Growing Bookworms Newsletter: October 4: Reading in Bed, Reading Hypocrisies, and Endless Graphic Novels
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 growing joyful learners, mainly bookworms, but also mathematicians and learners of all types. The newsletter is sent out every two to three weeks.
Newsletter Update: In this issue I have four book reviews (picture book through young adult) and one post about my own hypocrisies as a parent when it comes to books. I also have a post with my daughter's latest literacy milestone, reading to fall asleep at night. I also have two posts with links that I shared recently on Twitter.
Reading Update: In the last two weeks I finished two middle grade, one young adult, and two adult books. I read/listened to:
- Kate Milford: Ghosts of Greenglass House. Clarion Books. Middle Grade Fantasy. Completed September 23, 2017. This I enjoyed, but not as much as I liked the first book in the series. Fans of From The Mixed Up Files of Mrs. Basil E. Frankweiler will certainly want to give it a look.
- Catherine Newman: One Mixed-Up Night. Random House Books for Young Readers. Middle Grade Fiction. Completed September 24, 2017. This book is very fun, and I hope to find time to review it soon.
- Kristen Cashore: Jane, Unlimited. Kathy Dawson Books. YA Fantasy. Completed October 3, 2017, on Kindle. I liked about the first half of this book, but then it got a bit too weird for me.
- Craig Johnson: The Western Star (Walt Longmire, Book 13). Viking. Adult Mystery. Completed September 22, 2017, on MP3. Always a pleasure to spend time with Walt, though I wasn't thrilled that this book ended with one storyline as a woman-in-peril cliffhanger.
- James R. Benn: Billy Boyle. Soho Crime. Adult Historical Mystery. Completed September 23, 2017, on Kindle. This is the first book in a historical series about a Boston cop who ends up investigating mysteries in WWII London. I will likely read others in the series.
I'm currently listening to Extracted by R.R. Haywood, and deciding what to read next. My daughter and I are still reading Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire together at breakfast. For her own reading, she continues to read and re-read the same graphic novels over and over again (Real Friends, Lunch Lady, Squish, the Hilo books, the Babysitters Club graphics books, and anything else we can find by Jenni Holm or Raina Telgemeier). She was a bit disappointed in the fifth Babysitters Club graphic novel because there was a different illustrator (not Raina, with whom she considers herself on a first-name basis). But I think she still enjoyed it. We had to buy the first four of the Babysitters Club Graphic Novels as a birthday present for her close friend, even though we already had a present, because my daughter was so sure that her friend would appreciate them. How can I argue with logic like that? You can find my daughter's 2017 reading list here.
Thanks for reading, and for growing bookworms.