6 May
2014
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May’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

Me:

  • The Death Cure (Maze Runner Book 3) — James Dashner
  • The Kill Order (Maze Runner Prequel) — James Dashner
  • Champion: A Legend Novel — Marie Lu
  • The Rook — Daniel O’Malley (book club selection)
  • Sycamore Row — John Grisham (book club selection)
  • The Last Letter From Your Lover — Jojo Moyes

I’m only going to share what I’m reading this month. I’m working on a few reading-related ideas for my kids for summer break and will share those in the next two weeks.

I’m attempting to read more of the books my 11-year-old is speeding through. He’s a passionate reader and extremely proficient. It’s becoming increasingly harder to find books that challenge him but also remain, not necessarily age-appropriate, but at the correct maturity level. B and I share the same fascination with dystopic society books, which are extremely popular currently. The Maze Runner books and Legend series fall into that category. Legend is similar to Hunger Games and Divergent.

The Last Letter From Your Lover was recommended by a fellow bibliophile. I take book recommendations quite seriously. My list of books to read is impressively long. I fantasize about days clear of errands and daily-tasks when I can sit on the couch with the windows open and a nice breeze blowing through the house and a pile of books waiting to be devoured. I read before heading to bed at night. Reading during the day is a luxury for my current lifestyle.

Last month B, my husband and I read the One Book Wyoming selection Spirit of Steamboat by Craig Johnson. The author held a speaking engagement at our local public library last week which B and I attended. My son is decades younger than most of the people who were in the audience, many at least his grandparents’ ages. He sat himself in the front row and was engaged the entire time. B was shy, but friendly when numerous people commented about how nice it was to see someone young at an author talk.

Books gain more depth for me after hearing an author speak. I like knowing his thoughts and what he was hoping I would take away from the book. Johnson didn’t disappoint. He was genuine, funny, easy-going and very “Wyoming.” He reminds me of so many people I knew growing up in a smaller northern Wyoming town. B and I bought a few books to be signed. There was a line of people waiting for their one-on-one moment with Johnson, but he didn’t make us feel rushed. He was curious about who the books were for and was willing to pose for a photo with B. The book signing showed, once again, how a few minutes with someone can leave lasting effects. That 10 seconds it took for me to snap a photo, made an impression on my young man.

 

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