Once again, here’s what’s going on with my reading at the moment.
I have eighteen books waiting to be reviewed, including 4 picture books, 6 middle grade, 4 teen, and 4 adult. I’m still reading much faster than I’m writing, it seems, even though I’m reading much slower than I’d like to keep up with all the books I want to read!
For myself, I am currently reading The Mark of the Dragonfly by Jaleigh Johnson, The True Blue Scouts of Sugarman Swamp by Kathi Appelt, and A Tale of Time City by Diana Wynne Jones in print and listening to Mastiff by Tamora Pierce and Velveteen vs. the Multiverse by Seanan McGuire.
The boy and I just finished reading The Princess and the Goblin by George MacDonald, and made the unhappy discovery that my library doesn’t own the next one, so I need to borrow it from my parents instead, I think. We’re halfway through The Last Battle by C.S. Lewis in the car. He’s almost done with Sam Silver: Undercover Pirate: The Deadly Plot, having taken breaks for a new Big Nate book, Rapunzel’s Revenge by Shannon Hale and Zeus: King of the Gods by George O’Connor. He’s now distracted by the large pile of comic books we brought home from Free Comic Book Day this year. Last year, he felt too old to dress up, but this year, he happily put on a too-small Star Wars costume to get an extra free comic.
The girl and I have been slowly working our way through Rapunzel’s Revenge as well, which she likes, but she’s still having trouble staying focused on the longer format. She’s still only wanting books in the car over music every few days, but we’ve worked our way up to Night of the Ninjas, book 5 in the Magic Tree House Series (and had A Bear Called Paddington by Michael Bond sadly rejected.) We bought her I am a Frog by Mo Willems, which she’s loving, and a Frozen spin-off picture book, which was more exciting initially but, not surprisingly, doesn’t have the re-read value of the Willems. As far as library picture books, we have Louise: the Adventures of a Chicken by Kate DiCamillo (so far rejected), The Country Bunny and the Little Gold Shoes by DuBose Heyward, Red Knit Cap Girl and Red Knit Cap Girl to the Rescue by Naoko Stoop, Cinderella retold by Max Eisenberg and Cendrillon illustrated by Jerry Pinkney, and Joseph Had a Little Overcoat by Simms Taback. She’d asked for more Cinderella books, so we’ll see if she wants to go through as many versions of that as she did Rapunzel – there are certainly a lot more Cinderella retellings out there.
I still have The Shadow Garden and Nightfall Gardens by Allen Houston and The Thickety: a Path Begins by J.A. White waiting to be read from last month, and made it just partway through one of the Spellbound magazines before getting distracted, though I was very much enjoying it. I also have Please Don’t Tell My Parent’s I’m a Super Villain by Richard Roberts newly sent from the author. I had to return The Goblin Emperor by Katherine Addison unread to the library, as I just couldn’t get to it, and put my name back on the hold list for it. Also home from the library waiting for me to read are Starling by Sage Stossel and The Cracks in the Kingdom by Jaclyn Moriarty, and I’d like to read Rapunzel’s Revenge and Zeus: King of the Gods myself before taking them back.
Also, I checked out a couple of books for my love at his request: Brick Shakespeare: the Tragedies by Jack Hollan, The Whole-Brain Child by Daniel J. Siegel, and (on CD) All Joy and No Fun by Jennifer Senior, which I am also hoping to listen to when he’s done.