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JRBPlogo-smallToday I will be sending out the new issue of the Growing Bookworms email newsletter. (If you would like to subscribe, you can find a sign-up form here.) The Growing Bookworms newsletter contains content from my blog focused on children's and young adult books and raising readers. There are 1586 subscribers. Currently I am sending the newsletter out once every three weeks.

Newsletter Update: In this issue I have four book reviews (two picture books, one middle grade, and one YA), one children's literacy roundup, and an announcement about the Amelia Elizabeth Walden Award Winners.

I also recently started a new feature on my blog in which I share my recent Twitter links each week. I'm going to go ahead and include the three recent posts at the end of this newsletter, since several people have expressed interest in seeing them. If I find that they are cluttering the newsletter up, I will pull them back out in the future (feedback welcome). 

Reading Update: In the past 3 weeks, I finished one middle grade, one young adult, and two adult titles. A bit of a lame showing overall, but one of the adult titles was very long. 

  • Jennifer A. Nielsen: The False Prince (Book 1, Ascendence Trilogy). Scholastic. Middle Grade. Completed July 6, 2012. My review.
  • Charlie Higson: The Fear (Enemy #3). Hyperion. Young Adult. Completed July 1, 2012. I haven't had a chance to review this third book of the Enemy series, but I read it with compulsive speed, and enjoyed the way the timing of The Fear interlaced with the previous two titles. I look forward to future books in the series. 
  • Lauren Henderson: Flirting in Italian. Delacorte Press. Young Adult. Completed July 11, 2012. My review.
  • Beth Revis: A Million Suns (an Across the Universe novel). Razorbill. Young Adult. Completed July 12, 2012, on MP3. I enjoyed this one, particularly with the dual narrators in the audio version. However, since it ends in a cliffhanger, I'm going to wait until book 3 comes out in January and review the trilogy as a whole. 
  • Jenn McKinlay: Books Can Be Deceiving. Berkley Prime Crime. Adult. Completed July 22, 2012. This is the first of a new cozy mystery series for adults, featuring the director of a small library (and her best friend, the children's librarian, who is also an aspiring picture book author). A tad predictable, but enjoyable nonetheless. I've purchased the second book already. 

Clearly, I need to get back into my groove in terms of reviewing. Anyway, I also continued to read picture books and board books aloud to Baby Bookworm. We're currently at 2069 books read aloud for 2012 (including repeats). Current favorites include You Are My Little Cupcake by Amy Sklansky, Basil's Birds by Lynn Rowe Reed, and Boni Ashburn and Kelly Murphy's two dragon books (especially Over at the Castle). Oh, and Pink Me Up by Charise Mericle Harper.  

I'm currently listening to The Incorrigible Children of Ashton Place: Book 1by Maryrose Wood on MP3, and reading the latest Walt Longmire novel by Craig Johnson, As the Crow Flies, on my Kindle. I'm also enjoying the new A&E television series Longmire. Highly recommended for mystery/drama fans. 

How about you? What have you and your kids been reading and enjoying? Thanks for reading the newsletter, and for growing bookworms.

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