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 children's and young adult books and raising readers. I currently send the newsletter out every two weeks.
Newsletter Update: In this issue I have six book reviews (picture book and young adult), two posts with links that I shared on Twitter recently, and two posts describing recent literacy milestones by my daughter.
I'll be sharing quite a few picture book reviews in the coming weeks, which is why I'm increasing my reviews per week from two to three. I'm a round 1 judge for the Cybils Awards in Fiction Picture Books this year, and have been clearing my "to be reviewed" pile to prepare. You can see the list of titles that have been nominated for the Cybils in Fiction Picture books so far. I'll try to have at least one middle grade or YA review each week, too.
Reading Update: In the last two weeks I completed five books, two middle grade, one young adult, and two adult. I read:
- J. K. Rowling: Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows (Book 7). Scholastic. Middle Grade/Middle School. Completed September 27, 2014, on MP3.
- Peggy Eddleman: Sky Jumpers #2: The Forbidden Flats. Random House Books for Young Readers. Middle Grade. Completed October 2, 2014. Review to come.
- Virginia Bergin: H2O. Sourcebooks Fire. Young Adult. Completed September 24, 2014, on digital ARC. Review to come.
- Deborah Crombie: To Dwell in Darkness (Kincaid/James). William Morrow. Adult Mystery. Completed September 29, 2014, on Kindle. A bit bleak, but still lovely. This one ends on a bit of a cliffhanger, with a threat to Duncan left open for the next book.
- Lee Child: Personal (A Reacher Novel). Delacorte Press. Adult Mystery/Thriller. Completed October 5, 2014, on MP3. I liked this one better than the last couple - more action in the field and less action in the bedroom. Reacher spends time on the international stage.
I'm currently reading the third book of Maggie Stiefvater's Raven Cycle: Blue Lily, Lily Blue. I'm listening to The Fifth Wave by Rick Yancey. I read The Fifth Wave last year, but decided to listen to it prior to reading the sequel, The Infinite Sea, which just came out. In case this isn't obvious, this is quite an endorsement, that I am keen to listen to the audio of a book that I read just last year.
As always, you can see the list of books that we've been reading to Baby Bookworm here. We've been on quite a reading binge. When she's eating breakfast these days she no longer asks me to read a book to her. No, she asks: "Can you please read me a few books while I eat, Mommy?". We also read a book or two while I'm brushing her hair (no small task). I'm seriously thinking I need to start getting her up for school earlier, because she's ending up late. But it's a good problem for a mommy bookworm to have (my kid expects me to read her too many books in the morning, poor me). I have to give credit to the breakfast table book rack, though (which I restock at least once a week). Having books there all the time has been a huge factor.
What are you and your family reading these days? Thanks for reading the newsletter, and for growing bookworms.