific question for book suggestions, and one of your readers gave me some! The book 7 happened to be 1 of the titles.....it was wonderful, very thought provoking and informative.
    You have been such an inspiration to me, I devour each post! Question, would you consider a post on burn-out and how to recommit ? Blessings this joyous season:)

    1. I'm so glad these posts are helpful. Yes, a post about burn-out would be something to consider. Thanks for the suggestion.

  2. I just finished 7 and I am still processing through what I should do with it. I know that it is Biblical to fast, but I am trying to figure out what way and things I need to fast from, because mine will look different then others. I've always kind of skipped fasting, but I definitely see the benefits, like a cleansing.
    My husband and I are currently reading Death by Living by ND Wilson-LOVE it! It is another challenging book for life and how we live each moment.
    I am reading an advanced copy of Beth Hautala's Waiting for Unicorns aloud to my kids and The Maze Runner is my fiction reading.

    1. How are you liking Waiting for Unicorns? I hope to read it soon.
      I've never been much of a faster either. But this year, I am in a small group and we've committed to prayer all week and one morning of fasting. We are reading through The Power of a Praying Wife. It's been so wonderful to devote a morning of fasting and prayer each week for my husband.

  3. Taking a page from your book (pun intended), I started blogging our reading list each month. (The first time I did it, in October, I linked back to you as the inspiration.) Here's our December list:


    My hubby and I both read 7 a couple of years ago, and our takeaway was that it would have been more inspiring if Ms. Hatmaker had made it a real lifestyle. By the end of the book, it was clear that she'd done it as a gimmick to write and sell books. That doesn't mean you can't learn from it, but it does make it a bit less inspiring.

    1. I agree about the "lifestyle". While I'm only into the book a little bit, I kind of got that same impression from just reading the introduction. We shall see...

      I'll have to head to your blog and check out your list!

    2. Cool; I hope you are able to find time to hit up my blog :)