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 three book reviews (middle grade to young adult) and three posts with links that I shared recently on Twitter. I do have a couple of ideas for posts about literacy milestones and some thoughts on reading programs. I hope to get to those soon. I'm still feeling the effects of illness, and my blogging has been sadly diminished.
Reading Update: In the last three weeks I finished five middle grade, three young adult, and five adult titles. I read/listened to:
- Russell Ginns: Samantha Spinner and the Super-Secret Plans. Delacorte Press. Middle Grade Fantasy. Completed January 22, 2018, print review copy. My review.
- J. W. Ocker: Death and Douglas. Sky Pony Press. Middle Grade Fiction. Completed January 28, 2018, print review copy. Review to come.
- Andrew Clements: The Losers Club. Random House Books for Young Readers. Middle Grade Fiction. Completed January 29, 2018, print review copy. Review to come.
- Ann M. Martin and Raina Telgemeier: The Babysitters Club #2: The Truth About Stacy. GRAPHIX. Middle Grade Graphic Novel. Completed February 2, 2018, read aloud to my daughter.
- Ann M. Martin and Raina Telgemeier: The Babysitters Club #3: Mary Ann Saves the Day. GRAPHIX. Middle Grade Graphic Novel. Completed February 6, 2018, read aloud to my daughter.
- Adrianne Finlay: Your One and Only. HMH Books for Young Readers. YA Speculative Fiction. Completed January 20, 2018, print review copy. My review.
- Maureen Johnson: Truly Devious. Katherine Tegen Books. YA Mystery. Completed January 21, 2018, on Kindle. I'll likely review later, after the next book, which I am certainly looking forward to.
- Paula Garner: Relative Strangers. Candlewick Press. YA Fiction. Completed January 24, 2018, print ARC. Review to come.
- Tim Weaver: Fall from Grace (David Raker, #5). Viking. Adult Mystery/Thriller. Completed January 18, 2018, library copy.
- Robert Crais: The Wanted (Elvis Cole and Joe Pike). G. P. Putnam's Sons. Adult Mystery. Completed January 19, 2018, on MP3.
- Christopher Reich: The Take (Simon Riske, #1). Mulholland Books. Adult Thriller. Completed January 26, 2018, on Kindle.
- William Kent Krueger: Mercy Falls (Cork O'Connor, #5). Atria Books. Adult Mystery. Completed January 30, 2018, on MP3.
- William Kent Krueger: The Copper River (Cork O'Connor, #6). Atria Books. Adult Mystery. Completed February 4, 2018, on MP3.
I'm currently listening to Shadow of the Lions by Christopher Swann. I'm reading The Opposite of Here by Tara Altebrando (ARC). My daughter and I are still reading Harry Potter Five (The Order of the Phoenix). It's going to take us months, of course, because we generally only read during and immediately after breakfast. She's really enjoying it though, and I am enjoying our shared experience. This morning, on learning that Ron was named a Prefect for fifth year, she shrieked in surprise and delight. She's deeply invested in the series, and doesn't seem to mind at all Harry's grumpy attitude in this particular book. We do risk being late for school sometimes, because's it's hard to stop reading, but that's a price I'm willing to pay.
For her own reading, she's a little bit at loose ends for another series to consume her, and she's been struggling to find books in the school library that she enjoys that are at her permitted AR level (this is a topic for a future post). So she's mostly re-reading picture books, the Lucy and Andy Neanderthal books, and the Babysitters Club Graphic Novels. She's also reading what I think is her first middle grade novel, The Losers Club. by Andrew Clements, but I think it's a tiny bit too difficult and I'm not sure if she'll finish right now. She has a vacation coming up and I have some new titles saved that she can try then.
Thanks for reading, and for growing bookworms!