February 4, 2013

What We're Reading

Well, it's been a couple weeks, so I thought I'd share what we've been reading lately. :)

Maren (10) - Maren has started on the "39 clues" series.  The first night she asked me, "Mom, have you read these?" and I started to get worried that I hadn't and maybe she was reading something she shouldn't, but then she said "because they're totally awesome and I love them." She also said they the main characters have almost died several times, so they sound a bit violent.

Joshua (8) - Joshua is so picky and it's hard to find him books.  He read 4 Encyclopedia Brown books and then decided he was done with them, so we had to find a new series.  After several tries and rejections, he finally fell in love with "The Magic Thief" by Sarah Prineas.  I know he's really into a book when I find him reading without prompting, and that was the case with this book.  He declared it the best book he ever read, then paused and modified the statement to "one" of the best books he's ever read.  He's now reading through the second book in the trilogy.

Christopher (5) - This boy gravitates to the licensed books whenever we go to the library, so I have to read him awful stories with batman and smurfs and spiderman and it's SO PAINFUL.  After I read him a book of his choosing though I get to read him some good stuff.  Lately we've been reading "The Seven Silly Eaters" a lot, as well as "Officer Buckle and Gloria", which are both great reads.  As far as Early Readers he's been reading to himself, he's done a lot of "Let's Jump In!" which is a great book for beginning readers and "We Play on a Rainy Day" which is a bit harder for him but still doable.

Me - I finished "Pathfinder" that I had mentioned last time and it was not better than Ender's Game.  My friend was definitely mistaken.  It was mostly enjoyable though.  I liked the second book in the series, "Ruins", better than the first.   I also read "Edenbrooke" which was our book club's pick for the month.  Let's just say it's not my type of book.  Actually, any book that uses the word "trembled" repeatedly to describe how someone feels when another person looks at them just isn't my type of book.   This book had too much trembling.


  1. Haha, I really only noticed the word 'trembling' once! Hopefully next months book will be a little nicer to you. :)

    I'm sorry to hear that the Encyclopedia books stopped being interesting- T.J. has loved them! Thanks again for another good suggestion for him! :)

  2. I also find it hard to relate to trembling heroines :). Has Joshua ever tried the How to Train Your Dragon series? If you don't mind the occasional belch or fart, they are fantastically funny and entertaining adventures (with lots of fun illustrations thrown in.

    1. We tried listening to that series a couple of years ago and I couldn't stand all the name calling. My kids are a little too much "monkey see, monkey do" for that kind of thing. Maybe I'll have him try them again and see what happens. Thanks for the suggestion. :)

      And I missed you at book club. I was sure it was a book you wouldn't like and you could have expressed much more eloquently all the reasons I didn't like it. It was funny though, because I kept bringing up the issues I had with the book, and people would agree with me, but then say they liked it anyway. Ah well. I guess I'm just not that kind of romantic.


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