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Book Review: The Guns of August by Barbara Tuchman

  The Guns of August by Barbara W. Tuchman My rating: 5 of 5 stars A Phenomenal Slog It took me months to push my way through this 440 pages detailing the first, pivotal month of the First World War. While Tuchman’s prose drew me through and, in places, was utterly delightful, the military detail…

Book Review: Phantastes by George MacDonald
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Book Review: Phantastes by George MacDonald

  Phantastes by George MacDonald My rating: 4 of 5 stars I listened to this on Audible, but the Glen Reed narration which isn’t here on GoodReads. I read some of it on Kindle as well, but I mostly listened. I’m afraid the narrator wasn’t as delightful as I would have preferred. I made it…

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Book Review: Minds More Awake by Anne White

Minds More Awake: The Vision of Charlotte Mason by Anne E. White My rating: 5 of 5 stars Wow! I really loved this. I’ve had it for years and kept putting it off – a decision I now regret. It was great for a cursory read, but I’m going to start it again because I…

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Book Review: In Tune with the World by Josef Pieper

In Tune With The World by Josef Pieper My rating: 4 of 5 stars 3.5-3.75 rounded to 4. I loved the beginning of this book, the end … less so? It didn’t go where I expected it to and I was kind of frustrated by that. It isn’t that I disagree with Pieper’s diagnosis, but…

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Book Review: Death on the Nile by Agatha Christie

  Death on the Nile by Agatha Christie My rating: 4 of 5 stars I’m a little shocked that this says I began to listen in September. I think I restarted a couple of times since then. I had a nice long drive to and from Kentucky over the weekend which gave me sustained listening…

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Book Review: Know and Tell by Karen Glass

  Know and Tell: The Art of Narration by Karen Glass My rating: 4 of 5 stars Super helpful introduction to narration and how it can lead naturally into composition. We’ve always done narration in one form or another but had gotten stuck in written narration and not transitioning well to more formal writing. Chapter…

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Book Review: The Scarlet Letter by Nathaniel Hawthorne

The Scarlet Letter by Nathaniel Hawthorne My rating: 5 of 5 stars I first read The Scarlet Letter as a Junior in high school: American Lit. No one had previously bothered to tell me that classics endure because they are so readable and have something to say that is worth listening to, so I procrastinated…

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Book Review: Genghis Khan and the Making of the Modern World

  Genghis Khan and the Making of the Modern World by Jack Weatherford My rating: 4 of 5 stars I really enjoyed listening to this. The reader was very good. The text was enthusiastic and interesting. The production was generally well done (but occasionally annoying – music from nowhere and a reminder that this was…

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Book Review: World War One by Norman Stone

World War One: A Short History by Norman Stone My rating: 3 of 5 stars I finished this as part of my Schole Sisters 5×5 challenge topic of World War I. There are absolutely flashes of brilliance in this book, including the entire final chapter “Aftermath.” I think part of my problem with this book…