This ended up being a last-minute substitution when my original pick turned out to be a novel, based on true events. Looking back at a tragic event that occurred during his thirteenth year, Frank Drum explores how a complicated web of secrets, adultery, and betrayal shattered his Methodist family and their small 1961 Minnesota community. […]

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Stacie (Sincerely Stacie) added so many great books to her reading stack in August. That’s a whole lot of reading material for a dollar. Astonishing. I like the main character being an FBI special agent focused on art crimes. It may be a little too suspense/romance focused for me to love, but I’ll try it. […]

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In this case, Bogel is distilling each personality typing system down to a quick summary, with a reference section pointing you to more information on each system. You can get an overview of the personality systems online, but reading about how someone has used that information is much more helpful. In that sense, it reminded […]

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It’s a big reading commitment, that needs focused time to appreciate the depth offered by the novel. Try The Turn of the Screw or We Have Always Lived in the Castle for other classic novels that tilt towards the creepy side. Already read it?Try My Cousin Rachel or Dragonwyck for additional novels with a Gothic […]

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Thank you for supporting The Deliberate Reader! And I know that it’s a developmental stage, and I know that research shows that children who don’t learn how to read until older catch up quickly, and she’s only just 6. She’s reaching for the first reader, Run Bug Run. Homeschooling Update: A Reading Breakthrough! She’s thrilled, […]

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Kent Haruf’s Plainsong had more cover versions than I was expecting. Cover Love: Plainsong September 11, 2017 By Sheila Leave a Comment Book covers fascinate me. This is my favorite cover. The Italian edition looks like it’s for a book set during a drought. Why are some covers kept for various editions and languages? The […]

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I have TWO author interviews coming up, and I’m really excited about trying to add that as a semi-regular feature here. She loved it. Fortunately for him, that’s already in the plans. Sigh. It’s not cool enough to branch out into Fall meals, I’m burning out on Summer dishes, etc. Picture Books I Read with […]

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All opinions are my own. Bri McKoy tells us this is within reach! New Book Love: Come & Eat by Bri McKoy September 6, 2017 By Sheila Leave a Comment Come & Eat: A Celebration of Love and Grace Around the Everyday Table by Bri McKoy When I first heard of McKoy’s new book, I […]

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Ice Road by Joan Lennon (The Wickit Chronicles #3) Finishing the series. Did Not Finish A Study in Charlotte by Brittany Cavallaro Read the first few chapters and wasn’t caring about any of the characters. And maybe some of the “nice but not for me” feeling is because I already am fairly good at not […]

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Why did I get it: Love the idea of these recipes. The Lost City of Z: A Tale of Deadly Obsession in the Amazon How did I get it: Borrowed it electronically from the library. New on the Stack in August 2017 September 1, 2017 By Sheila Leave a Comment Welcome to New on the […]

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Sure, they have lots of other versions. No worries – you’ll find some applicable questions in here. And after pausing for all of 30 seconds, I ordered my own set, then wrote this post. TableTopics Book Club Edition It’s only the best set of questions for book discussion ever. I’m even thinking about getting the […]

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Introducing September’s Book Club Selection: Plainsong August 28, 2017 By Sheila Leave a Comment Plainsong by Kent Haruf What’s It About? Anything Else to Know About It? Describes struggles with culture shock after Firoozeh’s family moved from Iran to America when she was 7 years old Find the book: Print | Kindle | Nook | […]

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I will probably still add in The Story of Exploration like I did with her brother, as it was a fun book that he really enjoyed. Taekwondo continues: she’s just earned her senior brown belt, and if she continues to pass each level, she’ll test for black belt in February. One fun thing is that […]

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I’ll have to dig into the reviews, before I fall for the premise and great covers. What catches my eye the most though is The Bones Will Speak. I’m intrigued by the forensic artist perspective, so I’m considering picking up the first in the series, A Cry from the Dust. And of course, I’m curious […]

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Series Love: Maisie Dobbs August 21, 2017 By Sheila Leave a Comment The Basics The Maisie Dobbs series by Jacqueline Winspear is one I frequently recommend to historical mystery fans, or to those who might become historical mystery fans with the slightest nudge. Thank you for supporting The Deliberate Reader! I enjoyed her narration and […]

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Spelling, Phonics, and Handwriting He’s halfway through All About Spelling level 4 already, so I expect him to finish it and most (if not all) of level 5 this year. First up is 100 Things to Know about Science, followed by a book about Volcanos. Homeschooling Update: Plans for Third Grade August 18, 2017 By […]

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What isn’t so obvious from the title is that the book includes a fabulous introductory section, describing types of homeschoolers, and helping parents figure out their child(ren)’s learning style(s). Quiet: The Power of Introverts in a World That Can’t Stop Talking by Susan Cain At the slightest opportunity to promote this look at Introverts, I […]

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I was hoping we wouldn’t need to buy a new machine! Upon opening it up, he discovered a sock clogging it, and since removing it it’s been working much better. What’s Cooking I kind of made up a bar recipe when I didn’t have the exact ingredients the recipe called for. Whew. Thank you for […]

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Read The Right Word to them. Fascinated by words? Find the books: The Professor and the Madman: A Tale of Murder, Insanity, and the Making of the Oxford English Dictionary by Simon Winchester Print | Kindle | Audible | Nook | Goodreads Word by Word: The Secret Life of Dictionaries by Kory Stamper Print | […]

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Not one would inspire me to pick it up and give it try (it was the high Goodreads rating that did that). Do you have a preference for one of them in particular Or do you have any ideas for how they could have designed the cover to make it fit the book, and be […]

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