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These Are A Few of Our Favorite Books! O ~ Blogging Through The Alphabet

Fav Books O

Of Giants And Ice – Shelby Bach

(fiction)

Sixth-grader Rory Landon is the only child of two divorced celebrities. She lives with her actress mother, and because of her mother’s busy schedule, Rory is very familiar with after school programs and frequent moving. But there is something different about the newest program. Ever After School is a school for the children and grandchildren of fairy-tale characters, and the they are trained for when their own Tale comes along. For once, Rory makes friends who don’t care about who her parents are. When her friend Lena’s first Tale comes and she chooses Rory as one of her Companions, Rory is thrilled – even though it requires climbing and she despises heights. Along their quest, Lena acts as peacemaker between Rory and Chase, Lena’s other Companion and Rory’s least favorite person. When the trio makes an accidental visit to the Snow Queen in the Glass Mountain, their relationships change forever.

E – This book was interesting to me because I think that Rory is such a good character. I think that anyone can find something of themselves in her. She was one of my favorite characters. The other one was Chase because I think that he grew the most. There is a total of four books in this series and my favorite was the last one.

Ordinary Magic – Caitlen Rubino-Bradway

(fiction)

Where 12-year-old Abby lives, magic isn’t special. It is a part of everyday life. When Abby is found to not have any magic at all, she is declared an ord – ordinary. Most ords are thrown out or sold to adventurers by their families, but Abby is lucky enough to have an older sister who works for the King Steve. Alexa doesn’t do just anything though. She works for a school for ords called Rothermere that teaches the ords how to survive without magic, and she gets her sister into the school. As Abby makes new friends at her new school, she learns that there can be some advantages to being an ord.

E – I liked this book because most books about magic have it being the oddity. Abby and her friends are strange because they don’t have magic. My favorite character was Alexa because she was so caring and understanding to everyone. I was slightly disappointed that there isn’t a sequel to this book because the ending seems to suggest that there should be one, but it has been seven years and nothing yet.

On The Edge Of The Dark Sea Of Darkness: adventure, peril, lost jewels, and the fearsome toothy cows of Skree – Andrew Peterson

(fiction)

When three siblings, Janner, Tink, and Leeli Igiby, find an interesting map tucked away, they set off on a quest to learn about the father they never knew, and a hidden treasure that many have aspired to find. But the childrens’ curiosity puts the whole family in danger, and they run away from their pursuers, the evil Fangs of Dang who invaded Skree. As the family flees, Janner realizes that his mother and grandfather are hiding something – something big. To keep themselves and their family safe, the Igiby siblings will have to use their talents – Janner’s bravery, Tink’s leadership, and Leeli’s singing and love.

E – This book is one that requires a lot of concentration and dedication to the book because of all of the detail in it. One of my friends recommended this book series to me and told me that it got a lot easier to read after the first book, so I made myself get through it the first time and I think that it will definitely be easier next time I read it. I really liked how much world-building the author did. My favorite character was probably Nia, the mother, because she was just so kind and she tried to see everything in as many ways as possible.

The One And Only Ivan – Katherine Applegate

(fiction)

This book is about a silverback gorilla who has spent most of his life in captivity, including 27 years at the Big Top Mall And Arcade. He is an easygoing gorilla who loves to eat, paint, and watch TV. He has a few friends: Bob, the stray dog who sleeps on Ivan’s belly; Stella, the wise old elephant in the domain next to Ivan; and Julia, the human daughter of the janitor. Stella spends a lot of time telling Ivan about all the places she has been and seen, and about how she wishes she lived in a zoo instead of the Big Top Mall. When a baby elephant named Ruby comes to join them, everything starts to change. An old injury of Stella’s flares up and makes her sick. Stella makes Ivan promise to help Ruby and get her to a better place. With Stella sick, Ivan starts remembering his life before captivity to entertain Ruby with. Then, when Julia gives Ivan some of her old finger paints, Ivan starts to come up with a plan to save Ruby.

E – I read this book when I was about 8 or 9 I think. I read it the other day and I still like it a lot. I really like how it is told from Ivan’s point of view. I also like that it is based off of a real story that actually happened. I remember the first time I read this book, my favorite character was Julia because I wanted to be an artist too.

