2019 Reading Challenge

Join the Reshelving Alexandria 2019 Reading Challenge! In December we'll ask you to share your completed challenge page with us and be entered to win something fabulous (yet to be determined)! Download printable sheets of the reading challenges:


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"Acclaimed author Karen Swallow Prior takes readers on a guided tour through works of great literature both ancient and modern, exploring twelve virtues that philosophers and theologians throughout history have identified as most essential for good character and the good life."

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Featured Author: Jane Austen

Jane Austen was from her earliest years immersed in a family culture that prized the written word. With a minimum of formal schooling, the majority of her education took place through her encounter with literature. While Austen herself never married, she remained a keen observer of the dance at play in the bringing about of these unions, ever aware of the social, economic, familial, and personal weights that hang in the balance, and making a good match and a good marriage is a at the forefront of each of her novels. Because of this, her books provide a timeless window into the complexities of choosing a lifeís companion, and the ways in which a personís character, formed over a lifetime of habits and choices, both large and seemingly insignificant, plays just as important a role in their fate as does their status in society. Her characters are as engaging, contradictory, delightful, repulsive, and endearing as any we will encounter in our daily lives.

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Reshelving Alexandria has been a tremendous blessing to our family, saving us both time and money. Before Reshelving Alexandria, finding living literature for our children was a painstaking and time-consuming process; scouring book lists, hunting through blog posts and podcast notes, researching titles and subjects and authors and illustrators, speculating as to reading level and suitability for our family.

Because Reshelving Alexandria has already done this for me, bringing together the best of the best of living literature in a searchable and easily navigable database, it allows me to both focus and stretch our book budget by narrowing down my search to precisely those books that are the best fit for our family and then helping me to easily take advantage of free online books and used book searches to grow our family library. And all the time I am saving? What a joy to re-invest that in reading these books with my children!"

Johanna Bittle

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