- I’ve decided that a bimonthly reading report is all I can do. I really try to write up a monthly reading report, but it never fails that by the time I actually get around to thinking about doing it, half the month is gone, so I give up. This time I’m giving my bimonthly report before the month ends–wow! So from here on out, I’ll just plan to do this thing every-other-month. 🙂
- What I read in June and July:
- By the Light of a Thousand Stars by Jamie Langston Turner. I did not review this one because, well, time, mostly. That, and because I’ve already reviewed lots of books by Turner, I feel like another post might be a bit redundant. She’s one on a very short list of Christian novelists I still read. I enjoy her stuff. This one’s a gentle conversion story, like all her books I’ve read so far. It’s also set in the South, which I enjoy. Written from multiple perspectives, this books depicts the relationships of four women who live in the same community and gives insight into their relationships with each other and with God. What I would consider the main protagonist in this story isn’t very likable–she’s very stuck up and difficult to live with, but (of course), there’s a backstory there that halfway explains some of her issues. “Real life” happens in Turner’s novels (for example, one of the main characters in this story has just lost her teenaged daughter in a traffic accident), but usually the stories resolve somewhat happily and tidily with a conversion experience. I’m feeling rather disillusioned these days, so sometimes that rings a little hollow in its tidiness. Nevertheless, these books are usually page-turners for me, with a bonus that Turner is an English teacher so she makes lots of literary references. That’s refreshing. Here are the other books by Jamie Langston Turner I’ve reviewed:
- I re-read When You Reach Me by Rebecca Stead on the heels of re-reading A Wrinkle in Time. I distinctly remember after reading When You Reach Me the first time that I thought, “WOW! I should go back and re-read this immediately!” Of course, I didn’t. However, I did read this time with more attention to detail and with a sense of “this time I’m looking for clues.” This is a knock-your-socks-off kind of book. Highly Recommended.
- The Zookeeper’s Wife by Diane Ackerman. Highly Recommended true World War II story that reads like a novel.
- Dogsong by Gary Paulsen. Newbery winner with shades of Jack London.
- Graven Images by Paul Fleischman. Can children’s lit be dark? Absolutely. (Can anyone who has read Roald Dahl think otherwise? 😉 ) This collection of three short stories is just that, but with such rich language and imagery that one can almost forgive the darkness.
- Abel’s Island by William Steig. A sophisticated mouse adventure story? Yes, please.
- Two more for my Newbery Through the Decades challenge were a poetry collection, Joyful Noise, and a picture book, Doctor De Soto.
What I read aloud in June and July:
To say that our read aloud routine hasn’t been what it used to be is an understatement. We have been reading, though:
Audiobooks for June and July:
- Lulu and I listened to The Case of the Left-Handed Lady by Nancy Springer and thoroughly enjoyed it.
- By the official month’s end I will no doubt have finished A Long Way from Chicago by Richard Peck, but we’ll count it for next month since it’s a 1990s Newbery winner (and August is the month for 1990s for the Newbery Through the Decades challenge.)
The DLM has listened to quite a few audiobooks, but they’ve mostly been repeats: he loves Alexander McCall Smith’s stuff in particular.
I have a few things in progress, but that will wait for
next month’s report month-after-next’s report. 🙂