Forth And Back – Caleb Olmstead

(science fiction)

This book is about three kids – a 9th-grade boy named Darren, his friend Carson, and his little sister Brooke. One day, at school a new kid shows up, gives them all his address, and tells them to flush the paper when they have it memorized. The boy’s name is Chandler, and he is hiding from the government because he has built something amazing – a time machine. The trio doesn’t believe him at first, but then the machine gets broken, sending the three of them into the past. They move around time in a random fashion until they accidentally make a huge mistake that changes history.

E – This was also a book that my friend recommended to me. I really liked the writing style he had. I liked all of the characters a lot. My favorite character was probably Carson because she was so independent. The book isn’t very long or complicated, but this is a newer author, and it was a good book to start with.

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These Are A Few of Our Favorite Books! N ~ Blogging Through The Alphabet

Fav books N

Narnia Series – C. S. Lewis

(christian fiction)

The first book to read in this series is The Lion, The Witch, and The Wardrobe. The main characters are the Pevensie siblings – Peter, Susan, Edmund, and Lucy. The book starts in 1940 England. The Pevensie children are evacuated to an old house in the country because of the war. The house is owned by Professor Kirke, a kind older man who likes the children. One day, Lucy discovers a beautiful wardrobe that turns out to also be a portal to a magical place called Narnia. She meets a faun named Mr. Tumnus and has tea with him. When she goes back, she finds that no time at all has passed. Lucy finally gets her siblings into Narnia with her, but they are plunged into a war there as well. The White Witch has taken over Narnia from Aslan, the previous ruler. The Pevensie children are part of a prophecy that says that they will save Narnia. With help from several new friends, and a betrayal from someone close, will they succeed?

E – This was a series that Dad read to us when I was about 8. I can remember really liking it. My favorite character is Edmund because of how much he grows in just the first book, and then the next couple as well. The movies also were really good.

Number The Stars – Lois Lowry

(fiction)

This book is about 10-year-old Annemarie Johansen growing up in 1943 Copenhagen. Annemarie can remember what her life was like before the war started. She and her best friend Ellen Rosen were free to walk the streets, they didn’t have food shortages, and the Nazis weren’t all over the place. But now everything has changed. And the Nazis won’t stop. Now the Jews living in Denmark are being “relocated”. Ellen’s family is Jewish, so to protect Ellen, she moves in with the Johansen family and pretends to be the third daughter. Then Annemarie has to go on a dangerous mission to save her best friend’s life. And she can’t back out.

E – I think that I like this book so much because it is a fiction book, but it is full of true facts. World War II has been very interesting to me for a while too, and I really like fiction books in that time period. This book is a little young, but I think that it is a good one. It is nice to read about a WWII character from a slightly more remote area or country.

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Thank you for joining us on this journey through our favorites. We are just over halfway through and reminding ourselves of books we want to reread.

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These Are A Few of Our Favorite Books! M ~ Blogging Through The Alphabet

Books Fav M

The Maze Runner – James Dashner

(fiction)

This book takes place in the not-so-far future. When Thomas wakes up, all he can remember is his name. Before he knows what is happening, he is pulled out of the lift by complete strangers – a group of all boys, none of whom can remember anything else either. Thomas’ new home is called the Glade, and it is surrounded by tall stone walls. The walls hide an ever-shifting Maze that is the only way out of the Glade. In three years, no one has ever found the exit and made it back alive. Then everything changes. A girl, the first girl ever, arrives in the Glade, setting everything on an irreversible path.

E – My best friend read this series before me, and told me how good they were. My favorite character was a tie between Thomas, because I thought it was kind of funny how he just jumped into everything, and Newt, because he was so compassionate and kind sometimes. I really liked how James Dashner brought the world to life. It was easy to believe that this could possibly happen. 

Mrs. Piggle-Wiggle – Betty MacDonald

(fiction)

Mrs. Piggle-Wiggle is the best friend of many children. She is funny and kind, with sparkling eyes. She lives in an upside-down house and bakes cookies when a child comes to visit. But the best thing about Mrs. Piggle-Wiggle is that she knows everything there is to know about children. When Mary turns into an Answer-Backer, Dick has become Selfish, or Allen decides to be a Slow-Eater-Tiny-Bite-Taker, Mrs. Piggle-Wiggle knows exactly what to do.

