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5 Nonfiction Books for Fiction Lovers

5 nonfiction books for fiction lovers that keep the pages turning!

If you love to read fiction, but need a nonfiction book to mix things up? Check out this post for 5 nonfiction books for fiction lovers!

I love to read. During the summer of 2016, I was really able to catch up on my reading list since my kids wanted to go to the pool everyday. I literally sat in a lawn chair for almost the whole summer. It was glorious. I am an avid fiction reading. I love mysteries, novels, suspense, young adult literature, and so on and so on. But every once in a while, I need to change things up and read an awesome nonfiction book. A book with a great story, excellent point of view, and keeps the reader engaged. read more

Book Lists, Homeschool Life, Literature-Based Curriculum

The Ultimate List of Connecticut Unit Study Books for Homeschoolers

20 unit study books about Connecticut!

Connecticut unit study books

I may lose my homeschool mother badge for this, but I have never seen an episode of Gilmore Girls. Gilmore Girls is set in the fictitious town of Stars Hallow, Connecticut. That’s my knowledge on the show. I know nothing about characters or plot but I know the name Stars Hallow and that homeschool moms are NUTS for this show. This really doesn’t go anywhere other than the fact that this blog post is all about Connecticut unit study books!

If you are starting to study Connecticut, I have a list of 20 books of various reading levels to get you started. From Webster’s dictionary, to Wild Things, this list has something for all interests and age ranges that homeschooling families may have. read more

Book Lists, Homeschool Life, Literature-Based Curriculum

The Ultimate List of Georgia Unit Study Books for Homeschoolers

20 books for a unit study about Georgia.

map of Georgia with a red pin in it

Sigh. What can I say about Georgia. First off, it’s one of the most beautiful states in the country. BUT! I will always be perplexed by the red dirt. Being born in Iowa and now living in Wisconsin I am used to rich, dark, brown dirt. Every time I have driven in Georgia I am always thrown off by the red dirt. Just add it to my list of quirks.

Secondly, it’s home to one of my favorite tv shows, hello Walking Dead, but it’s also the home to one of my all-time favorite novels, Gone With The Wind. Margaret Mitchell brings not only characters alive through her writing, but the state of Georgia as well. Gone With the Wind is obviously a high school reading level, but I urge all homeschool parents to add it to their reading list. read more

Book Lists, Homeschool Life, Literature-Based Curriculum

The Ultimate List of New Jersey Unit Study Books for Homeschoolers

20 Books for a unit study about New Jersey.

New Jersey Unit Study Book List

Ahhhhh, New Jersey. Home to the greatest show ever on television, The Sopranos. My husband likes to argue with me and say that another “New” state is home to tv greatest show, New Mexico and Breaking Bad. We don’t argue about much, but this will be a battle will have until our dying day.

Television battles aside, the third state in the Union is up next for a unit study book list.

ICYMI here are the lists for the first two states!

If you are starting to study New Jersey, I have a list of 20 books of various reading levels to get you started. From Thomas Edison to the Battle at Monmouth this list has something for all interests and age ranges that homeschooling families may have. read more

Book Lists, Homeschool Life, Literature-Based Curriculum

The Ultimate List of Pennsylvania Unit Study Books for Homeschoolers

20 Books to Kick Off a Pennsylvania Unit Study

The best part of being in Pennsylvania is that it means you aren’t in Ohio anymore. Nothing against the fine state of Ohio but when you are trucking across the United States in a big rig, Ohio gets a bit, how do you say it? Boring!

In the fall of 2004, I was able to ride along with my husband as he drove his semi across the eastern US. It was an amazing time and some of our best memories as a newly married couple. We spent a lot of time crossing Pennsylvania, and while being steeped in American history, it is also an absolutely gorgeous state. read more