Family Reading Status

Aug 28, 2015

I know you hear a lot about what I'm reading, but today I thought I'd give you a quick look at the currently reading piles of everyone else in our family too.

  • Reading Station Eleven by Emily St. John Mandel. I think I have about sixty pages left. For the most part, I've enjoyed it, but it has not been a fast read for me. Whether that's because of the genre or just my busy schedule right now, I don't know. I'm sure I'll have more thoughts after I finish it.
  • Listening to The Secret Keeper by Kate Morton. I'm a little more than halfway through and enjoying it so much more than The Forgotten Garden. Plus, the reader is quite fabulous.
  • Also reading Believing Christ by Stephen Robinson and the scriptures every day.
  • Pretending that I'm still reading The Sound of Paper by Julia Cameron, although I don't think I've cracked the cover in at least a month.
  • Just finished listening to The Monuments Men by Robert M. Edsel. He really liked it, and he said I should listen to it too. 
  • Listening to The Colony: The Harrowing True Story of the Exiles of Molokai by John Tayman. He started it on a recent trip, and I'm not sure if he's picked it up since he got home. Apparently, he was falling asleep while listening to it (while flying, not driving!), and he said he'd have to backtrack quite a bit to remember where he was.
  • Reading Oliver and the Seawigs by Philip Reeve and Sarah McIntyre. I admit to doing no screening before Aaron started this book, but he seems to be enjoying it.
  • Also reading some nonfiction by Seymour Simon. I believe this week he read Lightning and also Lungs.
  • Just finished Pirates Past Noon by Mary Pope Osborne this morning. He was pretty thrilled since it was the first chapter book he's read all on his own.
  • Listening to The Boxcar Children, Surprise Island, and The Yellow House Mystery by Gertrude Chandler Warner. There was a day earlier this week when he was sick, so he spent a lot of time in bed listening to these three.
  • Current favorites: 1 Hunter by Pat Hutchins, Sylvie by Jennifer Sattler, Bedtime for Monsters by Ed Vere, No, No, Kitten! by Shelley Moore Thomas, and many more.
  • Reading Not Yet Tip on his own, along with other books from the yellow group of the Reading For All Learners collection.
  • Some recent favorites: City Animals by Simms Taback (mostly because of the page with the dog), What Does Baby Say? by Karen Katz (because he can repeat almost all the sounds), and Walter's Wheels by Noelle Dingeldein (because the race car page makes him laugh and laugh). 
Amy and the boys:
  • The Story of the World: Early Modern Times by Susan Wise Bauer. This has taken us all summer to read, but we're nearing the end. It will feel like a major accomplishment when we finish.
  • Fantastic Mr. Fox by Roald Dahl. This is a short enough book we should have been able to blaze through it in one or two sittings, but with the start of school and trying to finish The Story of the World, we haven't been able to devote more than ten minutes at a time. Too bad though because my kids love it.
Mike and the boys:
  • Prince Caspian by C.S. Lewis. I think they have one chapter left.
Mike and Amy:
  • How to Talk to Your Child About Sex by Richard and Linda Eyre. I wouldn't call this fun reading, but with Aaron starting second grade, I feel like it is necessary. 
And once we're done with all of these, we have so many more great books waiting in the wings: Harry Potter, Mister Pip, and On Being Mortal, to name a few.

What are you currently reading? 


    1. Harry Potter?!?!?!? I think "The Secret Keeper" has been my favorite Kate Morton so far, so glad you are enjoying it. I got Station Eleven from the library after several goodreads friends gave it rave reviews. Then I got scared of it and took it back without even cracking the cover- it's not my usual fare. I'll be interested to see your review.

      1. I know! It's time. I'm actually really looking forward to it.

        No, don't be scared of Station Eleven. You'll like it.

    2. I've had a run of mediocre books--most of them gotten for free from Amazon (I joined the Bookbub site, which alerts you to free or discounted ebooks.) I think I need to start only getting those books if they're on my to-read list, or if I recognize the titles or something. Sheesh. I get a bit disgruntled when I read several books in a row that are on the "meh" end of the spectrum.

      Anyway, I think I may start in on the big one: The Count of Monte Cristo. Also, I've got a stack of library books that have already been renewed once--mostly middle grade fiction: Rain Reign, The Ninja Librarian, Hold Fast-- and some nonfiction--The Disappearing Spoon, the everything store.

      Yes, I definitely think I need to hold off on the free books for awhile. It's not like I have nothing else to read!

      1. I know what that's like, and reading loses its appeal when you have a long string of disappointing reads.

        Good luck with The Count of Monte Cristo!

    3. I (and my boys) have read some of Reeve's books for YA, which were a bit gruesome for me but good stories that the kids liked. I'm assuming he's less gory with the younger books, so I can see why Aaron likes him.

      1. I'd never heard of Philip Reeve, but after Aaron was enjoying Oliver and the Seawigs so much, I looked into the rest of his books, and you're right . . . a lot of them look pretty scary. I hope he writes more for this age group.


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