E –  Mrs. Piggle-Wiggle is definitely below my reading level, but I like it because it is so cheerful and fun. I also like reading about all the mischief the kids can get into, and how nice Mrs. Piggle-Wiggle is about it all. It is definitely a good book to read for fun.

Meet The Austins – Madeline L’Engle

(fiction)

The Austin family has four children – Vicky, John, Suzy, and Rob. When a family friend dies in a plane crash and leaves an orphaned daughter, the Austins take in the girl, Maggy. The children try their hardest to make Maggy feel better and welcome, but Maggy makes it harder by making herself a little too at home. Vicky knows she should have at least a little sympathy for Maggy, but it’s so hard sometimes. She screams in the middle of the night, breaks their toys, and causes general chaos in the Austin household. Vicky is confused at how one little girl could completely disrupt a family of six, and can’t wait for her life to return to normal.

E – I picked this book up shortly after I finished the Time Quintet that Madeline L’Engle wrote. I really liked the way that she writes and I decided that this series sounded good as well. I really liked how it was just a series about a girl growing up. For the most part, she wasn’t the heroine or the victim. She just had to face ordinary struggles that could happen to an ordinary teenager.

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Lori, At Home.

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These Are A Few Of Our Favorite Books! update

Just a quick update for you, my friends. We are going to take a couple of weeks off of Blogging Through The Alphabet for the holidays. We are going to spend time with family and friends. We will be back January 3-ish with the next post in the series – books starting with the letter M!

In the meantime, you can check out past sets of our Blogging Through The Alphabet Series (linked the Z post since it has all the others included) –

New Mexico Bucket List 

Texas Bucket List

Middle School Books

Random ABC Posts

A is for . . . 

I didn’t realize how many different series sets I had done. It was fun to look at them all. Hope you enjoy!

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Blessings,
Lori, At Home.

 

 

 

These Are A Few Of Our Favorite Books! L ~ Blogging Through The Alphabet

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Little Women – Louisa May Alcott

(fiction)

This book takes place in the time period of the Civil War, in a family of six – Father, who is off fighting; Marmee, the loving mother; Meg, the oldest daughter, who is smart and ladylike; tomboyish Jo, the second oldest daughter; Beth, the sweet angel of the family; and the youngest, Amy, who is pretty, bubbly, and longs to do everything with her sisters. This book follows their lives as everything changes as they grow up, and trade childhood games for parties and suitors. But through everything that happens, the four sisters stick together to face their lives with love.

E – Mama read this book to us as well when I was about 10. I had had a hard time starting it by myself, but it was so much easier with someone reading it to me instead. My favorite character was probably a tie between Jo, because I think that I am a lot like her, and Beth, because I want to be like her. Altogether, it was a fabulous book, and a great read-aloud.

Lily Series – Nancy Rue

(fiction)

Lily is a sixth-grader in public school, desperate to find her “thing”. She has two annoying brothers – older Art, whose “thing” is music; and younger Joe, whose “thing” is sports. Lily feels awkward, like she doesn’t fit in her own family, and thinks that her fiery red hair makes her look ugly. First book, Here’s Lily synopsis – One day at school, Lily gets a compliment on her looks from a nice woman in the modeling business. The woman, Kathleen, is “searching” for kid models in in a fashion show, and she wants Lily to be a part of it. Lily throws her whole self into it, believing that this could be what she’s good at, and making other friends at school in the process. But when something goes wrong on the night of the show, Lily learns an important lesson, a lesson about true beauty and how God sees us.

E – This book appealed to me because I kind of feel like Lily sometimes. I want to figure out what it is that God wants me to do with my life, but there is so much other stuff going on that it can hard sometimes. Lily is an amazing main character and I feel like she is probably everyone’s favorite because she has such a personality that I think everyone can relate to at least one thing about her. I liked how this series showed a fun, friendly, God-fearing family, and the way they lived their life. I also liked how there were 14 books in the series that follow Lily as she grows up a little more, and then interactive companion books that tell a little more about the subject of that book for each one.

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You know, Little Women and the following books have been favorites since my own childhood. I am so glad the girls followed in my footsteps with these particular books and Louisa May Alcott. Such wonderful stories.

