As promised, here’s a listing of a few of the books our family finished in February. Better late than never, right?
To Kill a Mockingbird by Harper Lee
It’s been nearly 20 years since the last time Doug read To Kill a Mockingbird aloud to the family. None of the youngest children still at home had even been born at that reading.
But the older ones remember it well. Several of them listened in when Dad re-read it this time. It is such a beautifully written and well-loved classic. My oldest daughter even named her dog after one of the book’s main characters: Atticus Finch.
What a great example of quiet integrity Atticus provides! He is patient, humble, and sympathetic. Yet he is also fiercely determined to do the right thing, even in the face of great opposition. The book contains mature themes and a little unsavory language. This fact accounts, I suppose, for its being banned by some school districts. But when it comes to depicting the vile injustice of racial prejudice, I can think of few authors who’ve done a better job than Harper Lee.
Tombs of Anak by Frank Peretti
Some of my children read everything they get their hands on, and others require a little more coaxing. But Frank Peretti’s Cooper Kids Adventure Series successfully turned one of my reluctant readers into an avid bookworm in the past, and that same series is working its magic again on another such son. Daniel (13) can hardly put them down right now. He’s read four of them aloud to me in the past couple of months (most recently The Tombs of Anak), and is now well into the fifth.
Dr. Jake Cooper reminds us a lot of Indiana Jones, except that he’s the widowed father of two young kids who tag along with him on all his adventures. He is also a devout Christian who possesses an unshakeable confidence that the God he serves is greater than any of the mysterious dangers he and his children inevitably encounter in their travels and assignments.
Almost every chapter ends with a cliff hanger, which keeps even kids who aren’t normally very avid readers turning the page to see what will happen next.
Tea is Always a Good Idea edited by Elizabeth Gilbert
The book was a quick but informative read. It contains a detailed history of tea and tea making, some subtle differences between different kinds of teas and infusions, qualities of each variety, etiquette associated with tea consumption in different cultures, statistics concerning which countries drink or produce the most tea, and lots of other interesting trivia.
I even used what I learned in reading the book to make a Tea Time Trivia Test in honor of “Hot Tea Month” this year. Got a tea lover in your life? Send her a copy of this quiz along with a couple of tea bags, or maybe even give her a copy of the book. It makes a great gift!
And that does it for February. I’ll do my best to publish our March reads in another couple of weeks. We’ve already finished some fantastic new books this month, and I can hardly wait to share them with you!