Our May Bookshelf

Our May Bookshelf: Fifteen monthly suggestions from the Milk and Cookies bookworms

Monthly suggestions from the Milk and Cookies bookworms

From Mom

The+Yellow+RoomBooks from Mary Roberts Rinehart: This author is dubbed as the American Agatha Christie. I’ve read so many Agatha Christie books over the past year, that I decided to go hunting for similar authors. She came up very high in the list of recommendations. I am on my second book and am very pleased! I would love more recommendations for similar mystery authors.

Pirate QueenPirate: I love everything Morgan Llywelyn writes and this book was no exception. It tells the story of Grace O’Malley, the Pirate Queen and most feared woman in Ireland. Heading a large army and a fleet of ships, she lived by trading and raiding and demanding tribute from all who sailed through her territory. This story features her infamous meeting with Queen Elizabeth as well.

FirstFirst Generations: Women in Colonial America: Carol Berkin’s multicultural history reconstructs the lives of American women in the seventeenth and eighteenth centuries-women from European, African, and Native backgrounds-and examines their varied roles as wives, mothers, household managers, laborers, rebels, and, ultimately, critical forces in shaping the new nation’s culture and history.

HoneyHoney for a Teen’s Heart: I have had this book on my Kindle for several years, but kept putting off looking at it for one reason or another. I am so happy that I finally did. The suggestions in this book are fabulous.


From the teenager

OzThe Wizard of OZ series: Did you even know that there are FIFTEEN Oz books? I saw the prettiest paperback set at the bookstore a couple of months ago and bought it just because I liked the way it looked. My son was intrigued and started reading them one day, only to end up flying through the whole series. The books are creative and very silly.

JPJurassic Park series: This is another example  of a book that I purchased because I like the way the fancy, leather hardback copy from Barnes and Noble looks. It was really interesting to hear my son talk about the differences between the movie and book.

For the homeschool

LitThe Literature Book: The greatest works of literature, from the Iliad to The Great Gatsby, are described in detail in this book. Novels, short stories, plays, and even poetry are included. Everything you could possibly need to learn the basics about the world’s literary masterpieces are in this book. Of course, it cannot replace reading the actual books, but I highly recommend it for high school, to give your student an overall idea of the concepts and meanings contained in books that they might be required to read in high school or college courses.

(FYI – As part of a week long celebration, iHomeschool Network is giving away a set of DK books that includes this one. Enter before 6/5/16.)

LibAre You Liberal, Conservative, Confused?: Richard Maybury has become one of our favorite authors. He writes in such a clear-cut and easy to understand manner. This book discusses political labels. What do they mean? Liberal, conservative, left, right, democrat, republican, moderate, socialist, libertarian, communist what are their economic policies and what plans do their promoters have for your money?

JusticeWhatever Happened To Justice: Another book written by Libertarian Richard Maybury. This one discusses what has gone wrong with America’s legal system and economy and how to fix it.


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