Reading List from 2017

Here are the books I read in 2017. These are not necessarily all recommendations, though I usually read stuff because they were recommended by someone. You’ll be able to tell if I liked the book or not by reading the blurbs.



What I Read to the Kids

  • Leepike Ridge by ND Wilson – This was a re-read. A fast paced middle-grade novel which draws inspiration from The Odyssey.
  • Boys of Blur by ND Wilson – A book about outrunning zombies in the sugarcane fields of Florida. Draws inspiration from Beowulf.
  • Matilda by Roald Dahl – One of my favorite books as a child, and a big hit.
  • The BFG by Roald Dahl – Not as big of a hit, but they like it. We watched the movie soon after finishing this, and they were able to spot many of the changes made for adaptation.
  • Outlaws of Time: The Legend of Sam Miracle by ND Wilson – Fun adventure, but a bit convoluted and confusing for them. Heavy Christological symbolism, and it ain’t that subtle.
  • Outlaws of Time: The Song of Glory and Ghost by ND Wilson – Ditto what I said about the first one. Still worth a read.
  • Diary of a Wimpy Kid, books one, two, and three by Jeff Kinney. This caused a lot of laugh-out-loud moments for them, and kept them engaged more than others. I’m not sure we’ll continue with these, because it glorifies certain behaviors I don’t really want to see in my own kids. I’d like to find something with a similar motif and humor without the baggage.
  • Voyage of the Dawn Treader by CS Lewis. This is the first Narnia book the kids were really engaged with. Why? Maybe because it is more of a straightforward adventure.
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