“Nothing burns like the cold.” ? George R. R. Martin, A Game of Thrones
It’s cold – as if I needed another excuse to stay in and read!
This winter in Houston is being especially wintery (excuse my technical jargon). It is so cold. My nose is cold. My toeses are cold. I’m so cold. If my family would let me I would just sit right here in my comfy house until summer. Remember summer? Ahh, heat, I miss you. And, for good measure, humidity, I miss you too. My hair looks great but, dang, I don’t want to go anywhere! Good news, here are six great excuses to curl up and stay home.
We made it just in time for a New Year and a new resolution (read more books?). Here is the Greater Houston Moms Winter Reading List. It’s a book club – come read with us!
Read our Review of I’ll Gather My Geese, Hallie Crawford Stillwell
The Page Turner:
The Series:While not an “official” series by Allison Pataki, the first book The Accidental Empress, published in 2015, and Sisi: Empress on Her Own, published in 2016, are a continuation of the same story.
For the Kids:
The story of Junior, a budding cartoonist growing up on the Spokane Indian Reservation. Determined to take his future into his own hands, Junior leaves his troubled school on the rez to attend an all-white farm town high school where the only other Indian is the school mascot.Heartbreaking, funny, and beautifully written, The Absolutely True Diary of a Part-Time Indian, which is based on the author’s own experiences, coupled with poignant drawings by Ellen Forney that reflect the character’s art, chronicles the contemporary adolescence of one Native American boy as he attempts to break away from the life he was destined to live.
Wee Gillis lives in Scotland. He is an orphan, and he spends half of each year with his mother’s people in the lowlands, while the other half finds him in the highlands with his father’s kin. Both sides of Gillis’s family are eager for him to settle down and adopt their ways. In the lowlands, he is taught to herd cattle, learning how to call them to him in even the heaviest of evening fogs. In the rocky highlands, he stalks stags from outcrop to outcrop, holding his breath so as not to make a sound. Wee Gillis is a quick study, and he soon picks up what his elders can teach him. And yet he is unprepared when the day comes for him to decide, once and for all, whether it will be the lowlands or the highlands that he will call his home.