What I read in August

Another month has gone by! And yay for September!! I love when the -er months come! Although the weather has stayed pretty dang hot and I am just ready for a break in those! Have you read anything wonderful lately? I love looking at the variety of books that I read each month. You can definitely tell when school is in session. 😉 Here is what I read in August!
What I read in August 1
God Schooling by Julie Polanco – The most frequently asked question on home school forums is, “How do I do this?” and the number one complaint is, “David won’t do (fill in the blank). How can I get him to do it?” God Schooling answers these questions and more. Parents gain the insight and confidence to teach their own children as they learn from experts, Biblical references, and the author’s own experiences from nearly fifteen years of homeschooling.

What I thought: There was a lot of good information in here, and I think people that aren’t even homeschooling could get use out of it. I wrote a more in depth review here if you want to read it.
What I read in August 2
Up From Slavery by Booker T. Washington – Born in a Virginia slave hut, Booker T. Washington (1856–1915) rose to become the most influential spokesman for African Americans of his day. In this eloquently written book, he describes events in a remarkable life that began in bondage and culminated in worldwide recognition for his many accomplishments. In simply written yet stirring passages, he tells of his impoverished childhood and youth, the unrelenting struggle for an education, early teaching assignments, his selection in 1881 to head Tuskegee Institute, and more.
A firm believer in the value of education as the best route to advancement, Washington disapproved of civil-rights agitation and in so doing earned the opposition of many black intellectuals. Yet, he is today regarded as a major figure in the struggle for equal rights, one who founded a number of organizations to further the cause and who worked tirelessly to educate and unite African Americans.

What I thought: We have been reading so many books regarding slavery. Each one just gets me more and more. I loved reading about the Tuskegee Institute and how it came to help so many people…
What I read in August 3
Mama’s Bank Account by Kathryn Forbes – The charming adventures of the Mama of an immigrant Norwegian family living in San Francisco. This bestselling book inspired the play, motion picture, and television series I Remember Mama.

What I thought: I loved this story! It was a short read and had a lot of cute stories of this family. You really get drawn in to the characters throughout their lives.
What I read in August 4
Sense and Sensibility by Jane Austen – Within the insular world of the English countryside, among struggling clerical families, husband-hunting mothers and daughters, country fools and snobs, Jane Austen found the raw material she needed to write brilliant novels widely admired for their satiric wit, subtlety and perfection of style. Sense and Sensibility is one of the best of these. It is the story of two sisters, Elinor and Marianne Dashwood, who represent sense and sensibility, respectively. When both appear to be deserted by the young men they had intended to marry, the stage is set for a delicious comedy of manners that not only showcases Austen’s perception, humor and incomparable prose, but offers a splendid glimpse of upper and middle-class English society of the early 18th century.

What I thought: Seriously, what books was I assigned in school, because I feel like I really missed out on every book that most people have read. This was a hard book to read out loud, I think I would have liked it better if I was just reading it for myself. But either way I enjoyed it…
What I read in August 5
The Girl With All the Gifts by M.R. Carey – Melanie is a very special girl. Dr. Caldwell calls her “our little genius.”

Every morning, Melanie waits in her cell to be collected for class. When they come for her, Sergeant Parks keeps his gun pointing at her while two of his people strap her into the wheelchair. She thinks they don’t like her. She jokes that she won’t bite, but they don’t laugh.

Melanie loves school. She loves learning about spelling and sums and the world outside the classroom and the children’s cells. She tells her favorite teacher all the things she’ll do when she grows up. Melanie doesn’t know why this makes Miss Justineau look sad.

What I thought: Well, I had no idea that the book was going to go in the direction that it did from the little blurb. Granted, I thought it was interesting once I got over that hurdle. I could see it being a movie although not an awesome one, but an entertaining one. lol.
What I read in August 6
Miracle in the Hills by Mary T. Martin Sloop, M.D. – Dr.Sloop and her husband began their lifelong dedication to the mountain people when they rode horseback into the remote hill region of North Carolina in 1909. The conditions they encountered were shockingly primitive. The people had neither doctors,nor schools and were suspicious of medicine and “larnin’.” Electricity and running water were unheard of, roads were rough mountain paths and the diet consisted of “hog meat, greens and grease.” The main industry was moon shining.
Dr.Sloop declared a personal war on moonshiners, tracking down hidden still with a reluctant sheriff in tow. She fought against child marriages and in a region where girls often married at the age of fourteen. With the help of the mountain people, she reinvigorated the weaving trade, built a church and a modern well equipped hospital. Her spirited support of education resulted in a modern twenty-five-building school.

What I thought: I was fascinated at what this couple did in this little town in the mountains. And that it was in a place not all that far from me made it even better! I really want to stop there on our road trip that we are doing soon! I loved hearing how everything came along and how hard work really made such a difference to the community.

That is all for what I read in August! The next couple months are going to be kind of busy with travel so I could either read a lot or a little, I guess we will see! But send me your book recommendations!

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