2 Jan
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January’s Book List

I’m an avid reader, raising a brood of book lovers. Each month I’ll share what we’re all reading and would love to hear what books you recommend.

monthly reading rack


  • Beautiful Creatures — Kami Garcia and Margaret Stohl
  • Code Name Verity — Elizabeth Wein
  • Orphan Train — Christina Baker Kline (book club selection)
  • Flyboys: A True Story of Courage — James Bradley (hold over from last month)

11-year-old son:

  • Seven Wonders: The Colossus Rises — Peter Lerangis
  • Evil Genius — Catherine Jinks
  • The Dangerous Days of Daniel X — James Patterson and Michael Ledwidge
  • W.A.R.P.: The Reluctant Assassin — Eoin Colfer
  • Peak — Roland Smith

9 and 6-year-old sons (read to them by me):

  • Meet the Kreeps: (#2) The New Step-Mummy, (#3) Nanny Nightmare, (#4) The Mad Scientist — Kiki Thorpe
  • Go for the Gold, Atalanta! (Myth-O-Mania) — Kate McMullan
  • Rotten School #4: Lose, Team, Lose! — R.L. Stine

9-year-old son:

  • Beautiful LEGO — Mike Doyle
  • Treasure Hunters — James Patterson and Chris Grabenstein
  • Danny, the Champion of the World — Roald Dahl
  • The Ranger’s Apprentice: The Ruins of Gorlan — John Flanagan

6-year-old son:

  • Young Cam Jansen (series) — David A. Adler
  • Henry and Mudge (series) — Cynthia Rylant and Sucie Stevenson
  • Stories of Knights — Jane Bingham
  • The Avengers: The Ultimate Guide to Earth’s Mightiest Heroes! — Scott Beatty, Alan Cowsill and Alastair Dougall

4-year-old daughter:

  • LEGO Friends: New Girl in Town — Marilyn Easton
  • Fancy Nancy: Fanciest Doll in the Universe — Jane O’Connor
  • Froggy (series) — Jonathan London and Frank Remkiewicz

My Thoughts

I’m halfway finished with Beautiful Creatures by Kami Garcia and Margaret Stohl. It’s a young adult book about romance and witches taking place in the south. It’s the first in a series and a movie was made based on this book. I enjoy it for it’s mindless entertainment.

My oldest is almost finished with Seven Wonders: The Colossus Rises by Peter Lerangis. I’ve already read it. If you have a reader who adores Percy Jackson and the writing of Rick Riordan, give this series a try. The writing is not as good and the character development isn’t as deep as the Percy Jackson books, but it’s similar and enjoyable.

My third grader is starting The Ranger’s Apprentice series by John Flanagan this month. He’s been hesitant to try it, but has finished all the mythology books written by Rick Riordan. This series is one of my favorite. There are strong male and female characters in it, and the story is full of fresh ideas. I like to explain the books’ characters as secret service agents for medieval kings. I know he’ll be hooked. I’m crossing my fingers for a movie adaptation.

The LEGO Friends books in their various shapes are disappointing. I groan when our daughter wants them read. I’m a huge fan of LEGO building products and the books that go along with helping you grow as a LEGO builder, but the LEGO story books based off the building set themes are just not good.

At the start of each year, I make a list of books I would like to read. The list is lengthy and just gets longer as the year goes on. Here are a few I’m looking forward to picking up:

Delirium — Lauren Oliver
Speak — Laurie Halse Anderson
Fearless: The Undaunted Courage and Ultimate Sacrifice of Navy SEAL Team SIX Operator Adam Brown — Eric Blehm
12 Years a Slave — Solomon Northup
Long Walk to Freedom — Nelson Mandela
The Unlikely Pilgrimage of Harold Fry — Rachel Joyce
The Aviator’s Wife — Melanie Benjamin

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  • What a fun list of books! You guys do a lot of reading, I’m impressed! Looks like I have some new ones to check out.

    • Reading is how I unwind at night after everyone is in bed. I’ll be posting the 2014 lists from my books clubs later in the week.