4 Feb
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February’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



11-year-old son:

9-year-old son:

6-year-old son:

4-year-old daughter:

Books read together:

  • Wonkenstein (The Creature from My Closet, No. 1) — Obert Skye
  • Potterwookiee (The Creature from My Closet #2) — Obert Skye
  • Olympism: A Basic Guide to the History, Ideals, and Sports of the Olympic Movement — U.S. Olympic Committee
  • Russia: Enchantment of the World — Nel Yomtov

My thoughts…

I’ve started reading George Washington’s Secret Six: The Spy Ring That Saved the American Revolution. I’m about 1/4 of the way through and need to have it read by tomorrow night for book club. *Gulp* I’ll be cutting it really close. I like books that open a part of history I had no knowledge about. I had never heard of the Culper spy ring. The book reads like a novel, not a dry, history textbook. It feels like James Bond in the 1770s.

I’ve already finished I Am Malala: The Girl Who Stood Up for Education and was Shot by the Taliban. While I appreciate the bravery this young girl possesses, the writing style of the book didn’t keep my interest. I recommend anyone interested in the topic of educating women to read Half the Sky: Turning Oppression into Opportunity for Women Worldwide by Nicholas D. Kristof and Sheryl WuDunn.

My 11-year-old is a science fiction/action reader. His new favorite series is Michael Vey. My son said the books are about good vs. evil, and he feels like the characters are real. He said they’re hard to put down, and he’s never sure what to expect. I think I’ll give the first book a try. I have a weakness for young adult books. I bring our son home more books than he can read when I go to the library without him. I go through phases when I struggle to read anything but YA.

We had been begging our 9-year-old to give the Ranger Apprentice series a try for months. Finally he caved. Now he can’t put them down. He started in January and is currently in the middle of the fourth book. There are 12 books, so they should keep him busy for a few months. I think he’ll trust my book suggestions more now.

Our daughter has a love for everything ballet-related. Her knew reading passion is Angelina Ballerina. I think we checked out most of our public library’s collection last week. I’ve read all of them twice already. She’s fascinated by the idea of mice dancing ballet.

I’m reading the boys the first book in The Creature From the Closet. The book is funny with drawings that remind me of Diary of a Wimpy Kid. The narrator seems to be holding a conversation with readers, and the boys enjoy that style of writing. We’re also reading about Winter Olympic sports and Russia in preparation for the upcoming Winter Olympics.


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