A Really Basic Bio:
Bibliovore. Botanist. Gardener. And, edited to add six months in, as I review my completed blog posts, Armchair Traveller and Vintage Book Explorer.
I live on a little farm in the country ~ I raise a few sheep & have a “micro-nursery” specializing in hardy perennials & heirlom tomatoes & other interesting plants that strike my fancy.
Veteran homeschooler (13 years ~ Secular ~ Eclectic-with-strong-leanings-to-unschooling)
Why the blog? (Reasons to be refined as I go – this is very much a “first thoughts” entry.)
Personal – a place to document the many books that surround me – those that I treasure as old friends & those that pass through my life more briefly. Emphasis on the ones I really like, though there are going to be a few negative thoughts shared here & there. Also a way to record memories of books I shared with my children (or that they shared with me), or that were important to me in the past.
Public – I love reading book blogs, especially when researching out-of-print books with an eye to purchasing them through Abebooks. So many times there are no mainstream reviews, but I find what I want in various personal literary blogs – what did we do before Google?! So this is my contribution to the conversation – I hope someone someday finds what they need in here.
Forgotten authors – a place to remember some stellar writers, now mostly (or completely) out of print.
Homeschooler’s resource – a reference for great read-alouds and read-alones to share with other homeschooling families. My personal homeschooling journey is coming to an end as my “students” are well into their teens now, but we so much appreciated the recommendations of others through the years that I’d like to repay some of that help and inspiration by adding some thoughts to that particular ongoing online conversation. I am writing from a secular perspective, so you may find books in here that are missing from some of the more “Christian” oriented lists. I will try to highlight any sensitive topics so you can make up your own minds as to which of my recommendations you’d care to examine more closely.
This blog is very much a work in progress! If you’ve stumbled upon it in its newly hatched state, please revisit in the future to see its fledgling progress.