Category Archives: Books

We’re Doing It Wrong

I am not surprised when public schooled kids are good kids and have a decent education (after all, most homeschooling parents are also graduates of public schools so have some first hand experience). But I am relieved, because statistically public schools have a dismal track record. They give diplomas to kids who are functionally illiterate […]

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best book lists

Amazon has a list of top 100 books to read.  I was not impressed with their list over all, and I’ve only read 40 0f them. This is a list of the best 50 books you should read.  I’ve read 35. NPR’s top 100 fantasy and sci-fi books.  I’ve only read 39 out of a […]

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The Hammer-Maker

There he was, forty years ago, in a small village of the State of New York; no railroad yet, and even the Erie Canal many miles distant. He was the village blacksmith, his establishment consisting of himself and a boy to blow the bellows. He was a good deal troubled with his hammers. Sometimes the […]

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free books

The Last Century in Europe 1814-1910 This is a history of Europe from the 19th century to the dawn of World War I, thus covering from Napoleon to the entangling alliances that would bring about war in 1914. Excerpt: “By this instrument, known as the Cyprus Convention, Great Britain undertook to assist in the defence […]

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Sad Puppies, Happy Reading

I wrote the very long post below and then, while looking up one last link stumbled upon this post by Edward Willet which kind of sums up things better than I do (I am not a summing up sort of gal).  Although he didn’t know yet about the fact that those on the left are […]

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Free4Kindle: History; military; and sci-fi

A Treasury of War Poetry British and American Poems of the World War 1914-1917 Reader Reviewfrom Amazon: I’m not one to generally sit down and read a book of poetry, but that’s exactly what I did when I picked up this anthology of poems. This particular book called out to me, perhaps because I enjoy […]

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Free4Kindle, World War books, Churchill Biographies, More

Free for Kindle- free at time of listing. These are affiliate links in that if you buy something (that is purchase, exchanging currency for the item, not download free stuff) while you’re there, I’ll get a small percentage and that will help may the website hosting fees or buy my son size 13 shoes or […]

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Social Justice Warriors as Thought Police

In an effort to remove the jackboots of the Social Justice Warrior crowd off the neck of the Hugo awards and writers who don’t play politics the way the SJW want them to (including those who don’t want to play politics at all)- a campaign called Sad Puppies 3 was started- more about the back […]

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Canadian Books

This is a quirky list, because there are only two criteria for putting a title on this list: 1.  that book is or has been in my possession, and 2. it’s got some connection to Canada. My first three years of school were in Canada. We moved there when I was nearly 3, and we […]

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Fifty Best, Fifty Worst Books

About a year ago, the Intercollegiate Review published a list of what they called the best fifty books of the 20th century.  I’ve read about a dozen of them, although I’m relieved I can say that in my dozen are 4 out of the top 5. We can add just a few more if we merely […]

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