State of the Book Basket – April

Ok, so it looks like it’s been months since I’ve done one of these posts.  Did you miss them?  Here’s what we’re reading right now:

Critter Club 14: Ellie the Flower Girl by Callie BarkleyThe Daughter, 7 ½, is going full tilt on chapter books right now, while still taking breaks for picture books.  Early chapter book series she’s read through include the Kingdom of Wrenly series by Jordan Quinn, the Critter Club series by Callie Barkley, the Enchanted Pony Academy series by Lisa Ann Scott, and the Inspector Inspector Flytrap by Tom Angleberger & Cece BellFlytrap series by Tom Angleberger and Cece Bell.  Laundry Day by Jessixa Bagley. We were listening to the Game of Silence by Louise Erdrich in the car until it flaked out on it.  Now we’re going back to the Incorrigible Children of Ashton Place by Mary Rose Wood while we wait for another copy of The Game of Silence to come in.  She’s been on and off about letting me read to her in bed, sometimes preferring to read separate books side-by-side, but when she does let me, we’re working on the third Cupcake Cousins book, Winter Wonders, by Kate Hannigan.

The Son, at 12, still prefers graphic novels to prose, and audio for longer fiction.  Still, he’s plowing determinedly through Illuminae for his at-school reading time, and reading the Runaways graphic novel series at home.  He just finished The Bronze Key on audio and started on The Force Awakens: Junior Novelization. We’ve restarted the Septimus Heap series, which we first listened to when he was about 7, and are now on book 2, Flyte.  We still enjoy whatever read-aloud time we can squeeze in and are reading The Merlin Conspiracy by Diana Wynne Jones, who’s written so much that it will take us a very long time indeed to get through all of it.

Strangers in Paradise by Terry MooreMy love is currently re-reading Strangers in Paradise by Terry Moore.


Myself, I had a brief phase a few weeks ago when I had only one or two books on my waiting-to-be-read shelf.  Naturally, I went overboard trying to rectify this problem, including putting in book requests to three different librarians at my work.  Now I’ve been scrambling trying to read multiple books at a time as three and four come due back at the library within days of each other.

Gemina by Amie Kaufman and Jay KristoffI’m currently reading Gemina by Amie Kaufmann and Jay Kristoff (YA sci-fi), 1984 by George Orwell for a book club, Hilo: Saving the Whole Wide World by Judd Winnick (youth graphic novel), and Juana & Lucas (early chapter book) by Juana Medina in print, and finished off Binti by Nnedi Okorafor (adult sci-fi) on Friday evening as well.

The White Road of the Moon by Rachel NeumeierOn the shelf waiting to be read are This Savage Song by V.E Schwab (YA fantasy), Under the Sugar Sun by Jennifer Hallock (historical romance), Once upon a Marquess by Courtney Milan (more historical romance), The White Road of the Moon by Rachel Neumeier (YA fantasy), and The Masked City by Genevieve Cogman (adult fantasy). I have nothing in text electronically right now because I have so much in print, though it’s making me feel a little nervous about getting stuck somewhere with nothing to read.

The Bear and the Nightingale by Katherine ArdenI’m listening to The Bear and the Nightingale by Katherine Arden (adult fantasy) on audio, with The Sun is Also a Star by Nicola Yoon (YA contemporary) up next.


What are you 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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2 Responses to State of the Book Basket – April

  1. I understand the nervousness of having nothing new on my phone to read! Currently on my phone/Kindle I have Blood for Blood (the sequel to Wolf by Wolf) by Ryan Graudin; I recently finished Bujold’s Mira’s Last Dance; I’m in the middle of T. Kingfisher (Ursula Vernon)’s Summer in Orcus; and I have Vol 1 of a manga, Seraph of the End. I was just getting into Schwab’s A Darker Shade of Magic, but it was a library ebook and they return themselves whether you’re finished or not!

    In physical library books I just finished Jennifer Crusie’s Fast Women and am about to start Heroine Complex, by Sarah Kuhn, followed by Wake of Vultures, By Lila Bowen.

    Except that I’m contemplating dropping everything to read Laini Taylor’s Strange the Dreamer, and I only haven’t started White Road of the Moon because I haven’t let myself visit and buy it (but when I go buy Strange I will definitely buy Road).

    (I miss the days of reading to my kids. My youngest is 17 and hardly reads at all anymore. Sigh.)

    • Katy K. says:

      I wanted to read the Heroine Complex! and I probably should try T. Kingfisher as well. But I mostly do read library ebooks, and then I have to worry about finishing before they return…

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