From the Family Bookshelf – February

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Oh, my goodness. I was looking how long it has been since I posted one of these columns and I am shocked. The last one was posted in September. Where did the time go?

Okay, I actually have an answer for that. This fall was super crazy around here–crazier than normal if you can believe it. I had two writers conferences, plus the Lil’ Princess had soccer from the end of August until the beginning of November. Oh, I was looking for work at the same time, too. Then there were chorus and violin concerts and…

You get my drift. Motherhood and family time must take precedence over blogging. Luckily, things have calmed down since after Christmas and I’ve started writing again. The other reason that I haven’t been blogging about everyone’s reading is that the Lil’ Diva and Lil’ Princess have decided they are old enough to read on their own now, so family reading time each night before bed is pretty much no more. I miss it, but I can’t keep them babies forever. And poor Dad, his work schedule doesn’t allow for a lot of down time.

That said, the Lil’ Diva has been busy reading for school and pleasure. She just finished off Divergent by Veronica Roth. The next two books arrived today. Before that, she read The Diary of Anne Frank and Rebel Spirits by Lois Ruby. She also just picked up the Matched trilogy by Ally Condie.

It’s harder to share what the Lil’ Princess is reading because she honestly has so many books going at once, I don’t know how she does it. Between her Nook, the school library, our local library, and books we buy, she is never reading less than five books at a time. I can only manage two at a time and they have to be totally different genres for me to keep them straight. She borrowed three books out of the Cupcake Diaries series by Coco Simon from the local library recently. She read The Lost Children by Carolyn Cohagan for school. Right now, she’s also reading Dork Diaries 6: Tales from a Not-So-Happy Heartbreaker by Rachel Renee Russell. She’s also reading a non-fiction title on polar bears for her latest book project at school.

Dad is trying to make time to read The Candy Bomber: The Untold Story of the Berlin Airlight and America’s Finest Hour by Andrei Cherny. I think I bought that one for him. He enjoys fiction and nonfiction about World War II.

As for me, I’m always reading something. I made a decision at the end of last year not to participate in so many virtual book tours. This should help me get through some of the books in my TBR pile. At this point, I receive almost more unsolicited books for this blog than ones I request. While I don’t feel compelled to review the unsolicited ones, I often mention them. In addition, I have so many other blogs that I simply can’t keep up with all the requests. I’m really liking having more unscheduled reading time–not reading a particular book in a certain time frame.

So far this year I’ve read,

Bedtime Prayers That End with a Hug! by Stephen Elkins
Recipe by Angela & Michael Petrella
Crabtree by Jon & Tucker Nichols
One Special Christmas by M. Christina Butler
Virtual Book Tours: Effective Online Book Promotion From the Comfort of Your Own Home by Jo Linsdell
Pop! Pop! Bam! Bam! by Sally O. Lee
The Thackery Journal by John Holt
Elephantantrum! by Gillian Shields
Abigail by Catherine Rayner
Pi-Rat! by Maxine Lee
Storytelling by Rudy Mazzocchi
I Don’t Want to go to Bed! by Julie Sykes
The Maisy Files by Elizabeth Woodrum
The Box of Holes by Carmen Gil
The Things in the Air by Carmen Gil

I’m also almost done with I Am Abraham by Jerome Charyn. I’m scheduled to review this one on the 18th at The Book Connection. Next up will be Steam and Stratagem by Christopher Hoare.

That’s it for this edition of From the Family Bookshelf. Hope you’ll share with us some of what you’ve been reading lately.

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