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January 19th, 2013, 06:11 AM
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Erin's teacher has given her a list of books she would like her to read this marking period. She just finished Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde. She loved it. She read the Outsiders in one day. Now she's reading Les Miserable - have you seen how many pages that book is?? Any of you read it? She said it's slow starting but she's sticking with it. The list she is reading from is classic literature. Which ones have you read that are good?
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January 20th, 2013, 09:23 AM
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Hugo right now is into Don Quixote, Treasure Island, and Tom Sawyer/Huck Finn. Abridged versions, of course. He is very into Jekyll/Hyde also (due to seeing an Alvin & the Chipmunks version) so maybe I should keep an eye out for that in print.

Little Women may be below her comprehension level, but I LOVE that one! I have not read Les Mis. There are a lot unfortunately that I haven't read. I didn't go to a rigorous middle or high school AT ALL. Great Expectations, Animal Farm, Scarlet Letter, and some Shakespeare are the only things that pop into my mind that we even did in school.
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January 20th, 2013, 07:36 PM
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LOL - She loved Little Women. She actually read that in third grade. But one of her favorites EVER. In fact, she got a copy of it in an antique shop around Christmas time.
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January 21st, 2013, 10:42 AM
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Did you know there are others in a Little Women series?? I didn't know that until a couple of months ago, actually! (Little Men, Jo's Boys, etc.)

Here are a bunch of free classics online (you can read and/or listen to them): Books | Lit2Go ETC, and here are some more (not online) Classical Christian Homeschooling :: in development.

Some of my favorites are Crime & Punishment, Canterbury Tales, Scarlet Letter, To Kill a Mockingbird, Beowulf, Odyssey, Iliad, Gone with the Wind, Count of Monte Cristo, Mythology (Edith Hamilton version), Three Musketeers, and Gulliver's Travels, and also anything by Mark Twain or Edgar Allan Poe.
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January 21st, 2013, 06:12 PM
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I almost forgot Canterbury Tales. That one's worthwhile, and they also have a wax museum of the entire story in Canterbury, England that is worth seeing (I stopped by in college).

I also remembered reading The Great Gatsby and The Grapes of Wrath, but didn't care that much for them.
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January 26th, 2013, 04:50 AM
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I don't care for most classics. I hated Little Women. With a passion. Found it insipid and preachy. Most women are shocked I didn't like it.

I do like To Kill a Mockingbird, Fahrenheit 451, Lord of the Flies, stuff like that. Maybe it's just that I don't like romances and really that's what Little Women is more than anything.

Ani's reading Les Mis right now. And Little Women. She's hating Little Women. She's loving Les Mis. We saw the movie on Christmas and after that she went and downloaded Les Mis to her Kindle and started reading it.
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