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June 07, 2005

J8's Reading List

I kept meticulous records of what I read when I homeschooled in high school. I hadn't kept track of what I read before then--or very much since. I currently have a program on my blog (thanks to Tim) that lists my Amazon wishlist and the books I've read. It's been great.

I remember coming across my high school reading list a few years ago. It was so cool to read through the titles. I fondly remembered some of the books, and was surprised that I had read others (which were quickly forgotten.)

So, ever since J8 started reading I've tried to help him keep track of what he's read. He reads so fast, though, that it's been hard to do that (for him or me!)

I think I've found a system now for keeping up with it. On his daily homeschool checklist is now "Update Book List." All he has to do is pile the books on my desk and I spend a few minutes entering them into an Amazon "wishlist." But rather than a list of what he wants, it's a list of what he's read. The date I enter it is marked next to the book which provides a loose gauge of when he read it. We started this at the end of April, but have only recently been keeping it updated.

So, want to see what my oldest's reading interests are?

J8's Reading List

Update: Sparrow mentioned that she is redirected to her own wishlist instead of J8's. I changed the direct link, and if you still can't access it try to put "J8" in the search box where it says "Search for a Wishlist."

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I love this! I can keep a list like that on my new blog. I think I'll do one for each kid. Thanks for the idea!

btw - when I clicked on the link to see his list, it took me to my own Amazon homeschool wishlist. I was a little surprised at how similar our reading choices were, until I realized I was looking at my own and not your 8 year old's list!

I wonder if that has happened to anyone else?

Posted by: sparrow at June 8, 2005 07:09 PM

Great choices!

The Great Brain series is one of my all-time faves. I actually ordered a class set IN HARDCOVER when I was a third grade teacher (most of our books were softcover) to insure that students would be reading about the Fitzgerald brothers for many years to come ;o)

Posted by: kristen at June 8, 2005 10:18 PM

I loved the Great Brain books when I was younger. I didn't realize Mr. Popper's Penguins was still available, that was one we would read a lot when I was little.

Have you checked out any of Daniel Manus Pinkwater's books? A lot of them are out of print, but still available in libraries or through Amazon Marketplace. His "Blue Moose" is one of my all time favorite kids books. I actually just went out and ordered two of his books for older kids from Amazon Marketplace because I wanted them as part of my collection ("Alan Mendelsohn: The boy from Mars" and "The Worms of Kukumlima" both of which I like even better when I read them now than when I was younger).

Posted by: kathryn at June 9, 2005 01:34 AM

What a great list! I love the Star Wars books. I think I'll check them out for my boys.

Posted by: Kim in ON at June 9, 2005 07:33 AM

Wow! You've raised a reader! I'm impressed with his reading level and eclectic tastes.
I'm sure he'll say: "richer than I you can never be; I had a mother who read to me."

Posted by: FL Grandma at June 9, 2005 07:56 AM

Thanks for posting that list, I really enjoyed seeing what your son is reading. My oldest is 5 and I can't wait to see what books he is going to read! :D

Posted by: Amie at June 10, 2005 09:50 AM

ah.. the list !!!!!!!
my boys are star wars fanatics, and i have to say that our copy of "D'Aulaires Book of Greek Myths" has been read to bits by D 15 and J 9 (for about four years lol)
:o) k xx


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