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 three to four weeks.
Newsletter Update: In this issue I have two posts with my daughter's latest literacy milestones. The first is about writing and revising a personal narrative. The second is about encouraging others (mainly my husband) to read more. I also have a post with tips for parents to encourage kids' summer reading, and another for parents about allowing and encouraging their kids to read graphic novels. Finally, I have a news release from Barnes and Noble with the results of a recent survey on readers' summer reading (and associated screen time reduction) plans.
Since the last newsletter I published four posts with literacy and reading-related links shared over the past few weeks on Twitter. In the interest of brevity, I have not included them in the newsletter. You can find them here: May 24, May 31, June 7, and June 14. I have a summary of our recent reading below.
Reading Update: In the last four weeks I finished one middle grade title and eight adult titles (six fiction and two nonfiction). I read/listened to:
- Jeff Kinney: Diary of a Wimpy Kid: Hard Luck. Harry N. Abrams Books. Middle Grade Fiction. Completed May 20, 2019, read aloud to my daughter. I've been enjoying these books, but am ready to take a break to move on to reading something a bit more substantial with my daughter over the summer.
- William Kent Krueger: Tamarack County (Cork O'Connor, No. 13). Atria Books. Adult Mystery. Completed May 21, 2019, on MP3. Still good!
- Gytha Lodge: She Lies in Wait. Random House. Adult Mystery. Completed May 21, 2019, on Kindle. This is the first book in a new UK-based police procedural, and it quite held my attention. I look forward to future installments.
- Daniel H. Pink: When: The Science of Perfect Timing. Riverhead Books. Adult Nonfiction. Completed May 23, 2019, on Kindle. This book convinced me to delay drinking my morning caffeine until I've been up for an hour. I found it absorbing, but in looking back don't have a lot of other takeaways at this point. I need to go back and look at my notes.
- Elly Griffiths: The Stranger Diaries. HMH Books. Adult Mystery. Completed May 24, 2019, on Kindle. This is an excellent, twisty standalone by Griffiths, author of the Ruth Galloway series (one of my favorites). It's a modern gothic, told from several perspectives, and keeps the reader guessing.
- Dana Reinhardt: Tomorrow There Will Be Sun. Pamela Dorman Books. Adult Fiction. Completed May 25, 2019, on Kindle. This is kids and YA Reinhardt's first foray into adult fiction. It's about two families who travel to Mexico to celebrate the 50th birthdays of the two men, long-time business partners, and secrets that are revealed. The end seemed a bit anti-climactic to me, but I am used to more standard mysteries, rather than reading about personal drama.
- Frank Bruni: Where You Go Is Not Who You'll Be. Grand Central Publishing. Adult Nonfiction. Completed May 26, 2019, personal print copy. This book is written for high schoolers and their parents, about the excellent education and quality of life that can be obtained by not stepping onto the elite college admissions hamster wheel. Though this process is still a few years away for my daughter, I still tore through the book. It's one of those titles that I find myself bringing up to other people in conversation. Highly recommended, especially for younger high schoolers.
- James Tucker: The Holdouts (Buddy Locke, No. 2). Thomas & Mercer. Adult Mystery/Thriller. Completed May 29, 2019, on Kindle. This is the second (and maybe final) book in an Amazon-published thrilled series. I didn't find either book plausible, but Tucker has a real knack for keeping the reader turning the pages via cliffhangers. I read this one very quickly.
- William Kent Krueger: Windigo Island (Cork O'Connor, No. 14). Atria Books. Adult Mystery. Completed June 4, 2019, on MP3. Still good. I'm going to be caught up with this series soon, and so am taking a break to listen to some other titles in my queue.
I'm reading Cracks in the Ivory Tower: The Moral Mess of Higher Education by Jason Brennan and Philip Magness and listening to A Map of Days (Miss Peregrine's Peculiar Children, Book 4) by Ransom Riggs. I've re-started reading Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince to my daughter, after I cleverly suggested watching the movie of Order of the Phoenix right before the start of summer vacation. Please no one tell her who the Half-Blood Prince is - she is dying to know, but doesn't really want spoilers.
In terms of her own reading, she packed six books to take with her to her five-night sleep-away camp (her first time). I don't imagine she'll get through many (or any?) of them, but she seemed to find it comforting. I think only two of her selections were graphic novels - the other books were middle grade fiction titles she is either partway through or interested in reading. This included the second Alvin Ho book by Lenore Look and LeUyen Pham, after she tore through the first one in about a day.
One recent moment that I enjoyed was when we went to an open house at the camp a week before her session. She met another girl who was going to be in her session. They were talking about which sleeping location they hoped to be placed in for camp. I overheard my daughter say:
"I hope we're in (specific unit) because there's a library there. I like to read."
That's my girl! Continuing to define herself as a reader.
Thanks for reading, and for growing bookworms!
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