What I’ve Been Reading

I was going to post my reading a month at a time but between massive amounts of homework reading (I often read while my son reads) and also a family full of head colds (cuddled up drinking hot beverages and reading), I’ve got quite a list already.  I’ve already reviewed some of them and will review others later but here’s the list in alphabetical order.

  • Sew Deadly by Elizabeth Lynn Casey
  • Cork and Fuzz: Finders Keepers by Dori Chaconas
  • Bink and Gollie by Kate DiCamillo and Alison McGhee
  • Ballet for Martha by Jan Greenberg and Sandra Jordan
  • Tip-Tap Pop by Sarah Lynn
  • Brinsingr by Christopher Paolini
  • You’re on Your Way Teddy Roosevelt by Judith St. George
  • Kid vs. Squid by Greg van Eekhout
  • We Are in a Book! by Mo Willems
  • The Mysterious Howling by Maryrose Wood, the first in a new series, The Incorrigible Children of Ashton Place.

Here are some things that I’ve learned from this almighty stack of reading.  Some things may make excellent print stories but make less excellent audiobooks.  Howling.  Howling is really irritating on an audiobook especially when it brings lots of questions from other members of the household during plot critical moments.

Mo Willems must be one of the funniest people on the planet.  We don’t read out loud very often, my son is now 11 going on 22, but I had to read We Are in a Book! out loud to him.  It was just too funny to keep to myself.  Soon, we were screaming with laughter.  My husband, whom I believe secretly found it hilarious but has an image to preserve, just gave us that look.

If you write sf or fantasy, do not call your collective of bad guys The Empire.  Seriously.  My son and I will laugh.  Again. And this time even my husband will feel the need to discard the grown up facade long enough to do a wicked Darth Vader impression.  Yes, it was an audiobook but don’t risk it.  Sure, laughter is good but come up with your own “group of bad guys” term.  Seriously.

Now off for some more reading.  I left the hero in a really sticky fix.


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