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Growing Bookworms Newsletter: September 23

JRBPlogo-smallToday, 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 usually send the newsletter out every two weeks.

Newsletter Update: In this issue I have five book reviews (picture book through middle grade). I also have two posts with literacy and reading links that I shared on Twitter recently, and one post about a new literacy milestone for my daughter (being aware of book awards). 

Reading Update: In the past two weeks I finished two middle grade and three adult books. I read/listened to:

  • Sarah Mlynowski, Lauren Myracle and Emily Jenkins: Upside-Down Magic. Scholastic. Middle Grade Fiction. Completed September 12, 2015. Delightful. Review to come. 
  • Robert Beatty: Serafina and the Black Cloak. Disney-Hyperion. Middle Grade Fiction. Completed September 21, 2015, on MP3. I'd been wanting to read this one for a while, intrigued by the premise of a girl living secretly in the basement of the Biltmore mansion in 1899. I found the plot reveals to be a bit overly telegraphed/obvious for my own taste, but I did like the character, and found the ending satisfying overall. 
  • Simone St. James: Silence for the Dead. NAL Books. Adult Mystery. Completed September 11, 2015, on MP3. This was as creepy and atmospheric as the other St. James book that I listened to recently, but now I'm ready for a break from these. 
  • Lee Child: Make Me (A Reacher Novel). Delacorte Press. Adult Mystery. Completed September 15, 2015. I enjoyed this latest Reacher novel, except for some particularly vicious reveals late in the book. It was interesting to see Reacher a tad more serious about a woman than usual... 
  • Amy McCready: The Me, Me, Me Epidemic: A Step-by-Step Guide to Raising Capable, Grateful Kids in an Over-Entitled World. Tarcher. Adult Nonfiction (Parenting). Completed September 22, 2015. This book is fabulous - I've never used so many post-it flags in my life. 

I'm still reading Trouble is a Friend of Mine (a new YA novel) by Stephanie Tromly) on my Kindle. I'm listening to Station Eleven by Emily St. John Mandel. I I had to abandon Rogue, the third book in Mark Frost's Paladin Prophecy series, because I just couldn't get into it (and hence wasn't getting much other reading done). There's always a bit of a letdown when that happens mid-series, but it can't be helped. 

The books my husband and I have been reading to our daughter can be found here. She was completely thrilled when her Scholastic Reading Club set of Magic Tree House books arrived last week. She has already listened to several of them. She reads them out of order, according to her whims, which I find mildly irritating, but of course I want her to be able to make her own choices so I do not complain. 

She continues to like the fact that we are writing down everything we read to her on paper reading log sheets (as described here). She asks me periodically how many books we have read so far in September (>150 at last count - I had to print a couple of additional log sheets). I purchased some binders that I can use to save the sheets for her - I think it will be a fun thing for her to look back on. 

What are you and your family reading these days? Thanks for reading the newsletter, and for growing bookworms. 

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