2015 is almost over. It has been a full year, full of change.
We greatly simplified our possessions, including 1/3 to 1/2 of our books, and moved from Montana to our own land in New Mexico.
- I attended the 2015 Ambleside Online retreat, and met some of my dear online friends.
- I also attended the 2015 Pacific Northwest Charlotte Mason conference, and met some more friends.
- My eldest son officially became a teenager, turning 13 in the summer.
- My youngest child, my daughter, turned 6 and we are slowly starting AO year 1.
- I read 40-odd books, at least, that is how many I wrote down.
We are celebrating the 12 Days of Christmas this year, nothing huge, but spacing out the goodness. It is really going well, I like that the kids are appreciating their gifts for the day, rather than ripping through one after another.
And now … 2015 in Books (not really in order):
1: Daughter of Time
2: The Lion, the Witch, and the Wardrobe
3: Land of Little Rain
4: The Gammage Cup
5: Men of Iron
7: In Freedom’s Cause
8: The White Mountains
9: The Pushcart War
10: Abraham Lincoln’s World
11: Tale of Beatrix Potter
12: The Talking Wire (Alexander Graham Bell)
13: Children of the New Forest
14: Dyslexia Empowerment Plan
15: The Explosive Child
16: Phineas Gage
17: Adventures of Danny Meadow Mouse
18: Idylls of the King
19: Beloved Botanist: The Story of Carl Linnaeus
20: The Odyssey
21: the life-changing magic of tidying up
22: Secrets of the Woods
23: Parents and Children
24-26: The Cat Who … (3 books, packed before I wrote down the titles)
27: James and the Giant Peach
28: The Child Whisperer
29: A Christmas Carol
30: The Whisper of Glocken
31: Les Miserables
32: The Blue Fairy Book
33: Gift of the Magi
34: Taste of Chaucer
35: Joan of Arc (by Twain)
36: Tall Tales
37: Formation of Character
38: Prince Caspian
40: Everyman and Other Morality Plays.
And the number one book of the year was Les Miserables – even with that enlightening 20 page detour into the Paris sewer system. Jean Valjean, the man who turned his life around thanks to the foolish (by the world’s wisdom) action of a humble bishop.
Surprise favorite goes to Joan of Arc by Mark Twain, both my son and I loved it
Best “kids” book … I can’t choose. Just read The Pushcart War, The Tripod Trilogy, and The Gammage Cup with it’s sequel.
Best non-fiction goes to Charlotte Mason’s book, Formation of Character. Karen Glass (author of Consider This, another don’t-miss book), led the study on the Ambleside Online forums. I am thankful for her leadership and innovative schedule, which made the book manageable.
Here’s to 2016! Good things are coming.