I’m sorting out some holiday read alouds and self-reading books for the children, as well as some audio books for long journey’s ans days out.
Light up Your Brain has some lovely tales such as The Velveteen Rabbit and The Emperors New Clothes. There are a couple of Beatrix Potter stories too – but I really don’t like her stuff so can’t face it on long journey’s. (Yes I am a very bad home eductor).
Heleyna has asked for Dinosaurs Love Underpants and Chicken Lickin’ She is reading Can You See Me and some Starfall books
Avila is reading Danny’s Secret Fox and The Twelve Dancing Princesses.
Ronan is finishing off Detectives in Togas with me reading some and him reading some so we can finish before the end of term. He is also reading a tatty old copy of Usborne’s Mysteries of the Unknown.
Finally, what is on my Kindle? Lots of stuff.
If you plug the Kindle into your computer and open the files you will see you have three files folders; documents where all the books go, music where apparently you can store and listen to music while you read. I haven’t tried that. I’m not sure I can read that well with something like that going on- but if it works for you, it’s a nice little feature.
Finally there’s a folder marked audible. This is where you can put mp3s and audio books. The speakers on the Kindle are pretty good considering and there’s an audio jack hole at the bottom.
Jimmy Akin has started his own podcasting which you can get with itunes. You can also download Catholic Answers with lots of Akin wisdom and knowledge.
The first Outline of Sanity podcast is available. The Distributist Review also has a list of distributist authors and their books, some of which are free.
I am not 100% sure of what I think of The Distributist Review, but there are some good articles.
And I have tons of Cath Lab to listen to so that I can get my head around Science and Ethics and all that jazz.
Book wise I have just finished reading The Necromancers by R H Benson and I am reading his biography titled “Hugh” written by his brother. It’s a gentle story but it is clear that the brothers did not really understand each other. They come across as a loving but strangely separate family. Their father became Archbishop of Cambury in 1883 and was succeeded by the famous Archbishop Temple.
I enjoyed the Necromancers. It’s an easier read than “Come Rack, Come Rope,” which was the first of his books I ever read.
The Necromancers delves into the world of spiritualism that was so fashioable among certain people in those days. I think it was spiritualism that caused poor old Conan Doyle to loose his way somewhat (the Cottingely Fairies springs to mind.) Benson looks hard at the underbelly of this “light entertainment” and shows the very real damage that messing with that sort of stuff can cause. It’s a ghost story with a strangely even handed approach, treating the psychology od the situation, rather than ecto-plasm.
I recommend Lord of the World by Benson which is a piece of disturbingly accurate prophecy of the ‘future’.