So, we’re two months into the school year already. It’s hard to believe! Things are going really well, but what I want to talk about today is our current reading list.
We don’t have a read-aloud right now, but we did recently pick up the audio book of The Lion, the Witch, and the Wardrobe from the library, so we’ll probably start listening to that pretty soon. (In September, Munchkin decided he wanted to read The Magician’s Nephew instead of Because of Winn Dixie, and then he wanted to continue with the Narnia series, but the library didn’t have a print copy of Lion. Hence the audio book.)
I haven’t finished He Who Lifts the Skies yet, but I will. I don’t know if anyone else has this issue, but I tend to read much slower when the book is one I’ve read before. Even if I don’t remember exactly what’s coming, it’s like it’s not exciting enough for me to read very much of or something. But beyond that, October is “new John Grisham book” month (Grisham is easily my favorite author of all time), and Will picked up Rogue Lawyer for me the day it released, so I’m reading that. I have a goal to finish it before next Friday (also known in our family as baby day!) because I don’t know how much reading time I’ll have – or more specifically, feel up to – post-operation. When I’ve finished Rogue Lawyer and am feeling better after the c-section, and have adjusted to life with an infant again, I’ll get back into He Who Lifts the Skies and its sequel.
I know I don’t normally include him in our list, but he actually picked up some library books this week, so why not? 🙂 Will’s really into biographies, and the boys have picked up this love of nonfiction (as you’ll see in a minute). So he’s currently reading The Seuss, the Whole Seuss, and Nothing but the Seuss: A biography of Dr. Seuss as well as The Autobiography of Mark Twain, Volume 2. He has the audio book of Twain, Volume 1 which he listened to – and loved – a while ago, so he’s pretty happy to have Volume 2 to read.
Seahawk (6th Grade)
This kid love biographies. A lot. They’re arguably his favorite genre of book. So while I was working with Munchkin to find a book for him at the library last week, Will took Seahawk upstairs to look through the biographies with him. They found one of George Washington that looks quite a bit like a book the boys own which we found at a thrift store a few years ago (Stories of Great Americans for Little Americans, published in 1895 – as near as we can tell, our copy is a first edition). So he’s reading that – the George Washington biography.
Munchkin (4th Grade)
He was pretty disappointed when the library didn’t have Lion available, but he was appeased with the audio book version. But having to come up with a Plan B was a bit tricky. There are too many books in the library to just go over the shelves and hope to find something awesome. It’s much better when you have at least an idea of what you want to read. After a lot of thinking, he finally decided to look for The Jungle Book by Rudyard Kipling since he and Small Fry watched the movie (Disney version) together fairly recently. We found it pretty easily, and he’s happy with his choice.
Small Fry (age 3)
Obviously he doesn’t read yet, but being read to is one of his favorite things ever. Our library has things called Toddler Totes, which are little see-through backpacks containing books and movies (usually 4-5 books and one DVD) all on a theme. He recently had the Dr. Seuss one, which included the books And to Think that I Saw it on Mulberry Street, Green Eggs and Ham, One Fish Two Fish Red Fish Blue Fish, and Mr. Brown Can Moo Can You. We read all of those books several times during the three weeks we had them, and he loved them every time.
But alas, we had to return that Tote today, so we picked up a new one for him. The theme this time? The Elephant and Piggie books by Mo Willems. Each one is basically a long conversation on a topic between the two main characters – an elephant and a pig. And they are absolutely hilarious! If you’ve never read these books, I highly recommend you do. Especially if you have a young child.
So that’s it for us. What are you reading?