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Get ready for a long post, friends. Not only did we manage to get to the library in January (I know, we’re living a crazy life!) but spurred on by Modern Mrs. Darcy’s new podcast What Should I Read Next? I’ve been checking ebooks out like crazy using Overdrive with our county library system.
Books we’re read with the boys-
E-mergency by Tom Lichtenheld & Ezra Fields-Meyer
This was the boys absolute favorite book last month. I lost count of the number of times we read it, and the boys took turns bringing it to bed to read at night. It follows the story of what happens when the letter “e” gets injured and “o” has to take her place. It’s hilarious, and very fun to read aloud.
Me and My Dragon by David Biedrzycki
We all enjoyed this book, and I was particularly fond of the illustrations. I’m pretty sure anything with dragons in it is immediately appealing to our boys.
Star Wars: Jedi Academy by Jeffrey Brown
This was Malcolm’s pick last week. He’s really been enjoying our Calvin and Hobbes comic books (my husband has the whole collection), and wanted to find another comic where he could read parts of it. He was able to read some of it by himself, and we enjoyed reading other parts together.
What I’m Reading
I mentioned this in the newsletter last week, but I’ve been on a reading frenzy! Here’s what I read last month…
Money-Making Mom by Crystal Paine
I grabbed this when the Kindle version was just $2.99 (it’s not that low any longer). I love Crystal and have followed her blog for years. As with her last book, Say Goodbye to Survival Mode, I got it not sure how much I would get out of it, and then was blown away with how much it refreshed and encouraged me. Whether you just want to find a way to make a little money from home or you’re already in the throes of running a business, this book has something for you.
The Icarus Hunt by Timothy Zahn
I’m a huge Timothy Zahn fan from his Star Wars works. I thoroughly enjoyed this book. The best way I could describe it is a Star Wars/Firefly mystery in space. And it’s a book I wouldn’t mind owning to read again.
The Cuckoo’s Calling and The Silkworm by Robert Galbraith (aka J.K. Rowling)
I really enjoyed the Cuckoo’s Calling. The characters are phenomenal, and the detective/mystery part of it was thoroughly enjoyable to read. Some of the content of The Silkworm was a little odd for my taste, but the mystery itself and the characters were still great. I have the next book in the series on hold, and I’m really looking forward to reading it.
The Ocean at the End of the Lane by Neil Gaiman
I’m having a difficult time putting into words how I felt about this book. Though I feel that way about a lot of Neil Gaiman’s writings.
I’ve read a lot of what Neil Gaiman has written, mostly thanks to my husband, who introduced his books to me before we even started dating. Some I absolutely love (Neverwhere, Stardust, Fortunately, the Milk to top the list). I actually just re-read Neverwhere for the fourth or fifth time last month. Even Tim, who is a very avid reader, said, “You’re reading that again?”
Other works Gaiman I appreciate and enjoyed reading, even if it doesn’t go on my “loved” list (American Gods, a lot of his short stories, The Sandman graphic novels – which I still haven’t quite finished yet).
Ocean was enjoyable and disturbing, utterly bizarre, sad, and satisfying. How’s that for a review?
Codex Alera by Jim Butcher
My husband got the first three of these books for Christmas. I’ve read the first two, and really enjoyed them. We absolutely love The Dresden Files by Butcher. And while this has a completely different feel, they are a great read. Fantastic world, great characters, and an interesting plot.
I’m still working on filling up my “to read” book list. Any recommendations?