Monday, February 4, 2013

Weekly Reading Recap

Happy Monday! I hope you're having a nice day. It's my birthday today, and I'm having a nice day so far. I'm really hoping to have some time to sit and read this evening. I'm looking forward to that!

Recent Reviews and Other Posts
Last week, I wrote a review of Crossing the Rubicon by R.C. Richter. I'm giving away a copy so be sure to enter before midnight tonight!

I also published an interview with author Patricia Bracewell.

What I'm Reading
I'm currently reading The Forever Year by Lou Aronica. I'm really enjoying this one!

What C is Reading
C read The Genius Files: You Only Die Twice by Dan Gutman last week. He really loves this series and is not happy that he has to wait another year for the next one to come out! He's also reading Charlie and the Great Glass Elevator by Roald Dahl at school. I read that one aloud to him a couple years ago. I have to say I didn't enjoy it nearly as much as Charlie and the Chocolate Factory.

What M is Reading
M received three of the Rainbow Magic early readers last week, and she and I have been reading those a lot. I'm so glad I got them for her because, although they are challenging, she can read them herself. She got Pet Fairies to the Rescue, Best Friends in Fairyland and The Fairy Treasure Hunt. She seems to be enjoying all of them. Unlike the chapter books we've been reading, these don't feature the two girls, Rachel and Kirsty. But they do feature the fairies, who go on fun adventures in each book.

Up Next for Me
Once I finish The Forever Year, I'll be starting Animal, Vegetable, Miracle by Barbara Kingsolver. I have to get the actual book from the library. I got the ebook last week, but never got a chance to read it. They only let you borrow ebooks for a week, which is not long enough to read this book!

What are you reading this week? It's Monday! is hosted by Sheila at Book Journey, so hop over there if you'd like to see what others are reading too.Want to see more children's book reviews? Check out the Children's Bookshelf.


  1. My girls loved those Rainbow Fairy books and I credit them with getting them to read a lot in first grade, but I found them maddening to read aloud. Soooo repetitive from the vocabulary to the plot. But they definitely have a place for kids ... just not for the mom for read alouds. 5 is probably my limit.

    My girls also like Cobble Street Cousins and Clementine series at that same age/reading level. Just if you want to change it up.

    1. Thank you for the recommendations! I'll definitely look for those. I may need a little change. :-)

  2. Happy Belated Birthday, Julie! You can see how far behind I am this week, just making my Monday rounds on Wednesday night.

    Sounds like a lot of good reading at your house. Wow, Fairyland, Fairy Treasure, Pet Fairies - I can safely say I never saw anything like that in a house with 2 boys!!

    Do I know I have never read a Roald Dahl book? I know, shameful. I hope your son is enjoying it.

    Enjoy your books this week -


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    1. I'm honestly not a huge fan of Dahl, so I don't think you're missing much! I love Charlie and the Chocolate Factory but that's about it. Hope you've had a great week!

  3. My son David loves the Charlie books. We already had the Chocolate Factory and he got the Glass Elevator for Christmas. I'm thinking of bridging out into the other Roald Dahl, but I remember some of them being a little scary. Have you read any of the others with your kids?

    Have a great week!

    1. We haven't actually read his other books together. My son has read a couple others and liked them, but I'm just not a great fan of his style.

  4. I read Animal, Vegetable Mineral a few years ago. It was good, but as an urban person, I felt really alienated from her view of the world. Thanks again for sharing at The Children's Bookshelf.


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