Today 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 1733 subscribers. I send out the newsletter once every two to three weeks.
Newsletter Update: In this issue I have three book reviews (one picture book, one middle grade, one young adult). I also have a post highlighting some of my daughter's recent favorite picture books, a post about the seasonal launch of the Cybils awards, and three posts with links that I recently shared on Twitter. Not included in the newsletter, I shared a news release about the Amelia Elizabeth Walden book award winners.
Regular readers may have noticed a decrease in the frequency of reviews on my blog. This is because I'm still dealing with a fairly significant health issue, and my computer time (not to mention the creative energy that I need to write reviews) is in short supply. I hope you'll bear with me, as I try to get back up to speed.
Reading Update: I've been reading mostly adult books lately, because I don't want to read children's and young adult books and then not have the ability to review them. I finished one middle grade novel and eight adult novels (one more of a short story).
- Terry Pratchett: The Wee Free Men. Harper Collins. Middle Grade. Completed August 2, 2013. I read this because I've been hearing good things about it for years, and I do enjoy Pratchett's humor. I did like the main character. I have to admit, though, that the ending was a bit ... surreal for my taste.
- Hugh Howey: Wool Omnibus. Broad Reach Publishing. Adult Science Fiction. Completed August 3, 2013, on Kindle. I enjoyed this series (provided in one book) about a dystopian civilization in a huge, underground silo. I'm not quite motivated to read the author's other books, but this one held my interest.
- Zoe Sharp: First Drop (Charlie Fox, Book 4). Murderati Ink. Adult Mystery. Completed August 5, 2013, on MP3. I'm enjoying this series, about a female bodyguard based out of the UK. She's been called "the female Reacher", and it's a reasonable comparison. I've read the first six novels in the series this summer.
- Lee Child: High Heat (Jack Reacher novella). Delacorte Press. Adult Thriller. Completed August 7, 2013. This was a novella set during Jack Reacher's teen years, against a backdrop of a major blackout in New York City. It made me more eager for the new Reacher novel that's coming out this fall.
- Zoe Sharp: Road Kill (Charlie Fox, Book 5). Murderati Ink. Adult Mystery. Completed August 10, 2013, on Kindle.
- Zoe Sharp: Second Shot (Charlie Fox, Book 6). Murderati Ink. Adult Mystery. Completed August 12, 2013, on Kindle.
- Harlan Coben: Six Years. Dutton. Adult Thriller. Completed August 13, 2013, on MP3. This standalone by the author of the Myron Bolitar series held my interest, and was well done on audio. I looked forward to listening to it.
- Shannon Hale: Austenland. Bloomsbury. Adult Fiction. Completed August 15, 2013. I wanted to read this before the movie came out. While not my usual sort of thing, it made for a nice palate cleanser.
- Stephen White: Dry Ice. Signet. Adult Mystery. Completed August 17, 2013. This 15th installment of the Alan Gregory series was deliciously creepy, and made me want to check out the other recent titles. I've read this series sporadically over the years. It's about a Boulder-based psychologist who ends up involved in various murder mysteries.
Incidentally, I abandoned the audio version of The Expats by Chris Pavone. It was just too disjointed, with brief scenes set in different time periods. I might have managed it in print form, but it just didn't work for me as a 30 minute a day audio. I'm currently listening to Suspect by Robert Crais, and reading It Happens in the Dark, A Mallory novel by Carol O'Connell. There are many other books on my TBR shelf...
Baby Bookworm has been enjoying A Birthday for Bear by Bonny Becker and Cute and Cuter by Michael Townsend. The latter is not at all my sort of thing, but she loves it. Last night she used the phrase "slinked outside", and said that she learned it from Lady Meow Meow. Anyone who doubts that books improve kids' vocabulary, take note. Surprisingly, she did not care for The Day the Crayons Quit by Drew Daywalt & Oliver Jeffers. Guess she's not old enough yet. I thought that it was hilarious.
How about you? What have you and your kids been reading and enjoying? Thanks for reading the newsletter, and for growing bookworms.