We’ve been spending lots of time at the library in an effort to reduce screen time and keep ourselves occupied while Zach is working long hours through tax season. Curling up in our flannel sheets with a good book at the end of these long days is one of my favorite treats. Tommy has become our biggest book lover. He could sit on my lap and read fifteen books in a row, and he always goes to bed and wakes up saying, “Boh,” (aka Book). Evelyn’s attention span has jumped to accomodate longer and longer stories, which is enormously fun for me. I’m so eager for when we can start chapter books, but two years old is probably a little soon. Anyways, here’s what we’ve been pulling from the library shelf, lately.
The Lunar Chronicles. This young adult series is a fresh take on fairy tale princesses by setting the heroines in a futuristic sci-fi world and weaving their stories together. I’ve plowed through the first three books, and they’re readable, entertaining, and well composed. The books remind me of reading Hunger Games or Twilight for the first time. You just want to see what will happen to the characters next. Two thumbs up.
Lizzy & Jane. I wasn’t sure I could handle a take on one of my all-time favorites, Pride & Prejudice, but thankfully Katherine Reay created her own story line about two sisters whose mother loved Jane Austen novels. While I enjoyed the book and learned a lot about food references in Austen’s books, I wasn’t completely won over. Sometimes it felt like the characters weren’t fully realized, and it was difficult to follow the emotions of the two main characters. The sections about food and Seattle were so in depth, they reminded me of Ruth Reichl’s writing, that it felt out of place with the story. I liked it, but didn’t love it. I preferred Dear Mr. Knightley.
Where Men Win Glory: The Odyssey of Pat Tillman. If Zach is reading at all during busy season, you know it is a good book! Pat Tillman walked away from a multimillion-dollar NFL contract to join the Army and became an icon of post-9/11 patriotism. When he was killed in Afghanistan two years later, a legend was born. But the real Pat Tillman was much more remarkable, and considerably more complicated than the public knew…
George and Martha. A collection of five stories about two hippo best friends. My kids loved this book.
The Three Bears. I ordered this (for only $3), and it has become a fast favorite. I love reading the famous folk tale with papa, mama, and baby bear voices, and the kids have really caught on to them too. The illustrations are perfection.
Fancy Nancy. I picked this on a whim, and Evelyn loved it. The pages have lots of detail and tell the story of a family loving their precocious, fancy daughter well. And the ending is so good.
This Is Not My Hat. Evelyn and Tommy both loved this book, but Tommy especially thought the little fish’s tale of stealing a hat was so funny. It helps that he loves to say, “Uh oh,” right now too!
B Is for Bulldozer Board Book: A Construction ABC. Tommy’s #1 favorite book. I think we read this at least three times a day, and he always tracks down the sweet black and white dog on each page.
What are you reading these days, friends?