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    Book review: Circe (Madeline Miller)

    I read Circe a few months ago, after I read many positive critics about the book on different blogs. Actually, I was very excited about the book because I have been interested in Greek and Roman mythology for a long time. I even liked the latin classes in high school. This post may contain affiliate links. See the Disclosures page for more information. What is Circe about? Circe is written like a memoir. This is the story of the famous magician Circe, who is most famous for changing Ulysses’s crew into pigs.  The story begins when Circe parents meet. Her father, Helios, is a titan and the god of sun.…

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    The month of reading aloud a lot: week 4

    The 4th week of the reading aloud challenge has just ended. As I had to go back to work, I had less time to read to the children than during week 3. However, we kept reading everyday. My daughter read also several little books all alone. She was invited by her German grandparents for the week-end and I asked them to make her read aloud, which they did. This post may contain affiliate links. See the Disclosures page for more information. What we read this week 21/04: Raiponce – Rapunzel (P and M) Boucles-D’Or – Goldilocks (P and M) Total points: 4 points + 1 bonus points 22/04: Das Eichhörnchen…

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    The month of reading aloud a lot: week 3

    We spent the third week of our reading aloud challenge in France by my family. It was a nice time there as my parents and my sister spent a lot of time with the children. The only sad thing about this week was the Notre Dame fire. My mother was born in the street next to the cathedral so it was a shock for her. During this week of holiday, we could work a lot on the reading aloud challenge. My parents still have lots of children books at home. This post may contain affiliate links. See the Disclosures page for more information. What we read this week 15/04 Hase…

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    The month of reading aloud a lot: week 2

    The second week of my reading aloud a lot challenge went well. I could not write the blog post about it before because I went to France with the children at the end of the week, to visit my parents. I only came back yesterday. Week 2 was a little stressful because we had to prepare for the holiday but we still could read much together. This post may contain affiliate links. See the Disclosures page for more information. What we read this week 08/04: Tralalire, le petit, tout petit hibou – the very, very little owl (P) Martine fait de la bicyclette – Martine rides a bike (P) Tomtom et…

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    Great quotes about reading

    As I started now the month of reading aloud a lot, I have been thinking of all the advantages that reading can bring to your life. I found several interesting quotes about reading and books that I would like to share. Great quotes about reading “The reading of all good books is like a conversation with the finest minds of past centuries.” Rene Descartes “The books that help you most are those which make you think that most. The hardest way of learning is that of easy reading; but a great book that comes from a great thinker is a ship of thought, deep freighted with truth and beauty.” Pablo…

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    The month of reading aloud a lot: week 1

    The first week of my reading aloud challenge is now coming to end. Until now, this challenge has been fun. I read to the children every day and we already could read several books and stories we really liked. This post may contain affiliate links. See the Disclosures page for more information. Methodology For information, the list of books read this week includes several children magazines. I count them as books because these are very qualitative publications that include several stories that are very well written and beautifully illustrated. When I allude to them in the list, then I’ll give both the name of the magazine (we receive every month…

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    Childhood books I would like my daughter to read one day

    This is the first article in my month of reading aloud (a lot) to children. I have been remembering novels I particularly loved as a child and wondering whether my children, and especially my daughter who is now learning to read, would like them too. Here is my list of childhood books I would like my daughter to read too. This post may contain affiliate links. See the Disclosures page for more information. Harry Potter (J.K. Rowling) Well, I was actually already a teenager when I first read Harry Potter. But as a big Harry Potter fan, I would love my children to read and love Harry’s adventures too. The…

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    The month of reading aloud (a lot) to the children

    As April is coming, I decided to start a new monthly project: the month of reading aloud (a lot) to children. Lately, I have not consequently read to the children. When I come back from work in the evening, I do not have so much energy to do something meaningful with the children, This has to change and I hope this monthly project will motivate me to read more to the children. Advantages of the project: Enables to spend quality time with the children Improve the language skills of the children Improve reading skills for the first grader Inspiration as I would like to write a children book one day…

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    Book review: The Rosie Project (Graeme Simsion)

    I read lately The Rosie Project and The Rosie Effect by Australian author Graeme Simsion. Both books enable you to follow the life of Australian genetician Don Tillman. The books are both funny and very sweet. This post may contain affiliate links. See the Disclosures page for more information. The Rosie Project In the first book, The Rosie Project, Don is single. He has had bad experiences by dates with women, mostly because he has asperger and his social skills are not very good. Don is very intelligent and a successful genetician but he has problems interacting with other people. His two (and only) friends, Gene and Claudia, are supporting…

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    Great books that will help you to live healthier

    Reading is one of my favorite hobbies. Therefore, I though that the month of living healthier had to include a list of books that will help you to live healthier. The books in the list will cover several aspects of a healthy lifestyle. This post may contain affiliate links. Please see my disclosure page for more information. Books that will help you to live healthier Gut: The Inside Story of Our Body’s Most Underrated Organ (Giulia Enders) I read this book in German when it became a best-seller in Germany. I can perfectly understand why the book was so successful. The author, the young German doctor Giulia Enders is fascinated…