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These Are A Few Of Our Favorite Books! K ~ Blogging Through The Alphabet

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Keeping A Quiet Heart – Elisabeth Elliot

(devotional book)

This book is split into five sections, with several short articles on that topic in each. Most of them run a page or two taking only a few minutes to read each day. These articles can help you take a few moments to spend time with God before or after your day of running around, fulfilling your commitments.

E – Mama read some of these to us as part of our family time at the beginning of last year. I really like Elisabeth Elliot and this book was also good. I like how you kind of get a peek into what her life was like. I think that she is inspiring to me, and this book helped me grow a little closer to God.

Keeper of the Lost Cities – Shannon Messenger

(fantasy fiction)

12-year-old Sophie is a high school senior. She is always trying to hide in the background and doesn’t have friends. Her biggest fear is that someone will find out her secret, that she has been able to read minds since she was 5. So, when a boy with teal eyes – who Sophie has never seen before – calls her by name, she is shocked. The boy, Fitz, tells Sophie that she is an elf and takes her to the Lost Cities. At first, everything seems to be amazing. But it soon turns out that Sophie has secrets that she didn’t even know about, and they are secrets that others will do anything to get their hands on.

E – I happened to come across the fourth book in this series on the new shelf at the library, and I thought that it looked interesting so I checked out the first one. I ended up loving it, along with my best friend as well. I think that my favorite thing about Keeper of the Lost Cities is how imaginative but plausible it is. I don’t have any trouble believing that this could actually be true (even though I know that it is fiction). My favorite character is a tie between Sophie, because I think that I am a lot like her, and Fitz, because he is such a good friend and he is so sweet (most of the time).

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As we continue to get these written, I will get them shared. As you have noticed, keeping up with the writing schedule was a bit harder than expected with the dance schedule and course work the girls are doing. But they (Miss E in particular) are determined to keep at it. So, some may be a bit late, or a lot if you are still looking for F, but we’ll get them up sooner or later.

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These Are A Few Of Our Favorite Books! – I ~ Blogging Through The Alphabet

Favorite Books I Cover

Today, Miss E is sharing a favorite fiction book and a favorite biography. Two good reads for the middle school or high school student starting with the letter I.

Isabel Of The Whales – Hester Velmans

(fiction)

Isabel is an average 11-year-old girl living on the coast in Provincetown, MA. She feels average, looks average, and has two older brothers who constantly tease her. But she wants to do something great. Her biggest fascination is whales. She loves whales. She is ecstatic when her 5th grade class goes on a whale watch. But in the middle of the trip, the boat is surrounded by several different species of whales. The whales bump the boat, causing Isabel to fall overboard. Once in the water, Isabel realizes that she has become a humpback whale – a mermaid, as the whales call her. Isabel has to remain a whale until she has learned their ways and taught them about hers. At first, Isabel has fun. But living in the pod has its challenges. It isn’t all fun and games. Isabel will forever change her pod, and they will forever change her life.

E – My mom found this book for me at a book sale. At the time I first read it, probably when I was 10 or 11, I was fascinated by whales too. One thing that I love about this book is that while it is an excellent fiction book, it is also peppered with true facts. At the back of the book there is a drawing that shows the scale of all of the different species of whales alongside a person. My favorite character in this book was actually a tie between Isabel, because she was a lot like me at that age, and Mistenbel, because she was so adorable. I have read this book so many times and I still enjoy it.

Ida Scudder: Healing Bodies, Touching Hearts – Janet & Geoff Benge

(biography)

Ida Sophia Scudder was born in India in 1870. Her father was a doctor there and she said that she would not follow in his footsteps. Her desire was to get married and sttle down with children in the United States. But one night, she witnessed an event that changed her mind. Three women died in childbirth, refusing to see the doctor (Ida’s father) because he was male and it was against the women’s religious customs. Ida believed that God was showing her what to do with her life and grabbed the chance. She graduated from Cornell Medical College in 1899 and became a medical missionary to India.

E – This book appealed to me because I love reading about missionaries. I also like to read the biographies about doctors, and Ida was both. There were a few others in this series that were medical missionaries as well. One of them, Paul Brand, actually worked with Ida in India. These biographies are so well written it is easy to forget that it actually is non-fiction.

Do you have any favorite books that begin with the letter I? We would enjoy hearing about them in the comments section if you wouldn’t mind taking a moment to tell us. New books titles are always fun to read about.

Blessings,
Lori, At Home.

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