Thursday, December 31, 2015

Christmas Octave: Day Seven

Chocolate fondue

Chris had already departed with the 7- and 9-year-olds for extended family wedding festivities in Georgia, so fewer of us were here to enjoy my annual New Year's Eve chocolate fondue: a simple, sweet tradition.

Bonus Reading apropos of nothing but interesting: "Against Eternal Youth" by Frederica Mathewes-Green

Bonus Reading: There is a timely encouragement as we enter the New Year from Fr. Raoul Plus, S.J., over at Finer Feminity.

Eight Days of Books

I am wary of junior versions of more difficult to read classic literature because typically written modern such versions are twaddle. However, I want to share a general recommendation for the junior versions of books sold at Yesterday's Classics because they are written so long ago that even the simplified stories still provide elegant language, challenging syntax, useful vocabulary words.

For example, at eight years old, John very much enjoyed Stories of Robin Hood Told to Children (written in 1907) before he was quite ready to read the real Robin Hood. Some other worthwhile junior versions of books sold at Yesterday's Classics are:

  • Shakespeare, 
  • Plutarch, 
  • The Iliad, 
  • The Odyssey, 
  • Robinson Crusoe
  • Beowulf,
  • and many others.


  1. I've really been enjoying your book recommendations. Happy New Year!

  2. Thanks, Priscilla! I love books so much that I've been hoping some readers are discovering new, good books through my brief reviews.