Growing Bookworms Newsletter: November 29: Intrinsic Motivation, Reading for Pleasure, and Babymouse!
Today, I will be sending out a 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 growing joyful learners, mainly bookworms, but also mathematicians and learners of all types. The newsletter is sent out every two to three weeks.
Newsletter Update: In this issue I have two book reviews (picture book and early chapter book) and one post about rekindling intrinsic motivation for reading, after extrinsic rewards have damaged it. I also have a post on what the book iGen had to say about the critical importance of kids reading for pleasure. I also have two posts with links that I shared recently on Twitter.
Reading Update: In the last two weeks I finished five middle grade, five young adult, and three adult titles. I was lucky enough to have a three day reading mini-vacation at home, and have been reading shorter books aloud to my daughter. I read/listened to:
- Andy Griffiths: The 52 Story Treehouse. Square Fish. Middle Grade Fantasy. Completed November 16, 2017, read aloud to my daughter.
- Kara LaReau (ill. Jen Hill): The Uncanny Express (The Unintentional Adventures of the Bland Sisters, Book 2). Amulet Books. Early Chapter Book. Completed November 20, 2017, print ARC. Review to come, closer to publication.
- Jennifer L. Holm (ill. Matthew Holm): Babymouse #1: Queen of the World. Random House Children's Books. Early Graphic Novel. Completed November 27, 2017, read aloud to my daughter.
- Jennifer L. Holm (ill. Matthew Holm): Babymouse #13: Cupcake Tycoon. Random House Children's Books. Early Graphic Novel. Completed November 27, 2017, read aloud to my daughter. My review.
- Jarrett J. Krosoczka: Lunch Lady and the Picture Day Peril. Random House Children's Books. Early Graphic Novel. Completed November 28, 2017, read aloud to my daughter.
- Cristin Terrill: Here Lies Daniel Tate. Simon & Schuster Books. YA Mystery. Completed November 19, 2017, on Kindle. Intriguing, and with a surprising ending.
- E. Lockhart: Genuine Fraud. Delacorte Press. YA Thriller. Completed November 20, 2017, on Kindle. This was also intriguing, with an unusual reverse timeline. Ultimately, though, this was not as surprising as Lockhart's We Were Liars.
- Mindy McGinnis: The Female of the Species. Katherine Tegen Books. YA Thriller. Completed November 21, 2017, on Kindle. Gail Gauthier had recommended this one, and I liked it a lot, enough to seek out a couple of other titles by the same author.
- Mindy McGinnis: Not a Drop to Drink. Katherine Tegen Books. YA Dystopia. Completed November 21, 2017, on Kindle.
- Mindy McGinnis: In A Handful of Dust (Not a Drop to Drink #2). Katherine Tegen Books. YA Dystopia. Completed November 22, 2017, on Kindle. This duology kept me reading, but was a bit dark. I had trouble sleeping afterward.
- Michael Connelly: Two Kinds of Truth (Harry Bosch). Little, Brown. Adult Mystery. Completed November 16, 2017, on MP3. I always enjoy spending time with Harry Bosch, and this was no exception.
- Ruth Ware: The Lying Game. Gallery/Scout Press. Adult Mystery. Completed November 19, 2017, on Kindle. Also suspenseful, and also with a bleak ending, this book fit in well with my recent passion for books that keep me wondering.
- R.R. Haywood: Executed (Book 2, Extracted Trilogy). 47North. Adult Science Fiction. Completed November 23, 2017, on MP3. This was a bit slow-paced for audio, but I liked the characters. Although the title says "Trilogy", I'm pretty sure there are only two books.
I'm currently listening to Murder in an Irish Village by Carlene O'Connor and reading The Ambrose Deception by Emily Ecton. My daughter and I are taking a break after reading a couple of the 13 Story Treehouse books and are now working our way through the Babymouse books. Graphic novels aren't my favorite for read-aloud, but I try to go with what she wants to do. And these are short enough that we can finish one over breakfast. Plus I like them, which is a bonus.
For her own reading, she has been racing through the Dork Diaries series, completing Books 2 through 5 over the Thanksgiving break. A close friend is also reading these, and has been able to pass along the books to us. She's also still reading Rainbow Magic books at school. She was absolutely thrilled when I came home from the library yesterday with Comics Squad: Lunch. Reading about Lunch Lady as a child made her day. She's been reading picture books more lately, too. She just pulls a bunch off of whatever shelf is nearby and immerses herself. This pleases me, of course.
Thanks for reading, and for growing bookworms.