Here’s what I’ve reviewed since last month’s Nightstand:
- The Adventures of Beanboy by Lisa Harkrader–This is a middle grade novel with a big heart and I loved it. It is a 2012 Cybils finalist.
- Chomp by Carl Hiaasen–Another Cybils finalist, this one wasn’t quite as compelling to me as Beanboy, but it is still a solidly entertaining story.
- Emily of New Moon by L.M. Montgomery–This wasn’t my first or even my second time this first of the Emily series by Montgomery, and it’s always interesting to rethink a well-worn story.
- The Distant Hours by Kate Morton–I was a bit disappointed by this best seller about which I had read so many glowing reviews. I think it’s probably that this just isn’t my sort of story, though.
- Desperate by Sarah Mae and Sally Clarkson
- A Sane Woman’s Guide to Raising a Large Family by Mary Ostyn–These two nonfiction titles were greatly encouraging to me this month.
- My Family for the War by Anne C. Voorhoeve–Winner of this year’s Batchelder Award, this one is by far my best fiction pick of the month.
The only chapter book I’ve managed to finish with my children is The Moffats by Eleanor Estes, but it’s a good one. We’re still plugging away at A Little Princess by Frances Hodgson Burnett as our together read-aloud, and I’m still reading The Princess and the Goblin by George MacDonald with Lulu and The Blue Fairy Book by Andrew Lang with Louise. Most of these titles are from my Classics Club list.
As for next month’s reading, anything is fair game. I’m happy that I have finally marked a couple of books off my 2013 nonfiction list, and ideally I would pick another title or two from the list to read for March. I’m currently reading Bomb by Steve Sheinkin, the much-lauded work of juvenile/YA nonfiction, and I’m enjoying it. I also hope to get to the other Newbery honor book I haven’t read, Three Times Lucky by Sheila Turnage. This will depend upon its availability at my local libraries, though. I’d also like to participate in March’s Reading to Know Bookclub. Annette, March’s host, has picked Maud Hart Lovelace as the author of the month, and any of her titles is fair game. We’ll see what I can come up with.
Honestly, my number one goal for March is survive the end of this pregnancy with a modicum of good humor and just a tiny bit of energy. Oh, and I pray that before the month is out, we’ll have a new Dear Little Man (#2!) to dote on here at the House of Hope. This means I might read just a little bit, or I might read a lot, depending on any number of variables. Only time will tell.