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 usually send the newsletter out every two weeks.
Newsletter Update: In this issue I have five book reviews (picture book through YA). 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 (starting her first school reading log).
Reading Update: In the past two weeks I finished two middle grade, one young adult, and three adult books. I read/listened to:
- Holly Black & Cassandra Clare: The Copper Gauntlet: Magisterium, Book 2. Scholastic. Middle Grade Fiction. Completed September 2, 2015. Review to come.
- Michelle Cuevas: Confessions of an Imaginary Friend: A Memoir by Jacques Papier. Dial Books. Middle Grade Fiction. Completed September 8, 2015. Review to come.
- Katie Alender: The Dead Girls of Hysteria Hall. Point (Scholastic). Young Adult. Completed August 28, 2015, printed ARC. My review.
- Simone St. James: An Inquiry into Love and Death. NAL. Adult Mystery. Completed August 29, 2015, on MP3. This is a creepy ghost story with a nice sense of place (small English coastal village, most WWI). I enjoyed it enough that I'm listening to another by the same author.
- Louise Penny: The Nature of the Beast (A Chief Inspector Gamache Novel). Minotaur Books. Adult Mystery. Completed September 5, 2015, on MP3. I simply adore this series.
- Ingrid Thoft: Brutality. G. P. Putnam's Sons. Adult Mystery. Completed September 7, 2015, on Kindle. This is the third book that I've read recently in this new series - I'm sorry that there aren't more published, but it does leave me something to look forward to. I especially like the detail of the Boston setting, and the wry observations of the main character.
I'm listening to Silence for the Dead by Simone St. James (another ghost story published for adults) and reading Trouble is a Friend of Mine (a new YA novel) by Stephanie Tromly. I have the new Lee Child book queued up on my Audible app. I've been spending a lot of time listening to books while I exercise. I tend towards adult titles in part because they are longer, and thus better value for my limited audiobook credits.
The books my husband and I have been reading to our daughter can be found here. She remains obsessed with the Magic Treehouse books (which she refers to as "the Jack and Annie books"), and after much begging I finally gave in to her request to order a big set from the Scholastic Reading Club. She lobbied by showing me where on her bookshelf she wanted to put them, and talking about how she would want to read them multiple times, and so needed her own copies. What can I say? She knows her audience. And it's only about $1.50 per book (I say, rationalizing.)
She's also been reading a lot of books with school settings, such as Monsters Love School by Mike Austin and My New Teacher and Me! by Al Yankovich. And the Arthur Chapter Books, many of which are set in schools.
What are you and your family reading these days? Thanks for reading the newsletter, and for growing bookworms.