It has been months since I’ve posted a Reading Chair update. Have you missed them?
No? Okay. Feel free to click over to LOL Cats or something for today’s entertainment instead. My feelings won’t be hurt.
Okay, for the rest of you (hi, Mom!), even though I haven’t shared what I’ve been reading, I have had my nose in a book as often as I possibly could. It is only May and already this year I’ve read more than 30 books, not including any that I’ve read to Newt. My goal for the year is 60.
I think I’ll make it.
What I’ve Been Reading
Under the Never Sky
Why, oh why do I love YA Distopian futures so much? I eat them like candy. Thankfully, there are a lot to choose from. Under the Never Sky was a fun one. I loved the contrast between the highly technologically developed Dwellers, the humans who went inside to survive when the climate changes, and the more primitive Outsiders, those that stayed out and became physically hardier and developed other unusual skills. I’m excited to read the next one.
Cinder: Book One in the Lunar Chronicles
Dude. Cinderella as a cyborg. What more need I say? It was just as awesome as you’d hope.
On Writing: 10th Anniversary Edition: A Memoir of the Craft
Such amazing advice on how to write well. (I just wish there was a slightly less sweary version.)
When You Reach Me
One of the best middle-grade books (for the tween-set) I’ve read in a long time. So realistic and grounded, in a fun way, that even the time travel aspect feels like an “of course”. Loved it.
What I’ve Been Reading to Newt
The Children of the New Forest (Free for Kindle)
This is a literary suggestion from Ambleside Online, the homeschool curriculum we are following this year. I have loved all their other suggestions, but this one? Not so much. Too rambling. We are hanging in there, with the hopes that it picks up.
I love this book. We read it together when Newt was six, but with the new movie coming out late this year, she’s requested it again. I believe it to be the most light-hearted of the LOTR series, making it a great read aloud. On the negative side, the chapters are so long. If we don’t have time to read a whole chapter, breaking it is difficult.
What Newt Has Been Reading
The Hunger Games Trilogy
She just started Mockingjay, but so far Catching Fire is her favorite. As a big fan of the same author’s Gregor the Overlander Series, Newt has been begging to read these for a couple of years.
I made her wait until I felt she was ready. I think that time is now.
We have been having some good discussions about it.
My Manuscript – she’s giving me a pretty thorough critique. I’m relieved to say she likes it. She also likes, no loves, finding all my typos.
What have you been reading lately?