Going at a bit slower pace this year.
8. The Book Thief by Markus Zusak – I am really enjoying adolescent literature these days. Well, The Hunger Games and this book, and no, I will never read Twilight. This book is a coming-of-age story of a girl in Munich, Germany during World War Two. This is one of the most poetically written books I have read in a long time, but not to the point of it being annoying and you wanting the author to shut up and say something. It was a treat to read, and I recommend it. However, I am not recommending it to your kids, but for adults, I enjoyed it.
9. North! Or Be Eaten by Andrew Peterson – this is the second book in the Wingfeather series. I actually read it twice this month–once to myself at the beginning of the month in a few days and again a little bit each night aloud to the children. If you are looking for a great read-aloud series (or if you have a kid that can read chapter books well), I highly recommend these books. This series reminds me a lot of C.S. Lewis’ Chronicles of Narnia series. These books are amazing stories of adventure, rich in meaning, and beautiful stories of a family’s love for each other and longing for their true home.
10. In My Hands: Memoirs of a Holocaust Rescuer by Irene Opdyke – this book was recommended in the back of “The Book Thief”, and I was hooked at the description. It is the story of a young woman in Poland during the Soviet and Nazi occupations, and how she rescued many Jews from death by hiding them in the home of a Nazi officer. It was an incredible story and also very sad.