What We’re Reading and Viewing

12 Aug

How should one start a post about books?

Obviously…with a photo of a box of books.

This box got somewhat lost.

It took six weeks to find its way to my place

but it finally arrived…thankfully.

What was in it?


Well, a sticker book for my nieces to play with at my brother’s wedding.

No, it didn’t arrive in time.  😦

I also got Robin McKinley’s book, “Shadow”.

I’d hoped to take this one to Adelaide with me.

Nope, that also didn’t happen, since it was travelling all around the country without me.

I also picked up two books from my wishlist –

Sylvie Well’s “My Guardian Angel” and “Elvina’s Mirror”.

These books are about the plight of the Jews at the hands of the Crusaders.

This story sounds intriguing.

I also bought the Emily books, written by L.M. Montgomery, the author of Anne of Green Gables.

Have you read them?

I’ve read and LOVED the Anne books but never read Emily’s story

so I plan on fixing that.

And, finally,

(yes it was a big order – the last before our government added even more taxes to our lives)

I bought Dante’s “Inferno” and a book to help me understand it, “A Beginner’s Guide to Dante’s Divine Comedy”.

I chose Anthony Esolen’s translation after looking through different translations and finding Esolen’s to be my favourite.

I’m enjoying Inferno more than I imagined that I would.

You should definitely try it if you haven’t already.


Okay, time to talk about the books we’ve read.

Recently, we finished reading “Leaving Glorytown: One Boy’s Struggle Under Castro”.

This book was really eye-opening.

It’s the true story of the author’s childhood in Cuba under Castro’s oppressive regime.

Do you know anything about Cuba under Castro’s Communist government?

I knew virtually nothing before this book.


We also read about Carl Linnaeus, the guy who organised the system of classification that we use for plants and animals.

We started with this darling picture book, “Karl, Get Out of the Garden”.

(Picture books are a great way of getting a quick overview of a topic.)

Then, we read one of the Great Minds of Science books on Linnaeus.

It’s a fascinating story.  Imagine renaming every plant and animal on Earth!

This story will also help you remember the order of all those phylums, genuses and kingdoms.


We’ve also been reading about Australia’s Democratic System

in preparation for a trip to Canberra.

This (pictured below) was a great overview of our system.


Since we’re heading to a performance of Hamlet in a couple of weeks,

we also read a children’s edition of the play.

If you are looking for a great illustrated version,

get this one by Bruce Coville.

In fact, all of the Bruce Coville Shakespeare’s books are fantastic.


After reading the abridged story, we watched several Hamlet movies.

(The Mel Gibson version will always be my favourite.)

We also watched “Rosencrantz and Guildenstern are Dead”

as we’re seeing a performance of that as well.

Have you read or see this play?

All I can say is that I hope the play is better than the movie.

Tom Stoppard should have left Shakespeare’s play alone.

He totally massacred a classic

and we didn’t find it funny at all.


Last week, we also watched a movie version of the Eureka Stockade.

This dvd was great.  It was an old black and white classic.

The older movies are always better history teachers.

They focus on history rather than turning everything into some sort of love story.


The other week I bought the newly published book, “Mephisto”

We have been waiting for ages for this book.

Well, not exactly this book.

We didn’t know that it was in the works.

We have just always wanted a book with further information about the Mephisto.

We have a little museum guide and that has had to suffice up until now.

Oh, sorry, you might not know what the Mephisto is.

It’s a WW1 German tank that was disabled and taken as a souvenir by Australian soldiers.

It’s also the only WW1 German tank left in the world

and it’s housed at the Brisbane Museum, when it’s not off travelling.


Currently, we’re working through Ken Burn’s “The West” dvd series.

I really like Ken Burn’s documentaries,

although the boys are finding this series a little dry.


Hmmm…I wonder what the postman will bring me this week

and what’s ready to pick up from the library.


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Posted by on August 12, 2018 in My Library


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