9 Apr
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April’s Book List: One Book Wyoming

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


  • Spirit of Steamboat: A Walt Longmire Story — Craig Johnson
  • A Fatal Grace: A Chief Inspector Gamache Novel — Louise Penny
  • The Scorch Trials — James Dashner
  • Legend — Marie Lu


  • A Clash of Kings (second novel, A Song of Ice and Fire series) — George R. R. Martin

11-year-old son:

  • The Scorch Trials — James Dashner
  • Schooled — Gordon Korman
  • Ungifted — Gordon Korman

6- and 9-year-old sons:

  • Fish — Gregory Mone
  • Heroes in Training: Hades and the Helm of Darkness — Joan Holub and Suzanne Williams
  • Heroes in Training: Hyperion and the Great Balls of Fire — Joan Holub and Suzanne Williams

The Wyoming State Library introduced a new program this year, One Book Wyoming. Libraries around the state provided free copies of Craig Johnson’s book, Spirit of Steamboat, to readers. The idea is to read the book and pass it along. Public libraries around the state are hosting events in conjunction with the program. My county chose the month of April as Longmire Month, named after the main character in Johnson’s books. Johnson’s books are the inspiration behind the Longmire television series on A&E.

One Book Wyoming - Spirit of Steamboat: A Walt Longmire Story

Both my husband and I have read the Spirit of Steamboat. It was a wonderful choice for the One Book Wyoming program. The book is a novella and coming in at 146 pages, the length isn’t likely to deter non-readers from picking it up. If you grew up in Wyoming, the book feels like home. Parts of the book take me back to my childhood and remind me of people my parents and grandfather knew. For non-native Wyoming readers, the book gives a glimpse into life in a state of 500,000 people. Wyoming has one of the most recognizable license plates in the country because of the bucking horse, Steamboat. The story behind the symbolic horse is told in the book. I’m looking forward to our county library’s meet and greet with Johnson.

My 11-year-old and I are both reading The Scorch Trials, Dashner’s followup to The Maze Runner. The series is a dystopic novel reminiscent of Lord of the Flies. It’s interesting to discuss books with my tween. His views help me see characters in a different light. Our takeaways from books tend to complement each other and give me a more well-rounded look at the story an author was trying to tell. I also plan on reading Legend. I’ve been told several times fans of the Divergent and Hunger Games series will also like Marie Lu’s dsytopian society.

My younger boys can’t seem to get enough of Greek mythology. Heroes in Training is a new series for us to try. I was told it’s perfect for this age group. Our 4-year-old daughter is currently reading Berenstain Bears books obsessively as well as anything Dr. Seuss.

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