I’m in a reading slump. We’ve been dealing with a series of medical issues that have not been horrible but that have left me with no time or energy to read, write, or review. For months. Oy.
What I Read:
Drama by Raina Telgemeier (YA, graphic novel, tween , teen, middle school, friendships) ★★★★★
Just as Smile became Gearbox’s touchstone for dealing with his accident, Drama has become his touchstone for the rocky transition to Middle School that he’s facing this year. Drama deals with first loves, friendships, and the awkwardness of those first years of adolescence with refreshing honesty and warmth. Gearbox has re-read it dozens of times since I bought it for him. And so have I.
What I’m Currently Reading:
Nada. Zip. Zilch.
What I’ve Listened To:
Around the World In Eighty Days by Jules Verne (adventure, classic, travel, twists-and-turns, PG) narrated by Patrick Tull ★★★★☆
I wasn’t sure the boys would get into this one so I played it in the kitchen while cooking. Despite long passages that read like a geography textbook, the boys really got into the story. Patrick Tull is an amazing narrator — he really brings the adventures to life. The boys loved the book so much that we learned to play whist.
The Hobbit by J.R.R. Tolkien (fantasy, adventure, classic, PG) narrated by Rob Inglis ★★★★☆
It’s a classic. The boys loved it. What more is there to say?
The Golem’s Eye by Jonathan Stroud (MG, YA, fantasy, sardonic djinn, PG) narrated by Simon Jones (in progress – 15%)
The Golem’s Eye is a little harder to get into than The Amulet of Samarkand so this is the second time we are trying to listen to this book. I’m not finding Kitty’s story as compelling as Nathaniel’s; if I was reading, I’d skim those chapters. According to Gearbox (who has listened to the whole book), the story picks up in the second half so we’re pushing through.
The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-time by Mark Haddon (YA, autism, Sherlock Holmes, mystery, pet rat) narrated by Jeff Woodman (in progress – 20%)
So far I’m really enjoying this.
What’s on my TBR Pile:
Nothing. I’m in a reading slump. The Runaway King just came out (it’s the sequel to one of my favorite books from last year — The False Prince) but I can’t get past the first page on any book.