Reading

We should all read more – especially when we are following our hearts.

Girl Code
Andrea Gonzales
Sophie Houser
Girl Code Currently Reading
Teen – Fiction/humor
The Wangs vs. the World 
Jade Chang
The Wangs vs. the World Currently Reading
Adult – Fiction/humor
The Demon Notebook
Erika McGann
Demon Notebook Currently Reading
Middle Grade – Fiction – humor/magic
Are We Smart Enough to Know How Smart Animals Are?
by Frans de Waal
Are We Smart Enough to Know How Smart Animals Are? Currently Reading
Adult – Nonfiction
Nature Anatomy: The Curious Parts and Pieces of the Natural World
Julia Rothman
Nature Anatomy: The Curious Parts and Pieces of the Natural World (Julia Rothman) Juvenile – NonFiction
I confess, I have a love-hate relationship with this book. I admire Rothman infinitely for her ability to organize so much material, present it clearly and accessibly, without dumbing it down. This book is a fabulous resource for explaining things in nature to kids. On the flip side, the illustrations are cute, but really vague. I know that is her style, but it’s not so good for showing the details to kids.
The Girl Who Drank the Moon
Kelly Barnhill
The Girl Who Drank the Moon Middle Grades – Fiction   Newbery award winner
What a fabulous story with a fully invented world of delightful people and things. As soon as I finished the end, I wanted to go back to the beginning and begin again.
Upside-Down Magic
Emily Jenkins, Sarah Mlynowski, Lauren Myracle
Upside Down Magic Middle Grades – Fiction
Charming story about a grade school witch who is coming into her powers and is unable to control them. Cover picture depicts a cat-dragon combination, typical of the way that the heroine’s powers and power of focus goes awry.
Has sub themes of friendship, individuality and kindness/respect.
Big Nate and Friends
Lincoln Peirce
BIg Nate and Friends Middle grade comic series.
Very funny with clever drawings.
Big Nate Makes the Grade
Lincoln Peirce
Big Nate Makes the Grade Middle grade comic series.
Very funny with clever drawings.
Lockwood & Co. The Whispering Skull Lockwood & Co., Book Two The Whispering Skull Middle grade adventure/supernatural
I had so much fun reading the first Lockwood book that I didn’t realize until I went to get the second that these are considered ‘kids’ books; not even teen books. Took the winds right out of my maturity sails. Another hard-to-stop- reading tale.
 Lockwood & Co. The Screaming Staircase
Jonathan Stroud
The Screaming Staircase (Lockwood & Co.)  Middle grade adventure/supernatural
An astonishingly amusing tale of a London that is tormented by ghosts. Adults, dolts what we are, can’t see them. Kids are the only hope. This is a tale of a troop of modern day urchins and their battles against the devilishly dark side.
The Portable Veblen: A Novel
Elizabeth McKenzie
The Portable Veblen  Adult – literature / screwball comedy
A romantic comedy about a girl, a guy and a squirrel living on hte edge of a ravine in Contemporary California. Perhaps I should start taking advice from my squirrels. This one seemed to have a better than average sense of what was going on.