State of the Book Basket, May 2016

Here’s a look at what we’re reading in my family right now – at least as far as I know.

First Girl Scout by Ginger WadsworthMy Daughter (age 6) has started reading chapter books to herself! She still doesn’t have the patience to read them through from start to finish, but she’s definitely sitting down and reading them. She brought home a Boxcar Children mystery from the school library, as well as a longer biography of Juliette Gordon Lowe, First Girl Scout by Ginger Wadsworth. I’m reading Hooray for Anna Hibiscus by Atinuke to her officially, as well First Girl Scout. She’s working on a nonfiction book project for school, and has decided to adapt a recipe into the style used in Pretend Soup by Mollie Katzen. To this end, I was reading her recipes from one of our favorite baking cookbooks, The Weekend Baker by Abigail Dodge at bedtime. She’s drawn to both the Old-Fashioned Berry Icebox Cake and the Two-Bite Whoopee Pies. We’re re-listening to all of the Clementine books by Sara Pennypacker in the car.

Escape fr0m Wolfhaven Castle by Kate ForsythMy Son (age 11) is currently going back and forth between reading Escape from Wolfhaven Castle by Kate Forsyth (kindly sent to me by the publisher, Kane Miller) and Lumberjanes vol 1: Beware the Kitten Holy by Noelle Stevenson and Grace Ellis. We are slowly working our way through the Chrestomanci books by Diana Wynne Jones on audio – tricky as the library doesn’t have all of them on audio – but we’re currently on Conrad’s Fate and enjoying it very much. I just finished reading Geeks Girls and Secret Identities by Mike Jung to him and was unprepared with a new library book. Last night, I pulled a small selection off our shelves at home. He decided he wanted to read both Boneshaker by Kate Milford and The Enchanted Castle by E. Nesbit (which I have on my ereader free, courtesy of Project Gutenberg). A coin toss decided in favor of The Enchanted Castle, which I’m glad of because the appeal on that one skews a little bit younger, and I want him to read it while he’s still young enough to enjoy it. Plus, we’ll be reading it over the summer, and it has such a strong kids-enjoying-summer vibe that I used to love re-reading it every summer.

The Raven BoysMy love just finished listening to The Raven King by Maggie Stiefvater on audio and will perhaps hopefully chime in with what he’s moved on to next. He’s been looking through Cook it in Cast Iron by the editors at America’s Test Kitchen, which I requested the library buy for him to look at. I’m very glad I did, as not only is he enjoying it, but so many other people at the library want to read it that we’ve had to buy three more copies of it!

Tangle of Gold by Jaclyn MoriartyAnd finally, myself. Readers may remember that I tried writing out reading plan for April for the first time. I based the number of books in my list on the total number of books I typically finish in a month, without looking at how many of them are my personal reading versus reading with the kids. Probably half of my reading is kid reading, it turns out, so that I got through just about exactly half of my reading list last month and have now moved seamlessly on to reading mostly the other half this month. I’m reading A Tangle of Gold by Jaclyn Moriarty in print at home and P.S. I Still Love You by Jenny Han at work. I’m really hoping to finish my re-listen of Blue Lily, Lily Blue by Maggie Stiefvater before I go to see her at a local B&N tomorrow night – I’d like to have at least started The Raven King before I get there! But Charlotte’s review convinced me that I did need a refresher on the series, and it has been highly enjoyable. I’m still debating what to listen to after I finish that series – maybe Eleven Birthdays by Wendy Maas, an older Cybils finalist that I’d never gotten to and was excited to see in the Hoopla library.

I’m also planning to read Escape from Wolfhaven Castle (which I plan to put in the sadly outdated school library when we finish). I have probably a month’s worth of print books checked out waiting at home. These include A Thousand Nights by E.K. Johnston, Brownie: the Girl’s Guide to Girl Scouting, Court of Fives by Kate Elliott, Delilah Dirk and the King’s Shilling by Tony Cliff, Sorcerer to the Crown by Zen Cho, The Winner’s Kiss by Marie Rutkoski, and Vitamin N by Richard Louv.

What is your family reading?

About Katy K.

I'm a librarian and book worm who believes that children and adults deserve great books to read.
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7 Responses to State of the Book Basket, May 2016

  1. Eric says:

    Read “CIWCI”, as you indicated, plus “Franklin Barbeque”, “The Reversal of the Medal”, and having a Darwyn Cooke bender. “Twilight Children” and “New Frontiers” downstairs and upstairs, respectively.

  2. Hooray for independent reading! I am waiting for that to happen with my just 6 year old. I have gotten him to read aloud again at bedtime for the past 2 nights. He’s working his way through a Step 3 book about Zootopia. I kind of hate those books-based-on-movies, but he’s reading! 🙂

  3. Wow, what a great selection of books your family is reading! I just finished my reread of the first three and new read of The Raven King: sooooooo good! Kate Milford is another author I have to get caught up on: Boneshaker was so good, and I think there’s a sequel, or companion book I need to get my hands on.

    • Katy K. says:

      Thank you, Kim! I am now on the Raven King, too! There are two sequels to Boneshaker that I know of: The Kairos Mechanism, which was self-published, and The Broken Lands. Both very good! And she’s got a new book coming out in August, too!

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