Tuesday, May 15, 2012

What We're Reading: May

Family Read Alouds

Last month, we read several Anansi stories.
These are lots of fun.

This month, we're reading a few more trickster tales.  Particularly, we're reading Sister Tricksters, because the boys shouldn't get to have all the fun . . . or suffer consequences alone.

Ella's Reading List
(age 8)

Last week, Ella finished reading, Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows.  I have never seen her so excited to carry around such a big book.  The pride in her face . . . oh, it made my mama heart happy.  It came with lots of tears in those last few days, but it was so worth it in the end.

She also read The Watcher: Jane Goodall's Life with the Chimps .  I'm a big Jane Goodall fan.  Big.  Huge.  I was thrilled to find this book.  I meant to use it as a read aloud, but my little bookworm devoured the whole thing before I had the chance to crack it open. And yes, I did give her a little oral quiz to make sure she actually read it.  :)

Mom's Reading List

In April, I picked a book to go with my kids' tricksters theme.  I read Neil Gaiman's Anansi Boys.  I really enjoyed this one.  It was particularly enjoyable because we were already talking about the trickster tales, and I could compare Gaiman's story and see how he was both using the Anansi character and mimicking the structure of the tales.

Also last month, I finished A Game of Thrones (Book 1).  Wow.  It's great, but be prepared.  It's rough.  My best advice is do NOT get attached to any characters.  You've been warned.

So, of course, I started A Clash of Kings (Game of Thrones, Book 2) once I finished the first one.  Except, Ella wanted me to read Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows,*** with her, so I took a break and downloaded the ebook from my library.  But I'm halfway through and there's a two week limit on checkouts and a waiting list, so I'm going to go back to A Clash of Kings until I get Harry back.  Because I really only read at night, in the girls' room, in the dark, while I'm waiting for Harper to sleep.  My e-reader is kind of vital to the whole process.  When I do read during the day, I grab my husband's paperback copy of A Clash of Kings.

And yes, for those of you doing the math, that means I am reading TWO big-ass books simultaneously.  Don't worry.  My brain is used to it.

It's my superpower.

*** Confession time: I have never actually read any of the Harry Potter books.  
Begin shock and awe now . . . I'll wait . . . go ahead . . . get it all out. . . 
I don't know why.  I was busy with school and work when they first came out, and since then it's been on my list, but I just never got around to it.   But that means I'm doing the indefensible . . . I'm reading the last book without have read the previous six.  *sigh*  I know, I know.  But I did see the movies, and I do intend to read them all one day.  I just swore I'd read the last one before watching the movie, and Ella really wanted me to read it so we could talk about it.  And I just couldn't tell my girl, "No." 

Ok . . . begin mocking me . . .


  1. When the Harry Potter books first came out in the US I was incensed that Scholastic felt the need to Americanize the language. Having grown up reading E. Nesbit in the *ahem* original British English and not suffering any confusion in the least, I wanted to read the Harry Potter books the way they'd been originally written too. (And also, Scholastic? Really? Do you think American kids are THAT dumb?) But I couldn't get my hands on the British copies. You couldn't order them from Amazon.uk; it broke some distribution agreement. I didn't know anyone in England who could send them to me. Finally I caved and started reading the American versions--this may have been by book 3? I'm not sure. Later, I found some British copies of some of the books in a used book store we used to have in town. Now I suppose I could ask my internationally traveling husband to pick up the whole set the next time he's in Europe...

  2. Thanks for the Reading list. You don't know how much it means to me, gotta check it out.


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