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Growing Bookworms Newsletter: March 19

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 1520 subscribers. Currently I am sending the newsletter out once every two to three weeks.

Newsletter Update: In this issue I have six book reviews (two picture books, two middle grade/middle school, and two young adult titles) and one children's literacy roundup. I am still recovering from pneumonia, so my non-review posts have been a bit sparse. But at least I'm taking time to read while I rest... 

Social Networking Update: I also found some time in the last couple of weeks to sign up for Pinterest, where you can find me under JensBookPage (the same as my Twitter id). I'm sharing things like Baby Bookworm's favorite titles, my recent reviews, my favorite mystery series, and books that catch my eye (sort of an abridged to read list). I'm not a very visually-oriented person, so the stream of pins that other people share is a little overwhelming sometimes. But I have seen some nice quotes, pictures of cozy libraries, and things like that. 

Reading Update: Since the last newsletter, I read 1 middle grade, 4 young adult and 6 adult novels. I find the adult titles to be more of a break when I'm sick, because I don't feel compelled to review them.

  • Greg Leitich Smith: Chronal Engine. Clarion. Completed February 28, 2012. My review.
  • Lissa Price: Starters. Delacorte Books for Young Readers. Completed February 27, 2012. My review.
  • Megan Bostic: Never Eighteen. Graphia. Completed February 27, 2012. My review.
  • Y.S. Lee: The Agency 1: A Spy in the House. Candlewick. Completed March 12, 2012. Kindle eBook (purchased). Will likely wait and review the whole trilogy together. I have the second one on request from the library. But I did very much enjoy this one.
  • Han Nolan: Pregnant Pause. Harcourt. Completed March 13, 2012. Review to come.
  • Jo Dereske: Index to Murder (A Miss Zukas Mystery). Avon. Completed March 2, 2012. Not a stellar installment of the series, but I do love the consistency of Miss Zukas as a character.
  • Nancy Atherton: Aunt Dimity Down Under. Penguin. Completed March 7, 2012. Library copy. The second-to-latest of this cozy mystery series. Perfect comfort reading when feeling ill.
  • Craig Johnson: Hell is Empty. Viking. Completed March 7, 2012. Library copy. The latest entry of the Walt Longmire series. Unusual and compelling (though why the character would get into the situation he gets himself into does strain belief a bit).
  • Barry Maitland: Dark Mirror (Brock and Kolla Mysteries). Minotaur Books. Completed March 7, 2012. Library copy.
  • Barry Maitland: Chelsea Mansions (Brock and Kolla Mysteries). Minotaur Books. Completed March 11, 2012. Kindle ebook. The two most receent titles in the Brock and Kolla series of UK police procedurals. Both very well done.
  • Nancy Atherton: Aunt Dimity's Death. Penguin. Completed March 15, 2012. This was a re-read of the first book in the Aunt Dimity series. Reading this book is like wrapping oneself up in a warm blanket.

ImagesI also, of course, continue to read picture books and board books aloud to Baby Bookworm. We're currently at about 750 books read for 2012. This includes many, many re-reads (I re-list each book no more than once per day, but still...). She understands that she has a birthday coming up, and her current favorites are Birthday Monsters by Sandra Boynton and Happy Birthday, Little Pookie by Sandra Boynton. She's also just fallen in love with Ten, Nine, Eight by Molly Bang. She likes the bit where there's a sneaker missing, later discovered in the cat's clutches. She's also addicted to the Spot the Dot, Pat the Bunny, and The Monster at the End of this Book apps on the iPad.

I'm currently listening to Shadows in Flight by Orson Scott Card (though I'm finding it disappointing compared to the previous books in the series). I'm reading This Body of Death by Elizabeth George.

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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