Reading Report from North, Central Texas: August 2016

August16This month’s stack of books isn’t so high.  School started again and most of us around here have been extra busy.


This summer Sarah went to Kodály Method training to support her work as a elementary music teacher.  This method uses a sequence for teaching music, that is child developmental. This method uses folk songs, Curwen hand signs, pictures, movable-do, rhythm symbols and syllables. Using her materials to create interesting lessons for her students.  She used the books listed below in her class.

  • Old MacDonald Had a Farm
  • Shulman, Lisa. Old MacDonald Has a Workshop. Illustrated by Ashley WolffNew York: Puffin Books, 2004.
  • Cutler, Jane.  Mr. Carey’s Garden. Illustrated by G. Brian Karas. New York: Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, 1996.
  • Houlahan, Micheal and Philip Tacka. Kodály in the First Grade Classroom: Developing the Creative Brain in the 21st Century. New York: Oxford University Press, 2015.


Alexis spent part of the month communing with her inner steampunk.  She read these three books to finish off Gail Carriger’s Finishing School Series.

  • Carriger, Gail. Curtsies & Conspiracies. New York: Little Brown & Company, 2013
  • Carriger, Gail. Waistcoats & Weaponry. New York: Little Brown & Company, 2014
  • Carriger, Gail. Manners & Mutiny. New York: Little Brown & Company, 2015

She is finishing the month off by reading Superfreakonomics: Global Cooling, Patriotic Prostitutes and Why Suicide Bombers Should Buy Life Insurance by Steven D. Levitt and Stephen J. Dubner [New York: Harper Collins, 2011].


Jim is still making his way through Neal Stephenson’s Seveneves on his reader.


This month I read two books on my tablet.  I think this was my month to visit old favorite authors.

  • Heyer, Georgette. The Foundling. London, William Heinemann Ltd., 1948
  • Marsh, Ngiao. Enter a Murderer. NP: Felony & Mayhem, 2011 (original 1935)Marsh2

I reread The Curse of Chalion (New York: Harper Collins, 2001) by Lois McMaster Bujold.  It is a sweeping tale of destiny, sadness, death and redemption.  This is one of my personal favorites.

To round out my list, I read The Toynbee Convector in honor of Ray Bradbury. I also visited my inner steampunk and read Curtsies & Conspiracies by Gail Carriger on Alexis’ recommendation.  And finally, I finished Half-Ressurection Blues (New York: ROC, 2015) by Daniel José Older. I have been reading it off and on all summer so you may have seen it in my monthly stack a time or two.

It was a great month!  I wish you happy reading for September.


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