From the Family Bookshelf – January

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From the Family Bookshelf is back! I apologize for the long and unexpected hiatus. Last year got away from me and things fell by the wayside. But a new year and new commitments hopefully will keep me on track. In addition to the many reviews posted here, the Lil Diva (11) and the Lil Princess (9) and I read numerous books together last year.

dd1-large Our favorite series: Dork Diaries by Rachel Renee Russell. It is the story of Nikki Maxwell navigating life in private school thanks to a scholarship provided by her dad’s bug extermination contract with the administration. Luckily she has her two friends, Chloe and Zoe, in addition to her crush, Brandon, to make it easier. Now, if she could just figure out how to deal with Mackenzie Hollister and the rest of the Cute, Cool and Popular crowd.

We recently finished reading the 5th book, Tales from a Not-So-Smart Miss Know-It-All, where Nikki ends up as an advice columnist for the school newspaper. It was a blast.

With The Hunger Games novels giving the Lil Diva a taste for dystopian fiction, we just starting reading The Eleventh Plague by Jeff Hirsch. This is a paperback she won for reading during the library’s summer reading program. We’ve been busy reading other books, like Amber House by Kelly Moore, Tucker Reed, and Larkin Reed (highly recommend this one), so we’re just getting to Hirsch’s book. It takes place after a war (surprise, surprise) where two-thirds of the population has been wiped out by a vicious strain of influenza.

Dad’s reading has been harder to track since he got his iPad. He stills loves anything historical fiction and nonfiction WWII or after, thrillers, and suspense. I bought him some bargain paperbacks from the library for Christmas. You can’t beat 3 for a $1.00: Target Response by William W. Johnstone, Churchill’s Secret Agent by Max and Linda Ciampoli, and The Messiah Secret by James Becker.

As for me, I managed 131 books between this blog and my main blog, The Book Connection. That was short of my goal, but still not bad considering the crazy year I had. I just finished Last of the Seals and Deadly Plunge by Greg Messel. I highly recommend Reconstructing Jackson by Holly Bush. You can read my review of it on Amazon, but a more-detailed review will appear at The Book Connection tomorrow.

That’s it for this edition. I hope you share what your family has been reading with us, too.

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