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 (both middle grade) and two posts with links that I shared recently on Twitter. I've been ill since New Year's, and have not been able to blog very much. I have been able to read about a book a day since the start of the new year, so there is an upside to all of this time in bed, but my blogging has definitely suffered.
Reading Update: For those who are interested in such things, in 2017 I read 65 middle grade, 23 young adult, and 72 adult titles, for a total of 160 books read (just above my very informal goal of 150, though not as balanced by age range as I would have liked). You can see the full list here. In the last four weeks I finished three middle grade, two young adult, and thirteen adult titles. I read/listened to:
- Philip Pullman: The Book of Dust: La Belle Sauvage (Book 1). Knopf Books for Young Readers. Middle Grade Fantasy. Completed January 1, 2018, on MP3. This is fabulous, and I look forward to the remaining books in this trilogy.
- Deron R. Hicks: The Van Gogh Deception. HMH Books for Young Readers. Middle Grade Fiction. Completed January 2, 2018, review copy. Review to come.
- Martha Freeman: Zap!. Simon & Schuster. Middle Grade Fiction. Completed January 4, 2018. Entertaining, but I found the information transfer a little contrived.
- Tricia Leaver: The Secrets We Keep. Square Fish. YA Fiction. Completed January 4, 2018, on Kindle.
- Robin Benway: Far from the Tree. HarperTeen. YA Fiction. Completed December 24, 2017, on Kindle. This book is truly fabulous and deserved the National Book Award. I sent a copy to a friend who I knew would love it just as soon as I finished.
- William Kent Krueger: Blood Hollow (Cork O'Connor, No. 4). Atria Books. Adult Mystery. Completed December 24, 2017, on MP3.
- Scott Adams: Win Bigly: Persuasion in a World Where Facts Don't Matter. Portfolio. Adult Nonfiction. Completed January 3, 2018, on Kindle. This book is fascinating, and I've been talking about it with people every chance I get.
- Thomas Perry: The Bomb Maker. Mysterious Press. Adult Thriller. Completed January 5, 2018, on Kindle.
- D.E. Stevenson: Anna and Her Daughters. Rinehart and Co.. Adult Fiction. Completed January 6, 2018, on Kindle.
- Pamela Wechsler: Mission Hill (Abby Endicott novels). Minotaur Books. Adult Mystery. Completed January 7, 2018, on Kindle.
- Gin Philipps: Fierce Kingdom. Viking. Adult Thriller. Completed January 8, 2018, on Kindle.
- D.E. Stevenson: Vittoria Cottage. Amereon. Adult Fiction. Completed January 9, 2018, on Kindle.
- D.E. Stevenson: Music in the Hills. Amereon. Adult Fiction. Completed January 10, 2018, on Kindle.
- D.E. Stevenson: Shoulder the Sky. Amereon. Adult Fiction. Completed January 11, 2018, on Kindle.
- Margaret Mizushima: Hunting Hour (Timber Creek K-9 Mystery). Crooked Lane Books. Adult Mystery. Completed January 12, 2018, on Kindle.
- Charlaine Harris: Sleep Like A Baby (Aurora Teagarden). Minotaur Books. Adult Mystery. Completed January 13, 2018, library copy.
- Pamela Wechsler: The Graves (Abby Endicott novels, Book 2). Minotaur Books. Adult Mystery. Completed January 14, 2018, on Kindle.
- Maia Chance: Bad Housekeeping (Agnes and Effie Mystery, Book 1). Crooked Lane Books. Adult Cozy. Completed January 15, 2018, on Kindle.
I'm currently listening to The Wanted by Robert Crais (Elvis Cole and Joe Pike). I'm reading Fall from Grace by Tim Weaver, a random library pick that I'm enjoying, but that is making me wish I had started the series at the beginning. There's a lot of backstory that I'm now familiar with, so it would be tough to go back and read the earlier books. Ah well. Lesson learned.
My daughter and I have started reading Harry Potter Five (The Order of the Phoenix). I really wanted to wait until the summer to start it, but she got a lot of Harry Potter stuff for Christmas, and she just couldn't wait. So far she's not finding it too dark, but we're at a pretty early point. She was giddy with delight over Petunia Dursley receiving a howler.
For her own reading, she was very sad to come to the end of the Dork Diaries books and has been re-reading the books and reading the spinoff Max Crumbley series. Sadly, there are only two of those. She finally read and enjoyed the first Jedi Academy book, which I had purchased for her months ago. She had refused to read it because it wasn't a graphic novel, but once she did read it she immediately hit me up for the other books in the series.
Thanks for reading, and for growing bookworms. I do hope to get my blog back up to speed eventually, but it will probably take a while. As illnesses go, this one is really lingering. Luckily I have books!