After my last update for my reading challenge, I decided to read a book in my “to read” pile that a good friend of mine gave me YEARS ago. She gave it to me when I was pregnant with my oldest (Big Sis is almost six now!) But at that time I was working two or three jobs while my husband was student teaching…in addition to being pregnant and preparing to have a baby. Then once I had that baby my reading became very sporadic. (Which is one reason why I started this challenge!) I am absolutely loving reading regularly again. I still don’t go through as many books as I used to (i.e. I don’t binge read every free second I have until I am done with a series that I start) but it’s great reading every night in bed. It helps me sleep better, too!
Anyway, the book I decided to read is called “The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society.” I had no idea how fun this book was going to be when I picked it up. It is not an unforgettable book that will stick with me forever. But I thoroughly enjoyed it, will probably read it again, and love that it’s the kind of book I feel like I could recommend to just about anyone. It was lighthearted, charming and sweet. Exactly what I needed after the last book I read. This is a story of an author who, after World War II has ended, finds herself corresponding with a group of people from Guernsey, a British island that had been overtaken by Germans and the Hitler regime. She is captivated by their stories and decides to learn more and possibly write a book about it all. The book is written entirely of letters. It is a little sad, as anything about World War II is, but it is beautiful. It made me want to go to Guernsey. And start a book club. And learn more about the war. I started with the latter.
Reading this beautiful piece of historical fiction inspired a World War II kick for me. I then read “The Book Thief,” which was a bit of a tear-jerker, but also really great. It was written in a really unique way…told by Death. It’s a beautiful story of childhood and friendship in the midst of really awful things…and how family extends beyond blood relatives. I also really love the part books play…how stories can help through hard times and the power of literacy.
Next on my list is “All the Light We Cannot See,” which has fantastic reviews and everyone I know who has read it says that it was awesome. I was going to check it out at the library but there were about 26 people in front of me in line! So I’m guessing it’s worth purchasing.
I found a bunch of World War II documentaries on Netflix (I started with “World War II in Color”) and I looked up the answers to questions I had as I wondered them. I ended up spending some time looking up Japanese internment camps, because that’s something that is typically not covered much. I remember first being introduced to this topic when I was a senior in high school reading “Snow Falling on Cedars.” I could not believe that something like that could happen in our own country…and that I had never even heard about it!
I also ordered this World Wars book with my latest Usborne order, which I’m pretty excited about. I figure since it’s written for teens, it will be engaging and easy to read, which will be nice because I have a hard time getting through nonfiction books sometimes. If it skirts around some things that I’d like to go into more depth on, I can look those things up. I’m particularly interested in learning about World War I, which I’m realizing more and more that I really don’t know anything about.
As you can see, my reading challenge has joined together with my love of themes and become an ADULT UNIT STUDY! 🙂 Maybe I have a new category for my blog.
As silly as an adult unit study might sound, I think it’s a huge bonus to homeschooling. I love learning for the sake of learning rather than because a teacher at school told me that I needed to learn it to pass a test. And I’m excited that my kids will get to grow up experiencing that! I hope that I can reign in my excitement for planning things and really let them do most of the leading in our schooling, as we explore the things they are curious about.
Anything you would add to my adult unit study? Throw your ideas at me!
Thanks for reading!!
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