WWRW: Children’s Books and my Book Club

Well, howdy there!  The last time I posted was last Wednesday.  What the what?  No excuses, amigos, but here’s a brief listing of the haps ’round these parts. Friday we went north for a Mass and party celebrating my parents’ 40th wedding anniversary, and upon return we had the pleasure of hosting Meg Hunter-Kilmer for 2 nights.  While I’m sure she […]

Stella Maris Book Club: Sisters to the Saints

Recently I went to an evening of reflection at our old parish.  It was a lovely evening, hosted by a group of lovely women, and I am so grateful for their dedication to the women of that parish.  The one thing that made me kind of sad, though, was that the evening was based on […]

Authors You Know, Books You May Not: What We’re Reading

It’s Wednesdaaaaaaaayyyyy!!!! Allllllmost!  And yes, that is me siiiiiinging! And no, I have not had a single beer.  But I DID go out to dinner with my handsome husband and 4 children, all of whom received free dinners at Islands thanks to the (totally awesome yet completely unnecessary) Summer Reading Rewards program at our library. […]

Let’s Talk About Audio Books… Again

It’s time for another edition of What We’re Reading Wednesday with the feisty Jessica @ Housewifespice. I still haven’t finished those meaty books I mentioned last week, but I did want to pop in and share a fantastic book that the girls and I listened to on Audible. Twenty and Ten is the story of a […]

WWRW: Caldecott Books and St. Gianna Beretta Molla

I figure my diatribe yesterday on why I don’t push my kids into advanced books is a nice segue into what we’ve been reading lately.  Library tip:  I just discovered that my library actually has a Caldecott shelf, so I don’t have to go all over the children’s section to hunt them down.  The books today, with […]

My Wholly Unscientific, Highly Subjective Opinion on Advanced Books for Children

A few months ago, I reviewed a book called The Girl Who Circumnavigated Fairyland in a Ship of Her Own Making.  I had originally intended the book as a read aloud for my girls, but I decided to hold off for a year or so.  As I wrote then:  While my daughters’ vocabulary is certainly […]

Something Other Than God: a book review

I distinctly remember thinking, at the height of my debaucherous, morally relativistic college career, that no one in his/her right mind would convert to Catholicism.  Born and raised a Catholic, I wasn’t planning to leave the Church, though.  I was born with the crazy and I figured I’d stick with it.  It had kind of […]

Children’s Books for the Canonization of John Paul II

In honor of the upcoming canonizations of beloved Blessed John Paul II and Blessed John XXIII on April 27, I’m reviewing a couple of children’s books.  The first covers the papacy in general, the second is about the life of John Paul II. Our Holy Father, the Pope Written by Don R. Caffrey; Illustrated by Emmanuel Beaudesson Our […]

Romans, the Snow Queen, and an Apocalypse

It’s another edition of What We’re Reading Wednesday! 1. The Snow Queen by Hans Christian Andersen, illustrated by Bagram Ibatoulline This is a “retelling” of Andersen’s famous fairy tale.  I’m not sure how true to the original tale it is, as this is the first time I’ve read the Snow Queen.  This book definitely has […]

WWRW: Another Valente Book

I just finished Catherynne Valente’s book The Girl Who Fell Beneath Fairyland and Led the Revels There.  This is the second in the series, and if you’d like to read my much more detailed view of the first book, click here. I was really excited to find this book in our library a couple weeks […]