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    Ha! Smartened up in my older age. I searched past threads first!

    Still looking for ideas for:

    24yo ds. Military, history, medical, preferably non-fiction.

    18yo ds. Ugh. Not a huge reader, but listens a LOT, so he will probably get audio books. Ideas? Umm, he likes to tinker. Likes history. Likes sciencey stuff. Likes classics. Recent listens are: Art of Invisibility, Empires of Light, Hagakure, Atlas Shrugged, Stuff Matters, Screwtape Letters, etc.

    11yo dd. Still like Great Illustrated classics. Likes Fairchild Family(her favorite books EVER), Little House. Not interested in Anne yet. Read the shoe books, but never seemed excited by them. Hmmm.

    Thank you, ladies!
    Shay, wife to Rod and mom to Nathaniel(23), Benjamin(20), Nicholas(18), Rebekah(16), Julianne(11), Jonathan(8)and Joshua(4)

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    24yo- Band of Brothers, anything by David McCullough. Oh but those are fiction. I will say though that my history kid who loves non-fiction reads those like crazy. Other authors to look at include Joseph Ellis and Stephen Ambrose.
    Heather wife to Dan and embracing the independent nature of homeschooling with our fantastic four (20 ds, 18 dd, 16 ds, 13 ds).

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    24 year old: I assume he’s read Lone Survivor and Unbroken?

    Has he read The Boys in the Boat? My dh enjoyed that https://www.amazon.com/Boys-Boat-Ame...kHL&ref=plSrch

    Does he like lewis and Clark? My dh loves books about them — I can give you lots of info on those books if he does. Stephen ambrose’s Undaunted Courage is great. https://www.amazon.com/Undaunted-Cou...1hL&ref=plSrch

    James Alexander Thom
    Has some fabulous historical faction books. They’re some of our favorites! https://www.amazon.com/gp/aw/s/ref=n...=117PPGQ1RJ7V0

    Bill O’Reilly’s “Killing ______ “ series.

    I’ll check out dhs shelf later for more military books ...
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    11 year old dd:

    When she's interested in Anne, she'd probably like the Elsie Dimsmore books -- https://www.amazon.com/s/ref=nb_sb_n...dimsmore+books -- they go in order of her age, and I think they start when she's 10. So the older ones might be too "old" at 11/12.... BUT, the beginning ones are great for 12ish....

    Has she read the Enid Blyton books?
    The Secret Island is the one I'd start with -- https://www.amazon.com/Secret-Island...+blyton+island
    THen there's a whole series after that -- https://www.amazon.com/s/ref=nb_sb_n...+island+series
    She also has a Famous Five series -- https://www.amazon.com/s/ref=nb_sb_n...lyton+the+five

    Betsy-Tacy books? https://www.amazon.com/s/ref=nb_sb_s...=1IOUMYOT6N28Q

    The Borrowers? https://www.amazon.com/s/ref=nb_sb_n...orrowers+books


    Has she read the Little House prequels and sequels? They may be too much, too Katie tried them about that age (or maybe 10) and didn't like them because they were a bit too mature -- a thought for 12/13, though


    Any of those seem like a fit? If so, let me know and I'll see if I can think of others …..
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    Has the 24yo read history/bios by Ron Chernow? Hamilton was great, and he has a new one on Grant. He's a great history/bio (nonfiction) writer like David McCullough.

    For audio, has he listened to any Malcolm Gladwell, like Blink? Very interesting and thought-provoking books.
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    Thank you, ladies!

    24yo: I know he's read Lone Survivor and I think he has Unbroken. I think he had it with him last Christmas.

    11yo: She has listened to all the Elsie Dinsmore books, but I haven't seen her read any. She's not a repeat reader, except the the Fairchild books. Normally, once she's read it, she's good. Something this repeat reader does not get.

    Some great ideas and I will be looking into them today!
    Shay, wife to Rod and mom to Nathaniel(23), Benjamin(20), Nicholas(18), Rebekah(16), Julianne(11), Jonathan(8)and Joshua(4)

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    My 22 year old loved Team of Rivals: The Political Genius of Abraham Lincoln.

    Rebe ~ Have you read the Chernow books? I just saw several at Costco and thought about getting them for my son.
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    Rebe - Thanks for sharing about Hamilton. We just saw the show and I'm interested in reading more. This book looks great.
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    Alicia and Leslie, I read about 75% of Hamilton, before I saw the musical. It's fascinating, but there are some heavy political sections that I just skimmed (I also skimmed heavy battle parts of McCullough's 1776 - I am not ashamed of this ). I loved the rest of it and would highly recommend it to a history buff or anyone who loves a good (true) story.
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    Thank you, Rebe!! I'm sure I would skim through sections too. My son, however, would love reading the political sections and all about the battles. Ha!

    Another recommendation is a book that my son is reading right now ~ "The Bully Pulpit: Theodore Roosevelt and the Golden Age of Journalism". It is written by the same author who wrote Team of Rivals {my earlier post above}, Doris Kearns Goodwin. She has written several books about presidents. My son really likes her as an author.
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