I read every night for at least half an hour before I go to bed, two hours a week while I’m waiting for son outside of a computer class and another two hours a week while waiting for both boys during dance class. I wish I could sit down and read while they are in preschool but I refuse to grocery shop with the boys if I have to, so use that time to run around town. I have found that even though I’m running the boys around like crazy, I really appreciate the time where I am waiting for them. It’s amazing how much I can read in a 45 minute stretch when I’m supposedly really busy.
I also tend to read with a book in one hand while stirring dinner on the stove with the other hand. It’s all about multi-tasking people!
- West of Here by Jonathan Evison (I’ll be going to his signing at the Kings English Thursday March 3rd)
- The Only True Genius in the Family by Jennie Nash (A reread from 2009 which we read for book club. I never reread books, so that tells you how much I love this book.)
- I Don’t Want to Kill You by Dan Wells (local author)
Young Adult Fiction
- Dirty Little Secrets by C.J. Omololu
- The Best and Hardest thing by Pat Brisson
- Lena by Jacqueline Woodson
- My Big Nose and Other Natural Disasters by Sydney Salter (local author)
- Mississippi Trail, 1955 by Chris Crowe (local author)
- Chasing Brooklyn by Lisa Schroeder
- Fighting Ruben Wolfe by Markus Zusak (He’s coming for a signing! Here in Utah!!!! March 26th! Squeeeee!)
- Getting the Girl by Markus Zusak
- Sun and Moon, Ice and Snow by Jessica Day George (local author)
- The Lost Saint by Bree Despain (local author)
- The Evolution of Calpurnia Tate by Jacqueline Kelly
- Milo: Sticky Notes and Brain Freeze by Alan Silberberg
- A Long Walk to Water by Linda Sue Park
- The Strange Case of Origami Yoda by Tom Angleberger
- A Million Shades of Gray by Cynthia Kadohata
- Coop: A Year of Poultry, Pigs and Parenting by Michael Perry
Lots of variation thus far. West of Here was my chunkster for the month. Dirty Little Secrets is about a girl who’s mother is a hoarder and was fascinating in subject matter as I’ve never read anything like it! I love Jacqueline Woodson so excited to read another fantastic backlist title, Lena. The Best and Hardest Thing as well as Chasing Brooklyn are both free verse novels which I ADORE.
Best line from The Lost Saint: “You Bedazzled my stake?”
I usually don’t care for books with talking animals but I might just change my mind after reading Sun and Moon, Ice and Snow. One of the main characters is a polar bear and I didn’t mind a bit. I LOVED The Evolution of Calpunia Tate. If you’ve read it, you’ll know what I mean, when I say, what an awesome grandpa!
My husband attended LTUE, a local writers conference, and Dan Wells sent him home with the third book in his I Am Not A Serial Killer series, I Don’t Want to Kill You. I promptly abandoned everything else I was reading to rush through it. Only question – is there a fourth?
And Markus Zusak is coming! So, so, so excited! I read The Book Thief and I Am the Messenger years ago but read through his other backlist titles to prepare. Also, listening to The Book Thief on audio which is all kinds of fantastic (although I think I’d be lost and confused if I hadn’t read it in print first).
What is your favorite book that you’ve read thus far in 2011?